Halloween Activities Guide for Toddlers to Teens in San Diego
Here’s the ultimate guide for San Diego area halloween activities for the whole family. Our family isn’t into ghouls, goblins, or ghosts, but my son is looking forward to dressing up like Lightning McQueen! Pick and choose what would work for your toddlers, teens and everyone in between.
All across the county, parking lots will be converted into pumpkin patches. Petting zoos, train rides, other rides and inflatables make a visit to a Pumpkin Station a great way to celebrate the season with your children.
Or visit a working farm and pick your own pumpkin, go on a hay ride, and wonder through a corn maze. These are Halloween activities your kids will remember and look forward to.
Here's a video of our trip to Plaza Bonita's Pumpkin Station.
Autumn Harvest Festival at the Carlsbad Village Farmers’ Market
This family friendly fall festival includes a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating contest, apple bobbing, fresh produce and lots of other yummy eats.
When: Wednesday, October 19 from 1-5 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 from 9-1 p.m.
Where: Carlsbad Village Farmers’ Market 2930 Roosevelt St. Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-687-6453
Price: Free for all ages
"The Scream Zone” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Open in October but closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Open the full week before Halloween.
Hours: 7-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 pm on other days when open
Admission prices are:
$27.99 for a triple haunt: the House of Horror, Haunted Hayride and The Chamber
$18.99 for a double haunt: the Chamber and House of Horror or Haunted Hayride
$14.99 for a single haunt, House of Horror or Haunted Hayride
Parking is free after 7 pm in designated The Scream Zone parking lot. Group discounts are available for groups of 20 or more ($24.50 for the triple haunt).
The Scream Zone is San Diego’s largest and scariest attraction with a huge House of Horror, a Haunted Hayride, and The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego. Five acres of the Del Mar Fairgrounds are dedicated to scaring your teenagers (don’t even think about bringing kids under 10). You won’t catch our family dead at the Scream Zone!
Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld
Weekends in October from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Price: Included with Admission
If you’ve got a passport to SeaWorld or are planning a visit in October, you’ll enjoy special Halloween activities features like trick-or-treating stations, silly and spooky shows, amazing sea creatures, and more.
Legoland Brick-or-Treat Celebration
Dates: Saturdays in October
Price: Included with Admission
Your Lego-loving kids will love the 6-foot pumpkin model at the entrance, a Lego Candy Corn scavenger hunt, daily costume contests and walk-about characters and creatures. Plus seasonal foods like pumpkin cheesecake will be available throughout the park...mmm!
At the Brick-or-Treat Trail, trick-or-treaters under 12 can gather goodies including Wonka candy and other surprises in a free Legoland souvenir bag on their exclusive kid-sized Brick-or-Treat Trail cul-de-sac. The trail is open from noon to 9 pm on Saturdays, and also on Sundays from noon to 5 pm.
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights let your kids stay up a little longer for special activities like a nighttime costume contest, entertainment from the Boo Crew and Count Brickula, and the Howler of the Hour contest at the Courtyard Theater Stage.
Halloween activities nights are SATURDAYS in October with the party going from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Look for the party in the following Park areas: Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, Lego Technic Coaster and Bionicle Blaster.
Julian Fall Apple Harvest
There’s nothing like the changing leaves and hot apple cider to get you in the Halloween activities holiday mood! Every year from mid-September to November, historic Julian throws an apple party that lasts two-months. If only our kids could figure out how to make their birthday parties last that long! Julian’s delicious apple pies have put this little quaint town on the map.
Try the Julian Pie Company or Mom’s Pie House for a little (or big) slice of apple heaven!
The Julian Mining Company offers pumpkins, child-sized haybale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, and a Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises).