It’s almost Halloween and San Diego is a great destination for a little spook! Whether you’re a pumpkin carving master, a trick-or-treater, or a haunt seeker, there is always something to do all month long. Gather your loved ones and enjoy some of these family-friendly events to celebrate the Halloween season throughout the county.
Catch Me at the Pumpkin Patch
Strawberry Field in Carlsbad
It’s time for pumpkin carving and corn mazes! In North County San Diego, what is normally the strawberry field in Carlsbad transitions into a pumpkin patch in the fall! Take pictures with scarecrows, enjoy the corn maze, and choose your ideal pumpkin.
Cost: Free Entry
Location: 1050 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance from resort: 37 miles
Protip: Take the train to Carlsbad for a night of fun and exploring!
Palomar Pumpkin Palooza in Carlsbad
Enjoy a day with the family at this fun pumpkin zone! Pick your pumpkin, take a hay ride and launch a pumpkin on the catapult! Stay for the free family movie nights all month long on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check their Facebook for special offers before you go!
Cost: Free Entry
Location: 1200 Laurel Tree Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Distance from resort: 36 miles
Protip: Take the train up the coast and visit North County!
“I’ll definitely be coming back with some friends to let our kids play!” – Yelp (Jacob)
Del Mar Pumpkin Station
Spend a day at the San Diego Fairgrounds with giant slides, train rides and a petting zoo! Admission and parking are free every day from September 28 – October 31. Bring the family to pick out your jack-o’-lantern and don’t forget to print out a free ride coupon for the train!
Cost: Free Entry
Distance from resort: 26 miles
Bates Nut Farm
If you’re looking for a scenic mountain drive and country feel, head out to Bates Nut Farm San Diego County. Listen to live music, grab a bite to eat from food vendors, and shop the farm’s amazing selection of fruits, nuts, fudge and more! Plus, explore their expansive pumpkin patch.
Cost: Free Entry, $5 parking on weekends
Distance from resort: 45 miles
“The ‘Pumpkin Patch’ is the highlight of each and every year for my wife and I!” – TripAdvisor (67beast)
Trick-or-Treat Until You Have Tired Feet
Trick-Or-Treat on India Street
Take a stroll in Little Italy in San Diego on October 26 to enjoy a night of safe and tasty trick-or-treating! Bring your little monsters, superheroes, and witches to Piazza della Famiglia to pick up the map of participating businesses throughout the streets. This sweet tradition welcomes families and kids of all ages! Learn more about the event.
Cost: Free to participate
Location: 523 W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
Distance from resort: 6.5 miles
Safe Trick-or-Treat in Encinitas
Visit Encinitas on October 31 for a night of trick-or-treating and activities that the whole family can enjoy! See the friendly community between Encinitas Blvd and K Street as they welcome kids of all ages! See the full list of participating business and the activities for the night.
Cost: Free to participate
Location: South Coast Highway 101
Distance from resort: 30 miles
Scream Worthy Experiences
The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park
If you’re looking for something more thrilling than a haunted house, take a walk through the Haunted Trail at Balboa Park. This mile long trail is filled with suspense, horror, and screams! It’s everything you and your teens need to get your heart pumping! This trail is recommended for ages 10 and over. Click the link for special offers.
Cost: $25 entry fee
Distance from resort: 6 miles
“This was the best haunted trail I have ever been to!” – TripAdvisor (Sally G)
The Whaley House
While being one of the most historic buildings in San Diego, the Whaley House Museum, has also earned its reputation as being one of America’s Most Haunted places! Gather your loved ones to learn about San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley and the spooky history of the area, and get the opportunity to roam the house where you’re sure to have some spirited fun.
Cost: $8-15 entry fee, free for children 5 and under
Location: 2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Distance from resort: 8.5 miles
Amusement Parks in Spooktober
Get silly and spooky at SeaWorld’s Spooktacular every weekend in October! Enjoy live shows, exciting Halloween activities and trick or treating throughout the park. It’s the perfect Halloween experience that’s brimming with safe, family-friendly fun!
Cost: Park Admission
Location: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Distance from resort: 12 miles
“We love going to SeaWorld during October. They go all out with elaborate costumes, spooky shows, trick or treating and kid friendly games as well as costume contests. The best part of all is it is happening all of October, not just one weekend!” – TripAdvisor – (8ftwave )
Brick or Treat Party at Legoland
Join in on the Halloween excitement as soon as the sun sets on Legoland to experience Brick or Treat! Enjoy live entertainment, costume contests, candy stations, and dance parties throughout the park, all with a fun, spooky, family-friendly twist!
Cost: Park Admission Location: 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Distance from resort: 38 miles
Haunted Birch Aquarium
Explore the spooky side of science with this exciting, family-friendly experience! Visit the Haunted Aquarium for their Sea Monster Mash on October 26 and 27 and get the opportunity to meet with Oceanography scientists to witness underwater creatures rarely seen at the Birch Aquarium. You and your loved ones will discover many intriguing, spooky sea creatures, engage in fun activities like creating your own seaweed slime, along with BOO-gying down to live music!
Cost: $14.50-22, free for children 2 and under
Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037
Distance from resort: 18 miles
Kids Free – San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
It’s time to go wild because it’s Kids Free All October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park! Kids ages 11 and younger receive free admission with an adult ticket. Make sure to check out their site to see the Halloween activities planned for the month.
The San Diego Zoo will host their HalGLOWeen night on October 26, 27 and 28, where kids are encouraged to wear costumes and take part in the colorful creepy celebration!
Cost: Park admission, free for children 11 and under
Location of Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Distance from resort to San Diego Safari Park: 36 miles
Location of San Diego Zoo: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Distance from resort to San Diego Zoo: 6.5 miles
Creep it real with your family this Halloween by staying close to the spooky fun. Plan your spookation at Coronado Beach Resort to be close to these activities and more! Simply book online or call (877) 681-4170.