This is the scariest month of the year!! Yes, Halloween is here and there are so many activities to do with for Halloween with kids or for a fun night out for the adults! 

Plus, October is Kids Free San Diego where kids get in for free to many places and attractions around San Diego (restrictions may apply).  So get your costume ready and prepare to have some spooky fun!!



1 – Visit a Pumpkin Station

Pumpkin Stations are an easy way to entertain the kids and are free to enter, but you’ll need tickets for rides and activities such as kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, and game zones. Tickets can be bought at the pumpkin patches.  

San Diego has multiple pumpkin patches to explore with kids during October. They all vary in size, cost, and detail. And many pumpkin patches are dog-friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your four-legged family member behind.

The most popular pumpkin patches are located centrally in Mission Valley, Del Mar, and Rancho Bernardo. 


2 – San Diego Zoo Halgloween

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101  

Named HalGLOween for the glow-in-the-dark decor and entertainment—the world-famous San Diego Zoo’s light-up-the-night, Halloween-themed extravaganza—is back! This year’s glowing celebration of color has been expanded to five weekends in October—Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (except October 30). So, get ready to enjoy some safe, family fun at this glittering and glimmering annual spectacular full of entertainment and interactive festivities! Ages 11 and younger enter free and there will be a DJ, a bubble dance party, and much more. So fun!!! 


3 – Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights   

One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008  

Legoland California’s Halloween event is better than ever this year! Brick-or-Treat will bewitch the park with tons of candy, an all-new show line up, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO® characters, and more! All Brick-or-Treat activities will run from 3pm – 9pm on Saturdays during the event and 2pm – 8pm on Sunday, October 30.

All guests are encouraged to join the festivities in costume and get ready for a fun time.  

Tickets go from $109 to $173.


4 – Halloween Spooktacular

5801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115

The public is invited to the FREE Halloween Spooktacular at University Square on Saturday, October 29 from 4- 7 p.m. Children can decorate a bucket at the Craft Activity area to use for trick or treating at participating merchant locations. During the three-hour event watch Magic Shows and get a custom created balloon ghost, cat or other shape to keep. Bring smartphone or camera to take pictures in front of the Halloween backdrop and with FrankenStilt, a VERY tall, costumed character. No reservations needed! Bring everyone in the to enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular event at University Square!


5 – Safe Trick or Treating in Encinitas

Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024  

On October 31st The City of Encinitas provides a safe trick-or-treat environment for all at their annual community. 

On October 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. head to downtown Encinitas to enjoy Halloween-themed activities (in the Lumberyard Courtyard), live music, and carved pumpkins. Merchants from Encinitas Blvd to K Street will have treats for kids. This event is free to the community.  


6 – SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109  

Howl-O-Scream will transform SeaWorld San Diego park into a scary place! Something sinister is about to happen!!   When night falls and a carnival of horrifying creatures surrounds you, just try to put on a happy face and have fun.  This will run from September 16th through October 31st, 2022 and tickets start at $34.99.


7 – The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014  

From October 6th through 31st, 2022  

You have until the 31st of October to experience San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone. It is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California.  Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience and tickets start at $24.99.


8 – Whaley House Museum in Old Town

2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110  

One of America’s Most Haunted Houses, be sure to check out the Whaley House this October as they will be offering extended hours and the chance for you to have a different experience. The museum is open daily and the prices may vary depending on the event.  

The marigold field at the Carlsbad Strawberry Company

9 – The Strawberry Company Pumpkin Patch

Carlsbad Strawberry Fields  – 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Now through November 8th, visit the Carlsbad Strawberry Company Pumpkin Patch on the weekends and where games and food will make it a memory to last a lifetime. There is a corn maze, petting zoo, marigold field, tractor rides, etc.


10 – 5th Annual Costume Party at Black Plague Brewing

BLACK PLAGUE Brewing, 2550 Jason Court, Oceanside 

On Saturday, October 29th at 12:00 pm prepare yourself for the 5th Annual Halloween Costume party at Black Plague Brewing in Oceanside. Enjoy a frightening night filled with heart-pumping beats from local Alec Beretz.

The Body Art Bus will be out front all day and night, serving up tattoos for those who want to do something crazy and different.  Delicious food from Full Metal Burgers to keep you going all night.  

There will be a costume contest with prizes, beer, merch, and much more.  Be sure not to miss this Halloween party!  There is a $10 cover at the door starting at 5pm. Live music starts at 8pm. 

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