Halloween Activities

San Diego Events – 2015

The following Pumpkin Patches were submitted by local parents!

Please always call ahead to check on location & times…. we think the “farms” are worth the drive and make for great family memories!

Bates Nut Farm – Valley Center
15954 Woods Valley Road

    • Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to Saturday, October 31, 2015
    • Time: All Day
    • Description: Over 50 years of fall traditions and memories have been created at the Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch. Family and friends enjoy the tractor hayrides, straw maze, petting corral and pony rides. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from variety of pumpkins: Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, squash, gourds and other fall décor. In addition, weekends at Bates include live entertainment from 12:00 -3:00, BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climb, bounce, slide and other family friendly events. Check our calendar for details and schedule. Admission and parking are free.
    • Dogs on a leash are welcome at the farm. We are sorry, but only service dogs are allowed inside our stores. Thank you for cleaning up after your pet!

Check their website for other special events: Bates Nut Farm


Oma’s Pumpkin Patch – Lakeside
at the Van Ommering Dairy Farm
14950 El Monte Road

    • Reservation book now open for 2015
    • September 29-October 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm
    • Closed Sunday & Monday
    • General Admission:
      • Child admission: $10 (1 year to 13 years)
      • Child admission includes pumpkin and water bottle

Adult admission: $5.00 (13 years and up)

Check their website for other special events: Oma’s Pumpkin Patch


Pumpkin Station- 7  locations

  • Bonita, Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Mission Valley, Rancho Bernardo, National City
    Dates, times and attractions vary.

    • Free admission and parking at all locations.
    • Farm Tour at Rancho Bernardo and Bonita Includes: Pumpkin (Up to a $4 value), Orientation and Coloring Book on How We Grow Pumpkins, Tractor Pulled Haywagon Ride, Walk Through Our 8 ft. Tall Living Corn Maze, Bottled Water in Our Snack Area, Enjoy Our Farm Animals and Bales of Straw.
    • Group Tour at Pumpkin Station in SW College, Parkway Plaza, Plaza Bonita, Mission Valley & Del Mar Includes: Pumpkin (up to a $4 value), Coloring book on How We Grow Pumpkins, 5 tickets for inflatable slide, jumpee, train ride or Petting Zoo, Bottled Water in Our Snack Area

Locations in Bonita and Rancho Bernardo are working farms where you can pick your own pumpkins!

To Arrange a Tour Call Linda at 858-566-7466.  $8.00 for each child, accompanying adults are free.

Check their website for specific location details: Pumpkin Station


SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

    • Weekends September 26 – November 1, 2015
    • Dive in and explore an enchanting underwater fantasea at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®. Enjoy silly spooky shows, fun-fishy activities and photo ops with wacky characters. Grab gobs of ghoulish goodies and so much more! Come in costume with the kids and have fun trick-or-treating!

Discover an ocean of Halloween fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. Catch silly and spooky shows including the Pirates 4-D movie experience. Enjoy photo ops with your favorite friends from Sesame Street and trick-or-treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters.

Event included with park admission. Event dates and times subject to change or cancellation without notice.



Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

    • October 3, 10, 24, 30
    • 5PM – 9PM
    • First four Saturdays in October PLUS Friday the 30th!  (Separate event ticket required.)
    • Party Nights is filled with live entertainment, costume contests, treats, dancing, rides and giant LEGO®  Halloween models!
    • Stroll down the Brick-or-Treat Trail with plenty of surprises and snacks along the way including a collector
    • LEGO Brick and LEGO toys. (Peanut and tree nut allergen warning)

The Park closes at 5pm, entry to Brick-or-Treat Party Nights begins at 4pm.



Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort
from September 11 through November 1, 2015.

  • Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park
    • Trick-or-treat and enjoy ear-y entertainment at one of the most anticipated special events of the season.Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the festive fun ofMickey’s Halloween Party, held on select nights atDisneyland Park!

And now you can save on advance ticket purchases for select nights to one of the most anticipated seasonal events!

Purchase of a separate event admission ticket is required to attend. Event ticket provides admission to Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time.

General ticket sales start on July 29, 2015.



Universal Studios

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Night Tickets (Now available on the Attraction Discounts page)

Once you’re inside…there is no way out!
Horrow comes to life as you face your deepest fears in all-new mazes:

  • The Walking Dead: Dead Inside
  • Welcome to Silent Hill
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the LawAlice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D
  • La Llorona: La Cazadora de los Ninos
  • Universal Monsters Remix

Halloween Horror Night Tickets are Non-Refundable.

For more information visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com.

Costume Ideas

  • Make your own…there are great ideas on line through different parenting magazines.
  • Shop for props/costumes at a local thrift store. This is a great time to support Salvation Army Thrift Store or Goodwill.
  • If you have a daughter, you probably have a dress-up box – go through that and have her get creative with something she already owns.
  • You can always contact a local agency serving children and donate your old costumes, to them directly.

Activities & Candy

Popular NEIGHBORHOODS to trick or treat include: Please submit favorites for (San Diego County) by going to our Parent Comments section!

Host a Halloween costume party for your kid’s friends. Have other parents help with snacks, goodies and games. This is a great way to get together with your mom’s group. Families can bring a decorated pumpkin for a contest. It can be fun to pre-bake sugar cookies with Halloween cookie cutters. The kids can decorate them when they get back from trick-or-treating.

Fun alternatives to handing out candy: 
Stickers, bags of pretzels, trinket toys, coins, toothbrushes

Ideas for what to do with all that candy…
Have them pick out their 10 favorite pieces to be enjoyed in the upcoming days and then buy the rest off of them. Maybe $5 for the bag. They can put it in their piggy bank feel rewarded for giving up their candy and you can take the candy into your office and get it out of the house.

Eat a healthy dinner. Try to get a healthy dinner into your kids before you go out. This way they will not just fill up on candy.

Safe Halloween

  • Bring a flashlight trick-or-treating to make sure your child is visible. They even sell light reflective bags or you can have your child wear a fun glow light necklace or bracelet.
  • Join some neighbors to walk in groups through your neighborhood.
  • Make sure your pumpkins are far enough out of the way so that kids costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire by the candles.
  • Small children should never go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an adult is with them.
  • Encourage your kids to wait until they get home to eat their candy so that a parent can check it all first.

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