Autumn season is here, and so is October!
Though the weather may not change much for us San Diegans, there is still a change in the wind. It’s time to celebrate all things autumn and spooky during this festive season. So we’ve gathered the best things going on in San Diego this October for you to enjoy!
We’re starting off with an October staple…Pumpkin Patches! It is even Autumn if you don’t go pumpkin picking? Well, you won’t need to answer that philosophical question if you go to any or all of our favorite farms this month and pick the very best spooky pumpkin! A fantastic option to visit is The Bates Nut Farm. This lovely family farm specializes in a variety of delicious nuts. However, when autumn comes knocking, they provide us with a beautiful quintessential fall activity- pumpkin patches!
Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA
Another must-do activity this October is getting the costume of your nightmares for Halloween! At The Costume Shop in North Pak, you’ll be able to find whatever you’re looking for, from the trendiest 2021 viral moment to your favorite superhero or supervillain costume!
Location: 2960 N Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104
Fabulous Hillcrest is organizing a fantastic party this October! Be sure to come dressed to the scary nines since this extravaganza will include costume competitions, including a special pet contest for your fuzzy companions! Excellent musicians and entertainers will perform throughout the night, so be sure to dance the night away. You can purchase a VIP pass which includes front-of-the-line access, two cocktails, food credit, access to a VIP bar, private restrooms, and private stage viewing! Regardless of getting the VIP ticket, complimentary cocktails will be from 6 pm -7 pm during “Haunted Hosted Hour”!
Location: 1500 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
This Haunted Trail is a mile-long outdoor trail through twisted pines and a 3,500 square foot terrifying maze! You will follow a faceless boy through a dark forest only to encounter increasingly alarming companions such as Pennywise, haunted nuns, chainsaw-wielding clowns, and more! In the maze, icons of fright will be waiting for you, such as Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and The Girl from The Ring…This Haunted Night is no joke; CNN named it one of the country’s Top 5 BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS! True to its reputation, these haunts are suited for children under 10. Parking is FREE, and you may enter this haunted trail at your own peril until October 31. The tickets range from $24.99 to $34-99, and you can buy them here.
Location: 1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Halloween parties don’t need to last just one day in San Diego, and this 3-day event is a spectacular way to begin the Halloween celebrations!
The party begins on October 28 or Blood Thirsty Thursday and doesn’t stop until Scary Saturday, on October 30!
The night takes place in the beautifully historic Gaslamp Quarter; you will receive welcome shots as you enter. There will be fabulous DJs, dancing and so much more!
Location:628 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101
This frightful event is an excellent idea for the whole family! HauntFest on Main is an exciting event in Downtown El Cajon with loads of fun activities such as a costume contest, a pumpkin patch, thrilling rides, live entertainment, and a designated Kidz Zone. This marks the 9th Annual HauntFest on Main, and with that, an expanded carnival rides and games area, a car show, and more surprises for all to enjoy!
Location: 200 E Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
The legendary Hotel del Coronado has a long history. But one particular story stands out for spooky reasons. All the way back in 1892, a young woman checked into Hotel del Coronado on Thanksgiving Day. The mysterious 24-year-old had used an alias, and five days later, her body was found on a hotel exterior staircase. Since little was known about her identity, the newspapers dubbed her the “Beautiful Stranger.” In this tour, you will learn the official account of her 1892 visit to The Del and why her spirit has remained with us today. There are nightly tours in October starting at 7 pm, and tickets cost $30 per person.
Location: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Horton Grand is a lavish Victorian hotel said to house more than guests. Before Horton Grand was a hotel they have acquired some permanent ghostly residents such as the infamous gambler Roger Whitaker. Whitaker met his fate after acquiring a large debt, and his creditors came to collect. He was shot while hiding out in Room 309. Hotel guests who’ve stayed in the same room have reported bed rattling, flickering lights, and moving objects! You may visit the hotel bar and enjoy a delicious cocktail or also get tickets to guided tours. Who knows, Roger Whitaker might ask for a loan…
Location: 311 Island Ave., downtown
The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association is throwing quite the party! This October 8 and 9 get ready to drink some beer and party away in the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest! What better backdrop to a shindig than the views of the Pacific Ocean! There will be two stages of music featuring local entertainers who will put you in the Oktoberfest spirit!
Location: Newport Ave & Abbott St., San Diego, CA 92107
Calling all cinephiles! From October 14 to 24 San Diego and La Jolla will host a 5-day film festival! After some of the films, there will be amazing Q&As with filmmakers, and film experts to discuss the movie. There will also be fabulous parties to attend for adults 21+. You can get your San Diego Film Festival tickets nowhere.
Location: San Diego and La Jolla
As mentioned previously, during October participating museums in the city are providing FREE entry to all kids under 12! This is a fantastic idea to get them out of the house and away from screens at no cost! A great museum included is The Maritime Museum of San Diego, where kids can discover all about our aquatic world. There is a maximum of 2 kids per paid adult.
Location: Various museums
From October 8 to the 10 you and the family can enjoy the artisanal crafts and art in the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Just a 30-minute drive from San Diego you can find more than 300 artisans demonstrating their work and skill! There will also be workshops for kids at Home Depot with treats! The tickets cost $9 for adults, $4 for teens, and are FREE for kids 12 and under. harvestfestival.com
Location: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
North Park is home to some of the very best gastronomy and brewery in all of Vegas! At Taste of North Park this October 9 you can sample and enjoy fabulous food and drinks from over 40 of the city’s best restaurants. San Diego’s best craft brewers will also offer four-ounce samples of their favorites beers along with an array of distinctively created non-alcoholic beverages. The event starts at 11 am and lasts until 3 pm.
Location: North Park, 3939 Iowa Street
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