For those of you who enjoy getting out and about during the Halloween season, we've got you covered on all the annual hot spots. These range from kid-friendly to for only the bravest mofo's out there (seriously). Read up and enjoy!
Pumpkin Express Train Ride: Join in the fun as we board the Pumpkin Express train ride at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children and their parents will enjoy the one hour train ride, then may tour the Haunted Train. Each child gets to pick out his or her own pumpkin and decorate it inside our Display Building. The Great Pumpkin doesn't want you to miss his train, so plan on being at the Campo Depot at least 45-minutes before your departure time, especially if you haven't been to Campo before.
Bressi Ranch Halloween Homes: There are various streets that really go all out, complete with themes such as the Pirates of Peppertree Way, an insane clown home, a great pumpkin house and one covered with the biggest spider web I've ever seen!
Carlsbad Strawberry Company: They've got the coolest speakeasy bar here which is hidden in a corn maze! You’ll need to figure out the password to enter!
Beyond the speakeasy there is SO much to do here! There is also a haunted corn maze with scare actors and another non-scare corn maze which still feels like a horror movie at night.
They’ve also got a ton of food vendors, live music and pumpkins for purchase, apple cannons and an inflatable carnival! Runs through October 31st! The speakeasy is only Friday and Saturday’s.
Shady Acres Cemetery: Going a decade strong, this haunted house was created by one creative couple, Sean and Erin Fetters. The outside is inspired by Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion! When Sean got out of the military he was suffering from PTSD and needed a positive outlet for healing. This haunted house is his loving creation which helped him cope while giving back to the community.
You can appreciate the haunt from the outside all month long each October but the haunted house only happens on Halloween. There are many cool special effects and props including a crazy portal! This is a free event starting at 7pm on Halloween. Address: 4523 Limerick Way, San Diego, CA 92117
The Haunted Hotel: Featured on the Travel Channel, The Haunted Hotel is one of America's top haunts. The Hotel is full of new spine tingling, skin crawling effects that are so real you'll scream for your life as you try to escape. The Haunted Hotel, Where Horror Movies come to Life!
The Haunted Trail: Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. True to form, the Haunted Trail is not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors.
Haunted Amusement Park: One of the best haunted houses we have in San Diego is located at an abandoned amusement park out in east county. Not much effort is needed to make this place creepy as the decay from years of being abandoned is adding all the natural spooky touches itself! The Haunted Amusement Park, formerly known as Scotty's Scare Trail, is only open on weekends, I highly recommend checking this one out if you're into the Halloween spirit.
The Annual Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch: 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 is free. $5.00 parking on October weekends.
Harmony Grove Halloween Homes: Last year we explored the neighborhood at Harmony Grove Village to see all the homes that were decked out with Halloween decorations! This is a great way to get the family out for some spooky festivity while getting a little exercise too!
The main street is Trail Ridge dr. but make sure to walk or drive around all the streets as there are a ton decorated. I recommend checking them out closer to Halloween as some of the homes may decorate later in the month.
"The Curse of Clementine"
The 2021 Haunted Harvest event at Fort Cross happens every Saturday night in October. Two reservation times at 8:00 and 8:30 pm.
This event lasts about 45 minutes each round and begins with jug band music that encourages audience participation, along with a hoedown for some extra fun. There is an opportunity to share ghost stories to really set the spooky mood. The evening concludes with the haunted hayride.
Reservations are required. This event sells out every weekend, so don't wait!
Nightwalker Caverns: A Hellavator transports visitors down into the maze leading to the underground caverns. The caverns have been used for centuries as the homes and resting places of some of history's most infamous criminals. Some still lurk about the dark corners and hide among the stalactites waiting to scare unsuspecting visitors. Visitors do get wet.
McKamey Manor: McKamey Manor is a very in your face, aggressive and claustrophobic experience, and not your standard (boo), haunted house. In fact, this is more of an audience participation type of performance in which the audience will become a major part of the show. We're looking for exciting and energetic guests to take part in the MCKAMEY MANOR experience. Update: McKamey has since closed its doors in San Diego, but we will keep the page up in its memory.
Oceanside Spider House: This house comes complete with synchronized music you can play from your car while you admire their spooky home. Tune in to 95.1 and enjoy the show! Music and light start nightly from dusk (6:45-9:30pm). Address: 5592 Thoroughbred St., Oceanside, CA 92057
Halloween House in Arrowood: Cameron Denning and his wife are still relatively new to the neighborhood and boy are they good at contributing! This couple goes ALL out on the decorations and most of the props are made by hand!! There are several themes which include an abandoned carnival, Dia de los Muertos and witches and scarecrows. It looks like some of the other neighbors are inspired as well on their block as a couple other homes have some pretty great decorations too! Haunt run the entire month of October from 7pm-11pm. Address: 1050 Bells Dr. Oceanside, CA 92057