As Halloween creeps closer, these four fun activities will get your family ready for the year’s spookiest holiday 


1. Visit Del Mar Pumpkin Station

In Del Mar, Pumpkin Station is the perfect place for the family this fall. It’s more than just a pumpkin patch—Pumpkin Station has a train ride, a game zone, two giant slides, and a plethora of other fun activities. The best part is that it is open daily until Halloween. Admission to the Pumpkin Station is free, but some of the attractions (like the train jump and swing ride) may require additional ticket purchases on site. 

2. Haunted Aquarium Sea Monster Mash

Celebrating 20 years of Halloween frights, the Birch Aquarium is hosting Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash on October 25th, 26th, and 27th. Wear your favorite costume, dance to live music, and listen as scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography share their deep-sea research. There will be crafts, a slime station, a Frankensquid, and more! Tickets are available at the door and online for a discounted price.

3. Howl-O-Ween Harvest

At Helen Woodward Animal Center, the animals get dressed to the nines for their spookiest event of the year. Explore the animal clinic, pick miniature pumpkins, and get to know the animals up close with one of the center’s 60-minute or 90-minute programs. All Howl-O-Ween Harvest activities are by appointment only, so you’ll want to make sure you contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center in advance. This programming is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and children in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

4. Explore Bonita Pumpkin Farm

At Bonita Pumpkin Farm, get lost in an eight-foot-tall corn maze and pick the perfect pumpkin for jack-o-lantern carving. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., this after-school stop is fun for the whole family, with hayrides, a petting zoo, and a mechanical train. While parking and admission to the pumpkin patch and petting zoo are both free, tickets for the other attractions are available for purchase online, so be sure to grab yours before you go.


Whether your family is full of artists itching to carve pumpkins or animal lovers searching for a kid-friendly fright, North County has something to offer. Looking to move to the area so you can have access to amazing events like these year-round? If you’d like more information on San Diego luxury real estate or Rancho Santa Fe real estate, contact me today.