Halloween Haunts, Fun & Pumpkin Patches 2020: Del Mar & Nearby

Susan C. Schena

DEL MAR, CA — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Halloween still is a go in 2020 — with haunted houses, hay rides, corn mazes, trunk-or-treats, pumpkin patches and Day of the Dead festivities, with in-person and virtual activities throughout Del Mar and San Diego County.

While some annual activities were canceled, sweet and spooky events still abound to help you celebrate.

Check out our annual Halloween event guide to find what's going on near you. And Happy Halloween, from Patch!

NOTE: Do double-check with organizers to ensure events are still proceeding as posted.
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BONITA:

OCT. 10-NOV. 1: Halloween Pumpkins & Ponies 2020: Sweetwater Farms. Weekend, family fun with pony rides, pumpkins, farm animals & hayrides.

  • Sweetwater Farms, 3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita, CA

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkin Farm, Train Rides & Corn Maze. Hayrides, too!

  • Bonita Pumpkin Farm, 5354 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA

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BONSALL:

OCT. 24-25, 31 & NOV. 1: Boo At The Zoo. "Have some Halloween fun with a few spooky and not-so-spooky animals at Wild Wonders!"

  • Wild Wonders, 5712 Vía Montellano, Bonsall, CA

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CAMPO:

OCT. 10-31: 'Pumpkin Express' Halloween Train & Pumpkin Patch. All aboard for a sweet, area tradition.

  • Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, 750 Depot St., Campo, CA

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CARLSBAD:

OCT. 4-28: DROP-OFF DEADLINE: Festival of Lanterns. Purchase & decorate your lantern, and return by Oct. 28 to be part of city festival.

  • Alga Norte Aquatics Center, 6565 Alicante Rd, Carlsbad, CA

Through NOV. 7: Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze. News this year: apple cannons.

  • Carlsbad Strawberry Company, 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA

OCT. 8: Virtual Folklorico Dance Performance. With one of the nation's premier Mexican folk-dance companies.

  • Online with Carlsbad Library, Carlsbad, CA

OCT. 9-31: LEGOLAND Halloween in Miniland. Reserve your date & time.

  • LEGOLAND, One LEGOLAND Drive Carlsbad, CA

OCT. 9-NOV. 7: Haunted Corn Maze 'Field of Screams' - Be brave!

  • Carlsbad Strawberry Company, 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA

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CORONADO:

OCT. 16-31: 'Ghost Roast' Bonfire: Hotel Del Coronado. Expect a paranormal visit from Kate Morgan, the hotel's resident ghost.

  • Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA

OCT. 27: Real Pumpkin Slime: Halloween Online Craft. Get messy!

  • Virtual courtesy of Coronado Library

OCT. 30: Acting with Andrea: Spooky Improv For Kids. Perfect for grades K-8th.

  • Via Zoom courtesy of Coronado Library

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DEL MAR:

OCT. 1-31: Drive-Thru Scream Zone. This year's theme: "Road Kill." Yikes!

  • Del Mar Scaregrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA

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ENCINITAS:

OCT. 16: Lux After Dark: A New Territory. A drive-thru art experience.

  • Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA

Through OCT. 16: Garden-To-Table Fall Fundraiser: SD Botanic Garden. Delicious menus and for a great cause!

  • Benefits San Diego Botanic Garden, 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA

OCT. 16-31: Boy Scouts' Haunted Hotel. Canceled.

  • Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas CA

NOV. 1: Día de los Muertos - Virtual 2020: Friends Of The Arts. Face-painting contest planned, too.

  • Virtual format, Encinitas, CA

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ESCONDIDO:

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkins, Petting Zoo & Corn Maze. Hay rides, too!

  • Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm, 13421 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA

NOV. 1: Dia De Los Muertos Drive-In Celebration: San Marcos. With performances by La Santa Cecilia & Thee Sacred Souls.

  • Hosted by California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA

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JULIAN:

OCT. 15-19: Autumn Harvest Teas: Julian Tea & Cottage Arts. With delicious, harvest-themed menu and children's options, too.

  • Julian Tea & Cottage Arts, 2124 Third St., Julian, CA

Through OCT. 25: Julian Autumn Jubilee: Fort Cross. With socially distanced pumpkin patch, hayrides, cider-pressing & more.

  • Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel, CA

Through OCT. 25: Farm Activities & Pumpkin Patch. Weekend fun with barnyard animals, cider-pressing, axe-throwing & hayrides.

  • Julian Farm and Orchard, 4381 CA-78, Santa Ysabel, CA

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LA JOLLA:

OCT. 3-OCT. 31: Mr. Jack O’Lanterns Pumpkin Patch. You still can pick the perfect pumpkin this year! Home delivery available, too.

  • 6710 La Jolla Blvd., San Diego, CA

Through OCT. 31: Haunted Aquarium Remix: Birch Aquarium. "See the Creeps of the Deep at new month-long celebration!"

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA

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LA MESA:

OCT. 31: Trick-or-Treating in La Mesa Village. Check for the latest updates.

  • La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa, CA

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LAKESIDE:

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkin Patch & Wagon Rides - Halloween 2020: Oma's. Animals, games, slides & pedal cars for the little ones!

  • Oma's Pumpkin Patch, 14950 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA

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LEMON GROVE:

OCT. 31: Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat. A socially distanced event.

  • Sion Centro Cristiano, 7830 Carlisle Drive, Lemon Grove, CA

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MISSION BEACH:

OCT. 24 & 31, NOV. 7 & 14: Harvest Walk & Trick-or-Treat: Belmont Park. With a beer garden, artisans, food vendors & more.

  • Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA

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OCEANSIDE:

OCT. 25: Dia de los Muertos Festival. In-person event canceled for 2020, now virtual.

  • Oceanside, CA

OCT. 31: 'Art After Dark' & DJ MandyMixes 2020: Oceanside Museum of Art. "Equal parts art, fashion and fun!"

  • Online, virtual format

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POWAY:

OCT. 9-10 & 23-24: Lake Poway Fall Camping Series. Reservations underway for a fun, family overnight.

  • Lake Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA

OCT. 17: Teen Glow-In-The-Dark Dodgeball. Sign up soon!

  • Meadowbrook Middle School, 12320 Meadowbrook Lane, Poway, CA

OCT. 31: Halloween Treat Trail. Trick-or-treat fun with participating businesses.

  • Poway, CA

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RAMONA:

Through OCT. 31: Halloween Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo & Corn Maze. Don't miss the corn cannon & pony rides.

  • Mountain Valley Ranch, 842 Highway 78, Ramona, CA

NOV 6-8: 8th Annual Art & Wine Festival. Annual, autumn event has new format.

  • Various wineries, Ramona, CA & online

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RANCHO BERNARDO:

Through OCT. 31: Pumpkins, Petting Zoo & Corn Maze. Hay rides, too!

  • Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm, 13421 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA

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RANCHO PENASQUITOS:

OCT. 24: Open House for Bach to Rock Rancho Penasquitos. Costumes welcomed.

  • 13185-1 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA

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SAN DIEGO:

OCT. 9-25: SD Zoo's 'HalGLOWeen' - Full agenda of socially distanced fun. Tickets on sale.

  • San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA

OCT. 9-31: SeaWorld Spooktacular. Grab your costumes & reserve your time!

  • SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA

OCT.-NOV.: Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. Canceled.

  • Balboa Drive & Juniper, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Through OCT. 14: Fort Oak Fall Tasting Menu Experience. "Perfectly timed to coincide with the changing of the season."

  • Fort Oak, 1011 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego, CA

OCT. 17: City Heights 'Dia de Los Muertos' Walking Tour. Maps planned for participants.

  • City Heights, San Diego, CA

OCT. 24: 13th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival: Virtual Edition. Tasting boxes can be ordered.

  • Benefit for Home Start Inc. San Diego, CA

OCT. 25 & 30: Witches of Westgate Halloween Tea. Selling out fast, so don't delay on tickets.

  • Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., San Diego, CA

OCT. 26-31: Junior League of San Diego Virtual Halloween Run/Ride 5K. Ride or run for worthy cause.

  • San Diego County, CA

OCT. 26-NOV. 1: Los Muertos 5K - Virtual. Registration includes race packs.

  • San Diego County, CA

OCT. 31: Virtual “Phantom Gala” - Supports San Diego-based Miracle Babies organization.

  • Online format

NOV. 1: Dia de los Muertos 2020: Old Town San Diego. Canceled.

  • Old Town, San Diego, CA

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SAN MARCOS:

NOV. 1: Dia De Los Muertos Drive-In Celebration. With performances by La Santa Cecilia & Thee Sacred Souls.

  • California State University San Marcos, 333 Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA

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SANTA YSABEL:

Through OCT. 25: Julian Autumn Jubilee 2020: Fort Cross. With socially distanced pumpkin patch, hayrides, cider-pressing & more.

  • Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, 4425 Hwy. 78, Santa Ysabel, CA

Through OCT. 25: Farm Activities & Pumpkin Patch. Weekend fun with barnyard animals, cider-pressing, axe-throwing & hayrides.

  • Julian Farm and Orchard, 4381 CA-78, Santa Ysabel, CA

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SANTEE:

OCT. 31: Halloween 'Trucks & Treats' A Drive-Through Event. Featuring festive trucks Halloween music & decorations.

  • Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA

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VALLEY CENTER:

OCT. 10: Scarecrow Contest & Pumpkin Patch. Cash prizes and gift certificates to winners. Open to all.

  • Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA

OCT. 24: Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Parade. Prizes to top dogs! And stay for pumpkin patch fun.

  • Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA

OCT. 25: Halloween Costume Parade 2020: Bates Nut Farm. Canceled.

  • Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA

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This article originally appeared on the Del Mar-Carmel Valley Patch