It felt like an East Coast fall day in Julian yesterday, which just increased the pleasure of picking crisp, juicy apples and eating them right off the tree. It was the perfect way to kick off fall, and got me thinking about all of the wonderful activities that will happen in San Diego during the next several weeks…
Fall Festival at KOA San Diego
October 18-20 and October 25-27
You might recall how much we loved our first stay at KOA San Diego Campground. If we can swing it, we want to head back for their Fall Festival weekend. KOA has its very own pumpkin patch and is hosting a pumpkin carving contest over the weekends of October 18th and October 25th. There will be hayrides, movie under the stars (Hotel Transylvania), safe trick-or-treating, pancake breakfast in the park and more.
For more information visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/san-diego/.
Weekends September 28 – October 27
We’re going to enjoy SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular this year and,while we’re there we’ll be checking out the Dine with Shamu dinner show for the first time (kids go free in October!). The spooktacular weekend includes special shows and activities, photo ops with wacky characters and gob of ghoulish goodies. Kids are encouraged to come to the park in their costumes.
Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses alike will love this scary storytelling session aboard the Star of India as storytellers reveal the eerie legends of the past and tales of ghostly encounters. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and creepy treats will be handed out to all who attend. The Haunting Tales are included with Maritime Museum admission.
For more information visit www.sdmaritime.org.
Marie Hitchkock Puppet Theater
Kids love the Balboa Park Puppet Theater. And who wouldn’t love to spend a fall day in Balboa Park? This year there are two non-scary Halloween productions scheduled.
October 23-27 is “The Polka Dot Ghost” about a not-scary ghost who needs help getting ready for Halloween night.
October 30-November 3 is “Witches Brew” about a witch who plans to become a nice person.
For more information about these Halloween-themed shows and others, visit www.balboaparkpuppets.com.
HAUNTED AQUARIUM: Shipwrecked!
Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, and explore our wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures while having a monstrous good time. Dress to impress!
For more information visit www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
Saturday, October 26 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With more than a dozen Balboa Park museums “treating” children 12 and under to free admission with paid adult admission, the 5th annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day is sure to please. Participating museums will also present special, spooky activities, tours, storytelling and other goodies.
For more information visit www.sandiego.org.
Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo
October 19 and October 26 – 4 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Get into the spirit of the Halloween season with a Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo led by ghostly camp director, Dr. Zoolittle. Participants get to make their own personalized treat bags and take an exclusive bus tour to visit some scary and strange animals. Families will then settle in for the night at “haunted” Camp Timbuktu where they can partake in a costume parade, ghost stories, dinner, snacks around the campfire and an optional night prowl through the Zoo.
For more information visit www.sandiegozoo.org.
October 5, 12, 19 and 26 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Held every Saturday in October, the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND boasts several special areas open late, including Miniland USA, Land of Adventure and Castle Hill. Activities include a dance party, the “Mail Order Monsters Show,” a live performance from a group called The Witchettes, a magic show and a costume contest.
For more information visit http://california.legoland.com.