Halloween is a tricky holiday to celebrate with a little one in tow. There’s candy everywhere, kids in creepy costumes, and spooky decorations on every corner. Yet, even with a young baby or toddler, it is possible to still enjoy many of the holiday festivities! Many of us have littles with a consistent bedtime routine, which may take the option of trick-or-treating out of the picture, but there are several other ways to celebrate Halloween with your baby or toddler in San Diego.
Library Events – Libraries across the county provide an endless amount of toddler fun to be had year round, and Halloween is no exception! With themed story times, crafts, trick-or-treating, magic shows, dance parties, and parades, there’s sure to be an event at a time that works for you. The full event calendar can be found here, but here are a few of our top picks on Halloween Day:
- Story time & Craft, Halloween Edition. Children can wear their costume and participate in story time and crafts, followed by a costume parade around the library. Mira Mesa Library. 10:30am
- Halloween story time, costume parade, and face painting at the Del Mar Library. 10am
- It’s a Toddler Halloween party with games, crafts, and balloons at Cardiff by the Sea. 10:30am
Trick-or-Treat at Westfield UTC from 5-7pm. Participating stores will be handing out treats, families can enjoy a live DJ, and children may even spot one of their favorite, special characters in costume at this free and safe event!
Pillage the Village in La Jolla. Bring the family down (dogs included!) from 3-6pm to trick-or-treat at participating locations, and marvel at the sight of the wee-ones in their costumes before the sun goes down.
Trick-or-Treat at Grossmont Center from 3-5pm at the mall’s Holiday Spooktacular. Head over to guest services to pick up a trick-or-treat bag, and enjoy an afternoon of fun and costumes at this free and safe event.
It’s a Haunted Halloween Farmer’s Market in North Park! If you have a weekly tradition of visiting the farmers market, don’t let Halloween stop you! Live music, trick-or-treating, face painting, haunted house, and a pumpkin carving contest from 3-7:30pm.
Halloween Hullabaloo! There is never any shortage of fun at a Hullabaloo show, and children dancing in costumes is absolutely no exception. Head over to the Del Mar Plaza at 11am to catch this Halloween-themed set, and then stick around for trick-or-treating at participating locations. And if you miss the 11am show, or you just can’t get enough Hullabaloo, you can catch him again at 4pm at the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, where children can also partake in balloons and trick-or-treating!
Visit a Pumpkin Station and take the free train ride. If you haven’t checked this off your list this year, why not make Halloween your day to do so? While these might not be your traditional pumpkin patches, the free admission, free parking, and convenient locations make it all worth it. Ticket prices can add up if your children want to do all the rides and games, but all Pumpkin Stations have a coupon for a free train ride for your little to enjoy!
***As always, we have done our best to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date information, however, events can be cancelled or rescheduled, and mistakes can be made, so it’s always wise to confirm an event before attending.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOUR LITTLE GHOULS AND GOBLINS!