Where to Celebrate Halloween with your Baby or Toddler

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.

Throw back to Halloween 2014 with a couple of our besties!

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

Oliver and Lucas at the Point Loma Library

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!

On the train at the Mission Valley Pumpkin Station

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. 


3 Reasons Why Girl Moms Choose Girls on the Run

Looking for a way to empower and encourage your daughter? Girls on the Run is a fun way to help our girls realize their full potential and develop self respect, be healthy, joyful and confident.



Girls on the Run is an after school program like no other! For more than twenty years this girl-focused nonprofit has offered girl-empowering programming across the U.S. and right here in San Diego. With a 10-week program, GOTR uses running and physical activities to serve as a platform for teaching life skills and promoting holistic health outcomes in girls.


Thinking about GOTR for you and your girl? Check out three great reasons why girl moms in San Diego choose Girls on the Run:

1.) It’s effective.

When one of my daughters comes home with a friend issue, I am able to pull a skill out of the GOTR toolbox and walk them through solving the problem on their own.”

— Jennifer, GOTR Coach and mom at Valley Elementary, Poway

2.) It feels good to give back.

“For me, I have felt such an amazing sense of purpose influencing so many beautiful young souls. The coaches I’ve had the privilege to work with have touched my life in small and big ways.”

— Lisa, GOTR Coach and mom at Cadman Elementary, Bay Ho

3.) Girls on the Run is one of a kind.

They get their life lessons and physical activity at once. I don’t know if that exists elsewhere. These girls take those lessons with them, I’ve seen it in my daughter and my team. I’m so lucky we have this and can give it to our girls.”

— Virginia, GOTR Coach and mom at Ada Harris Elementary, Cardiff

Girls on the Run San Diego is currently accepting site and coach applications for the Spring 2020 season. Program registration will open on www.gotrsd.org on January 1st (click here to sign up for a reminder!).

The Girls on the Run Fall 5K happens on December 8th.

For more information about how you can get involved, visit www.gotrsd.org or email info@gotrsd.org.

Fave 5 ~ Week of October 21

It’s the last full week of the month, and it’s over flowing with festive fun. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Kids Free October promotions before they’re over. Here are our five favorite ideas for the week, but there’s oh so much more. Visit our online calendar for more options than you’ll have time to enjoy!

Kayaking with Kids @ La Jolla Shores (Kids FREE!)

Wednesday, October 23rd

La Jolla Kayak Rentals in La Jolla Shores

Take advantage of the warm weather and the last full week of Kids Free in October with an afternoon paddling around La Jolla Shores. One child rides free in double kayak with an adult who purchases a full priced single kayak @ Bike & Kayak Tours La Jolla!


Halloween Baby Story Time

Thursday, October 24th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Mission Hills Library, 215 W. Washington St.

Introduce your baby to reading during this festive season with books, songs, rhythms, and finger plays designed especially for Halloween. Bring your baby in costume. Every baby will get a prize!



PNLU Fall Festival 

Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Point Loma Nazarene University in Point Loma

At this FREE community event, enjoy wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, music from local musicians and exhibit booths showcasing San Diego businesses, artisans, and nonprofit organizations. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. you sample food from local eateries at the Taste of Point Loma. Visit one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the U.S. and experience a day of fun, fall-inspired activities for all ages – the young and the young at heart!


Halloween Family Day @ Balboa Park

Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Balboa Park

It’s the region’s largest free Halloween Festival and Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway will be overflowing with free hands-on activities for kids like a haunted lantern craft at the Japanese Friendship Garden booth, a rooftop pumpkin drop experiment in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum and a “Thriller” flash mob dance in the Plaza de Panama that anyone can learn and participate in. Museums offer additional Halloween-themed activities inside their buildings, and there’s even a mini-carnival games for prizes.


Once Upon a Halloween Spooky Train Ride

Sunday, October 27th from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Old Poway Park 

Celebrate Halloween in a distinctly different way by taking a ride into the past aboard the “Halloween Express,” Poway’s own Baldwin Steam Locomotive. Haunted house, scary stories, carnival games and more guarantee to thrill and chill!