San Diego Family October Issue

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FREE Pumpkin Station. Find the perfect pumpkin. Oct. 9–31, Mon.–Thurs., 11 am–9 pm; Fri.-Sun., 9 am–9 pm. Westfield Mission Valley Shopping Center, 1640 Camino Del Rio, N.

Don’t forget to call to confirm dates, times, admission prices and health guidelines.

thursday | 1 Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch. Featuring pumpkins, corn maze, apple cannons and tractor rides. Oct. 1–Nov. 8, 9 am–7 pm. $5; 5 & under free. Additional fee for activities. Carlsbad Strawberry Fields at Cannon Rd. & Interstate 5. Oma’s Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins galore plus a pedal kart racetrack, giant slides, petting corral, cottonseed mountain, wagon ride and more. Oct. 1–31, Tues.Sat., 10 am–7 pm. Tickets must be purchased online prior to arrival, no ticket sales at gate. Visit website for prices. 14950 El Monte Rd., Lakeside. Haunted Aquarium Remix. A Halloweenthemed experience where kids learn about and touch spooky creeps of the deep including slimy seaweed, small sharks, rays, and more, a haunted kelp maze and hidden pumpkins. Oct. 1–31, 9 am–5 pm. Included with admission. $15–$19.50; 2 & under free. Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.

Halloween experience. Oct. 1–4, 8–11, 14–18, 21–25, 27–31, Fri. & Sat., 7–11 pm; Sun.–Thurs., 7–10 pm. Recommended for ages 10 & up. $45-$70. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. FREE Pumpkin Patch at Bates Nut Farm. Grab a wheelbarrow and pick from a variety of pumpkins while enjoying hayrides, a straw maze, a petting corral and pony rides. Oct. 1–31, Mon–Fri., 9 am–5:30 pm; Sat. & Sun., 8:30 am–6 pm. Visit website for parking and activity fees. 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. FREE Fallbrook Scarecrow Days. Come face to face with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes on display throughout Fallbrook. Oct. 1– 31. www. Fall at Julian Farm & Orchard. Pick pumpkins grown on the farm and enjoy hay rides, axe throwing, cider pressing, farm animals and berry picking. Admission requires purchase of a $10 activity ticket. Oct. 1–25, Sat. & Sun., 10 am–5 pm; Thurs., Fri. & Mon., 11 am–5 pm. 4381 Hwy. 78, Julian.

FREE Summers Past Farms. Wander through the pumpkin patch and pick your favorite pumpkin. Oct. 1–31, Thurs.–Fri., 9 am–2 pm; Sat., 9 am–5 pm; Sun, 10 am–5 pm. 15602 Olde Hwy. 80, Flinn Springs.

FREE Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch. Corn maze, pony rides, corn cannon, petting zoo and pumpkins. Oct. 1–31, 9 am–6 pm. 842 Hwy. 78, Ramona.

Drive-Thru Scream Zone: Road Kill. There’s a whole new highway to the Danger Zone, and you’re in the driver’s seat at this completely contactless

Peltzer Pumpkin Farm. Oct. 1–31, Mon.– Fri., 11 am–8 pm; Sat. & Sun., 9 am–8 pm. $2, 2 & under free. 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula.

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FREE Pumpkin Patches at The Farm Stand West. Oct. 1–31, 10 am–6 pm. 2115 Miller Ave. & 1980 Summit Dr., Escondido. Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours. Each ghost bus includes a costumed master storyteller to take you on a historic tour with a haunted twist. Oct. 1–31, 7 & 9 pm. $39. 2415 San Diego Ave., Old Town. FREE Halloween at the Station. Festive backdrops with haystacks and pumpkins galore available throughout Liberty Station for family photo ops. Oct. 1–31. 2850 Womble Rd. VIRTUAL Young Scientists: Little Wizards. Use science to recreate and understand magic, potions, and illusions like your favorite wizards from books and movies. 4-week class offered by the Fleet Science Center. Today through Oct. 22, 11 am. $70. Register at Dinner & a Movie on the Bay. Experience a spectacular evening with great food including popcorn and an entrée of your choice, fantastic views and a blockbuster movie. Tonight, Dirty Dancing; Oct. 4, Back to the Future. 6–9 pm. $35–$48; 3 & under free. Pier 1 Hornblower Landing, 1800 N Harbor Dr., downtown. Kids FREE in October. There’s no better time to be a kid in San Diego than in October. Kids 12 & under receive free admission at many art, cultural, and science museums and historical sites in San Diego County. Oct. 1–31. To view participating museums, visit

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FREE Pumpkin Station Pumpkin Farms. Corn maze, petting zoo, tractor hay-wagon rides, pumpkins and more. Visit website for activity fees. Oct. 1–16, 9 am–6 pm; Oct. 17–31, 9 am–7 pm; Bonita open until 9 pm. 13421 Highland Valley Rd., Rancho Bernardo & 5354 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita.