Can you believe it’s already October?? Crazy right… well take a deep breathe because I have put together an amazing guide to Halloween Activities in Temecula and the surrounding communities. It’s ALL right here in one place so you can sit back and
start planning Thanksgiving Dinner and start holiday shopping relax- ha!
The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Halloween in Temecula Valley- 2016
1. Peltzer Farms (Temecula/ Wine Country)
We LOVE Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Patch. I mean… what’s not to love when you have pumpkins, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, pig races, train rides, food trucks & now they have a winery on property!!! Don’t miss the micro pigs (they’re insanely cute), the baby goats or those pig races!
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2. ABC Farms
This farm has been in business for over 30 years. You can find their pumpkins on Temecula Parkway near Rancho Community Chruch. They have fun inflatables for the kids!!
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3. Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch (Temecula/ Promenade)
This pumpkin patch is conveniently located in the Promenade Mall parking lot near Edwards Cinema. Here you will find food, crafts, inflatables, kids tractor rides & more!!! Find out more on their website here.
4. Kenny’s Pumpkin Patch (Fallbrook)
Home to Kenny’s Pick Your Own Strawberries… but this year they have PUMPKINS too! Their hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10-6 and you can find more info on their Facebook page here.
5. Wickerd Farm (Menifee)
Located in Menifee this pumpkin patch offers some educational components as well as a butterfly garden and complimentary hay rides upon request! See website for details here.
6. Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Patch (Murrieta)
Here you will find fun inflatables, mechanical rides and plenty of pumpkins. On the corner of Winchester and Murrieta Hot Springs. See their website for details.
7. Toms Farms (Corona)
Pumpkins in all shapes, sizes & colors. Plus, families can enjoy the rest of the amenities Toms Farms has to offer. Get more details on their website here.
8. Julian Mining Co. (Julian)
The Cross Family Farm Pumpkin Patch is located at Julian Mining co. Here you will find vine ripened pumpkins, tractor-drawn hayrides, u-press apple cider, farm animals and more! See website for details here.
9. The Pumpkin Factory (Redlands)
Find plenty of pumpkins plus: rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more! See their website for details here.
10. Riley’s Farm (Oak Glen)
Riley’s Farm is famous for it’s u-pick apples during the fall but they also have PUMPKINS!! See their website for details here.
11. Bates Nut Farm (Valley Center)
For over 50 years Bates Nut Farm has been providing the area with pumpkins and family fun. Come and enjoy their craft fair, pony rides, inflatables, tractor hay rides & straw maze! Check here for details.
12. Del Mar Pumpkin Station (Del Mar)
Another larger scale pumpkin patch. The Pumpkin Station in Del Mar features: giant slides, antique carousel, petting zoo, game zone & more. Check out full details on their website here.
Festivals & Carnivals
1. City of Temecula- Halloween Carnival
When: Fri. Oct. 28th at 5:30pm at the Ronal Reagan Sports Park
What: Games, costume contest, jumps, candy, and prizes await! Don’t miss this treat-filled Temecula tradition. Fee: $5/wristband (includes unlimited games, activities & prizes, excludes food vendors).
Details: click here
2. City of Murrieta- Fall Festival
When: Sat. Oct. 29th at 5:30pm at the California Oaks Sports Park
What: Carnival style games, candy & prizes, food vendors & live entertainment. Fee: $3/ wristband (includes unlimited carnival games).
Details: click here
3. City of Menifee
When: Sat. Oct. 29th from 2-9pm at the Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park
What: Trick or Treating, Food and Craft Vendors, Kids Zone, Live Entertainment and many more!! Fee: $5/ wristband
Details: click here
4. City of Wildomar
When: Sat. Oct. 22nd from 5-8pm at the Marna O’Brien Park.
What: Trick or Treating supported by local businesses
Details: click here
1. Calvary Murrieta Harvest Festival
Festival with FREE games, food & candy on Halloween (Monday Oct. 31st). See website for details.
2. Sunridge Trunk or Treat
Put on your costume and enjoy games, bounce houses, obstacle course, jousting, a giant slide & lots of candy. Open Friday Oct. 28th 6:30pm OPEN to the Public (from 5:30-6:30pm it is open for Families with Special Needs Children ONLY). See website for details here.
3. Fall Fest 2016
The Bridge Church in Murrieta is hosting a Fall Fest on Halloween night (Monday Oct. 31st) from 6-8:30pm.
Here you can find inflatables, interactive games, carnival booths, rides, rock-wall & food vendors. *They will also be doing a raffle for 4 Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets!!! The raffle is benefitting the “Community Care Program”. Details can be found here on their website.
4. Reliance Trunk or Treat
Enjoy trick or treating, candy, games & more at Reliance Church on Halloween night (Monday Oct. 31st) from 6-8:30pm. See here for details.
For Little Kids:
1. Non Scary Halloween Celebration at Pennypickles
A fun filled celebration for your little ones.
2. Spooktacular Dog Walk at the Promenade Mall
Fundraising Walk – Doggie Treat Bags – Vendor Booths – Pet Parade & Costume Contest – Monster Mash Green Screen
3. Big Horse Corn Maze- Temecula
Tons of activities beyond the corn maze including: a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay ride, rock-wall, face painting & more!! See here for details.
4. Boo-mont Park- San Diego
Free trick or treating (specific dates), zombie laser tag, spooky coaster, pumpkin patch, rock-wall, costume contests, crafts, face painting & more! See here for details.
5. Orange Empire Railway Museum (Perris)
Kids will LOVE hopping on a train ride to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where they will choose their own pumpkin to decorate + get to meet and take photos with Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the rest of the gang. There is also live entertainment, a balloon twister, a hay bale maze & more! The event will be held on October 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2016. Tickets can be purchased here.
6. Balboa Park Family Day (San Diego)
There is tons to do on Family Day at Balboa Park. Kids under 12 receive FREE admission with a paid adult (over a dozen great museums with activities to choose from). The San Diego Air & Space Museum will be doing a pumpkin drop from their roof. There are costume contests for both kids & pets and more!! This event is happening Sun. Oct. 29th from 11am-4pm. See details here.
For Big Kids:
1. Field of Screams- (Lake Elsinore)
Inland Empire’s #1 Halloween attraction is back with NEW mazes, NEW horrors, NEW characters & more. See website for details here.
2. Hyde Massacre (Temecula)
Located at Galway Downs this 2,500 sq ft Fright House is sure to induce blood curdling screams. Recommended for ages 13+. For details see here.
3. Evil Haunt (Murrieta)
Evil has a tiny home in Murrieta. Enter… if you dare! Details on their website here.
4. Keep the Nightmare Alive (Murrieta)
North County Times called this haunted house “an elaborate production…”. Get full details here.
5. Haunted Trail (Balboa Park)
A fright filled trail walk located at Balboa Park. Details and tickets here.
6. The Harvest Motel Escape Room (San Diego)
An escape room experience that will give you chills. Details here.
7. The Scream Zone (Del Mar Fairgrounds)
San Diego’s most bone chilling Halloween activity. For details see here.
8. Haunted Hay Ride at Vail Lake
Celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this haunted house and spooky hay ride through the woods is one that will give you chills for sure. See here for details.
Trick or Treating
Old Town Temecula
Children can trick or treat at a variety of Temecula establishments including The Bank Mexican Restaurant & Bar and Texas Lil’s. From October 12-31, The Bank will showcase a Haunted Vault and Trick-or-Treating for children on Halloween weekend. Parents can join in the fun at the outdoor bar by receiving a $5 gift card towards Monday’s Happy Hour by arriving in costume. Texas Lil’s is encouraging families to dine with them before beginning an evening of trick-or-treating; kids eat free and costumed little ones can trick or treat when the night falls.
While Mickey’s Halloween Party is sold out already there are still PLENTY of Halloween activities in the parks!!! There’s the Haunted Mansion Holiday Ride, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Plus, the characters are dressed in their Halloween costumes, explore Dia de Los Muertos in Frontierland and more! Details on Disney’s website here.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Spooky Farm– Once again Knott’s is hosting a fun filled family event for ages 3-11 years old on weekends in October and Halloween day. There is live entertainment, trick or treating, costume contest, dance party and maze. Plus, enjoy Snoopy and his friends in their Halloween costumes & more! Festivities included with park admission or season pass. Details can be found here.
Scary Farm– Back again with 13 haunted attractions, mazes, shows, scare zones & more!! Ticket prices or to order see here.
Legoland Brick or Treat
During the month of October on specific dates Legoland stays open late for their Brick or Treat celebration!!! Here your little ghosts and ghouls can enjoy: trick or treating from the special treat stations with over 1 million pieces of candy, live entertainment and shows, costume contest, dance party, character meet & greets and more! For full details check Legoland’s website here. Separate entry fee required.
During the weekends all October long kids will enjoy dressing up in their Halloween costumes and trick or treating throughout SeaWorld park. There are also special Halloween shows (Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium + more) and NEW this year there is an exhibit centered around Dia de Las Muertos!! See details here.
Haunted Birch Aquarium
On Oct. 21-22nd from 6-9pm Birch Aquarium features a special event “Haunted Birch Aquarium”. Here kids can check out “a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime,and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time. Recommended for ages 2+.” Find details here.
Happy Hauntings– Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30th families with kids 12 & under will enjoy pumpkin carving, trick or treating and a costume contest. See website for details.
Castle Dark– Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7pm to close through Oct. 30th Castle Park turns into Castle Dark! Attractions include: NEW Demented Doom Mine, Shiverton Manor and Ghost Blasters!!! See website for details.
Halloween Candy Trade In Options
Swap out candy for FREE golf lessons for the kids this year at Pechanga Resort in their inaugural Candy for Golf Campaign.
Per Pechanga’s website,
“Candy for Golf will encourage healthy eating habits as well as teach Southern California youth the importance of Veterans Day this Nov. 11. PGA Golf Professional and Journey Instructor Randy Chang will provide free group lessons to any child/teen up to 18 years old who brings in his/her bag of Halloween candy the weekends of Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Their lesson can be applied on the spot or scheduled for a later date.”
All candy donations will be sent to U.S. Military members through Operation Gratitude.
Halloween candy can be dropped off at Journey at Pechanga’s Pro Shop (45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592) on Friday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 6, and Friday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 13, from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Encourage healthy dental care by having your kids trade in their Halloween candy for CASH!!! Bring your candy and be paid $1 per lb up to 5 lbs per person. Turn in dates are Nov. 1-4th. Hours: Monday–Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-3.
Smile 951 is located at: 31537 Rancho Pueblo Rd #205 Temecula, CA, 92592
Phone: (951) 698-8200
Braces by Garcia
Braces by Garcia is located at: 40285 Winchester Road, Suite 101 Temecula, CA, 92592. Call for details. Phone: 951-296-5100
Sky Canyon Dental
Sky Canyon Dental is located at: 39040 Sky Canyon Dr. Ste 107 Murrieta, CA, 92563. Call for details. Phone: (951) 677-6608
Wineries (adults want to have fun too!)
Head to Peltzer’s Winery to help them CELEBRATE the opening of their NEW Crush House!!! After you taste some of their incredible wines you can walk the kids down the hill to enjoy the famous Peltzer Pumpkin Farm Festivities including: a pumpkin patch, train ride, pig races, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo & more!! See their website for details here.
Come join the fun on Oct. 30th from 7-10pm. Trick or treat in the vineyards, wines and tastings, live music, dancing, costume contest, and free pumpkins for the kids to paint and carve! FREE admission. See website for details here.
South Coast Winery
Check out their Haunted Wine Tours Oct. 28-31st. This behind the scenes tour included wine pairing and Ghoulishly Good Food too! See here for details.
Join in the annual Halloween Celebration- Night of the Living Wine-O’s at Lorimar on Oct. 28th at 6pm. Admission is $10 (and comes with “Spooky Sangria”). Wine special, live music, costume contest & more! See here for details.
Come enjoy a fun filled night + a delicious dinner at Oak Mountain’s Murder Mystery Dinner in the Cave Fri. Oct 28th at 6pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.
Get dressed up and have some fun at Fazeli’s Haunted Masquerade Ball Sat. Oct. 29th at 7pm. Pricing and details can be found on their website here.
Join Thornton Winery on Oct. 30th from 7-10pm for their Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner! Eat, drink and dance the night away while guessing ‘who dunnit?” Dress to win prizes for most original, best, funniest and scariest costumes! For additional info click here.
Monte de Oro
Tickets: $40, Available online here!
Join us for a scary good time featuring the showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live performances to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this cult classic. The evening will also include a costume contest and a “Time Warp” dance contest. Food, drinks and prizes round out this frighteningly fabulous good time. Don’t miss it! 21 and over only.
Head to Pechanga for their Halloween themed events- “Monster Bash Cosmik Bingo,” “Halloween Hot Seats” for slots players, costume contests for poker players and more. Pechanga says, “casino guests will be grinning big like jack o’lanterns on Oct. 31.”