Can you believe it’s Fall?? Crazy right… well, take a deep breath 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 relax! Yes, this year will definitely be different then most, so we are updating our guide as events change.
The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Halloween in Temecula & Murrieta – 2020
1. Peltzer Farms (Temecula/ Wine Country)
Peltzer is one of our family favorites with its country chic vibe that is absolutely perfect for the Fall. Not to mention it’s one of the hottest new wineries in Temecula as well. They have a fun corn maze, train rides, a cute petting zoo, and face painting.
Most importantly they’ve got pig races and they are so fun to watch. They’ve been open for about a week now, but don’t forget to check out their facebook to see what events they’ve got going on. Read our Full Review on Peltzer Farms here and their winery here (hint: pretty good wine tasting). Plus, find out more about Peltzer Farms on their website here.
2. Pick of the Patch & ABC Farms
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins and ABC Tree Farm- This is the perfect place for family traditions to be born because they have a pumpkin patch in the Fall and then sell Christmas trees in the Winter.
This patch is located right near Rancho Community Church in Temecula, but they have locations in Oceanside, Lake Elsinore, and San Clemente as well. Check out their website to see their Monday and Tuesday coupons. Find out more on their website here.
3.Pumpkinland Pumpkin Patch (Temecula/ Promenade)
Pumpkinland Pumpkin Patch is located right in the Promenade Mall parking lot and is super convenient, even open 7 days a week. It has all the carnival games, inflatable rides, and crafts you expect to find at a pumpkin patch.
4. Toms Farms (Corona)
The pumpkin patch at Tom’s Farm is open nearly every day in October and while they offer the Fall activities you would expect, they also offer all their normal amenities and attractions. Stay up to date by checking their website here.
5. Julian Mining Co. (Julian)
The Julian Mining Co is just 200 yards south of the Julian Mining Co. lies their pumpkin patch full of 1000’s of vine-ripened pumpkins of all varieties, meaning you can find just the right one. Parking is free and they’re open Friday-Sunday. It’s the perfect place to grab that yummy apple cider that makes cold fall days feel just right and pick up some pumpkins. See their website here.
6. Riley’s Farm (Oak Glen)
Riley’s Farm is famous for its u-pick apples during the fall but they also have PUMPKINS!! See their website for details here.
7. Bates Nut Farm (Valley Center)
Bates Nut Farm is as classic as it gets, which is to be expected because they have been in business for over 50 years. Everybody gets to grab a wheelbarrow and head out to the field to find their perfect pumpkin. There’s great BBQ, food trucks, and tons of different activities. Check out their family fun packages to get the most out of your day. See their site for details.
8. 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.
Socially Distanced Halloween Events for 2020!
There are a ton of fun activities popping up for Halloween, that are safe for this remarkable year.
Halloween Trail at Petco Park
This is the year where we might have to drive a bit for some Halloween Fun. At Petco Park, you can take your kids to the home of San Diego Padres to do some socially distanced trick or treating.
For $25 you get: (Only 75 people allowed in the stadium, limited tickets)
- Stroll through the pumpkin patch, featuring Halloween surprises and character favorites
- Trick-or-Treat Souvenir Bag
- Candy and Toys
- Commemorative Lanyard with Halloween Trail Map
- Small Pumpkin
Not so Spooky Farm Drive-Thru Experience – Norco
Four cars will embark on the journey every 5 minutes and follow Stingy Jack as he navigates a Spooky Quest. Be sure to have a phone that easily connects to the car stereo for the best quality experience.
Follow the signals from the Jack Mobile and put your car into park to watch each scene play out before your eyes and on your phone. Be prepared for thrills, excitement and surprises in an adventure that’s not so spooky for everyone!
Experience a Drive Thru Candy Drops, amazing decorations and an experience as you drive thru a fun Halloween Adventure
Festivals & Carnivals
1. City of Temecula- Halloween Carnival
When: TBD (Most Likely Cancelled)
What: Come out and enjoy the city of Temecula’s Halloween Carnival. It’s just $5 a wristband which gets you unlimited games and prizes. Don’t forget to dress your best for the costume contest! Bring an empty bucket along so you can fill it up with all their treats.
Details: click here
2. City of Murrieta- Fall Festival
When: TBD (Most Likely Cancelled)
What: Join the city of Murrieta in celebrating Fall with carnival games, food vendors, candy, and prizes. Wrist bands are just $3.
Details: Call (951) 304-PARK for more info or visit www.murrietaca.gov
1. Rancho Community Church
When: Thursday, Oct 31 from 6-9 pm for Special Needs families and 7-9 pm for the general public
What: Stop by the Rancho Community Church for their October Extravaganza on Halloween night for a fun alternative to trick or treating. They say they’ll have lots of candy and tons of activities.
For Little Kids:
1. Apple Head Carving Lab/Pennypickle’s Pumpkin-
When: Throughout October at Temecula Children’s Museum
What: Check out Pennypickle’s facebook page for details so you don’t miss out on these wacky fun events. Nothing is spooky or scary at these events just be ready for the mad scientist. For details click here.
2. Apple Festival/Halloween Wacky Workshop: Children’s Museum
What: Toy with tons of hands-on fun and wacky experimentation as we play with monsters, robotics, electricity, and all things Frankenstein-ish at our L.I.F.E. Laboratory extravaganza to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece! Nothing is spooky or scary at these events just be ready for the mad scientist. For details click here.
3. Spooktacular Dog Walk at the Promenade Mall
When: Dates: TBD
What: Get your feel good on by joining this fundraising walk with the whole family, even your pup! Your dog will get a doggie treat bag and there will be plenty of treats for you too. There’s a costume contest for the best dress owner and pet duo. Don’t forget to register online.
4. Big Horse Corn Maze
When: Big Horse Corn Maze will Reopen in 2021
What: Big Horse Feed and Mercantile holds a great harvest festival throughout October, but they are best known for their 11+ acre corn maze. Check out their website for the weekend themes, like All American and Old Fashioned Farm Days. Check their website for details.
5. Valley-Wide Recreation Center
When: Will reopen in 2021
What: 2017 Spooktacular- Halloween Carnival Games, Candy & Jumper Fun. Free admission.
6. Boo-mont Park San Diego
When: Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday in October + Halloween at Belmont Park
What: You just can’t miss out on Zombie Laser Tag here at Boo-mont. They’ve got trick or treating, costume contests, crafts, and tons of attractions. Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin spice funnel cake while your kiddos run around. See http://www.belmontpark.com here for details.
Treat your little monsters to ghoulish giggles and a frightfully good time. Space is limited. Please arrive early to best ensure seating. We encourage carpooling. Program dates & times subject to change. Sponsored by the Friends of the Temecula libraries.
Temecula Haunted Houses & More – For The Young At Heart
Update – as with most things in 2020 a lot of Haunted Houses are closed this year. We are currently searching for homes with Haunted setups.
Corrigan Place in Harveston
Masks are required for this spooky haunt. Open Friday and Saturday from 7pm – 9pm, get frightened in this pretty frightening haunted house.
1. Fear Addiction Haunted House in Vail Headquarters
Fear Addiction Haunted House is the real deal! Be prepared to be scared! Presented by Factory of Terror, the guys who know scary! Master of Ceremonies Spade Cooley, welcomes you to Ace of Spade Transport and Storage where the motto is “We hunt you down for business”! Located in Temecula Parkway in the Vail Headquarters.
2. Sinister Valley at Storm Stadium
This haunted maze comes to us from Chris O’Keefe whose father did haunted houses for years. For the past, 7 years Chris has had a haunted house out of his home and would get 3,000+ people visiting it each year! Last year, they haunted the Vail Headquarters and This year its bigger as it heads to Storm Stadium.
Guests will travel through the maze, an abandoned mine shaft. The maze takes 7-15 minutes to go through depending on how scared you might be. Prices are $12 for Thursday & Sunday $15 for Fri & Sat.
3. Cannibal Creek at Peltzer Farms
What might be the most frightening haunted house I have ever been to. This haunted house will have you screaming the whole way through. I think I might have traumatized my 14-year-old son for the rest of his life. Kids 12 & Over!
4. Vail Lake Haunted House + Mile Long Haunted Trail
By Tri-valley entertainment. Recommended ages 13+ although there are other activities for kids that are not scary. Friday and Saturday 7-10:30 or 11:30 pm. There is also a Music & Dancefloor every night. Prices $10 for parking + $10 per attraction.
5. Mansion of Lost Souls-
Stop by the Promenade Mall after dark to attend Temecula’s newest haunted attraction. Walk through the home of a doctor’s family home, and find out what really went all wrong one fateful night. Details found here.
6. Haunted Trail Balboa Park-
If you want to experience Balboa Park in a whole new way, wind your way through twisted pines and oaks of their haunted trail after dark. They set up a maze over 3,500 square feet and leave creepy characters lurking around every corner. Check their website for details.
7. The Harvest Motel Escape Room in San Diego-
3rd Day Escape Rooms offers 3 different escape room experiences, but the Harvest Motel is specifically horror themed and perfect for Halloween fun that will surely give you the chills. Details here.
8. Haunted HayRide at Vail Lake-
These haunted hayrides at Vail Lake have been going on for over 15 years. Check their facebook to stay updated on this year’s details.
9. Coffin Creek Haunted Attraction in Corona-
This haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart, but it is one of the best places for a fright in Southern California. There are 5 separate attractions right here in this Corona spot! Check their site for details.
10. Teen Pumpkin Plunge-
Send your teens over to the Community Rec Center to swim and watch a movie after dark. The featured film will be Beetlejuice and it byof (bring your own floatie!). Details TBA!
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.
Disneyland Halloweentime is just more special during the holidays, and that includes Halloween. The characters are in costume and many of the rides transform, like Guardians of the Galaxy- Monsters After Dark and Haunted Mansion Holiday with Jack Skeleton.
There’s even a special parade and fireworks show. Mickey’s Halloween Party is already all booked up, but that shouldn’t stop you because there’s still plenty to do! Details on Disney’s website here.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Spooky Farm: Knott’s Spooky Farm is their family-friendly celebration that takes place on the weekends. There’s trick or treating, costume contests, a Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, and a live show. Details can be found here.
Knott’s Scary Farm is one of the most popular Halloween attractions in Southern California with people coming from all over the region. This year there will be 9 terrifying mazes and plenty of the attractions will stay open throughout the night. The park is fully transformed, so there’s no telling who will come out from behind the corners. Grab Discounted Tickets Here!
Legoland Brick or Treat
There are still tickets available for Legoland’s Brick or Treat Party Nights. 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
October 20 & 21 join the aquarium’s oceanography scientists in the search for the most unusual underwater creatures. Discover a sea of glowing beasts, get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time. Find details here.
Castle Dark– Attractions include: Castle Peak Caverns, Shiverton Keep, Ghost Blasters in 3D, & Carnival of “S” Laughter!!! See website for details.
Halloween Candy Trade-In Options
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. 1-8th during office hours.
Smile 951 is located at: 31537 Rancho Pueblo Rd #205 Temecula, CA, 92592
Phone: (951) 698-8200
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*WAITING TO HEAR BACK THIS YEAR!
Wineries (adults want to have fun too!)
Who knew so many wineries in Temecula would embrace the Halloween spirit? They sure do it well though and made me fall in love with Halloween all over. We already mentioned Peltzer Winery’s amazing pumpkin farm festivities, but there are tons of other places too.
Head to Peltzer’s Winery where they are hosting a Halloween Costume Block Party this year. See their website for details.
Longshadow each year has a Halloween Extravaganza Fest, and all their other activities perfect for Fall like “Bonfire Saturday Nights”. Look for Details here.
South Coast Winery
A haunted tour through the vineyards that ends with wines, a charcuterie plate, and special Halloween treats from the chef… sign me up! Details here.
Don’t miss out on this unique Temecula experience, Oak Mountain Winery hosts an annual Murder Mystery Dinner. Check their website for details.
Dress up for the night at Fazeli’s Haunted Masquerade Ball on October 27th! Your admission ticket even includes a glass of wine. Pricing and more details can be found here.
Danza del Sol
Join Danza del Sol at their 6th annual Halloween party dressed in your best costume. There will be food trucks and a great DJ. Details can be found here.
Celebrate the harvest at Wilson Creek’s Harvest Fest where you can stomp on some grapes and carve a pumpkin. Details on their website here.
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