“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.”
San Diego is such a beautiful city with so much to see and so much to do!
October is nearly picture-perfect in San Diego. The weather is just the beginning, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. In the tourism off-season, you can enjoy all the sights without elbowing your way through the crowds.
Each month I have special fun events I want to show you so that you get the most out of this beautiful city!
How to Celebrate Halloween in 2020 During Covid-19
Halloween us outdoors with masks, right? It might be the most normal thing we do all year.
In case it’s not, here is a list of Halloween activities sure to provide plenty of hair-raising and eerie delights. Check out some ways to get spooked and celebrate everyone’s favorite October holiday.
1) Decorate Your House in a Big Way
Celebrate Halloween with pumpkins and lights and other spooky sights. Pick up black and orange lights. Craft spooky decor and more!
2) Spooky Movie Marathon
Toss some candy corn in your popcorn and get ready for some spooky stories. What is your favorite Halloween flick?
3) Monster Mash Halloween Dance Party
Shake your “boo thang” and download a spooky playlist from spotify 😉
4) You’ve Been Boo’d
Spread some Halloween cheer with this random act of kindness. Drop a pumpkin spice treat or something that’s cinnamon and sweet at your neighbor’s front door.
5) Weird Science
Be your own mad scientist, with potions galore! Use kitchen staples and household items to mux up some Vampire slime and so much more.
6) Halloween Hunt
Make up a tresure hunt and scour the scene for creepy crawly items.
7) Eerie Egg Hunt
Try a glow in the dark egg hunt!
8) Ghoulish Goodies
Whip up some homemade Halloween treats that are sure to put a spell on you!
9) Drive-by Tick-or-Treating
Coordinate with your neighborhood and have folks drive by like those Covid Birthday parades, but with candy.
10) Social Distance Trick-or-Treating
Leave candy at the end of your driveway and wave at those passing by.
11) Neighborhood Spook Fest
Coordinate with neighbors and have fire-pits, s’mores, and maybe scary movies on the projectors.
Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkins are ready! Masks and social distancing are required.
Location: 15954 Woods Valley Road Valley Center. Info: batesnutfarm.biz 9/19 – 10/31 Mon – Fri 9 am – 5:30 pm, Sat & Sun 8:30 am – 6 pm
Oma’s Pumpkin Patch
Children will enjoy Jack Patch Pumpkin, lots of “kid- powered” games, and more! Location: The Van Ommering Dairy Farm, Lakeside. Info: (old site) www.omaspumpkinpatch.com, (new site coming soon) www.omasfamilyfarm.com 9/29 – 10/31 Tue – Sat 10 am – 7 pm
Enjoy the pumpkin patch and fun attractions! Locations: Rancho Bernardo Farm (13421 Highland Valley Rd.), Bonita Farm (corner of Sweetwater Rd. & Bonita Rd.), and Mission Valley (1640 1⁄2 Camino Del Rio No.). Info: www.pumpkinstation.com. Bonita 10/1 – 10/31 9 am – 6 pm Rancho Bernardo 10/1 – 10/13 9 am – 6 pm, 10/14 – 10/31 9 am – 9 pm Mission Valley (pumpkins only) 10/1 – 10/31 Mon – Thu 11 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sun 9 am – 9 pm
PB Pumpkin Patch
The largest selection in Pacific Beach! Pumpkins in all shapes and sizes up to 100 lbs! Enjoy fun, food and beverages with the kiddos! Location: 870 Garnet Ave. (at Bayard St.). Info: www.pbpumpkinpatch.com 10/1 – 10/31 Mon – Fri 10 am – 10 pm, Sat & Sun 8 am – 10 pm
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch
Take advantage of online ordering, delivery, and contactless curbside pick up! Location: 6710 La Jolla Blvd. Info: www.mrjackolanternspumpkins.com 10/3 – 10/31 times tba
Harry Potter Afternoon Tea
“Truly a magical affair!” Enjoy a unique Harry Potter themed menu. Location: Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe & Afternoon Tea. Info: www.sandiegoafternoontea.com 10/1 – 10/2, 10/5 – 10/9, 10/12 – 10/16 11 am – 4 pm
La Mesa Oktoberfest ONLINE
Oktoberfest reimagined! A free event for all ages. Highlights include Oktoberfest Online with bier tastings, oompah bands, German demos & more, and Okroberfest Party Packs of biers, pretzels, and brats! Location: streaming live online. Info: www.lamesaoktoberfest.org. 10/3Noon–6pm
It’s BACK, but on a smaller scale! This is a semi-mega Catfish Stock Event – 4 lakes including 2 campling lakes will be stocked with 500 lbs. of catfish each. Book your campsites NOW! Location: Santee Lakes. Info: www.santeelakes.com/events
10/3 – 10/4 6 am – 6 pm
Taste of Little Italy Take Out Edition
Enjoy a custom meal from your Little Italy favorites, support restaurants that have weathered through this hard time and participate in a fun event while staying safe and healthy. Location: pick up from participating Little Italy restaurants. Info: www.littleitalysd.com 10/4 – 10/8 4 – 7 pm
Bike MS: Inside Out – October
A one-of-a-kind ride you can do indoors or on the road. Enjoy the Bike MS experience you love – no matter where you want to ride. Same support. Same mission. With each pedal stroke and fundraising dollar you’re helping to reach our goal – a world free of MS. Location: where and how you choose. Info: ntlms.org/BikeMSInsideOut20 10/17 7 am
So much to do, so much to see!