We’re knee-deep into October and Halloween looms like a goose bump on a forearm. If you’re lurking for something to do this weekend, look no further than our crystal ball of outstanding and upcoming events for the family or just going it alone. Please proceed at your own risk.
Saturday & Sunday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Enter the Haunted Trail at Balboa Park at your own risk! But first enter the maze …and see if you can find your way out (15 minutes?). The maze is included with your general admission purchase. Then take an eerie stroll through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. But be forewarned, you better have eyes in the back of your head because you just never know… This one mile trail of terror and thrills will test your mettle. The horrific, hair-raising haunt will leave you howling with fright and is not recommended for children under 10, nor those who are faint of heart. Emergency exits are available. There is also an additional maze called “The eXperiment”, where for five additional bones you can experience in excess of 3500 square feet of freak-infested dread. The Haunted Trail runs each and every night except Mondays and Tuesdays, and then daily from October 18 through October 31 (except Monday, October 23). Tickets are a scant $25 for general admission (cash only at the gate), but also available online to avoid the queue, and $10 – $15 extra for a Fastpass upgrade. The Haunted Trail is located at Balboa Park at 6th and Juniper. They’ll be lurking for you! Bawahahahahahaha.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (4 p.m. Sunday)
The weekend is shaping up to be a blast at the Fall Arts and Craft Fair! Come out and check out over 125 exclusive vendors from all around SoCal. Each and every work is finely hand-crafted and actually sold by the artists and crafters (hint: negotiate!). Such items as handmade jewelry, soaps, paintings and sculpture, local honey, clothing, pottery, items for the home and garden and more will be on hand. Oh, and to tease the palate, how about the multiple wine tasting areas, food court, winery village shops, and cafe and coffee shop? Sounds good to us! Wine will be available by the glass or bottle (we’ll have the latter, thank you very much). The annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair is truly a popular San Diego tradition, and a veritable ALL-Artisan fair. There will also be live music, as well as parking and a shuttle. Bring the family! Kindly note that this is a NO dog event. And please, no outside food or beverages. The fair is absolutely free at the Bernardo Winery and is located at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte in San Diego.
Friday – Sunday 12 p.m. onwards, Belmont Park, Mission Beach
Are you psyched up for the 5th consecutive year as Belmont Park transforms itself into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park? This truly inspiring event is a true family-friendly fall festival featuring activities for beasts, brutes, and giants of all ages. There will be free trick-or-treating from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Special attractions include Zombie Laser Tag where various creatures will join in on a three-floor adventure, a pumpkin patch station under the famous roller coaster with an option to purchase pumpkins to paint. Kids will love the costume contests on Saturdays, and various Halloween-themed crafts on Sundays. Boomont is the happening for kids and families and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October in addition to Halloween day. Free admission and parking! Woot!! Belmont Park, as if you didn’t already know, is located at Mission Beach at 3146 Mission Blvd.
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., San Ysabel
Country livin’ is real living! And it’s that time of the year again for the harvest at Fort Cross! You certainly can’t beat an exciting day for the entire family for free, right? You and the loved one will gain entry into the U-Pick pumpkin patch. There will also be abundant fun consisting of cider pressing, hayrides, hoedowns, various crafts, a petting zoo for the kiddos, candle dipping, archery, a tomahawk throw, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, Fairy/Dino/Halloween Garden Making, and a Ghost Town slingshot range. Get out to the countryside for some fresh air for a change! Fort Cross is located at 4425 Hwy 78, in soothing Santa Ysabel.