This page provides a
detailed list of California's pumpkin festivals.
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these are last year's dates!
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NOTE: These are not yet
updated for 2009, so be SURE to call to verify the dates and times!
October 1-31: 29th Annual Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival
- Santa Paula: Acres of pumpkins, farm animals, free hayrides, giant
sunflower forest, children's area play, picnic areas, music
entertainment, baby animal petting zoo. 10 am to 5:30pm, Faulkner Farm,
14292 W. Telegraph Road.(805) 525-2226,
October 1-31: Pumpkin Patch - Ventura: Free hayrides daily after 3pm and
all day on weekends. Variety of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and farm
animals. 9am-dusk. McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch, Off Market Street& Knoll Dr.
October 1-31: Shipwreck - Long Beach: A month-long Halloween terror fest
featuring haunted mazes aboard the Queen Mary. (562) 435-3511.
1-31: Fall Harvest Festival at Tierra Rejada Family Farms, 9-6pm
(5pm after daylight savings time) Phone: 529-3690. Admission: $3
(Saturday and Sunday); $2 (Monday to Friday); Parking is free.
Pick-your-own pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch, Clydesdale-drawn hay
rides, antique and new farm equipment and machinery displays, fun photo
ops, GIANT PUMPKIN display, and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables.
Arts & Crafts, Baby animal petting and grooming corral, Pony rides.
October 15-16; 22-23: Ghost Tours - Sacramento: Experience an eerie
escorted evening walk of suspense into the dark edges of the dramatic
historic district and discover Old Sacramento's haunted heritage.
Reservations & info: (916) 442-7644
October 16-17, 30-31: Goosebump Express - Jamestown: Railtown 1897,
Jamestown. Specially decorated steam-powered excursion trains with
"Skeleton Crew". Free pumpkins for children with train tickets. (209)
October 23: Ghost Bus Tour of Haunted Roadways - Ventura: Revel in stories
of ghosts and poltergeists from Ventura's past in this bus tour to
purported ghost sites, including Olivas and Ortega Adobes as well as
Cemetery Park. Bring a warm coat and a flashlight. Please report 10
minutes before departure. $12. 7-9pm. Tour starts downtown at City Hall
steps, 501 Poli Street (805) 658-4726
October 23: Trees, Leaves and Pumpkin Plunge: Fall Festival with wet and dry
games. Highlighted by the infamous throwing of pumpkins into the pool.
Carlsbad Swim Complex from 12noon - 3pm . For details call 760-602-4687
October 23-24, 30-31: 6th Annual Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California - Carlsbad: Daily costume contests, trick-or-treating on the kid-sized
Brick-or-Treat Trail and entertainment for the whole family. Children
ages 12 and under will receive a LEGOLAND souvenir bag on the park's
exclusive Brick-or-Treat Trail. (760)918-LEGO
October 24: Children's Halloween Downtown - Santa Cruz: Halloween
activities, costume parade and merchant Trick-or-Treat on Pacific Ave.
from Laurel to Water Street (831) 429-8433
October 29: Halloween Carnival & Haunted House - Mammoth Lakes: Located at
Canyon Lodge. (760) 934-8989 ext.222
October 29: Merchant Trick or Treat, Main Street. Main Street Ramona
Merchants host Ramona's children for a Halloween Trick or Treat up and
down Main Street. 3 pm-6 pm.
October 30: Ventura's Haunted Heritage Tour: Some say Halloween is the
unluckiest day of the year and a time when ghosts walk the earth.
There's no better time to enjoy a spine tingling tour into Ventura's
fascinating folklore. Reservations are required. $9. 7-9pm. Tour starts
downtown at City Hall steps, 501 Poli Street (805) 658-4726
October 30: Halloween Costume Ball - Catalina: The ghost and goblins that
haunt the Casino Building invite you to "75 Years of Fears" as the
Casino Ballroom is transformed into a Haunted Mansion with a frightfully
fun atmosphere. Dine if you dare, at a themed buffet, dance to the live
music and dress to win the Best Costume Contest. Tickets & info (800)
October 30: Annual Pumpkins on the Pier - Pismo Beach: Kids 'Trick or
Treat' at downtown merchants, kids parade, costume contest, pumpkin
decorating contest, crafts and games.12:30-3pm. (800) 443-7778
October 30: Halloween in the Village - Arroyo Grande: Thousands of kids
"Trick or Treat" downtown businesses from 3-5pm. Haunted house & games
from 5-7pm. Downtown Arroyo Grande, W. Branch Street. (805) 473-2250
October 30-31: Halloween Festival/Celtic New Years - Sutter Creek: Explore
the ancient origins of Halloween around our fantastic Strawhenge, a
recreation of Stonehenge made from bales of straw! Visit the authentic
Celtic round house; immerse yourself in the past while strolling among
our numerous vendors. Meet the High King Bran and Queen Bodacea of
Celtic lore. Come in costume and participate in a weekend of
trick-or-treating and costume contests with fantastic prizes! Face
painting, apple bobbing, and games for the children! Frolic with the
fairies, warm your belly with spiced wine, and catch a Celtic rock
concert featuring Tempest. General $8, Senior (65+) $6, Junior (8-16)
$4, Under 8: Free. Saturday - 10 am to 6pm, Sunday - 10 am to 4pm. Italian
Picnic Grounds. (800) 400-0305
October 31: Storytelling at Haunted House (Fallback Festival) by the
Patchwork layers, contact Patti Christensen & James Nelson-Lucas, (619)
233-4692, [email protected], Island Avenue between 4th & 5th
Street, San Diego, Ca 92101, 11 am to 4 pm.
October 31:Halloween in the Village, 4:30pm, 909-866-4607 Big Bear, CA
October 31: Safe Trick or Treat from 5 pm to 8 pm, Encinitas
October 31: Safe Trick or Treat / Pumpkin Lane - Encinitas: Enjoy trick or
treating, music, games and a whole lot of fun! The event is free and
takes place on Pumpkin Lane (Hwy 101) in Downtown Encinitas. While you
enjoy this family event, you can also view the amazing and creative
carved pumpkins. These spectacular carvings can be viewed at a number of
different locations on Pumpkin Lane. Each intricately carved pumpkin is
displayed at local merchants on Pumpkin Lane, and each area has a
different theme. 5-8pm. (760) 943-1950
October 31: Halloween in the Village - Big Bear: Bring the kids and your
smiles to share the fun of this great Valley tradition, with a costume
contest at Northwoods at 4:30pm, and trick or treating through the
Village shops & special booths until 7:30pm.
October 31: Ghost Train - Felton: Ride a steam train to Bear Mountain
through a haunted redwood forest as you relive "The Legend of Sleepy
Hollow". Follow Ichabod Crane as he flees the Headless Horseman.
Reservations required. Trains depart at 6:00 and 6:15 pm. Roaring Camp
Railroads, Felton. (888) 35-EVENT
October 31: Safe Trick or Treat - Wrightwood: Dress the kids up and bring
them downtown to the quaint mountain village of Wrightwood, where they
can visit the shops for free candy and treats. 5-7pm. (760) 249-4320
October 31: 12th Annual Halloween Celebration on Main Street - Huntington
Beach: This Trick or Treat Festival features kids rides, Contest, moon
bounce, air slides, pony rides, hay rides, booths with coloring,
balloons and a Halloween Costume Contest .Come join in the fun at an
event that is free for the kids. 5-8pm. Free. (714) 969-0795.
October 31:Halloween on the Wharf - Santa Cruz: Little witches, goblins,
ghosts and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at
this holiday celebration on the Municipal Wharf. 4 -6 pm. (831) 420-5273
October 31: Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat - Santa Barbara: Downtown
Santa Barbara's local merchants and restaurants welcome costumed
children and their families to State Street in search of goodies for the
annual Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat. Businesses will hand out
wrapped candy, balloons, store coupons, prizes, for children in costume.
PEP's Fourth Annual Children's Costume Parade begins at 11 am at State
and Anapamu Street. (805) 962-2098
Events and related links:
|Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off - From 10 am to 1 pm,
Ukiah Safeway on South State Street. Come see the giant pumpkins!
Food, Music & Fun!!! Call the City Parks and Recreation Department
for more information or to find out how to enter your pumpkin at
|Ukiah Country PumpkinFest
- The Annual Harvest
Street Festival boasts a parade along State Street at 11:00 am on
Saturday and a Fiddle Contest Sunday. Enjoy the continuous live
entertainment, children's carnival, Scarecrow City, arts & crafts
and food booths all weekend in downtown on School Street and in Alex
R. Thomas Plaza. 10 am to 5pm Saturday, 11am- 4pm Sunday. Admission is
|Hopland Fall Passport - Join the Hopland wineries
this weekend and be sure to get your passport stamped at Brutocao
Cellars! Fun, food, and wine for a minimal charge. Sign up to stomp
grapes and win a t-shirt! Info & RSVP (800) 433-3689 $25.00.
|May through Oct
||Orchard Plaza Farmer's Market:
May-October - every Saturday from 8:30am to 12noon at the Orchard
Plaza in downtown Ukiah. Shop for locally grown fruits, vegetables and
other products from the land such as honey, eggs, jams, wool, lavender
and much more. Meet a friend, listen to music, watch a cooking
demonstration and get some fresh air. Local artists display their work
at this social event. Call Lee Rossavick at 707-743-1342 or visit