Halloween for Kids, Pumpkin Patches & Harvest Events in SLO County


[ To see family-friendly events that are not Halloween events, go to the family-friendly events page. ]

2024 List is growing as events are not announced until they get closer. YOu can view the list below from 2023 if you'd like to get a general idea of what to expect.

October 25 & 26, 2024 - Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze: 2 Day Monster Mash in Arroyo Grande. This is a 2-day Halloween event at Elm Street Park (corner of Ash and Elm streets). Children of all ages and adults are invited to enjoy unlimited bounce-n-play, carnival games for candy and toy prizes, food vendors, the haunted maze, a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest, and more! To enter the pumpkin decorating contest participants should bring decorated pumpkins from home. Tickets for the carnival and maze can be purchased at the Recreation office, 1221 Ash Street, or at the door. Address for GPS: 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 26, 2024 (Sat) - Zoo Boo at the Charles Paddock Zoo from 5PM - 8PM. Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo! You can expect Halloween decorations throughout the Zoo, carnival games, a costume contest, Halloween-themed activities, a haunted house, and tricks & treats to enjoy! Admission is $16 for regular admission, $15 for Zoo members and free for kids 2 years old and under. Tickets are purchased at the zoo. We went to this event before! See my instagram reel of our experience from the past at Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422

October 31, 2024 (Thurs) - Trick or Treat Downtown in Atascadero from 5PM - 8PM. Free event. People and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, and pet costume contests, games, and of course, Trick or Treating! Address for GPS: 6905 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

(*Keep scrolling to see a list of 10 Pumpkin Patches in San Luis Obispo County in the next section.)


October 28, 2023 - Pumpkins in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach from 10AM - 1PM. Free event. Children ages 12 and under can participate in pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, bounce houses and more. Costume contest starts at 11:30AM. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. 

See more pictures that I took at Dinosaur Caves Park. Please leave pets at home. After the event at Pumpkins in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park, drive to Downtown Pismo Beach to trick or treat from 12PM - 1PM at participating businesses. Dinosaur Caves Park Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

October 28, 2028 (Sat) - Halloween Market at Nova Coffee Co in Arroyo Grande from 10AM - 2PM. Shop local vendors at a coffee shop. Bring the kiddos dressed up for trick or treating and face painting. Free entry. Address: 1156 E Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival at Woods Human Society from 12PM - 3PM. Free fall-themed community pet celebration and a whole lot of HOWL-o-ween fun! Activities include: kids' and canines' costume contests, stuffed-animal pull, bobbing for tennis balls, dog training demos, photos in the Pup'kin Patch, Santa Paws Portraits, local artisan goods, delicious food, face painting and more. Address: 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - Morro Bay Trick-Or-Treat at Morro Bay Businesses from 2:30PM - 5:30PM. There will be a map available at 2:30PM that day at the City Rec Booth that will be located at the corner of Morro Bay Blvd., and Main St. There will be a photo booth, face painting, bounce house, haunted trolley, candy and more. Address for GPS: Morro Bay Blvd & Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - San Miguel Trunk Fest at San Miguel Park from 5PM - 7:30PM. Free community event planned by local REALTOR and church. Harvest games, vendors and more. Address: 1325 K Street, San Miguel, CA 93451

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - Trunk or Treat 2023 at SLO City Church from 5PM - 7PM. Inflatables, games, pizza and candy. It will be at the parking lot. Address: 1150 Laurel Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo from 5PM - 8:30PM. Dress up in your not-so-scarry costume and come to the Zoo ready for fun. Activities include carnival-style games with trinket prizes. According to the Charles Paddock Zoo website, prices are $16 per person; Members $15 per person; Ages 2 and Under Free.  I went to his event in the past with my sons. See my instagram reel of Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo or my blog entry about Charles Paddock Zoo to see pictures of animals. Address: 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

October 28, 2023 (Sat) - Trunk or Treat at Birchwood Nipomo at 5:30PM. Candy handout, face painting and spooky fun. Address: 323 W Tefft St., Nipomo, CA 93444

October 29, 2023 (Sun) - Halloween Pet Costume Contest at Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic with registration starting at 12PM and judging starting at 12:30PM. Address: 990 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

October 29, 2023 (Sun) - Oktoberfest 2023 in Baywood-Los Osos from 9:00AM - 5:30PM. Family friendly event with kids' zone. There will be music, beer garden, local food vendors and a costume contest. Address for GPS: 2nd St & Santa Maria Ave., Baywood-Los Osos, CA 93402

October 29, 2023 (Sun) - Dia de Los Muertos in Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 2PM - 6PM. There will be a costume contest, altars, family fun, music and dance Address: 989 Chorro St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

October 29, 2023 (Sun) - Trunk or Treat at Nipomo Presbyterian Church from 3PM - 5PM. Free event for the community. Free admission. Address: 1235 N Thompson Ave., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 29, 2023 (Sun) - Trunk or Treat at Sunken Gardens in Atascadero from 4PM - 6PM. 50 + cars decorated. Event is organized by 4 different churches. Address: 5942 West Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422

October 30, 2023 (Mon) - Halloween at The Market at SLO Public Market from 11AM - 8PM. Trick or treating opportunity by 10 different businesses. See restaurants that I've personally visited at SLO Public Market. Address: 3845 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - Safe and Fun Halloween Downtown Paso Robles from 3PM - 6PM. Take a photo with a witch. On the paper calendar that the The Paso Robles Press mailed out, it says 4PM - 7PM but on the chamber's website here, they say it's from 3PM - 6PM. Check the time as it gets closer. Address for GPS: 12th and Park Streets, Paso Robles, CA 93446

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - Trick or Treat on Main St in Templeton from 3:30PM - 6PM. Look for the pumpkin in the window for participating businesses. Over 50 businesses are participating. Address for GPS: Main St & 8th St., Templeton, CA 93465

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - 4th Annual Trunk or Treat in at Pinedorado Grounds in Cambria from 4PM - 5:30PM. This takes place after the parade. All are welcome. Address: 940 Main St., Cambria, CA 93428

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - Trick or Treat in the Village in Arroyo Grande from 4PM - 6PM. This is organized by Hello Village Mercantile. Address for GPS: 100 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - Trunk or Treat in San Simeon from 4:30PM - 6PM. It's located in the scarecrow grounds next to San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill. This is a last minute announcement. Read details of this event here. Address for GPS: 9520 Castillo Dr., San Simeon, CA 93452

October 31, 2023 (Tues) - Trick or Treat Downtown Atascadero from 5PM - 8PM on Halloween night. Free event. On Entrada Ave. in Downtown Atascadero, people and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, and pet costume contests, games, and Trick or Treating. Address for GPS: Entrada Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

All of October - Scarescrows on display in Cambria and San Simeon. Hundreds of unique creations are expected to be on display between the 2 towns. This is family-friendly and best viewed during the day.

November 17 - 19, 2023 (Fri - Sun) - Atascadero Fall Festival for 3 days at Sunken Gardens. Free admission. Carnival games and rides cost money. 35 bands on 2 stages. Over 15 different food vendors. Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

To see all events that are not Halloween related nor Harvest season related, like Christmas events, go to the main Family-Friendly Events page

Pumpkin Patches and Farm Fun

List of Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Farms in San Luis Obispo County with Pumpkins

  1. Avila Valley Barn has pumpkins for fall during the fall season and also offers hayrides for a cost. You can visit farm animals for free! See pictures that I've taken at Avila Valley Barn on this blog post. This barn is open year round and  attracts a lot of tourists. Parking is free and you can even shop at their market for produce, desserts and toys.

    See my instagram reel to see my recent visit at Avila Valley Barn in October.
     Avila Valley Barn Address: 560 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  2. The Pumpkin Patch in Edna Valley now has pumpkins for 2023 through Halloween with pumpkins already cut but you can pick them yourselves starting on September 16th, 2023. They also have a corn maze (costs money).

    See our pumpkin patch IG video reel of our personal visit through the corn maze here
    . Address: 2315 Biddle Ranch Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  3. Brookshire Farms will be officially open starting on September 30 through October 31, 2023 but closing every Monday. Farm Adventure Hours are Tues-Fri: 12pm-6pm, last entry @ 5:15pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm, last entry @ 5:15pm. Pumpkin Shopping Hours are Tues-Fri: 12pm-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm. Their soft opening is between September 23 - 29, 2023 between 12PM - 6PM with limited activities. They usually have night mazes here during the weekends of October, in addition to pumpkins. Address: 4747 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  4. Nipomo Pumpkin Patch will be open starting on Sept 23 through Oct 31, 2023. They have the largest pumpkins around with the best prices. It's a great place for a photo opportunity. See a picture that I've taken at Nipomo Pumpkin Patch on instagram. Address: 662 Eucalyptus Rd, Nipomo, CA 93444 
  5. River "K" Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze will be open every day in Paso Robles for October. Free parking, free entry, no dogs allowed. According to their instagram, they prefer to take cash. Address: 5670 N River Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  6. SLO Creek Farms is usually open in the fall. Besides for pumpkins during the fall season, they also have fresh flowers and other fruits that you can pick yourself throughout the year. It's a beautiful farm for a photo opportunity. See my video reel on instagram at SLO Creek Farms from our past visit. Address: 6455 Monte Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  7. Jack Creek Farms has pumpkins in the fall for October and their hours change by the season. They have been named one of the top 30 pumpkin patches in U.S.A. by Yelp. Address: Jack Creek Farms, 5000 CA-46, Templeton, CA 93465
  8. Chesebrough Farm Family Fun has dozens of varieties of pumpkins and winter squash and they are open to the public starting Oct 1 through Oct 31 every day from 10AM - 6PM. Address: 790 Moss Lane, Templeton, CA 93465
  9. Willow Pumpkin Patch will open on October 6, 2023 and it'll be open from Fri - Sun only through Oct 22, 2023. Hours are 4PM - 8PM on Fridays, 12PM - 8PM on Saturdays and 2PM - 8PM on Sundays. There are pony rides that you will have to pay for. This is a church fundraiser. They suggest a parking donation of $10. Address: Willow Rd & Hetrick Ave., Nipomo, CA 93444
  10. Tar Creek Ranch is located in AG and took a bit of a drive. I was impressed with how many kids' activities they had in the past but, they  are not open to the public this year. See my video reel on instagram of my past family visit at Tar Creek Ranch in Arroyo Grande during October from a couple of years ago. They are a great venue for special events like a wedding or work party. Address: 2514 Huasna Rd., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

More About Pumpkin Patches in the Area

Some pumpkin patch places allow you to cut the pumpkins you've selected off the vine or they have already been cut and you can just pick from their pile! A few places have corn mazes and other kid-friendly activities too. 

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Haunted Houses in San Luis Obispo 

Even though it's not a Haunted House, the Spirit Halloween Store in San Luis Obispo is my favorite place to bring the kids for a seasonal scare. It's still scary and free to visit. Scroll down to see a video of the Spirit Halloween Store in San Luis Obispo on Madonna Rd. Spirit Halloween in SLO is only open around Halloween Season and for 2023, it's located in the former Bed Bath & Beyond Store located at 317 Madonna Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 and NOW OPEN. It's always fun to walk around the store and check out the costumes. Scroll down to see my video from my visit at Spirit Halloween for 2023.

Get Ready for Halloween!

Haunted Houses

The Haunt in Atascadero

For 2023, The Haunt In Atascadero starts opening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays  starting in October. It's interactive theater-based with multiple times offered per day.  Address: 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93433

NighTmare from Main Street in Paso Robles

This haunted house in Paso Robles will be open for specific different dates in 2023. They are: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 between 7-10pm. Address: 828 14th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Spirit Halloween Store in San Luis Obispo

It's not a haunted house but they have a lot of scary things inside for you to look and interact with while you're costume shopping! The Spirit Halloween Store reopens a couple of months before Halloween every year! 

Here's the 2023 video reel of my visit at the Spirit Halloween Store. I've already visited!

See all photos and video of Spirit Halloween San Luis Obispo that I took in the past. 

For 2023, the Spirit Halloween Store is now OPEN in the Former Bed Bath & Beyond Store: 317 Madonna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. It's still in the same shopping center as before, just in a bigger store. Before I go to their check out stand, I would make sure to go to their Spirit Halloween website and find the San Luis Obispo location page by using their  'search by city' search bar. Then, from that page, go to the "more info" link and find a 20% off coupon to use for Spirit Halloween's stores or online!

Major Haunted Houses in Southern California for 2023

Living on the Central Coast, we're only a few hours drive from really scary haunted houses and fun rides at major attractions. Here are ticket offerings for attractions that offer a Haunted House experience at night during the Halloween season.

Universal Studios Hollywood Haunted Experience

Universal Studios Hollywood in LA offers Halloween Horror Nights General Admission for $67.49 online through arestravel. It's theme is The Last of Us™: Encounter the haunting and overgrown world of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed video game in a brand-new, terrifying way at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Stay silent to survive a multitude of Clickers, Hunters and more.  Universal Studios Hollywood is a 2 hour and 56 minute drive south from SLO (if no traffic).Haunted House Universal Studios The Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is open on selected nights September 7 - October 31, 2023. See Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Offerings.

Knott's Berry Farm Haunted Experience

On select nights between Sept 14 - October 31, 2023, Knott's Berry Farm turns into Knott's SCARY Farm! It's so scary, it's not recommended for anyone under 13 years old. Knott's Berry Farm is about a 3 hour and 54 minute drive from SLO (if no traffic)Knott's Scary Farm 2023 Gate price is can be high but you can secure Knott's Scary Farm tickets online for $59.99 from arestravel.

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