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


[ To see family-friendly events that are outside Halloween events, go to the family-friendly events page. ]

(*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 pictures that I took at Dinosaur Caves Park. Please leave pets at home. Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

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 $15 per person; Members $14 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. Address: 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero, CA 93422

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.

(Note: I remove previous events once they have already occurred on this dedicated Halloween page. To see past Halloween events that occurred already, you can go to my blog section and see the bottom of this Fall Events blog entry.)

Pumpkin Patches and Farm Fun

List of Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Farms in San Luis Obispo County with Pumpkins (2023 confirmed list is pending as the season gets nearer)

  1. The Pumpkin Patch in Edna Valley is open everyday from Sept 16, 2022 and all of October through Halloween with pumpkins you can cut yourself or already cut and a corn maze.

    The corn maze will also be open every day.
    See our 2022 pumpkin patch IG video reel of our recent personal visit through the corn maze here
     . Address: 2315 Biddle Ranch Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  2. Brookshire Farms is open every day starting on Oct 1, 2022 through October. 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
  3. Nipomo Pumpkin Patch is open from Oct 1 - 31, 2022. 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 
  4. River "K" Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze is open every day in Paso Robles for October. Hours: Mon - Thurs: 10AM - 8PM, Fri - Sun: 9AM - 8PM. Free parking, free entry, no dogs allowed. Corn maze is $7 each but free for kids 5 years old and under. Address: 5670 N River Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446
  5. SLO Creek Farms is open from Thurs - Mon: 11AM - 5PM, according to their instagram. 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
  6. 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. Address: 560 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  7. Jack Creek Farms has pumpkins in the fall and they are open everyday except Wednesdays for October. Hours areMon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 11AM - 5PM and Sat & Sun: 10AM - 6PM. 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 start opening on October 7, 2022 and it'll be open from Fri - Sun only. The entertainment wristband prices are $15 for children and adults, $10 for seniors 60+, free for kids 2 years old and under with paying adult and suggested parking donation is $10. This is a church fundraiser. It's located off of Willow Rd & Hetrick Ave., Nipomo, CA 93444
  10. Tar Creek Ranch will not have the pumpkin patch open to the public for 2022I was impressed with how many kids' activities they had in the past. See my video reel on instagram of my past family visit at Tar Creek Ranch in Arroyo Grande. 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 is in the same shopping center and store as the former Dollar Tree Store that's near Madonna Inn. It's always fun to walk around the store and check out the costumes. Scroll down to see full address.

Get Ready for Halloween!

Haunted Houses

The Haunt in Atascadero

For 2022, The Haunt In Atascadero starts opening on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays  starting on September 30, 2022 through October 31, 2022. It's interactive theater-based with multiple times offered per day.  Address: 5805 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93433

Spirit Halloween Store

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 2022 video reel of my visit at the Spirit Halloween Store on instagram.

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

For 2022, the Spirit Halloween Store is a tad bit smaller than the previous years as its in a new address; at the Former Dollar Tree: 491 Madonna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. However, it's still in the same shopping center as before.

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