Images of frosty weather and falling leaves are starting to pop up in department stores and coffee shops alike. If the disappearance of summer isn’t scary enough, ghosts and goblins are cowering right around the corner, ready for Halloween festivities to begin. From fantastical haunted houses and costume inspired role playing to friendly ghosts and gift bags of candy, Halloween is a holiday that can scare fear into your heart while inspiring creativity and joy. Nestled just before the rush of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween ushers in the holiday months with trick-or-treating and an excuse to throw a good party. In Carlsbad, there are a number of different Halloween festivities that will allow you to embrace your dark side, have fun dressing up, or simply welcome in the fall months with things like bobbing for apples. Here are four fun-loving, scary, and family oriented events you won’t want to miss this Halloween season.
Every Saturday this month, LEGOLAND will be keeping the entire park open for Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Throughout the year, LEGOLAND inspires creativity and imagination. During the Halloween season, this is amplified with costume contests, character meet-and-greets, dancing, and more. Kids and parents can use a map to find treat stations sprinkled throughout the park while taking in live entertainment and performances by favorites like LEGO Mummy and Lord Vampyre. Treat stations will have over one million pieces of candy, as well as Clif bar treats for healthier alternatives. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and can participate in one of three different costume contests with the chance to win exciting prizes. Guests who really want to experience the thrill of the holiday can take their chances on the Ghost Cruise, a boat ride to haunted locations led by Paranormal Investigators.
While a poolside Halloween attraction may sound crazy for other climates, Carlsbad is still boasting sunny weather and rays well into the fall. For families who love to kick back and enjoy the ambience of our climate while being entertained, the Cape Rey Dive-In Movie Nights are a perfect chance to unwind. This Halloween, the resort is featuring a ‘spooktacular’ showing of Hotel Transylvania to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Guests can enjoy complimentary popcorn and a sunset swim while enjoying the show. RSVP online now to reserve your spot.
Witch Creek Winery is one of Carlsbad’s best kept secrets when it comes to fine wines in a great location. Nestled along Highway 101 and right in the middle of the coastal village, Witch Creek Winery is one of the oldest urban wineries in the state. As Halloween rolls around, the winery’s name takes on new meaning. This year, Witch Creek Winery is hosting an event to benefit SPOT, a 501c3 organization that advocates for homeless pets throughout the community. The Howl-O-Wine Party will be a three hour event with a funny dog costume contest and a raffle. The ticket price includes two glasses of wine, as well as a charcuterie plate and participation in the door prize drawing. Have fun dressing up your favorite four-legged companion and join the Howl-O-Wine Party at Witch Creek Winery for a good cause.
The Carlsbad Village is the prime location to take part in some of Carlsbad’s most renowned food, events, and shops. During the holidays, guests can be sure that the Village will serve up something for everyone. On Halloween this year, the Village will be hosting a number of family friendly attractions to celebrate the spookiness of the season. Village Merchant trick-or-treating, face painting, costume contests, and a haunted house are all included on this year’s schedule. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Halloween in the Village! is a fantastic option for people of all ages to enjoy the holiday.