Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation to present Halloween Parade & Carnival

Calling all witches, ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes and more to the best costume party of the year! The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation invites all community members to join school families and teachers at the annual Halloween Parade and Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 31. The fun kicks off with a costume parade beginning promptly at 12:15 p.m., followed immediately by the Carnival held at the school. Students, their families, and teachers from grades K through 6th grade will gather in the school gym at noon to line up for the parade, which will wind its way through the Rancho Santa Fe Village, then back to the school for the carnival. Parents are asked to walk with their children.

Immediately following the parade, the carnival will begin (12:30 p.m.) on the upper field and ends at 3 p.m. There will be the annual favorites such as the cake decorating contest, carnival games and prizes, laser tag, rock climbing wall, bouncy mazes and slides, jailhouse, photo booth, and a rockin’ DJ who will give away prizes to the best in costumes, among other contest winners. New this year is the pumpkin carving contest, bungee trampoline, balloon twister, teacher feature aqua blaster, caricature artist, a raffle booth and more. Each class from the elementary school is responsible for decorating and managing one of the many carnival booths. The school’s wonderful parent and teacher volunteers make the carnival possible, and it is a great time for all the kids (and the kid within all of us).

This year all food, including the ever popular Cake Walk and homemade Bake Sale, will be located on the lower school blacktop. Food includes Mexican fare from Delicioso, sandwich selections from Rancho Sandwich, Hot Dog on a Stick, SD Smoothies, pizza, popcorn, Subzero Ice-Cream, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. Parents are asked to keep their children in the picnic table eating areas when eating in order to keep the field free from food and drink. To assist the school with maintaining the quality of the turf grass installed on the upper field, food will not be allowed on the field.

An admission wristband is $20 pre-sale and $25 on Oct. 31. Pre-sales will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 28, 29, 30) at school drop off and pick up locations. Carnival tickets ($1.00 each) will also be available at pre-sale and on Oct. 31. Tickets are required to purchase food and drink, services and products such as the photo booth, balloon twister creations, caricature artist, Aqua Blaster, Jail, and Raffle.

The Co-chairs of the Halloween Carnival are Jan Castonguay and Nina Kottler. They may be contacted at or