Fall in San Diego means crisp, cool weather, sunny days, and plenty of Halloween San Diego festivities. From pumpkin patches to street fairs, haunted houses, and special events at the zoo there are plenty of spooky events to get you in the Halloween mood.
Belmont Park Fall Festival and Haunt
Every weekend during the month of October Belmont Park is transformed into Boomont Park. This historic oceanfront amusement park turns into a haunted festival with trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag, and a spooky roller coaster. Entrance into the festival is free and the price of different rides vary.
Free trick-or-treating is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the park for your little ghosts and ghouls. There is also a costume contest every Saturday at 5 p.m. If you really want to get into the Halloween spirit you can pick a pumpkin from the festivals pumpkin patch. Pumpkins vary by price but are free to paint. For the Halloween thrill-seekers in your group, there is the giant Spooky Roller Coaster or Zombie Laser Tag.
Halloween San Diego Monster Bash
If you are looking for a truly spooktacular Halloween Party, check out the Monster Bash. This outdoor block party is held every year in the Gaslamp District and is known as Southern California’s hottest Halloween San Diego block party. The event draws thousands of people each year dressed in some of the most creative and over-the-top costumes. The best costumes can compete in a costume contest to win the $5,000 prize. You’ll be dancing all night at this party as the festival brings some of the best EDM, Hip Hop, Trap, and House artists in the world. If you are hoping for some spooky entertainment the festival also has haunted houses including the hot pink Twisted Dream House. This year’s Monster Bash will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 6 p.m. – midnight. Ticket prices range from $30 – $110.
The Haunted Hotel
If you are looking for even more terror-thrilled fun, check out San Diego’s famous Haunted Hotel. The Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s longest-running haunted house and was voted one of the scariest in the country. This year’s theme will take you through a zombie-infested alley and a hillbilly swamp full of man-hunting killers. If you want to take the fear up a notch, visit the haunted house on lights out Wednesday. All the lights in the house are turned off and your only source of light is a small glow stick given to you at the beginning of the hotel. The Haunted Hotel is open Wednesday – Sunday during the month of October and every day during the last week of the month. Tickets can be bought online and are $20 per person.
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While hailed as America’s Finest City, there are some less hospitable spots in San Diego—spots haunted by restless spirits or malevolent poltergeists. Some are stained with a frightful past, while others boast tales of creepy occurrences even today. If you’re feeling brave, then these are the places to look up!
The Whaley House
Old Town San Diego—the perfect place for a locale with history. Here you’ll find the Whaley House, named for the Whaley family who once lived there. A checkered past plagues this home, where many have died—some rumored, such as the girl whose neck was crushed under a clothesline and the 17-month-old Thomas Whaley, and others confirmed, such as the hanging of one man and the suicide of Violet Whaley. Hans Holzer, a renowned ghost hunter of the post-WWII era, once held a séance here to learn more about the tragic spirits who remain here. Rumors abound of figures in the abandoned home’s windows, flickering lights, and other unnerving events. Today, people flock to the house for tours, hoping to see some of these events for themselves.
Horton Grand Hotel
The Horton Grand Hotel rests in the Gaslamp Quarter of the city, and is still open for business! However, one room remains off-limits to anyone without a reservation: Room 309, where a gambler was shot to death and left to die. The man’s ghost was confirmed by a psychic in 1986, and today visitors to the hotel report cold spots, flickering lights, and the sounds of a poker game. Some old habits die harder than others!
Point Loma Lighthouse
Over 150 years ago, the Point Loma Lighthouse began operations in November, 1855. Located at Point Loma, south of Sunset Cliffs National Park near Ocean Beach and Liberty Station, it’s a beautiful, scenic point to stop for a view and maybe lunch. That said the lighthouse is no longer operational: it was shut down because the location was too foggy, and the light was often unnoticeable by the seafaring vessels. If a foggy lighthouse near dangerous waters doesn’t sound haunted enough already, some visitors have reported a ghost living there, rumored to be one of the lighthouse’s last keepers. Typical signs of haunting include moaning and other strange sounds. And if that’s not enough ambiance for you, why not visit Point Loma Rosecrans National Cemetery, barely a mile away?
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