San Diego is a fantastic vacation destination all year long, and Halloween is no exception! From San Diego’s enviable fall weather to the city’s fun and exciting fall events, your vacation is brimming with opportunities for Halloween thrills. Read on to learn more about the top reasons to spend Halloween in San Diego!
While other states around the country are beginning to feel the brisk chill of fall weather, sunny San Diego experiences a much milder fall, allowing you to enjoy the beach and the sights of the city in comfort. You can even plan a beach day, though the water will be a bit cooler than in the summer!
Family-Friendly San Diego Halloween Events
For families with young children or who are just looking for something Halloween-related and fun to do, there are a variety of family-friendly San Diego Halloween events. The San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall Festival allows visitors to paint pumpkins, do Halloween crafts, participate in a costume contest, and pet animals at the petting zoo. Adults are not allowed to wear costumes at this event. Other cool events in the area include the Haunted Garden Tour & Family Fair at Mission Hills Nursery, the Pumpkin Express train at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, and Balboa Park Halloween Family Day (which is different from Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail).
Halloween in the Gaslamp District
The Gaslamp District celebrates Halloween with a variety of nightlife events and their famous Haunted Hotel, where one of the district’s historic buildings swarms with the living dead and other monsters of the night. Enjoy events on the weekend leading up to Halloween, such as the San Diego Zombie Crawl to clubs and restaurants, Vin de Syrah’s Sleepy Hollow Halloween, and the block party called the Monster Bash. On the night of Halloween, there’s a Saints & Sinners party at Tin Roof!
Haunted Museums and More
San Diego’s most famous museums gear up for the spookiest season of the year by putting a creepy face on historic buildings and ramping up the ghost stories. Halloween at the Whaley House includes extended hours, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and ghost hunts held after-hours. The Davis-Horton House, already believed to be haunted no matter what season, showcases its paranormal findings in-house. The Star of India ship hosts ghost stories told by storytellers based on the ship’s seafaring past. And the Scream Zone, San Diego’s largest (and reportedly the scariest) Halloween attraction has three parts in one setting: The Haunted Hayride, the House of Horror, and KarnEvil.
Iconic Attractions Transform for Halloween
From Birch Aquarium’s Sea Monster Mash to the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park, San Diego’s most recognizable and renowned spots don a spookier exterior to add a special touch to your Halloween in the city. LEGOLAND hosts Brick-or-Treat nights and extended park hours. SeaWorld holds a Halloween Spooktacular that has mermaids. And Belmont Park turns into Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt, with trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, and a creepy rollercoaster. The fun never ends!
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San Diego is a bustling destination year-round, but the city’s attractions kick it up a notch for Halloween. Here are several San Diego Halloween events to suit any style:
Family Friendly San Diego Halloween Events
Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 26-Nov. 1
At which of the San Diego Halloween events can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? Answer: SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea!
Festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy animal meet and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters. Click here to find a vacation condo near SeaWorld!
Saturday nights in October
At Legoland, you’ll find the most bricktastic of the San Diego Halloween events. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights is a one-of-a-kind party every Saturday Night in October, PLUS Friday, October 30 from 5-9pm.
Party Nights includes:
Several monstrously fun areas of LEGOLAND are open late for Party Nights, including Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, the Imagination Zone and Park favorites Coastersaurus and Safari Trek.
The October sky lights up with a display of fireworks to end Brick-or-Treat Party Nights every Saturday night at 9.
Be sure to come dressed in costume for entry into contests!
Saturday, Oct. 24 @ 10am
The Boulevard BOO! Parade is one of the free, family San Diego Halloween events. Plus, the Boulevard BOO! Parade is San Diego’s only Halloween Parade!
The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. There are many places to discover in the College Area. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.
October 2-31, 11 am to 10 pm (Friday: Starting at 5 pm; Saturday-Sunday: All Day)
Recurs every Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Boomont Park is one of the fun-filled San Diego Halloween events, back this year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun during this month-long event!
Frighteningly-Fun Halloween Activities Include:
Fridays: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Saturdays-Sundays: 1:30 to 2:30 PM & 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Plus – Children dressed in costume receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree at WaveHouse or Draft!
Boomont Manor Haunted House (Recommended for ages 7-12 years)
Zombie Laser Tag
The Spooky Coaster (Must be 52″ to ride)
Pumpkin Patch & Painting
Superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall (superheroes must be between 50-250lbs to participate)
Costume Contests Every Saturday at 5 pm
Beachfront S’mores at WaveHouse’s fire pits every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 pm to close
October 23-24 6–9 p.m.
Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists at this most oceanic of the San Diego Halloween events. Search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time.
Adult-Only San Diego Halloween Events
Saturday October 31, 6pm-2am
Gaslamp Quarter, Downtown San Diego
This is one of the adult-themed San Diego Halloween events, and it begins at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub at 615 Broadway (corner of Broadway & 6th). Your $75 ticket includes 16 welcome shots, and premier Halloween parties at the Top 25+ nightclubs and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. A unique and progressive experience planned to perfection with you in mind.
All costume characters are welcome (you don’t need to be a zombie to crawl, but with 25+ parties, 16 welcome shots, and devilish treats included, stamina will be a plus)!
Saturday, October 31
This San Diego Halloween events extravaganza will feature over 20 top DJs from San Diego and across the nation in all five areas and allow you to surrender your inhibitions all night long. This year’s lineup boasts the well-known Stafford Brothers, Ghastly, Carter Cruise, SNBRN, B and Chase, Graham Funke, Fauks, Groy, Von Kiss, Schoeny, Chris Cutz, DJ Ramsey, Jared F, Deejay O, DJ D-Lo, DJ Angle, DJ Billy the Kid and more being announced daily!
General admission tickets to are $30 through October 3, $40 through October 17, $50 through October 30, and $60 at the door on Halloween night. VIP tickets are $80 through October 17, $90 through October 30, and $100 at the door on Halloween night. Your Monster Bash wristband also gets you food and drink specials and free cover at over 20 different participating restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village.
You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.
Book Your Fall Vacation in San Diego!
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