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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