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San Diego Halloween Guide 2015

From monster mazes to ghoulish Jack-o-lanterns, we bring you San Diego's spooktacular events for the whole family to enjoy.


Haunted Happenings

Whaley House Museum

The Whaley House in Old Town San Diego was ranked number one haunted house in the United States by the Travel Channel. Tours are offered Sunday-Tuesday from 10am to 5pm, closed Wednesday, and open Thursday-Saturday 10am to 9:30pm.

Tickets and information available at: thewhaleyhouse.org

2476 San Diego Avenue, Old Town; 619.297.7511

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours

This season experience San Diego’s spookiest locations from the safety of a ghostly-themed mini bus on one of Haunted San Diego’s guided tours. Hear the chilling stories of people who haunt San Diego via the tours’ animated and thrilling storytellers.

Tickets and information available at: hauntedsandiegotours.com

4041 Harney Street; 619.255.6170

The Haunted Hotel

Downtown’s annual Haunted Hotel on Market Street offers heart-pounding and spine-chilling experiences that will keep you screaming.

Tickets and information available at: hauntedhotel.com

424 Market Street, Gaslamp

Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

San Diego County’s largest Halloween haunt experience features a House of Horror, a creepy KarnEvil, a Haunted Hayride, and the chance to play in a Paintball Apocalypse. The Scream Zone is open Oct. 2-4, 8-11, 15-18, and Oct. 21-Nov. 1 from 7pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday; 7-11pm on all other nights.

Tickets and information available at: www.thescreamzone.com

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

More the 5,000 jack o’lanterns hand carved by professional artists and sculptors will be illuminated at the San Diego Safari Park along a 1/3 mile scenic walking trail. This is an annual event occurring in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego, drawing fans from across the country. Experience the spooky illumination October 2-25 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Tickets and information available at: www.therise.org

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido; 760.747.8702


Museum Mayhem

Balboa Park Family Day

Starting at 11am on Halloween Day, families can enjoy free hands-on activities with more than two dozen participating museums offering arts and crafts projects, costume parades, spooky gallery tours, and treasure hunts.

Tickets and information available at: balboapark.org/halloweenfamilyday

1549 El Prado, Balboa Park

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium is offering an up-close and spooky experience with a sea of glowing creatures on October 24 and 25. With the tunes of Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, it’s a treat for the whole family. Learn about unique habitats, walk through a “whale-fall,” and create slime in a “deep-sea” slime lab.

Tickets and information available at: aquarium.ucsd.edu

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla; 858.534.7336

Haunted Tales of Our Seafaring Past

Climb aboard the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Star of India to experience lantern-led tours through the historic ship, while hearing ghostly stories of the past from costumed docents. These chilling nights will be hosted October 24 and 31, with three storytelling times: 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

Tickets and information available at: sdmaritime.org

1492 North Harbor Drive, downtown


Family-Friendly Frights

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGOLAND celebrates Halloween every Saturday night in October (and Friday October 30!) with spook-tacular sections of the park open late for music, entertainment, contests, the Brick-or-Treat Trail, and more! Fireworks light up the October sky each night at 9pm.

Tickets and information available at: california.legoland.com

One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad

Boomont Park

Starting October 3, Mission Beach’s Belmont Park is being transformed this month after 5pm for family-friendly festivities. Activities include free trick-or-treating, a haunted house, laser tag, the spooky roller coaster, and more.

Tickets and information available at: belmontpark.com/BoomontPark/

3146 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach; 858.228.9283

Hauntfest on Main

Held on October 23, the fourth annual Hauntfest in downtown El Cajon is a free event featuring a pumpkin patch, costume contest, live entertainment, and Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, carnival rides, and candy trails.

Tickets and information available at: hauntfest.org

200 East Main Street, El Cajon

Pumpkin Station Tours

Take a tour at one of six pumpkin station locations across San Diego County. Pumpkins galore, kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, and game zones make for the perfect pumpkin patch experience.

Tickets and information available at: pumpkinstation.com


Run From Monsters

The Haunted Trail

Experience this bone-chilling, mile-long outdoor trail with creepy clowns and inspiration from New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, while you navigate your way through vampires, aliens, and ghouls of all sorts. Visit the trail September 25 through November 1, with thrills starting at 7pm Thursday-Sunday.

Tickets and information available at: hauntedtrail.net

Sixth Avenue & Juniper Street, Balboa Park; 619.231.0131

Spooktacular 5k, 10k, 15k Run-Walk

Sport your best costume at Hospitality Point Park on October 25 for a 5k, 10k, or 15k Run-Walk along the scenic waters of San Diego. Every finisher gets a medal and T-shirt once they reach the finish line. Also, a portion of the race’s proceeds benefit Patrick Henry High School.

Tickets and information available at: spooktacular10k.com

South end of Quivira Way, Mission Bay; 619.491.0677

Howl-O-Ween 5K Mutt Run/Walk

Bring your pups for a 5k run/walk on October 24 to support dogs in need of a helping “paw.” There will be a doggie costume contest, T-shirts, raffle prizes, and entertaining booths. All of the proceeds go to the Compassion 4 Paws Foundation, supporting senior rescue dogs, and dogs that are ill, injured, or suffering.

Tickets and information available at: labsandmore.org/halloween-5k-mutt-run/

5553 Copley Drive, Kearny Mesa; 858.273.5386

Trick or Trot 5k/3k Fun Run

This October 18 Halloween Fun Run for the whole family takes you through Morley Field and the Florida Canyon on the edge of Balboa Park. There will be prizes for best costume and best time by different categories. This event is a fundraiser for Roosevelt Middle School’s PTSA with proceeds benefitting after-school clubs and enrichment programs.

Tickets and information available at: www.active.com/san-diego-ca/

221 Morley Field Drive, Balboa Park


Mature Audiences

Monster Bash

Hard Rock Horror Story

On Saturday, October 31, the Hard Rock Hotel will transform into a Haunted Halloween Bash. Three levels of the hotel create five themed venues, including an Asylum, Torture Chamber, and Haunted Forest.

Tickets and information available at: hardrockhotelsd.com

207 Fifth Avenue, downtown

Monster Bash Block Party

Haunted souls can run wild at the Monster Bash on Halloween night where eight blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village neighborhoods will be transformed into the wildest Halloween event of the year. The extravaganza will feature more than 20 DJs, food, and drink specials, and five main stages where all of your Halloween nightmares will come alive. The costume contest even has a $5,000 cash prize.

Tickets and information available at: sandiegomonsterbash.com


Hallo-wine & Spirits Party

On Friday, October 30, celebrate Halloween at Hotel Del Coronado during an adults-only “Hallo-wine & Spirits Party.” From 7-9pm partygoers can enjoy grown-up trick or treating, wine tasting, and delicious food from The Del’s kitchen. At 9pm, the party moves to the Crown Room for desserts, dancing, and drinks, and the winner of best costume will be crowned. This year’s theme is “Witches and Warlocks.”

Tickets and information available at: hoteldel.com/events/hallowine/

1500 Orange Ave, Coronado; 619.522.8490

Nightmare on Normal Street

At Hillcrest’s famous Halloween Street party, expect live entertainment, a costume contest, and two bars. The first 300 guests can enjoy complimentary cocktails during the exclusive Hosted Hour from 6 to 7pm. The proceeds for the night will go to the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the Hillcrest Business Association.

Tickets and information available at: fabuloushillcrest.com/events

University Avenue and Normal Street, Hillcrest

San Diego Zombie Crawl

Be a part of an epic Halloween party in downtown San Diego on Halloween night at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub. A ticket to the zombie crawl includes 13 welcome shots and no cover charge all night to more than 25 costume parties at nightclubs and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Tickets and information available at: sandiegozombiecrawl.com

615 Broadway, Gaslamp; 619.944.8900

Titanic Masquerade

Set sail on a spooky voyage this Halloween on The Inspiration, which will be transformed into a Titanic look-alike filled with thousands of ghouls and goblins. There will be four DJs performing on three decks so you can dance the night away.

Tickets and information available at: www.ournightlife.com

1800 North Harbor Drive, downtown

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