Take the kids to Birch Aquarium for Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! The entire family can enjoy spooky science activities, explore the "wreckage" for sunken treasures, dance to zydeco band Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters and enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
All month long, head to SeaWorld for its Halloween Spooktacular. Activities include a silly and spooky Pirates 4-D movie experience, The Search for Captain Lucky's Treasure walk-through adventure, gobs of goodies for trick-or-treaters around the park, a children's costume parade and an enchanting underwater Halloween Fantasea.
Win "Bates Bucks" at the annual Halloween Costume Contest at Bates Nut Farm on October 22. Open to kids of all ages (infants to adults). Registration begins at 11 a.m., contest starts at 1 p.m. On October 23, dogs get in on the fun with a costume contest of their own. Both events are free.
Every Saturday this month, Legoland gets in the Halloween spirit with a costume contest and trick-or-treating along a special trail filled with spooky creatures made out of Legos. $25+
October 23-24 and 29-30
The Hyatt Mission Bay features family-oriented Halloween fun on October 23-24 and 29-30, 2011. Festivities include poolside monster mash hula hoop contests, pumpkin painting, hair-raising waterslides enveloped in fog, and spider-webbed pool cabanas. When night falls, there's trick-or-treating, creepy cocktails (adults only!) and poolside movies to get you in the Halloween spirit.
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Celebrate Halloween at Rancho Bernardo Inn with two nights of festive Halloween fun for the whole family. Festivities include trick-or-treating, a not-so-scary haunted house, costume contest, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and games. Seasonal treats and food items will also be available (including adults-only options like glow-in-the-dark cocktails). 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. $15 per child up to 14 years of age.
Explore gravestone symbols and icons from San Diego’s historic cemeteries, read epitaphs, and design creative art. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Kids under 12 are free with paid adult museum admission.
Pumpkin Lane in Encinitas will be offering a safe alternitive for trick or treating on Halloween night. Grab the kids for dancing, games, prizes, food and more all in the spirit of the night. 5 p.m. - 8p.m.
Fun for Foodies
Celebrate Halloween at the Del with a trick-or-treating adventure for grown-ups. Sample a variety of wine, cheese, and chocolate tastings from ENO on the ghoulishly decorated Garden Patio, the head to the Crown Room for more food and dancing. 7 p.m. - midnight. $100 per person. A special Halloween-themed area for kids 4-12 is also available at the cost of $50 per child (advanced reservations required).
Enjoy an evening of sweet and savory chocolate dishes paired with wines at this popular restaurant in the Gaslamp on Halloween night. 7 p.m. $100 per person (includes tax and tip).
On Halloween night, RA Sushi will serve a variety of "boo bites" including their signature Spider Roll, along with Halloween-themed cocktails. A live DJ will create a spooky atmosphere, and guests are encouraged to dress up and enter a costume contest, where the winner will walk away with a $100 RA gift certificate and some other sweet treats.
through November 6
Experience the "Time Warp" for yourself at a live show in the Old Globe Theatre. $29-$70.
October 15-November 15
Mexican artists John De Jesus' Day of the Dead inspired wood carvings of skeletal ladies on display at Alexandar Salazar Fine Art.
The National Comedy Theatre hosts a Halloween themed improv show on Halloween weekend (Friday October 28 - Sunday October 29). Tickets are $15 for adults (in advance) and $12 for students. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit the National Comedy Theatre's website.
The Oceanside Museum of Art's after-hours art event gets spooky with a costume contest, dueling graffiti artists, a flash-mob performance of Thriller, and plenty of adult beverages like craft beer, wine, and coffee. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $20-$25.
Learn how to make traditional sugar skull decorations and the history behind the Day of the Dead celebration, and how it continues to be celebrated today.
Enjoy Oceanside's Festival full of tradition for Dia de los Muertos. Mariachi bands, dancers, and traditional altars honoring the dead transform the San Luis Ray Mission. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Catch a screening of the 1920's silent classic complete with live music and sound effects compliments of the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. The free screening will take place in UCSD's Theodore Geisel Library starting at 7 p.m.
For a Good Scare
Venure into the dark... if you dare! This haunted house in Chula Vista features 16,000 square feet of pure terror that promises to scare your pants off! 7p.m. - midnight. $10--$20.
Learn about San Diego's spookiest spots on this two hour tour through Old Town, Sherman Heights, and the Gaslamp. 7p.m. - 9 p.m. $35. Hurry, some dates are already sold out!
Take a ride on the hotel's Hellevator down to the basement where terrible horrors await to scare the living daylights out of you. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. weekdays, 7 p.m.- 1a.m. weekends. $15-$27.
A mile-long terrifying trek awaits you in Balboa Park. Once you've faught your way through the trail, head over to the eXperiment, a maze that's only goal is to never let you leave. 7 p.m. -11 p.m. weekdays, 6:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. weekends. $15-$32.
Scream Zone is back at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. They have three different attractions to get your blood pumping: the House of Horror, the Chamber (a spinning tunnel), and the Haunted Hayride. 7 p.m. - midnight. $15-$28.
October 21-22, 26
San Diego's very own team of Ghost Hunters will be invading the Historic Whaley House to search for some spirts. Bring a change of clothes and your cameras just in case you spot your own real life ghost. Tours run from 10:30 p.m. - midnight. $50.
Witness an intense production of sound, lighting and acting at a psychiatric ward-themed haunted house in Escondido. Admission fee will be wavied with this Yelp posting. All ages are welcome, but children under 13 need parental supervision to enter.
Paranormal investigator, Nicole Strickland and members of San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS) discuss current work in the field, their history, and how they conduct their ghostly investigations. 6 p.m. $5.
Gravestone Imagery and Funeral Art Family Day Activities
Learn about the meaning of carvings found on gravestones at this fun and educational event part of Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park. San Diego History Center. 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Free for children under 12 with paid adult admission.
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad hosts a Holistic Living Expo with 60+ exhibitors, including several psychics, including a special presentation and book signing with James Van Praagh and a seance hosted by a forensic psychic. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $10.
Dress Up Time
Join the undead hordes for a zombie walk (or stumble?) through the Gaslamp Quarter. Meet outside of Sam Goody at Horton Plaza at 5 p.m. The walk starts at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. Free. After party (and after-after party) follow the walk. See link for more details, including where to get made up as a zombie before the walk.
Head to Normal Street (at University) for the biggest party in Hillcrest in support of The Center. The event includes a costume contest, with $1,000 going to the winner. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and include a $5 drink ticket.
Enjoy a PINK Burlesque Halloween this year at Madam Cora’s Marble Room Kitchen and Saloon featuring a performance by the Shari Puorto Band followed by a Burlesque performance, along with special guests, and breast cancer survivors and advocates. Five percent of sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego. 5:30 p.m. Free entry, reservations encouraged. Call 619-702-5595 to RSVP.
Celebrate the sexier side of Halloween at Andaz San Diego’s Ivy Nightclub for its second annual Playboy Mansion Madness Halloween Party. The event is hosted by several Playboy Playmates, with live DJs. $20+.
Unleash your inner Charlie at Bar Basic's Halloween event, featuring "Tiger Blood" shots and a live DJ spinning tunes into the wee hours. Unlike most club events downtown, this one starts early enough to get your fill of Halloween fun and still get home at a reasonable hour, or move on to another location. Another bonus? No cover! 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
The Gaslamp turns into a Halloween wonderland with 3 stages, 50 dancers, and thousands of partygoers. 6 p.m. - midnight. $30+
Head to the W for "The Greatest Show on Earth", a magnificent spectacle of sight and sound featuring spooky Halloween decor and live DJs spinning throughout the evening. 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. $30.
Halloween costume parties don't get much bigger or crazier than the annual event at the Hard Rock Hotel. $50.
Enter the world of freakish clowns and circus oddities at Andaz San Diego’s Mad House Halloween Party. Join in the circus at three venues of mayhem including the Ivy Nightclub, Ivy Wine Bar, and Ivy Rooftop. 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. $30+.