Halloween is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to start celebrating! The festivities in San Diego just get bigger and better every year, and 2016 is boasting the biggest lineup of spooky fun we’ve seen yet. From the infamous Haunted Trail to a massive block party downtown and a Zombie Takeover in the Gaslamp, we’ve covered all the top Halloween events in San Diego!
1. Haunted Hotel (through Oct. 31)
424 Market Street, San Diego 92101. The Haunted Hotel, located downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter, is the longest running haunted house in all of San Diego, and was named by Haunt World Magazine as one of the top 13 haunted houses in America! This year, see where the “Hellevator” takes you and try to stay in one piece through the Slaughterhouse and the Dissector’s Autopsy Morgue. Don’t forget to visit Doll Island, which is twice as big and twice as scary as last year. Finish off the night with a ride next to some demented clowns along a moving subway! General admission is $19.
2. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park (through Oct. 31)
Balboa Park; 6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego. Located directly in the Park, the Haunted Trail is a creepy mile-long path that winds through through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. This year, you’ll have to scramble to escape the GAME A THRONES and run the gauntlet with horror icons Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, The Ring Girl, The Exorcist and Annabelle. Press through the crowd of Freddies inhabiting the Ghoul Bus – and don’t forget about the chainsaw-wielding voodoo masters! Before you enter, you’ll have to find your way out of a maze that is so disturbing it can only be described as, “the eXperiment.” GA tickets are $25.
3. The Scream Zone (through Oct. 31)
Del Mar Fairgrounds; 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 90214. The Scream Zone attractions are open Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-midnight, and weekdays 7pm-11pm. Brace yourself for the House of Horror, the KarnEvil Freakshow, a Haunted Hayride (where your destination is unknown and terrifying), and the new Zombie Bootcamp (where you can try your skills at outrunning the gruesome undead that lurk around every corner). You can buy tickets for all 3 attractions, the “Triple Haunt,” for $33.
4. Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover (Oct. 28 & 29)
Starts at Fluxx Nightclub; 500 4th Ave, San Diego. From 6pm-1:30am, head to the Gaslamp to enjoy one of the best Halloween celebrations in town! One ticket gets you access (no cover) to more than 25 Halloween parties, all within walking (or crawling) distance to one another. You’ll get a map with “escape routes” to all of the festivities, where you’ll experience spine-chilling live entertainment and get some great drink deals plus a few welcome shots. Feel free to dress up in costume and go crazy with the makeup (all characters are welcome). Tickets are $75 for both nights.
5. Hallo-wine and Spirits Party (Oct. 29)
Hotel Del Coronado; 1500 Orange Ave. Don your best costume and head to the 6th annual, adults-only, “Hallo-wine and Spirits!” The Hallo-wine and Spirits dinner reception is from 7-9pm with grown-up trick-or-treating, heavy hors d’oeuvres from The Del’s amazing culinary team, and cash bars. Then at 9:00 PM, the party heads into the Crown Room for dessert, drinks, dancing, and crowning the winner of this year’s best costume. This year’s theme is Witches & Warlocks! Tickets are $150.
6. Monster Bash (Oct. 29)
8th & Market St, San Diego 92101. Spanning over eight city blocks, Monster Bash features over 20 DJ’s from San Diego and activates FIVE stages and nightmarish areas, which are carefully crafted themed stages that feature shocking spectacles and blood curdling bass. This year’s stages include the Doll House (discarded dolls take over the block!), Wicked Whitelands, Scary Tales, Die de los Muertos, and 90s Horror House (VIPs only). Then head over to the after-party at Fluxx Nightclub. GA tickets are just $50 if you get them before Oct. 18.
7. Nightmare on Normal Street (Oct. 29)
Normal St. & University Ave. From 6pm-11pm, head to Hillcrest for a huge outdoor party and one of the biggest Halloween dance celebrations in SD! There will be late night live entertainment, multiple costume competitions with sassy judges, and two gigantic bars. The first 300 guests will get to enjoy a Complimentary Hosted Cocktail Hour between 6-7pm. Don’t forget the Fright Zone, a Carnival of creepy curiosities! Tickets start at $15.
8. Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt (through Oct. 31)
Belmont Park; 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego. Boomont Park is back for its 4th year with even more family-friendly Halloween festivities and fun! On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after 5pm, enjoy free trick-or-treating, Zombie Laser Tag, the Spooky Coaster, a giant pumpkin patch and painting, zip line and rock wall, costume contests, live entertainment, and special arts and crafts for the kids. Entry to the festival is free, but certain activities inside may be ticketed.
9. Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked Science! (Oct 21 & 22)
Birch Aquarium; 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 92037. From 6pm-9pm both nights, enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts(big and small) through an amazing 3-D microscope, make your own seaweed slime, enjoy spooky shipwrecked stories and creepy crafts, all while BOO-gieing down to live music from Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged, especially if they’re ocean-themed!
10. Halloween at the Whaley House (through Oct. 31)
2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego 92110. Through the entire month of October, enjoy special extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts at the famous Whaley House. On Halloween night, you’ll have access to special nighttime admission. The fun starts at 7pm and goes til midnight with period music, historic lighting, and tales of creepy paranormal encounters. Tickets are $15 per person.
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