San Diego Weekend Events: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween, San Diegans! The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and we’ve got a special edition of our weekend guide just for the occasion. After the Halloween festivities, there are several Dia de los Muertos events happening in Old Town and beyond – so don’t miss out on a thing and have a safe, happy weekend!

Zombie Ball at the San Diego Museum of Man

When: Friday Oct 31, 7pm-san diego weekend eventsMidnight
Where: Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego 92101
What: The Museum’s new Monsters! exhibition will provide the perfect setting for this spectacular uptown Halloween party. The ball will feature music and dancing, live performances, costume contests, complimentary Starbucks Coffee, beverages, a zombie-themed dessert buffet, and free parking. This is a not-to-be-missed costume party! General admission tickets are $65.

Monster Bash 2014

When: Friday Oct 31, 6pm-Midnight
Where: Market St & 7th Ave, San Diego 92101
What: Party with the scariest demons, creepiest vampires, spookiest ghosts, and sexiest villains you’ve ever seen at San Diego’s biggest Halloween Block Party in town featuring FIVE of the most insane stages on the West Coast! The ghouls & demons will be taking over the Gaslamp and East Village, transforming 8 city blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. The extravaganza will feature some of the nation’s best live music & DJ’s, a Masquerade, and a huge costume contest. The event is 21+ and general admission tickets are $35.

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Spooky Silent Films at Geisel Library

When: Friday Oct 31, 7pm-10pm
Where: Seuss Room @ the Geisel Library, UC San Diego
What: Frightful silent films will be screened on Halloween evening in the Seuss Room, including some 16mm surprises featuring hauntings, vampirism, demons & ghosts, some in a German expressionist style. The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra will perform live music & sounds as the silent films roll. Your host for the evening is soundscape artist Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus with an unusual Apocryphal pedigree: he has been described by San Diego’s U-T as “the love child of Garrison Keillor and Vincent Price.” This event is free and open to the public!

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Old Town San Diego Dia de los Muertos

When: Saturday Nov 1 – Sunday Nov 2, 12pm-9pm
Where: Old Town
What: Commemorate the “Day of the Dead” by touring the museums and shops in Old Town San Diego! There will be face painting, live entertainment, sugar skull making, a traditional altar cemetery, and a procession to the Cemetery on Saturday night. An official “Day of the Dead” art exhibit will display original works of art, prints, and t-shirts depicting traditional and contemporary images.

Muertos Festival

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When: Saturday Nov 1, 10am-6pm
Where: 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego 92102
What: This fun-filled day begins with an official blessing of the community altars, followed by live performances, food, shopping, a series of altar tours and Day of the Dead themed workshops! The public is encouraged to bring their mementos to add to a public altar in the historic El Campo Santo cemetery; view one of the 50 altars on display in Old Town. Don’t miss the biggest Dia de los Muertos Festival in San Diego!


For a complete listing of this weekend’s events, check out our fully up-to-date Halloween Happenings blog or our Guide to Dia de los Muertos.


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