October is already almost over, and you know what that means – it’s almost time for Halloween! Family-friendly (as well as adults-only!) events are already happening all around the city, so get in the spirit with these San Diego weekend events and start the festivities early. From a party at the Hotel Del to the BOO! Parade on El Cajon Boulevard, you won’t want to miss any of these.
Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!
When: Friday Oct 24 & Saturday Oct 25, 6pm-9pm
Where: Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 92037
What: Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, create slime in a deep-sea slime lab, check out glow-in-the-dark animals, and search wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures while having a monstrous good time! Be sure to dress in costume to win prizes.
The Boulevard BOO! Parade
When: Saturday Oct 25, 10am-12pm
Where: Along El Cajon Blvd.
What: The Boulevard BOO! Parade is returning to the College Area. This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever – more floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises at San Diego’s only Halloween Parade. The parade travels through the College Area at 10am, beginning at 59th Street and traveling east along El Cajon Blvd. The fun doesn’t stop after the parade; stop over to the Boo After-Party & Float Award’s Ceremony at the College Ave. Baptist Church from 12:00 to 5:00 PM, (4747 College Ave). Enjoy live music, carnival rides, games, cold drinks and food trucks with friends.
Halloween Festival at the Rec Center
When: Saturday Oct 25, 1pm-4pm
Where: La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
What: Bring your little ones to the Recreation Center for a fun day of face painting, balloon art, carnival games, cake walks, arts & crafts, pony rides, and more! Wear your costumeand enter the costume contest! Tickets are only .25 cents each. Costume contests will be held every 30 minutes according to age — ages 2 years and younger at 1:30 p.m; ages 3-4 at 2 p.m; ages 5-6 at 2:30 p.m; ages 7-8 at 3 p.m; and ages 9-10 at 3:30 p.m.
Hallow-Wine & Spirits Party
When: Saturday Oct 25, 7pm-midnight
Where: The Hotel Del, 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado 92118
What: Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel! The Del’s Hallo-wine and Spirits dinner reception is from 7-9pm with grown-up trick-or-treating, wine tasting, and delicious eats from The Del’s culinary team. Guests will also get to watch a giant pumpkin carving demonstration. Then at 9pm, the party heads into the Crown Room for dessert, drinks, dancing, and a costume contest.
Halloween Family Day in the Park
When: Sunday Oct 26, 10am-5pm
Where: Reuben H. Fleet Center, Balboa Park: 1875 El Prado, San Diego 92101
What: Spend a day at Balboa Park with the little ones! Toddlers 5 and younger can get crafty in Kid City with Pasta Skeletons and Pumpkin Guts, and kids of all ages can unleash their inner mad scientists and invent FrankenToys in the Tinkering Studio at Reuben H. Fleet. Kids 12 and under are free with paid adult for gallery admission only.
[images: scripps.ucsd.edu, blog.sandiego.org, hoteldel.com, balboapark.org]
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