5 Fun & Creepy Halloween Festivities in La Jolla

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All things that go bump in the night and send chills up and down the spine are upon us. Yes, the Halloween spirits have slithered back in to La Jolla to excite, scare and join with revelers for a great time! From the mysterious and uncanny Haunted Aquarium to the annual Pillage the Village in scenic, downtown La Jolla, in addition to other events nearby in San Diego County, we’ve got your back and invite you to discover all the best spots to begin your annual revelry. We’ve left out the ultra-scary events in the greater San Diego area and instead focused on family-friendly Halloween happenings, so dress up, get aboard your broomsticks, and enjoy yourselves!

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

October 20 & 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For enchantment and brain food, there’s likely no better place to take the little zombies than Halloween at Birch Aquarium. It is a ghoulish experience for the entire herd! Visitors will marvel as they enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Your little spooks and goblins will come across a sea of glowing otherworldly sea creatures, get all sticky with gooey, monster slime, and delight in a few spooky stories including a shipwreck tale. But wait, there’s more! Live music by Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters will entertain all as you prowl around and take part in such activities as: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scientists showcasing their latest research, get frighten-ly (but harmless) up close and personal with an enormous (Frankensquid) Humboldt Squid (while learning what makes it distinctive), peep uncanny species, including skeleton shrimp and sea spiders, create seaweed slime and tote it back to la casa, have fun with creepy crafts, investigate a tiny 3-D microscope, developed by Scripps Oceanography scientists, and take part in a costume contest and get a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $20 for all at the door, but Birch Aquarium Members can hook their ghastly claws on them at a pre-sale cost $13.50, and the general public for $18.50. Birch Aquarium at Scripps may be found 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla. They’ll be lurking for you!

Hallo-wine & Spirits Party

Hotel Del Coronado

October 28th, 7 p.m.

Did you know that it’s said that the landmark Hotel Del Coronado is haunted? The 8th annual event theme is American Horror Hotel. Party-goers are encouraged to use #DelHallowine at the event and don their best costume. All attendees must be 21+ without exceptions. From 7 – 9 p.m. is the dinner reception on the Garden Patio featuring culinary delights and wine tasting – “adult trick or treating”. This event is a bit of a spree, but it will surely make for an unforgettable experience that can only happen on the frightful island. Little witches and goblins ages 4 – 12 can join in with their own Halloween party with costumes, trick-or-treating, dinner and more for $50 per ninja. The Hotel Del Coronado is located at 1500 Orange Ave in Coronado. Reservations are suggested.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Balboa Park

October 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You already know that Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail is not for the faint of heart or for young-in’s under 10, so if you happen to have younger vampires who aren’t somewhat ready to emit blood-curdling screams and rip your coattails to shreds, why not drive the ‘ol pumpkin coach down to Balboa Park and take the family to Halloween Family Day instead. In excess of 24 museums will feature a host of themed activities, craft projects for your little angels and aliens, costume parades, and other ghostly surprises. Participating museums will be offering free admission to hobgoblins 12 and under as long as they show up with a paying adult.


Pillage the Village

Downtown La Jolla

Tuesday October 31st, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The 7th annual Pillage the Village draws nigh like an unearthly black cat on a moonlit beach! Each and every year, monstrous little trick-or-treaters and beggars in La Jolla creep around The Village in costume and serve up some ghoulish excitement to the locals for a little Halloween enchantment. Participating merchants and various business establishments will display orange and black balloons so you know where you’ll be able to snatch some freebies and run screaming into the afternoon (Hey, it’s a kid’s thing, okay?). A likely starting point is at Girard and Prospect. From there, simply work your way around all of downtown La Jolla until you’ve trick-or-treated everywhere and are ready to hit the haystack.

BOOmont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

Belmont Park, Mission Beach

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday running (screaming) through October

Get outta that crypt, snatch up your elves, and head to Belmont Park as the beachfront amusement park transforms into “Boomont” Park on weekends all through the month of October! Get into the thirty-first spirit of the season with a challenging game of Zombie laser tag, ride the world-renown roller coaster, creep and crawl through the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treat, and/or join in the costume contest at this Halloween-themed celebration of all things spooky. Your imps and fairies will simply adore the costume contests on Saturdays, and various Halloween-themed crafts on Sundays. Best of all, admission is free! Join in the fun at 3146 Mission Blvd.

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8 Creepiest Halloween Cocktail Recipes On Pinterest

Halloween Cocktail Recipes
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Hosting a Halloween bash this year? Maybe you’re looking to relax with a cocktail and a Halloween horror flick at home? Either way, we’ve made it easy for you to try some creatively creepy Halloween cocktail recipes straight from Pinterest! Be sure to stop by Hi Sweetheart on Ivanhoe for Halloween-themed party supplies.

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Looking For A Scare? 13 of the Most Terrifying Clowns EVER!

Traditionally, clowns are supposed to entertain us with their silly clothes and makeup, but why do they also terrify us? Last Halloween we created a list of the most terrifying clowns in fiction and non-fiction for Buzzfeed, and in the spirit of Halloween we thought we’d share it with you all! Sweet dreams!

1. Pennywise from It (1990)

13 Clowns From Our Past That Still Give Us Nightmares

Pennywise is pretty much your worst nightmare come true with a hearty appetite for children.

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Top 10 Spooktacular Halloween Events in San Diego

halloween events in san diegoHalloween is just around the corner – and we can’t wait to celebrate! The Halloween events in San Diego just get bigger and better every year, and 2015 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 display of more than 5,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, we’ve got your Halloween plans covered. Please be sure to check ticket availability* prior to attending any event. Continue reading

Get Cash For Halloween Candy at La Jolla Dental Care


What to do with all the excess Halloween candy? Dr. Charles Briscoe DDS has an excellent idea — cash for candy!

La Jolla, CA – It’s Halloween time again and that, of course, means trick-or-treat candy! We may indulge, but the kids are the real concern. Decay (cavities) is on the rise in children as is childhood obesity. Continue reading

Teal Pumpkin Project Changes Halloween for Kids with Allergies

teal pumpkin projectFamilies throughout the US are coming together and painting pumpkins teal outside of their homes to signal that they are offering candy alternatives to children this year. Unfortunately, food allergies in kids are becoming more and more common these days, and ingredients aren’t always listed on individually-wrapped candy bars. Milk, egg, soy, and wheat allergies can make finding safe Halloween treats a difficult and exhausting challenge. To help combat this problem and to raise awareness for children with food sensitivities, the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is encouraging families and parents to “paint the town teal” this holiday season.
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7 La Jolla Ghost Stories: A Chilling Compilation

Halloween is quickly approaching, and to get in the mood we’ve dug up a list of some eerie local legends. We were shocked to discover how many unexplained (and rather mysterious) phenomena involve some of our most beloved La Jolla institutions – it seems like La Jolla is made up of more than just pretty beaches and good food. Get in the Halloween spirit and read up on a little local folklore…here are the 7 spookiest La Jolla ghost stories we’ve uncovered.

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The Grande Colonial

Known as one of the most haunted places in La Jolla, this iconic institution has had more than its share of unexplained events. A few legends circulate this local hotspot; in particular, a private room with a secluded entry that has long been a haven for actors or people who value their solitude. Several members of the staff have reported receiving phone calls from the room when it’s unoccupied. The calls always come late at night, but there is never anyone on the other end – just an uncomfortable silence. A hotel employee is usually sent to check on the room, but they have never found a guest there and the phone has always been off the hook. An employee claims he once saw a figure hiding behind a curtain, but when he went to investigate, the curtain fell flat; the window was closed and locked. Continue reading

Pillage the Village Is Back In La Jolla

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The Village of La Jolla will put on their traditional Pillage the Village today, Halloween. Bring your little pillagers to this fun, family event! Dress in your best costume and watch for four “witches” who will be out and about choosing 20 of their favorite goblins who will be requested to arrive at the REBA office at 4:30 pm where prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Spend an afternoon of trick or treating at participating merchants in La Jolla Village. Each participating merchant will be designated by orange and black balloons at their entrances.

Participating Merchants Include:

Adelaide’s, Arricia Market, Asian A Spa, Bower’s Jewelers, Box Brothers, Burn’s Drugs, California Closets, C & H Photo, Coldwell Banker, Cups, Diane’s Swimwear, Elizabeth Allen Atelier, Emma Jane, Everett Stunz, Gallery Properties, Girard Gourmet, Hennessey’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, J & S Beauty, Kate Spade, La Jolla Music, La Jolla Village Lodge, LF Stores, MCASD, Meanley’s Hardware, Muttropolis, Nekter Juice Bar, Title Nine, The Secret Clinic, Warwick’s, And More!

Please remember that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hunger is year round. Non-perishable food items are requested in exchange for a commemorative Trick or Treat bag. Locations for food drop-offs are: Monday – Thursday, October 28-31st from 9 AM to 5 PM at the REBA Office (908 Kline St.) and/or C&H Photo (7442 Girard Ave.).

All proceeds will benefit the Jacob & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Non-perishable food items can include: canned goods, pasta, crackers, cookies, bean, rice and cereal and other packaged foods.

Collect your trick-or-treating bag at REBA (908 Kline St.) or C & H Photo (7442 Girard Ave.) between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31 in exchange for donation of non-perishable food item to benefit the San Diego Food Bank.

Take pictures and share them with us! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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