San Diego is already gearing up for another Halloween, and we can’t wait to check out all of the excellent events happening in October! From the Haunted Trail to Scream Zone and the infamous Monster Bash, there won’t be a dull moment until November rolls around. Here are the top Halloween happenings in San Diego this year.
424 Market Street, San Diego 92101
The historic Gaslamp Quarter is home to the longest running haunted house in San Diego! This year, make your way through the creepiest doll island you will ever visit, try to escape the torturous grasp of The Dissectors, and watch your step as you climb aboard the Clown Subway. The world-famous Haunted Hotel is packed full of spine tingling, heart pounding effects that are so real they will keep you screaming for your life as you try to find your way out. Not recommended for children under 10, so keep the kiddies at home if you dare to brave the house! General admission at-the-gate tickets are $18.
2. Haunted Trail: Sept 26 – Nov 1
6th Ave & Juniper St San Diego, CA 92101
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will likely never forget! Enter the mile-long Trail through twisted pine groves and gnarled oaks and experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. This year The Trail will feature an additional maze called simply “The eXperiment.” For five extra bones you can experience over 3500 square feet of sheer freak-infested terror. A twisted maze of incarcerated lost souls stalk you as you scurry through; try to find your way out before you become an ‘experiment’ yourself! General admission tickets to the Trail only are $19; combo tickets (Trail + eXperiment maze) are $25.
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3. Scream Zone: Sept 26 – Nov 1
Del Mar Scaregrounds: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014
Now in its 17th year, the Scream Zone is considered San Diego County’s largest haunted experience and among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests in the darkened corners of Southern California. It’s composed of four terrifying haunts and other attractions: play Zombie Paintball and take out the shambling undead or journey through the horrifying House of Horror,
the Chamber or the Haunted Hayride! Head to thescreamzone.com for tickets.
4. Halloween at the Whaley House: Oct 3 – 31
2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
This Halloween season, on various dates, the most haunted house in San Diego will come to life! The Whaley House has some “spirited” fun in store for visitors, including extended hours, period lighting and music, Past & Presence Ghost Tours, and after-hours Ghost Hunts, where you can join the Whaley House Museum staff and the San Diego Ghost Hunters for an exclusive 90-minute paranormal investigation of “America’s Most Haunted”! Visit their official website for a complete schedule of dates and activities.
5. Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt: Oct 3 – Nov 1
Belmont Park: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego 92109
The creators of The Haunted Hotel, The Haunted Trail, and Scream Zone have teamed up with Belmont Park to create a family-friendly Haunt Boomont Park! For the second year, Belmont Park will transform into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park featuring activities for all ages. Admission and Parking are FREE. Why celebrate Halloween once when you can celebrate all weekend, all October long?
Boomont Park’s frighteningly-fun weekends also include FREE trick-or-treating certain weekends. Attractions include Boomont Manor, a family-friendly haunted house, Zombie Laser Tag, a pumpkin patch and painting, superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall and the Giant Dipper that will be transformed into a Spooky Coaster.
6. Monster Manor: Oct 10 – 31
Camino Ruiz & Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego 92126
Though the clan perished in a mysterious fire, legend holds that their spirits and other phantasms from beyond still stalk the 13 rooms. With demonic shadows lurking behind hidden doors and scream-inducing vignettes of terror, no one is safe from the mischievous mayhem at Monster Manor.
7. Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! (Oct 24 & 25)
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla 92037
Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, and explore our wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures and other STEM activities. Don’t forget to dress to impress! Oct. 24 & 25, 6-9 pm. Admission is $15-$17; ages 2 & under free. To RSVP, call or visit their website.
Travel back in time with Old Town Trolley Tours and learn of the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in San Diego. Notorious wild characters like Gunslingers, Gamblers and Ladies of the Night lived and died in San Diego and it is possible that their spirits live on in the dark recesses of our historic buildings and neighborhoods. Journey through Old Town, walk through El Campo Santo Cemetery and end at the Whaley House – both sites of many reported paranormal occurrences. According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the Whaley house is the most haunted house in the United States!
1350 El Prado, San Diego 92101
The Zombie Ball is a benefit gala for the Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. The venue this year is the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, where their new Monsters! exhibition will provide the perfect setting for a spectacular uptown Halloween party. The ball will feature music and dancing; live performances; costume contests; complimentary Starbucks Coffee, beverages, and a zombie-themed dessert buffet; and free parking. This is a not-to-be-missed costume party! The party starts at 7pm and general admission tickets are $65.
10. Monster Bash 2014: Oct 31
Market St & 7th Ave, San Diego 92101
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! On Halloween Night, Friday, October 31st, the freaks will be taking over the Gaslamp and East Village of Downtown San Diego – transforming 8 city blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. The extravaganza will feature some of the nation’s best live music and DJ’s, a Masquerade, and a huge costume contest will close out the evening. The event is 21+ only and general admission tickets are $35.
Where will you be spending Halloween this year? Let us know and share your photos with us in the comments.
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