Halloween 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.
1. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park (through Nov 1st)
6th & Juniper at Marston Point, San Diego. Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a creepy mile-long trail through through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. This year, visit a haunted old Plantation and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, meet the murderous residents of Silent Hill, squeeze through the crowd of creepy clowns in the Haunted Ghoul Bus, and survive live scenes from American Horror Story. General Admission tickets $25.
2. The Haunted Hotel (through Nov. 1st
424 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101. The infamous Haunted Hotel is the longest running haunted house in San Diego and was named by Haunt World Magazine as one of the top 13 haunted houses in America! This year, make your way through a creepy doll island, try to escape the torturous grasp of The Dissectors, and watch your step as you board the Clown Subway. General admission tickets are $18.
3. The Scream Zone (through Nov 1st
Del Mar Fairgrounds; 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar 92014. The Scream Zone’s attractions are open Friday/Saturday nights from 7pm-midnight and all other nights from 7pm-11pm. A zombie paintball safari, the House of Horror (featuring 12 new terrifying dens), the Haunted Hayride (featuring an all-new zombie section and a terrifying Doll Town), and KarnEvil (a traveling troupe of bloodthirsty curiosities) will all be this year’s top attractions. Don’t miss one of the most frightening exhibits in all of San Diego!
4. BOOmont Park Fall Festival & Haunt (through Oct. 31st)
Belmont Park; 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego. The creators of “The Haunted Hotel” have teamed with Belmont Park to create a family-friendly BOOmont Park! Belmont Park gets transformed into a Halloween-themed seaside park featuring activities for all ages through October. The park runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 5pm. Trick-or-treating will be every night 6:30-7:30, and attractions include The BOOmont Manor, a Pumpkin Patch, Zombie Laser Tag, and the “Spooky” Coaster.
5. RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns (through October 25th)
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA. Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail! Go on safari and see larger-than-life animals carved from dozens of jack o’lanterns; there will also be a live carving station where you can see the artists in action. RISE is only on display in 3 cities this year, and San Diego is one of them – so make it a point to check this out.
6. Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked Science (October 23 & 24, 6pm)
Birch Aquarium; 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA. Search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at the Birch Aquarium and discover a sea of glowing animals this Halloween at the Aquarium! Kids will also get to make their own seaweed slime and listen to creepy shipwrecked stories. There will be prizes for the best costumes! Tickets for nonmembers are $19 at the door.
7. The Dell’s Hallo-Wine & Spirits Party (October 30, 7pm)
Hotel Del Coronado; 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado. Don your best costume and join the Del for the 6th annual Hallo-wine and Spirits Party, complete with great eats, delicious wines and dancing. The dinner reception is from 7-9pm with grown-up trick-or-treating, wine tasting, and delicious eats from The Del’s amazing culinary team. Afterward, the party heads into the Crown Room for dessert, drinks, dancing and crowning the winner of this year’s best costume. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
8. Nightmare on Normal Street (October 31, 6pm)
Normal Street at University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. Check out Hillcrest’s one and only Halloween street party this year! The events of the evening will include live entertainment on a grand stage, a streetscape dance floor, a costume competition with prizes, food trucks, bottle service, and two bars. Guests can also enjoy complimentary cocktails during our exclusive Hosted Hour between 6-7pm. Tickets are $15.
SEE ALSO: Mysteries of Escondido: Haunted or Not?
9. Halloween Night at the Whaley House (October 31, 6pm)
The Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave., San Diego 92110. Have a ghoulishly good time this Halloween when the Whaley House, lit by historic oil lamps, will remain open until midnight. Hear the chilling tales of ghosts who roam the house and enjoy period music played by our docents. Come discover for yourself why the Whaley House has earned the reputation as America’s Most Haunted! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. 66
10. Monster Bash 2015 (October 31, 6pm)
7th Avenue between Market St. and J St., San Diego 92101. San Diego’s biggest Halloween Block Party returns and will be unleashed in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village – transforming over eight city blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. Five huge stages of entertainment featuring more than 20 top DJs from San Diego, dancing, masquerades, costume shows and contests, and more all under the stars in downtown San Diego! Tickets are $60 at the door.
*Please double check venue websites for ticket information before heading out to any ticketed event – some of these events do sell out quickly and tickets may not be available on-site.
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