Happy Halloween Ghosts & Ghouls

Ghosts and ghouls have come out to play, Halloween after all is their very special day. If you are looking for San Diego WAYs to spook and delight, here are our favorites to bring you lots of fright!

#1. Trick-or-treat, safe from the street.
Several of San Diego’s favorite parks and neighborhoods are hosting family fun festivities where you can trust you’ll have a good time in a safe environment with your kiddos.
  • As if Italian food wasn’t enough to draw us out, Little Italy is serving up Halloween treats at their annual Trick or Treat on India Street on Friday, October 26th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hit up Piazza della Famiglia on India and W. Date Street for a map of participating businesses.
  • Balboa Park’s Halloween Family Day on Saturday October 27th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., is San Diego’s largest free Halloween carnival and is celebrating its 10th year of bringing San Diegans safe, family fun. Food trucks, a dog costume contest, carnival games, a museum rooftop pumpkin drop and a “Thriller” flash mob … need we say more?
  • For free daytime celebrations, check out Liberty Station’s Halloween At the Station, on Sunday, October 28th from noon to 4 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to deck out in their best costumes and trick or treat throughout the district.
  • If amusement parks are your thing then head over to Belmont Park’s Boomont & Fall Fest where every Friday – Sunday in October from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. children 12 and under can participate in trick or treating along with themed rides and Halloween holiday festivities from 5 p.m. to close.
  • As part of your park admission, both Sea World’s Spooktacular Weekends September 22 – October 28 and LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat Party Nights September 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 have trick or treating stations throughout their parks PLUS theme-tastic spooky parades, special Halloween inspired shows and family fun dance parties.
WAY San Diego tip: Dust off your best Halloween ensembles and check out event pages for details (and guidelines) on costume contests. It’s a great way to win free San Diego swag!
#2. Boo! at the San Diego Zoo.
San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen
After successfully hosting its first ever Halloween event in 2017, the San Diego Zoo is bringing back it’s HalGLOWeen bash October 26, 27 and 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. As the sun goes down the fun with turn up with a DJ spinning your favorite Halloween tunes, a kid-friendly bubble party and of course plenty of glow in the dark festivities. And the best part? Kids 11 and under are free for this event (with an adult admission).WAY San Diego tip: If Halloween costumes aren’t your thing, we recommend wearing your best and brightest whites to really pop under the black nights and the dark sky.
#3. Birch Aquarium features unusual underwater creatures.
San Diego's Haunted Birch Aquarium
Image Credit: Birch Aquarium
Are you ready to “have a sea monstrously good time”? Birch Aquarium is hosting its annual Halloween Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash Friday October 26th & Saturday October 27th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get up close and personal with some of the ocean’s spookiest real-life species while you BOO-gie down to live music, create creepy crafts and take home your very own seaweed slime.WAY San Diego tip: Head to the Aquarium a little early to catch some pretty amazing sunset views from the museum’s outdoor Tide Pool Plaza.
#4. Into haunted history? Take a San Diego ghost tour to experience the mystery.
Haunted Halloween Tour - San Diego Whaley House
Image Credit: The Whaley House Museum
Home to haunted sites, San Diego is a great place to embark on a ghost tour during the Halloween season. Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s easy to get into the Halloween spirit when visiting San Diego’s most haunted sites such as the infamous Whaley House , the Hotel Del or the Horton Grand Hotel.WAY San Diego tip: Gather a bunch of friends to take a guided Halloween tour together. If nothing else you’ll learn about San Diego’s history, but we guarantee it’s a good time when friends decide to spook together.
#5. If we haven’t scared you yet, check out San Diego’s Haunted Halloween triple threat.
San Diego Haunted Hotel
Image Credit: Haunted Hotel
Get ready to scream and feel your heart pump at any one of San Diego’s pop-up haunts: Downtown’s the Haunted Hotel  (our personal favorite), The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park and The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Better suited for adults, these haunts are sure to give you a thrill. And for those fright seekers out there, The Haunted Hotel has a new Hellevator plunge and is bringing back their “Lights Out” Wednesdays. Eek! We’ll be sure to see you there.WAY San Diego tip: The closer to Halloween and the later at night, the longer the lines. We’re talking around the building. You can skip the wait by purchasing your tickets online and paying extra for VIP Fast Pass tickets. $5 OFF Discount Coupons are available at your local Goodwill Stores, but do not apply to online purchases.
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