Halloween Happenings Across Town
In San Diego, Halloween isn’t a holiday — it’s a state of mind. The famously festive birthplace of cult cosplay gathering Comic-Con turns into a real-life Halloweentown, with ghost tours, masquerade cruises, and other explosive displays of Halloween spirit. Here’s a guide to celebrations throughout the city, from Old Town to San Diego Bay.
HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is holding its HalGLOWeen celebration on October 11-13, 18-20, and 25-27. The festivities start at 9 p.m., with a cupcake walk, a bubble dance part, a “gently haunted” path, acrobats, music, treats, and more.
Monster Bash- San Diego’s largest and most extravagant Halloween Festival
The 17th annual Monster Bash returns on October 28th at Gaslamp Quarter from 6pm to Midnight. Watch our downtown district transform into a wicked wonderland as San Diego’s largest Halloween Festival comes to life. Special guests Trey Songz and T-Pain will be performing as well!
Halloween at Liberty Station
Head to Liberty Station on October 27 from 12-4 p.m. for trick-or-treating, music, arts and crafts, spooky games, and an inflatable obstacle course. There will even be a Hollywood car show with classic cars from famous films.
SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular
During Halloween Spooktacular, SeaWorld hosts dance parties, trick-or-treating events, and a parade with Sesame Street characters. (Singing pumpkins are also known to make an appearance.) The fall festival is one of San Diego’s largest and runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 21 to October 27.
Whaley House Halloween Event
The Whaley House Museum is not only one of the most popular visitor destinations in SoCal, but according to Life magazine, it’s “the most haunted house in America.” From October 24 to 31, the popular Greek Revival house museum stays open as late as midnight and treats guest to stories about its ghostly residents.
Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour
This entertaining tour focuses on the history, mystery, and legends of San Diego. Start the tour in an all-black “doom buggy” and visit Pioneer Park, El Campo Cemetery, and Whaley House Museum. Tours are available throughout the season, and tickets are available on the website.
Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
Balboa Park hosts numerous Halloween festivities, and one of its most popular is Family Day. Held on October 26, this is the largest free Halloween carnival in the region. Spooky dance performances, doggie costume contests, and a “Thriller” flash mob in the Plaza de Panama are among the many highlights of this family-friendly celebration.
Halloween at the Birch Aquarium
The Birch Aquarium rings in Halloween with the Sea Monster Mash, a unique event in which professional Scripps Institution oceanographers search for squid, skeleton shrimp, and sea spiders. The October 25-27 “Haunted Aquarium” program also brings dance parties, ghost stories, and lessons in slime-making.
Flagship Cruises & Events: San Diego Halloween Black Pearl Yacht Party
The $15-million California Spirit turns into a “haunted mansion” during the October 26 Black Pearl Yacht Party, a pirate-themed VIP harbor cruise in which DJs spin house and hip-hop sets across two decks, as delicious finger foods are served.
Hornblower Cruises & Events: Pier Pressure San Diego Halloween Cruise — 8th Annual Titanic Masquerade
The city’s most luxurious yacht, The Inspiration, spends three full hours circling around San Diego Harbor, as a part of Hornblower Cruises’ Titanic-themed EDM masquerade party on November 2.