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Ghosts & Gravestones of San Diego

The spirits come alive this Halloween on San Diego’s most notorious tour… Ghosts & Gravestones. Take your seat on the trolley as our Gravedigger guides transport you back in time to San Diego’s past – and witness for yourself the paranormal activity, ghostly sightings and the unexplainable mysteries that surround some of San Diego’s most haunted sites. We’ll journey to the Maritime Museum where three ghosts are said to be dwelling on the Flag Ship, the Star of India and the Berkeley. Then onto the Gaslamp Quarter, where Gunslingers, Gamblers and Ladies of the Night who died centuries ago are said to live… miserably residing in ancient old buildings. Catch your breath as the trolley heads to the Whaley House, which is the number one haunted house in the United States according to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted. Listen for the moans, look for the orbs of light, watch your back—the ghosts are angry and looking for revenge.

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Select Nights, Late September - End of October

The Scream Zone

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA

Come one, come all to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a night of thrills and terror! The Scream Zone includes a huge house of horrors where there are frightful creatures lurking around every corner and monsters and terrifying scenes in every room. Take the haunted hayride through the haunted barns and beware of the tormented souls that are waiting to greet you. Then enter The Chamber, if you can stomach it, as San Diego’s largest spinning tunnel will leave you queasy and uneasy. Adult tickets start at $21. No children under 10 allowed.

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Weekends, Late September - October

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular

500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA

SeaWorld gets into the spirit of Halloween with a celebration geared toward young children and families on Saturdays and Sundays September 21 – October 27. You can enjoy special daytime Halloween performances, costumed creatures and even celebrate Halloween with Sesame Street characters. Bring your little ones in costume and let the family festivities commence. This event is included with regular daytime park admission and kids are free with purchase of adult ticket.

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Late October

WCKD Village Monster Bash

Streets of Gaslamp Quarter and East Village

Prepare to enter into a realm of electrifying adventures as San Diego’s largest Halloween festival returns, bringing you the best of Monster Halloween Bash with a new WCKD twist. From 6 p.m. to Midnight, six blocks in the East Village will transform right before your eyes as the WCKD Village comes to life. With new interactive elements, amazing talent, elaborate themed areas and more, WCKD Village is shaping up to deliver an over-the-top Halloween experience like never before. Must be 21 years old to enter. Purchase your tickets early. Prices begin at $40 and increase until event day.

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Select Nights, Throughout October

The Disturbance created by The Haunted Hotel

1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108 (Westfield Mission Valley Center)

The Haunted Hotel has been “disturbed”, completely upset, thrown into disorderly chaos…every possessed zombie, every dead freak, every spider web, and every last drop of blood have been unearthed and re-located. The Disturbance, created by The Haunted Hotel, is an all new “Haunt Collective” in Mission Valley. Featuring 3 Haunted Attractions in one location and plenty of free parking. General admission tickets are $24.99 and VIP tickets with fast pass are $39.99 when purchased online. Not recommended for children under 10.

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Select Nights, Late September - October

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park

6th & Juniper in Balboa Park

Take a walk down the trails at Balboa Park for a terrifying experience you will wish you could forget. During your one-mile trek, beware of the terrifying unknown that exists among the twisted pines and gnarled oak trees. Don’t go alone—or if you’re faint of heart, San Diego’s only all outdoor haunted attraction will scare you beyond expectation. General admission tickets and VIP tickets with fast pass are available at a discount when purchased online.

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Saturdays Only, Late September - October

LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat

1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA

Have a night of family-friendly fun with live entertainment, character meet and greets and a pumpkin patch building area. There’s also a Hubble Bubble’s Dance Party, SEA LIFE Pirate Booty Boogie and a costume contest. And don’t forget the trick-or-treating! Event-only tickets are $64. Full-day packages with park admission and event admission are $79. 2-day and hotel ticket packages also available.

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Select Nights, Throughout October

Backwoods by Savage House

1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA

Unlike other haunted attractions, Savage House will have you immersed in a storyline fit for horror film, from beginning to end.

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Late October

Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time. Recommended for ages 2+. Admission is $25 for the public and $20 for members if purchased in advance. Admission is $30 at the door. Children 2 and under are free. Aquarium admission does not include special event entry; separate special event ticket must be purchased.

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Late October

Haunted Tales at the Maritime Museum

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA

Venture aboard the Star of India for a family-friendly lantern tour and spooky tales. Included with admission.

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Last 2 Weekends in October

San Diego Zombie Crawl

American Junkie, 628 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

This is San Diego’s hottest Halloween event, complete with 25 locations. This is a 21+ event.

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Late October

Hard Rock Hotel’s Halloween Party

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

“Mad Tea Party” at the Hard Rock Hotel. Dance to 15+ DJ’s as you make your way through five themed rooms across three levels of the hotel. This is a 21+ event. Various tiers of general admission tickets are available online.

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Late October

Hauntfest on Main

Family-friendly event at Downtown El Cajon. Pumpkin patch, costume contest, kid zone, rides, entertainment, etc.

Late October

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades, and other spooky surprises while participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

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Saturday, Late October

Natural History Museum San Diego Halloween

What lurks in the night? Celebrate bats and other nocturnal creatures at this annual Halloween-themed event. Learn all about nocturnal animals, get a tattoo, and make a bat craft to take home. You can also stop by and visit us on the Prado Walkway as we’ll have a booth set up for the Park-wide Halloween Family Day. Event entry included with general admission. Free for members. Adults $19.95. Children $11.95. Children under 2 are free.

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Late October

Hallo-Wine & Spirits Party

Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA

Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel. Wear your best costume and join us for the annual, adults-only, Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop!

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