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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 Ghost Hosts 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. Catch your breath as you finish your tour at the Whaley House, which is the number one haunted house in the United States according to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted… Watch your back—the ghosts are angry and looking for revenge.

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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.

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

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.

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!

Spooky Spots in San Diego To Visit This Halloween

While most know of the beauty of San Diego, its mild climate and abundant culture, many people aren’t aware of its haunted reputation. Check out the Most Haunted Places to visit this Halloween season in San Diego and discover for yourself why America’s Finest City is also one of the nation’s most haunted.

William Heath Davis House

Built in 1850 by William Heath Davis, this historic house is the oldest structure in what is now downtown San Diego.

The house has a colorful past and was lived in by many except ironically Davis himself. Among the ancient structure’s residents were Alonzo Horton, the founder of San Diego, and his wife Sarah, a German Spy and others who not only left their mark on its reputation, but are also believed to still be lingering about. The abundance of paranormal activity in the building may also be attributed to the numerous deaths that occurred during the ten years it served as a hospital. One of the home’s most well known spirits is that of an unknown Victorian woman who has appeared many times in front of visitors. A couple wearing period clothing has also been spotted at the top of the narrow staircase – she in a long white evening gown and he in a suit. Lights have been known to turn off and back on again – even when the house was not yet wired for electricity and only used gas or coal oil lamps. Strange and unexplained events still occur often when no one is there. Each evening the interior lights are turned off before the security alarm is set, yet many mornings a light in a back room is found back on. Are the stories and apparitions real? Make a visit to the William Heath Davis House and find out.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Still standing more than 200 years after its construction, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a stirring symbol of an era gone by.

It was November 15, 1855 when the light keeper first climbed to the top of the long, winding staircase to light the light that would guide the ships entering the San Diego Bay. It served the city for 36 years until a better location that was not obstructed by low-lying clouds and fog was discovered. Today, visitors can tour the historic lighthouse and learn about its marvelous past. But beware – many who have visited got much more than they bargained for. Sounds of heavy footsteps coming from upper rooms, cold spots at the entry landing to the spiral staircase, moaning, heavy breathing and that spine chilling sensation that someone is standing right behind you – even if no one is there, have been reported. Many believe the spirit of the famed Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo lives here, waiting to transition to the other side. Others say that the lighthouse’s final light keeper, Captain Robert Decatur Israel, returned after his death, watching over his beloved lighthouse and keeping his eye on all who venture inside.

Berkeley Steam Ferry Boat

Home to the San Diego Maritime Museum’s offices, library and special events venue, the Berkeley Ferry Boat operated in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1800s carrying nearly 2,000 passengers at a time.

The boat, like many vessels from that time period, has a fascinating history and a long list of intriguing events and guests. Those who’ve worked on the boat have reported an encounter with an apparition that appears to be a man wearing a fedora. Some believe it is the spirit of John O Norbom who died in 1911 in a fiery explosion that also injured five others onboard. But others suspect it is someone else, a dearly departed guest who wishes to go back onboard the boat over and over.

The Whaley House

Any discussion about haunted San Diego would not be complete without mentioning the Whaley House.

It is known as America’s #1 Most Haunted House and for good reason. The beautiful mansion has a dark past riddled with death, suicide and mystery. One of the more popular San Diego attractions, the Whaley House is visited by thousands of tourists each year, many who know nothing of the ghosts that inhabit its hallways, bedrooms and staircases.

They come to see the San Diego icon because of its historical significance — it was once the city’s courthouse, San Diego’s first commercial theater, a general store and more.

But for those with an interest in poltergeist activity, it is a must visit. While several spirits are regularly seen, one is thought to be the lovely Violet Whaley, who killed herself after being ostracized by society for her divorce. Depressed and humiliated, the Whaley’s 22-year-old daughter shot herself in the chest with her father’s gun. Other ghosts include Yankee Jim Robinson who was convicted of grand larceny and hanged on the site where the house now stands, Thomas Whaley and his wife Anna. Unexplained sounds, mists and shadows and more unusual events continually occur at the Whaley House, drawing in visits from ghost hunters across the world.

Horton Grand Hotel

The Horton Grand Hotel is the restoration of two separate hotels, The Grand Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn Kahle Saddlery Hotel that were built in two different locations in 1886.

After both hotels were slated for demolition in the 1970s, they were purchased from the City of San Diego for $1.00 each. Each hotel was then dismantled brick by brick and all the pieces subsequently went into storage until the new Horton Grand Hotel was rebuilt and reopened in 1986. Today, the magnificent hotel once again has its original elegance and much of its original features including the oak grand staircase that was 100-years-old at the time of the deconstruction. Several of the hotels’ early guests are also here — they continue to overstay their welcome. One such haunt is that of Roger Whittaker, a cheating gambler who after being shot sought refuge by hiding inside an armoire in room #309. His creditors found him and shot him to death, but to this day he still resides in room #309. Accounts of paranormal activity include the lights flickering on and off, the armoire doors opening and closing in the middle of the night, the bed shaking, misty glows and footsteps in the night. Other apparitions and inexplicable sensations have been witnessed at the Horton Grand; are they real or imaginary? You be the judge.