The spirits come alive this Halloween on San Diego’s most notorious tour… Ghosts and 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.
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. Tickets start at $19.
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 in October. You can enjoy special 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 park admission.
Streets of Gaslamp Quarter and East Village
Eat, drink, and get wild at this San Diego Halloween block party. Throw on your scariest, sexiest, most outlandish costume and head to the Gaslamp Quarter for a night of music and mayhem, cocktails, costume contests and more. Live bands, frights, scares and thousands upon thousands of partiers make this the place to be to celebrate Halloween. Must be 21 years old to enter. Purchase your tickets early. Prices begin at $40 and increase until event day.
424 Market Street, San Diego, CA
Enter if you dare into The Haunted Hotel where zombies, monsters and heart-pounding scares will cause a chill to run down your spine. Climb into the Hellevator and get ready to land wherever it takes you, take a stroll with zombies and reminisce about childhood with creepy dolls. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also clowns and the Twisted Torture Chamber. The Haunted Hotel, located in Gaslamp Quarter, was named as one of the top 13 Haunted Houses in America by Haunt World Magazine and has been featured on the Travel Channel. General admission tickets are $19 and VIP tickets with fast pass are $29 when purchased online.
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.
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 $35. Full-day packages with park admission and event admission are $65.
2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA
Hear the haunted tales of America’s Most Haunted House and learn about paranormal investigation tools and techniques.
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA
Bring the family to the Birch Aquarium for a scary good time exploring the world of science. There will be a costume contest, story time, crafts and science-related activities. Admission is $18.50 for the public and $13.50 for members if purchased in advance. Admission is $20 at the door. Children 2 and under are free.
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.
“Make Halloween Great Again” at the Hard Rock Hotel’s election-themed party. Dance to 15+ DJ’s as you make your way through five themed rooms across 3 levels of the hotel. This is a 21+ event. Various tiers of general admission tickets are available online.
Family-friendly event at Downtown El Cajon. Pumpkin patch, costume contest, kid zone, rides, entertainment, etc.
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.
Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., San Diego
Based on Brooks’ 1974 film, the stage version re-imagines the legend of Frankenstein. Bright young doctor Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) travels to Transylvania to complete the masterwork of his grandfather by bringing a corpse to life.
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 8th annual, adults-only, Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop!
East Village, 7th Avenue between Market Street & J Street
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.