Halloween in San Diego

What to do in San Diego for Halloween

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are just around the corner! With Halloween on Saturday, October 31st followed by Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, November 1st and Monday, November 2nd, you can plan a fun-filled weekend by knowing what’s going on and what you can do to enjoy this year’s spooky San Diego events.

Halloween Fun for the Family

Planning events for the entire family can be difficult at times. Thankfully, many of these San Diego festivities are open to children and adults of all ages.

Dia de los Muertos in Old Town

Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a three-day event in Old Town, San Diego. Dia de los Muertos pays homage to the presence of the dead among the living. It’s an incredibly colorful tribute towards California’s Mexican heritage, as the festivities are deeply rooted in history, culture, and family traditions. Some of the most popular events include face painting, live music, sugar skull workshops, artisan shows, and so much more! Visit the official San Diego Dia de los Muertos website for more information.

San Diego Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

When you celebrate Halloween in San Diego, you have so many options to choose from. One of the most notorious tours, The Ghosts and Gravestones San Diego Frightseeing Tour, is not to be missed. Take a seat on the tour’s trolley as Gravedigger guides take you into the past by describing the haunted history of an older San Diego. You’ll potentially experience paranormal activity, see ghosts, and witness strange mysteries and occurrences as you pass through San Diego’s most haunted sites, such as the Maritime Museum, Gaslamp Quarter, Whaley House and more.

Just for Kids

Around this festive time of year, there are some events that are catered just for kids and young ones!

Theme Park Trick-or-Treating

Visit a variety of theme and amusement parks in San Diego. Many of these locations, including Legoland and SeaWorld, have been redecorated for your children’s amusement, making it a fun and safe place to trick-or-treat.

Pumpkin Patches

Bring your kids to the various pumpkin patches in San Diego! A few of these, like Pumpkin Station in Mission Valley and Lavender Hill Pumpkins, offer petting zoos, face painting, and, of course, the opportunity to choose a pumpkin to take home with you. You can find other San Diego pumpkin patch locations here.

Pumpkin Express Train

Enjoy a costumed train ride with Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association during its Eleventh Annual Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration. Vintage railcars will be decorated as it travels through the San Diego County. Rumor has it that the Grim Reaper might be on board!

Boomont Park

Located in Mission Beach, “Boomont” Park is full of activities for the youngest trick-or-treaters. From free trick-or-treating to visiting the Boomont Manor to running around in Zombie Laser Tag, there’s quite a bit to do!

Fun for Adults, Too!

If you don’t have any kids or want to enjoy a night away with your peers or significant other, San Diego is home to many events tailored for adults age 21 and over.

Monster Bash!

At the San Diego Halloween Block Party and Monster Bash, from 6pm to midnight on Halloween, you can throw on your wildest and most outlandish costumes as you head to the Gaslamp Quarter for a night of fun. The Monster Bash is not one to miss as thousands of partiers will be celebrating the night away with live bands, scares, costume contests, and more.

The Haunted Hotel

If you dare to enter the Haunted Hotel, you’ll find all sorts of creepy monsters and sights that will having chills running down your spine. Once you step into the Hellevator that leads you into the depths of the Haunted Hotel, you’ll be among the few who dare to enjoy one of Haunt World Magazine’s top 13 haunted houses in America.

San Diego has so many events to offer and these are only the tip of the iceberg. Make San Diego your vacation hotspot this spooky season and find a comfortable vacation rental that’s close to all of the best and most exciting events today!

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