San Diego Halloween Events Roundup 2018

Head to Belmont Park for Halloween attractions and activities galore as it transforms into BOOmont.

From costume contests to larger-than-life parties, check out the top San Diego Halloween events.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Oct. 1-31. Belmont Park transforms with festive fall thrills and chills throughout the beachfront amusement park. Guests can enjoy unlimited fun on Halloween-themed rides and attractions like the Spooky Coaster where you can dip back to a spooky time on the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, take down zombies at Zombie Laser Tag or play where pirates slay as Pirates Takeover Mini Golf. Additional activities include trick-or-treating, family costume contests and pumpkin painting. F-Su 5 p.m.-close, plus Oct. 31. Free entry to the park and half-off wristbands. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283.


Bour-bin for Apples
Now Available. Shake things up this fall with a delicious adult-only treat that’s packed with autumn flavor at 20|Twenty. Created by Mixologist Steve George, the Bour-bin for Apples cocktail combines Maker’s Mark Bourbon and spiced apple shrub with a splash of club soda to top it off, adorned with an apple slice dusted in cinnamon and a star anise. Simple yet sophisticated providing a great transition into Halloween and the cooler months. See website for hours. $11 regular pricing, $9 during Happy Hour. Westin Carlsbad Resort, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, 760.827.2500.   


Salt & Straw’s October Spooktacular Series
Available Oct. 5. Taste the essence of Halloween captured in Salt & Straw’s new October offerings. Spooky flavors include Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion, a vegan twist on a pumpkin spice latte made with spiced pumpkin Pyschocandy tea steeped into a coconut cream ice cream with candied pumpkin bits; the Great Candycopia featuring salted butterscotch ice cream loaded with classic Trick or Treat candies (homemade Snickers, Twix chunks, Heath Bars and peanut butter cups); and more. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1670 India St., Little Italy, 619.542.9394.


Haunted Tales
Oct. 20, 27. Calling all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses! Gather on the Star of India for some ghostly haunted tales. Enjoy lantern led tours around the ship and listen to eerie legends from the Star of India’s past. Hear the tales of how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging and more creepy events. 6-10 p.m. Included with general admission. Maritime Museum, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.234.9153.


Get creative with your designs at the Pumpkin Carving Contest at The Pearl Hotel.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at The Pearl Hotel
Oct. 23. Come with your best design ideas to carve a pumpkin while sipping on a seasonal cocktail by Bar Manager TJ Majeske and watching a Halloween-themed movie projected on the hotel’s poolside big screen. Tickets include a pumpkin with all the carving supplies, and the winner will receive a one-night stay at the hotel. Email to RSVP. 7-9 p.m. $15. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100.    


Miss B’s Coconut Club
Oct. 24-31. Locals and visitors will be in high spirits when they stop into this Mission Beach island-inspired eatery and bar during the week of Halloween. Creepy, themed cocktails such as The Thing, a shareable punch served in an iron cauldron with dry ice and a disembodied hand, will be available all week long. Miss B’s will also have the Voodoo Zombie, a cocktail made with activated charcoal and JuneShine’s hard kombucha Midnight Painkiller. See website for hours. 3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.381.0855.


Oxford Social Club
Oct. 25-27, 31. Kick-off Halloween weekend on Thursday, Oct. 25 with a party with sounds by DJ TonyTone. Continue the Halloween festivities on Friday, Oct. 26 where $2,500 in cash will be given to the sexiest costume and party to top hits from DJ Neva. The weekend will only get hotter as award-winning artist Ludacris blazes the stage with his chart-topping hits on Oct. 27. Finish things off with Deep In Halloween, the sexiest party in Gaslamp on Oct. 31. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. See website for pricing. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7040.


Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash
Oct. 26-27. Experience 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. 6-9 p.m. Pre-sale $14.50 aquarium members, $19.50 GA, at the door $22 all tickets. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474.


2018: A Halloween Odyssey
Oct. 27. Inspired by acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick’s most iconic scary movies, the Hard Rock Hotel transforms five venues on three floors, each themed after a different Kubrick flick, including The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut and of course 2001: A Space Odyssey. Expect more than 15 DJs with headliners Oliver Heldens on the Woodstock Terrace, plus rappers Juvenile and Jadakiss in the Legends Ballroom. 21+. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $70+. 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.780.3848.


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
Oct. 27. Enjoy a culturally inspired kickoff to Halloween at the region’s largest free Halloween carnival Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions will present free crafts for kids, costume parades and contests, Day of the Dead-themed activities and tons of spooky surprises. Live music and dance performances, food trucks and free candy round out the spooktacular day set amid Balboa Park’s historic architecture and scenic plazas. Participating museums will be offering free admission to children ages 12 and under with a paying adult. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for full list of participating locations.


Boos & Brews
Oct. 27. Upper East Bar, perched on the rooftop of the Kimpton Solamar Hotel, is hosting a beer festival where guests can drink unlimited beer from ten local brewers including Stone Brewing, Ale Smith and Maui Brewing among others for just $25. They will also have food specials including all-beef bacon-wrapped hot dogs with nacho cheese and pickled jalapenos; and beer-braised bratwurst with sauerkraut, onion and whole grain mustard–both for just $8 each. 21+. Noon-5 p.m. 616 J St., downtown, 619.531.8744. Tickets


Halloween Yacht Party
Oct. 27. Put on your best costume to climb aboard the Spirit of San Diego Yacht. The night features tray-passed appetizers, a full bar, DJs and dancing on multiple levels, as well as a $500 cash prize for best costume. 21+. Check-in 8:15 p.m., cruising 9 p.m.-midnight. $64+. 990 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero. Tickets


Rooftop Cinema Club’s Halloween Spooktacular
Oct. 27, 30-31. Catch a thrilling lineup of sorceress and horror films leading up to Halloween night. A classic witches brew will stir over a warm fire on Saturday, Oct. 27 with a twin-bill that takes off on its broomstick with Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus at 7 p.m. followed by Anjelica Houston in The Witches at 9:30 p.m. They will set the stage for back-to-back nights of shrieks and screams as Anthony Hopkins portrays the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs on Tuesday, Oct. 30, before the curtain drops on Michael Myers in the original slasher-thriller, Halloween, on its namesake night on Oct. 31. Doors 6:30 p.m. $17+. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown.


Oct. 27. Oktoberfest and Halloween combine for this spooky event at The Lafayette Hotel. Expect a haunted Winzerer Fähndl beer garden with beer from local breweries, a cooking demonstration and spread of “Boo-varian” food, entertainment from local bands and live zombies haunting the event. Best Halloween and Best Lederhosen/Drindl costumes will win a six-month Swim Club Membership for 2019. 7 p.m. Pre-sale $40, at the door $50. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., University Heights. Tickets


WCKD Village
Oct. 27. Prepare to enter a realm of electrifying adventures as Monster Halloween Bash returns with a new WCKD twist. Six blocks in the East Village will transform into one of the most epic Halloween events in San Diego featuring four stages of non-stop live performances—including headliners Cheat Codes, Michael Calfan and special guest E-40—immersive themed areas, over $5k in costume contest prizes and all new interactive features. 6 p.m.-midnight. See website for ticket prices. 7th Ave. between Market St. and J St., East Village. Tickets


Second Chance Beer Co. 1st Anniversary Halloweekend
Oct. 27-28. Experience a full line-up of spooky events to complement your Halloweekend. Celebrate on Saturday with yoga, face and mug painting, music and food. Or join on Sunday for a Magnificent Mystery Marketplace featuring local vendors including The Potted Poppy, Prey and Profit, North Park Soap Co. and used vinyl (spinning and selling) from Weekend Records. Both events feature all-day Halloween beer flights including Pumpkin Pi, Banana Runts Porter, Lemon Lime Sour Patch Kids Slightly Sour and Candied Apple Mulligan beers. See website for event times. Second Chance Beer Lounge, 4045 30th St., Suite A, North Park, 619.487.1470.


Tajima’s Spooktacular Ramen
Oct. 27-31. Creep into any of Tajima’s San Diego locations to taste their Spooktacular Ramen made with black noodles, original vegetable-soy based broth, an Impossible Meat Patty, baby spinach, arugula, cherry tomatoes and kabocha squash. This devilish dish is delicious. Tajima’s Mercury location is also getting in the spirit with their Witches Brew, a sweet and sour punch concocted with berries and citrus, spiked with rum and orange liqueurs. See website for hours and full list of locations. $15.


Have everyone dress up for the family-friendly Halloween at the Station.

Halloween at the Station
Oct. 28. Bring the whole family to this Halloween celebration complete with daytime festivities including trick-or-treating throughout the district, music and live entertainment, spooky games, an inflatable obstacle course, a Hollywood car show and more. Ghouls and goblins of all ages are welcome to participate in the costume contest, where the most elaborate costume will take home a special prize. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Road, Point Loma.   


Hyatt Hound’s Third Birthday Pawty
Oct. 28. Join this Paws on the Patio extravaganza featuring spooktacular marina views with a fenced dog run; happy hour specials for two and four-legged guests, including craft beer for dog samples; and most importantly, a K9 Halloween costume contest with prizes for the best dressed. A variety of pet-friendly vendors will also be onsite including Rancho Coastal Humane Society, of which 20% of the event proceeds are donated to, and guests will have the chance to meet Hyatt Hound himself. 1-4 p.m. Free. Sally’s Fish House & Bar, 1 Market Place, downtown, 619.358.6740.


Haunted House Spirits Halloween Pop-Up
Oct. 29. Hundred Proof presents a Haunted House Spirits Halloween pop-up featuring Erin Hayes, Brooke Arthur and Andrew Calisterio of House Spirits Distillery. Guests can enjoy a selection of creepy cocktails including a Spooky Old Fashioned featuring House Spirit’s Westward American single malt whiskey, vanilla rooibos syrup and baked apple bitters. 8 p.m.-midnight. 4130 Park Blvd., 619.501.6404.


Sugar Skull Paint Night and “Coco” Screening
Oct. 30. Get spooky with 619 Spirits and decorate sugar skulls with the whole family while watching Disney’s Coco. Taking place at the North Park distillery and tasting room, tickets are only required to participate in the sugar skull decoration. Each ticket includes one sugar skull with decorating supplies and one 619 Vodka craft cocktail for the adults or a kid’s special Halloween treat and drink. The adults will have plenty of signature cocktails to choose from including the Blood of the Scorpion or Princess Cosmo, which is made with 619’s Rose Petal Vodka. 6-9 p.m. $25 adults, $20 children. 3015 Lincoln Ave., North Park. Tickets


Try the spooky Speak of the Devil Cocktail at Hallow-Hour.

Oct. 31. Celebrate this holiday at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant where Hallow-Hour will extend happy hour for an extra hour. Sip on the new Speak of the Devil cocktail crafted by Bar Manager Colin Berger featuring dark rum, fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Orgeat syrup and activated charcoal, garnished with grapefruit peel and a Luxardo Maraschino cherry. 4:30-7 p.m. 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222.   


Oct. 31. Bleu Bohème has crafted a cocktail that is pumpkin spice and everything nice. Inspired by one of fall’s most popular flavor combinations, the Jacques-O-Lantern is made with Absolut vanilla vodka, Baileys Irish cream and pumpkin spice liqueur, garnished with a dash of five-spice powder. 5-9 p.m. $14. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167.   


Nightmare on Mission Avenue
Oct. 31. Dress to impress at Mission Avenue Bar and Grill’s party complete with a DJ where cash and prizes will be given out for best costume and runner-up. Chef William Eick and Bar Manager Guy Marino will add a number of festive items to their elevated bar food and drink menus for the evening, including Kruger’s Crostini with poached prawn, finger limes, mustard frills and tomato jam on sourdough. Party 8 p.m.-1 a.m., DJ 9 p.m.-midnight. 711 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 760.637.2222.   


Park 101
Oct. 31. All ages are welcome at this kid- and dog-friendly Halloween party. Bring your blankets to start the evening with a screening of Casper, followed by BeetlejuiceThose 21 and over can enjoy Park 101’s harvest cocktails including the October Sky made with vodka, whiskey, apple cider, cinnamon and lemon. 6 p.m. 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2217.


Rendezvous Grand Opening Halloween Party
Oct. 31. Your fortune awaits as you enter the doors of Rendezvous. Inspired by the French legend and historical figure “La Voisin,” this grand opening promises an escape from the average Halloween festivities. A signature welcome cocktail will kick-off the evening for partygoers with General Admission, while additional libations will be flowing throughout the night including specialty cocktails, Euro-beer and French wines. Enjoy rock and roll sounds by The Upshots and a themed performance by D.Wrex, along with a thrilling surprise for those willing to learn about their future with complimentary tarot card readings. 21+. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $35 GA, $95+ VIP Punch Bowl Service. THE US GRANT, 326 Broadway, downtown. Tickets  


Sip on Cannibal Colada libations at the Catamaran’s Rum Social.

Rum Social
Oct. 31. Don your best pirate costume for this rum-filled evening. Enjoy small plates paired with Cannibal Colada libations with the new vanilla and cinnamon-infused rum created by Malahat Spirits Co. exclusively for the Catamaran Resort. Then, show off your eye patches and creative attire with the best costume winning a dinner for two at Oceana Coastal Kitchen. Keep the p-ARR-ty going with a cruise aboard the William D. Evans sternwheeler featuring multiple floors of DJs and drink specials. Embrace a pirate’s life and enjoy sailing the sparkling waters of Mission Bay. 21+. Social 5:30-7:30 p.m., cruise 7:30 p.m. $35. Oceana Coastal Kitchen, 3999 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.539.8635.


Saint Archer’s Halloween Party
Oct. 31. Join Saint Archer Brewing Company for a Halloween event that is all treat and no tricks with the launch of their Citra 7 IPA. Saint Archer’s latest seasonal release is a limited varietal Idaho 7 that incorporates a classic Citra, resulting in a flavor that balances soft apricot with bright lemon. Party highlights include food trucks, trivia, a Halloween costume contest and beer specials surrounding the Citra 7 IPA. 4 p.m.-close. Saint Archer Tasting Room, 9550 Distribution Ave., Miramar.


BOOmont photo courtesy c3 Communications. Pumpkin Carving Contest at The Pearl Hotel photo courtesy Bay Bird. Halloween at the Station photo courtesy Olive Creative Strategies. Hallow-Hour photo courtesy BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant. Rum Social photo courtesy Evans Hotels.