Entertainment | San Diego Halloween Events

San Diego Halloween Events

Monster Bash in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Halloween in San Diego is more than a month-long affair, and we’ve lined up the best San Diego Halloween events for you. Let your inner ghoul shine at haunted houses, costume contests, block parties and more! 

Haunted Hotel
Through Oct. 31. The Haunted Hotel is giving Halloween fanatics an early start on fall’s best spook. This year, see where the Hellevator takes you, explore Freddy Krueger’s workshop, and come face to face with Jason.  Meet the night riders on the moving subway and try to escape the terror of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This spooky maze, complete with ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other freaky frights, is not for the faint of heart. 424 Market Street, Gaslamp Quarter. 619.231.0131. hauntedhotel.com

Haunted Trail 
Through Oct. 31. This is no average walk in Balboa Park. Enter the mile long trail through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks, then watch your back as you never know which way the terror will hit you. This year’s Haunted Trail features an additional maze called “The eXperiment,” where you can find out what happens when Mother Nature takes her eye off the ball for even just a second. Not suitable for kids under 10. Closed Monday and Tuesday, but open nightly from Oct. 22-31. Balboa Park. 619.696.SCARE. hauntedhotel.com/pages/trail

Scream Zone 
Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Bring your nerves of steel to this eerie threesome of attractions. The Haunted Hayride, Chamber of Chills and House of Horror will scare you from all angles, both indoors and out. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161. thescreamzone.com

Ghosts and Gravestones
Through Oct. 31. The spirits come alive this Halloween on San Diego’s most notorious tour. Take a seat on the trolley as one of the gravedigger guides transport you back in time to witness for yourself the paranormal activity, ghostly sightings and the unexplainable mysteries that surround some of San Diego’s most haunted sites. Hear stories of the ghosts that haunt the ships at the Maritime Museum. Travel back in time and learn of the spirits of the notorious characters who lived and died in the Gaslamp Quarter. Journey through Old Town, walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and ending outside the Whaley House, both sites of many reported paranormal occurrences. Reservations required. 888.920.8687. ghostsandgravestones.com/san-diego 

Boo’s Cruise
Oct. 28. Get onboard for a ghoulishly good time with the 91X Halloween Boo’s Cruise. Mingle with 91X’s radio personalities on this two-hour yacht cruise complete with live music from Churchill, food and drink specials, and incredible views. Fun, flirty or frightening, come aboard in your best costume and enter the costume contest to win plenty of 91X prizes. $9.91. Board at 6:15 p.m. San Diego Grape St. Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. 619.686.8715. hornblower.com/hce/port/overview/sd+91XHalloween

Costume Brewery Tour
Oct. 27. All aboard the BOOze Bus! Celebrate this Halloween with San Diego’s favorite beverage: craft beer. The Costume Brewery Tour begins with brunch at Sessions, with bottomless mimosas and offerings from their signature Taps & Toast menu. San Diego Brewery Tours will then take attendees to three local craft breweries. Options could include Ballast Point, Port Lost Abbey, Alesmith and Societe Brewing Co. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $80. Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire Street, San Diego. 619.756.7715. sessionspublic.com

Pumpkin Chuckin’ Party
Oct. 27. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) to this high flying Halloween party. That’s right, bring a gutted and carved pumpkin to LOUNGEsix and you can toss if off the 10th floor to targets placed below. Celebrate your successful pumpkin chuck with no cover charge and drink specials at the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Party. Pumpkin chuckin’ from 5-6 p.m. Party begins at 6 p.m. LOUNGEsix, 616 J Street, San Diego. 619.531.8744. jsixrestaurant.com

Big Lebowski Halloween
Oct. 31. Swap the cliché costumes for a night all about The Dude, or El Duderino, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing. Inspired by The Big Lebowski, this cult-classic themed event invites locals to don their best The Dude or Bunny while sipping on $4 “Caucasians” (White Russians) or any of the 20 beers on tap. Some brave souls may even dare to replicate John Goodman’s epic character, Walter. Movie begins at 7 p.m. and will play throughout the evening. Costume contest commences at 10 p.m. Sessions Public, 4204 Voltaire Street, San Diego. 619.756.7715. sessionspublic.com

Night at the Museum
Oct. 19. Ghouls and goblins aged 7-12 are invited to spend the night at the San Diego “Scare” and Space Museum. Explore the spookier side of air and space with a scavenger hunt, make eerie and ghastly gliders, and take a flashlight tour of the galleries. At night, sleep next to an old war-plane, and see for yourself if it’s haunted or not. Night at the Museum also includes a costume contest, movie screenings and breakfast snacks. There must be one adult over the age of 21 for every 1-3 children attending, and no adult can be admitted without accompanying a child. 7 p.m.-9 a.m. San Diego Air and Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. 619.234.8291 x 119. sandiegoairandspace.org

Dog Costume Parade and Contest
Oct. 27.
Put your pooch in its best costume and head over to the Spanish Village Art Center to see how your dog’s outfit compares. All dressed-up dogs can join the parade around the Lily Pond and the winner of the costume contest will take home a $25 gift certificate to Spanish Village Art Center. Other art activities include trick-or-treat bag decorating; trick-or-treating at the studios; live music, art and food booths. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park. 619.233.9050. spanishvillageart.com/events.htm

Brick-or-Treat Trail
Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28. Kids can safely trick-or-treat on Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat trail. Little ones can stop at seven Lego-themed treat stations to collect candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. This year, there’s a bonus station at the Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium. On Saturday nights, kids in costume can enter the contest for best dressed. Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. 760.918.LEGO. california.legoland.com 

Official Maxim Halloween 2012
Oct. 27. Andaz San Diego has earned the highly esteemed stamp of approval from Maxim Magazine and will be one of a limited number of venues to host an Official Maxim Halloween 2012 party. The tri-level club will transform into a subterranean Hell and sky-high Heaven, with the middle level converted into a thriving Garden of Eden. Four celebrated Maxim models are scheduled to make appearances throughout the evening. $40. Andaz San Diego, 600 F Street, downtown. 619.814.2055. ivyentertainmentsandiego.com

Oct. 28. Party into the wee hours of the morning with Side Bar’s epic zombie themed after party. Costumes or not, dedicated partiers can rage on. Saturday night, the ultra-lounge will kick off Halloween weekend by transforming into a haunted brothel. The Halloween festivities culminate with one of the biggest parties in the Gaslamp on Halloween night. 5-10 a.m. Side Bar, 536 Market Street, downtown. 619.696.0946. sidebarsd.com

Monster Bash
Oct. 27. This frightful block party will take over eight city blocks and fill them with three stages, 10 bars, 50 toxic dancers and thousands of partygoers dressed in their best costumes. In true Monster Bash fashion, the best Halloween party in San Diego will end with a parade of the bizarre, peculiar, scantily clad, comedic and creative as the world famous costume contest takes over the Trudy’s Trash House stage and offers up a Grand Prize of $3,000. Entrance at Market and 6th Avenue. 6 p.m.-midnight. sandiegomonsterbash.com

Halloween Ball
Oct. 31. With 30-foot hand-stenciled ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, a full theatrical stage, outdoor garden and breathtaking Spanish architecture, The Prado in Balboa Park is San Diego’s most elegant, beautiful and unique venue. Add to that multiple entertainment stages, a massive court-yard, world-class DJs including Manufactured Superstars, and more than 20 bars, and you’ve got the recipe for an authentically eerie Halloween Night. Doors open at 9 p.m. The Prado, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. pradohalloween.com