Hauntingly Fun Halloween Activities for the Little Ones

Halloween is more than a single day celebration…it’s an entire month! Combine all these frighteningly fun things to do with 100+ Kids Free in San Diego offers and October is the perfect month to visit San Diego with the whole family.

> Pumpkin Patches throughout San Diego – 2015

Halloween Haunts at San Diego Attractions

SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Even the animals get in on the Spooktacular Halloween fun at SeaWorld

Shamu and the gang will get into the “spirit” of Halloween with a not-too-scary celebration featuring festive family fun on Saturdays and Sundays from late September through October. Guests at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular will enjoy animal meet and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters, plus “Who Said Boo?” at Sesame Street’s Bay of Play musical stage. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and use their Spooktacular maps to trick or treat at sea-themed stations.

When: Saturdays & Sundays through November 1, 2015
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LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

LEGLOANDLAND Brick-or-Treat Party NIghts

LEGOLAND invites the whole family for a “block” party full of ghoulish fun

Calling all monsters, mermaids, witches, robots and pirates to LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Every Saturday evening in October, the family theme park is transformed into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, live music and entertainment.

When: Saturdays through October 30, 2015 (Special Night on Friday, October 30)
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Belmont Park’s Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Boomont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

It’s a Halloween celebration by the beach! Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt offers family fun including the kid-friendly haunted house Boomont Manor, a pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag, a spooky Giant Dipper roller coaster and free trick-or-treating.

When: Friday-Sunday through October 31, 2015
> Find out more about Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

RISE of the Jack O'Lantern

Lighting up the night this October at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido is the family friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! Come see more than 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors arranged in creative ways along a 1/3-mile scenic walking trail all set to an original music score produced exclusively for The RISE!

When: Through October 25, 2015
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Mayhem at the Museums

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day

Costumed fun in San Diego’s Historic Balboa Park

Families can start their Halloween Day celebrations at with a spine-tingling array of free hands-on activities and free museum admission for kids 12 and under (with paid adult) at the annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions throughout the Park will present arts and crafts projects for kids, costume parades and contests, spooky gallery tours and treasure hunts, and other fun surprises until 4:00 PM.

When: October 31, 2015
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Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked

Pirate Ship - Haunted Birch Aquarium - Shipwrecked

Haunted Pirate Ships and More at the Birch Aquarium

Ghouls and kids of all ages can gather for the spooky, sea-faring Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked! at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Each evening, the famous marine life facility comes alive with creeps from the deep, wacky mad scientist experiments, tricky-treats, slimy encounters, spooky activities and monstrous live music. Families are encouraged to come dressed to impress to be entered for a raffle prize.

When: October 23-24, 2015
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Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past

Haunted Star of India - Maritime Museum of San Diego

Gather round for haunted seafaring tales and lantern tours at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Climb aboard the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Star of India for Haunted Tales of our Seafaring Past featuring ghostly lantern-led tours of the historic ship and hear eerie legends from the ship’s past. During the tours, costumed docents will share tales of creepy events that occurred aboard the historic vessel.

When: Saturdays October 24 & 31, 2015
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Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration

Pumpkin Express

Join the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association in their annual Pumpkin Express Halloween Celebration. Come ride our decorated vintage railcars through the San Diego county mountains as fall descends upon Campo, CA. Walk through their themed Display Building complete with two haunted trains, a pumpkin patch, and our creepy cast of ghosts and ghouls.

When: Saturdays & Sundays, October 10-31, 2015
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Halloween Parades & Festivals

HauntFest on Main

HauntFest on Main

The annual HauntFest on Main is an exciting family friendly event in Downtown El Cajon featuring live music on 2 stages, costume contests, carnival rides and games, a Terror Truck, candy trails, a Kidz Zone with outdoor movies, craft and game booths, pumpkin patch and more!

When: October 23, 2015
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Boulevard Boo Parade!

The Boulevard BOO! Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Get into the spirit at San Diego’s only Halloween Parade!

Dress up your little ghouls and goblins for San Diego’s only spooktacular Halloween parade, The Boulevard Boo! Parade.

When: October 24, 2015
> Find out more about The Boulevard Boo! Parade

Scary Trails for Tweens & Teens

For those who believe they are old enough for some true scares, here are two great “haunted” options for teens and tweens:

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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