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.
Halloween Haunts at San Diego Attractions
SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular
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
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
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
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RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Dress up your little ghouls and goblins for San Diego’s only spooktacular Halloween parade, The Boulevard Boo! Parade.
When: October 24, 2015
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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:
- Visitors are invited to run for their lives on The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park, a mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks.
- San Diego County’s largest haunted attraction, The Scream Zone, features the House of Horror, KarnEvil, Haunted Hayride and the Paintball Apocalypse. ($5 off Scream Zone Triple Haunt Ticket)