Halloween in San Diego is just days away, but if you’re still wondering what do to, we’ve got your round up of San Diego’s best Halloween happenings. From spooky to silly to sexy, you’re sure to find a Halloween event that suits your style in San Diego.
San Diego Pumpkin Patches
Acres of pumpkins await at Bates Nut Farm
Still haven’t found the perfect pumpkin for your jack o’lantern? Pick up a pumpkin at one of these patches.
Even the animals get in on the Spooktacular Halloween fun at SeaWorld
San Diego’s biggest attractions go all out for Halloween events the whole family will love.
What ever you do, don’t walk into any of the houses along The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park! Photo by Mike Rollerson
Join the fun at the Fall Fest along La Jolla Shores
Dubbed “Party on the Playa,” bring the kids and costumes for this super fun block party near La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most iconic beaches. The fun festivities feature local restaurant tastings, a costume contest, bouncy house, live music from Hullabaloo, giveaways, and super spooktacular prizes from local merchants.
Where: 2160 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 92037 When: Thursday, October 24, 2013 Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Cost: $5 in advance, $10 day of event For more information, call (619) 840-3482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween Dinner & Party Cruise
Break out your costumes for Flagship Cruises & Events’ Halloween Cruise (Photo by David Veit for Flagship Cruises & Events)
It’s going to be a scary good time aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ special Halloween dinner cruise. Dig up your most ghoulish friends and best Halloween costume, and come out for a night full of screams out on the water! Your ticket includes a 2.5 hour cruise around San Diego Bay, dining, dancing, musical entertainment, a complimentary boarding cocktail, and the chance to win a great costume contest prize.
Hop on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line to get to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for its annual Fall Festival, which features tons of unique merchants and artisans peddling one-of-a-kind creations. Kids will get to experience craft making and activities like never before – organizers let their creative juices flow recreating old-fashioned activities that families enjoyed back in 1872. Be sure to check out the nearby Mormon Battalion site where kids can participate in an interactive tour that is educational, state-of-the-art and, most importantly, tons of fun.
12th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Old Mission San Luis Rey
The culture and traditions of Mexico shine at Mission San Luis Rey’s Dia de los Muertos Festival
Dubbed the “King of the Missions,” Oceanside’s Mission San Luis Rey celebrates the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. In addition to elaborate and beautiful altars and offerings to departed loved ones, the celebration includes 75 vendors, traditional food, a chalk cemetery, plus a carnival for the kids. The event even includes a creative car show, where classic car and lowriders become makeshift alters to the departed.
“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” No really, I’m not. I’m absolutely thrilled by the possibility of encountering a spirit from the beyond. Two places in particular that put San Diego on the map as a specter-friendly destination: the famous Hotel del Coronado and the Whaley House.
The Hotel del Coronado’s Kate Morgan
Kate Morgan checked in, but never checked out of Room #3327!
The Hotel del Coronado’s grand Victorian halls and rooms are where the ghost of Kate Morgan purportedly roams, mischievously playing pranks on unsuspecting guests and staff. She checked into #3327 on the third floor…but never checked out!
I had a recent encounter with Ms. Morgan during an impromptu ghost hunt at The Del. The group I was with experienced a spine-tingling cold spot outside her room when we quietly summoned her to join us. At that moment, the word “beside” appeared on the Ghost Radar Legacy app on my iPhone. Coincidence?! I think not…
Soon after, the word “enough” appeared on my Ghost Radar and the lady standing next to me had her camera brusquely slung off her shoulder by an unseen force! It was startling, to say the least, and we quickly dispersed down to the lobby where we encountered another cold spot (Kate’s such a hanger-on! 😉 ).
Kate Morgan’s ghost “chillin’ ” in the lobby of The Del.
My colleague Maren Severtsen took part in an exciting “Past & Presence” haunted tour of Old Town, including theWhaley House, the #1 haunted house in America (The Travel Channel) and one of only two official Haunted Houses designated by the U.S. Commerce Department.