Photography By: Victoria Perez/Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Photography By: Victoria Perez/Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

14 Haunted Happenings in San Diego to Enjoy This Halloween

From Doggy Costume Contests to a Masquerade Halloween Soirée, These Events Are Sure to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is nearly here, and even though this year’s spooky celebration lands on a Sunday, there are many ways to celebrate all weekend (and month!) long in San Diego. From spooky haunted houses and family-friendly pumpkin patches to 21+ Halloween soirees, read on to discover the can’t-miss events of the holiday. Halloween Events San Diego

 

Bridgerton Masquerade Halloween Soirée

Date/Time: Oct. 31 from 6:00 p.m.-Midnight

Photography By: Victoria Perez/Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is hosting a Bridgerton Masquerade Halloween Soirée on Oct. 31, offering access to a whimsical world where the gin and bubbles flow, delicious bites abound and live entertainment delights. Tickets for the masquerade cost $150 and regency-era costumes are encouraged. The event goes from 6 p.m. to midnight and can be extended by booking an overnight stay with the Bridgerton Halloween Package, which includes two tickets to the Bridgerton Halloween Soiree ($300 value), two regency-era fans, daily self-parking ($35 value) and a waived hospitality service fee ($35 daily value)!

Location: La Jolla

 

Halloween and Harvest “Kids Eat Free” package at The Westin Carlsbad

Date/Time: Now through Nov. 8

Through Nov. 8, The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa is offering kids under 12 a free breakfast with each night’s stay, plus Halloween treats and free admission to The Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch for the whole family. The Carlsbad Pumpkin Patch features giant pumpkins, Apple Cannons that hurdle apples at 100 miles per hour, a corn maze and tractor rides around the farm. Every Friday and Saturday during October, there will be a haunted maze for teens and adults.

Location: Carlsbad

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Westfield UTC Halloween

Date/Time: Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m.

This year, the Witches of Westfield are shaking off their brooms and returning to host two brew stations and a spooky spin wheel to surprise and delight guests throughout the center. Enjoy live music with a Halloween twist in Palm Plaza and at The Pointe. On Oct. 31, Halloween trick-or-treating will be available at participating locations marked with a sign for children ages 13 and under.

Location: La Jolla

 

Trick-or-Treat on India St

Date/Time: Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages can trick-or-treat through Little Italy at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. Pick up a map in the Piazza della Famiglia to see which Little Italy businesses will be handing out candy, and be sure to check out the Halloween-themed music, decor and photo ops at this festive and free event.

Location: Little Italy

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Temecula Terror

Date/Time: Thursdays through Sundays in October

Open for 19 days during the month of October, Temecula Terror has created a creepy, small town off a back road in the Temecula Valley with a sinister Halloween Harvest Carnival. Three mazes, nightly live DJs and entertainment, carnival games, local food trucks, a pumpkin patch and a scare zone with roaming monsters offers something for haunt-lovers of all ages. Family Fright starts at 5 p.m. with a pumpkin patch, carnival games, trick-or-treating, food and more. Then at 7 p.m., the sinister scares begin as the monsters and ominous spirits are unleashed. Tickets start at $20 for adults (12+ years) and $10 for children (Family Fright).

Location: Temecula

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Brick-or-Treat Halloween at LEGOLAND

Date/Time: Saturdays in October, starting at 3 p.m.

WINTER HAVEN, FL — LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Halloween with safe, kid-friendly fun which includes trick-or-treating along the Brick-or-Treat trail, the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, Halloween-themed LEGO build stations, a scavenger hunt and dance party in Miniland USA and a kid’s costume contest. (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Brian Blanco).

Every Saturday in October, LEGOLAND® California Resort transforms into a family-friendly Halloween celebration with its Brick-or-Treat Halloween. Activities like the Midnight Monster Jam, 15 treat stations, fall photo ops and spooktacular entertainment set the stage for Halloween fun. For those who dare, the first-ever LEGOLAND® Scare Zone will take guests through ancient Egypt, a jail cell, the rainforest and a bone-chilling ice cave. Tickets start at $99 and include regular park admission.

Location: Carlsbad

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Halloween Festivities at Hotel del Coronado

Date/Time: Oct. 18-24

This year, San Diego’s most iconic haunted hotel is hosting several spooktacular activities. Notable events include Hotel del Coronado’s Ghost Roast, a s’mores bonfire with a paranormal visit from Kate Morgan (the resident ghost) on Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ghost Roast fire pits are $230 for one hour for up to 10 guests. Or you can choose to watch a Halloween movie, such as Hocus Pocus, on the beach on Oct. 30 beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Prices range from $25-$300.

Location: Coronado

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San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Festival

Date/Time: Oct. 23 through Nov. 1

Photography Provided By: San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden, a 37-acre urban oasis, is hosting a Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño Event, open to the public from Saturday, Oct. 23 through Monday, Nov. 1. The festive seasonal exhibit connects visitors with harvest plants and autumn traditions. For a special Día de los Muertos celebration, the garden has commissioned artist Katie Ruiz to create an ofrenda that will be open to the public on Oct. 23. Admission for one adult is $18 with discounts available for seniors, active military and students. Kids and teens (age 17 and under) are free during the month of October.

Location: Encinitas

 

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours

Date/Time: Year-round

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours premiered two new tours on Oct. 1—a Gaslamp-focused walking tour and an Old Town walking tour—both authentic history tours with a haunted and true crime theme. The one-hour Old Town Walking Tour is the more kid-friendly tour and tickets cost $15 per person. The two-hour Gaslamp Walking Tour is less kid-friendly and is $20 per person.

Location: Old Town, Gaslamp Quarter

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Fright Nights at AleSmith Brewing Company

Date/Time: Oct. 22-24 and 28-31

Are you ready for Fright Nights at AleSmith? Head to the brewery’s Miramar tasting room for a series of haunted tours from Oct. 22-24 and 28-31. Open to all ages, venture from the brewery’s shipping docks and facilities all the way back to the Zien Family Farm to uncover what exactly makes Evil Dead Red so irresistible. The faint of heart can wait for the rest of their party in the tasting room or attend on Oct. 30 and 31, during which they’ll host their Light Fright event—perfect for little monsters and families. Tickets range from $7-$30.

Location: Miramar

 

Squid Game” Party at Understory

Date/Time: Oct. 30

Join Understory at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center for a 21+ “Squid Game”-themed Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 30. The party begins at 4:56 p.m., as an ode to Netflix’s popular South Korean survival drama, and will feature $4.56 specialty shots and a variety of games with prizes to help patrons get in the “Squid Game” mindset. The bar, which is located inside the Del Mar Highland’s Sky Deck, will also offer Halloween-themed drinks and will have a DJ beginning at 9 p.m. 

Location: Del Mar

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Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Date/Time: Oct. 30 from 3:25-10:25 p.m.

Photography By: Justin Brown / Flickr

On Saturday, Oct. 30, prepare yourself and your 21+ crew, because the first-ever Great Pumpkin Beer Festival will take over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter from 3:25-10:25 p.m. This legendary fest takes place annually in Seattle and premieres in San Diego this Halloween with more than 40 pumpkin-themed brews, live entertainment, a costume contest, squash-based foodie creations and hidden surprises. General admission with five beer-tastings is $38 per person; 10 beer tastings is $58.

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

 

San Diego Distillers Guild Fest

Date/Time: Oct. 30 from 6-10 p.m.

The annual San Diego Distillers Guild Fest returns Saturday, Oct. 30 for guests 21 and up to enjoy a night out sipping spirits. Taking place in 12,000 square feet of airy indoor and outdoor space overlooking San Diego Bay in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Distillers Guild Fest  invites guests to enjoy spirits and cocktails from nearly 20 craft distilleries, bites from local restaurants, music by jazz ensemble The Justin Joyce Trio and beautiful bay views on an expansive, open-air patio. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to meet and chat with expert distillers. $60 for general-admission tickets includes the food and drink.

Location: Downtown San Diego

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Howloween Costume Party with Puppy Picnic Co.

Date/Time: Oct. 29 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Join Puppy Picnic Co. on Friday, Oct. 29 for a free dog-friendly costume “pawty” at the Waterfront View near Moniker Commons in Liberty Station. Take photos at a fall-inspired pup-nic setup and of the Spooky Doo Mystery Machine bus. Sheila Chen Art will be selling Fortune Teller Tarot Card Digital Prints and Inks and also will be judging the Howloween Costume Contest. There will also be a DIY puppuccino station featuring a selection of spooky treats and pumpkin sweets.

Location: Liberty Station

About the author

Michelle Stansbury is a San Diego-based freelance writer who writes about travel, food, cocktails, and events. Misuse of the word ""literally"" drives her figuratively insane.

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