Sure, the temperature outside may feel more like summer in Vegas than the beginning of fall in San Diego, but, hey, who can complain? While cities around the rest of the world are taking out the heavy sweaters and boots, sunny southern California is still celebrating like it’s summer. But, regardless of the heat, the weather will become cooler and thoughts of pumpkins, ghosts and candy will stir in the air. Halloween will soon be upon us and thoughts of how to celebrate the day of the dead will be the number one question on everyone’s mind.
So, with that, here’s a list (in no particular order) of all the top Halloween events that will sure to be entertainment, whether you’re 5 or 50.
- Go on a ghost tour. San Diegois home to many sites that are widely recognized as really being haunted. A few noteworthy mentionables are the Whaley House (which was deemed “the most haunted house in America” by Life Magazine and the Travel Channel) and the El Campo Santo Cemetary in Old Town, the Hotel del Corondao, the Horton Grand Hotel, and the San Diego Maritime museum located in downtown San Diego. There is also a trolley tour that takes it’s audiences throughout all the different haunted landmarks in the city, which is worth giving a try.
- Throw a Halloween partyat home. It’s inexpensive and it gives you an excuse to dress up and party with all of your closest friends. Be creative. Have a themed party and have your guests dress up in costumes from your favorite horror movie. Decorate your house and have a themed dinner (more about planning the perfect themed Halloween dinner party in my next article). It’s up to you, have fun with it.
- Take your kids to the San Diego Zoo’s Spooky Sleepover. The zoo has different games and activites for all children 4 and up. It’s a little on the expensive side at $89, but it’s a popular favorite among the kids.
- Go to a haunted house. The favorites among San Diegans being The Haunted Hotel, at the corner of 4thAvenue and Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter where characters from notable horror movies come to life and wander the halls. Also, check out Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds which boasts of The Chamber, The House of Horron and the Haunted Hayride. None are for the faint of heart and even the bravest will have nightmares. Lastly, there’s the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park, which is quite possibly, San Diego’s scariest attraction, yet. It is entirely outdoors and is truly a terrifying experience with haunted groves, meandering pathways and your most fearful nightmares lurking in the shadows…
- Halloween isn’t Halloween without going to a pumpkin patchand carving a pumpkin. No one is too old to carve goofy or ghostly faces into a pumpkin, and a major plus, you can use it for pumpkin pie. Who could say no to pumkin pie?
- San Diego Monster Bash. The biggest party celebration in downtown San Diego. Held on October 30th, this year, Monster Bash has live bands, contests, and drinks throughout downtown. Some clubs also have drink discounts or cheaper cover if you get tickets to Monster Bash. So, dress up, grab a drink and party all night.
- Universal StudiosHalloween Horror Nights. No, it’s not in San Diego, but I have been making it a tradition to go every year, in recent years. Definitely one of the best Halloween events I’ve gone to and really, who could go wrong? Character from your favorite horror movies roam around the park and since it’s Universal, the rides, mazes and characters are ten times better and scarier than you’d get anywhere else.