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San Diego's Haunting Halloween Fun

posted by Darcy Beech
Thursday Oct. 06, 2011

Whether you’re looking for a family friendly fall affair, or hoping to fill your Halloween season nights with chills and thrills, San Diego is the place to be this October to catch the spirit of the haunting season. Here’s your guide to the top attractions that would be simply unearthly to miss as listed by the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau:

Frighteningly Fun for Family Events
LEGOLAND’s Brick or Treat: Dance the night away, collect treats along the Brick or Treat Trail, and “howl it up” with LEGOLAND’s collection of zany Halloween characters as they host this ultra-popular Halloween celebration. Get Away Today's discounted LEGOLAND tickets let you join in the celebration for 10% less than the gate price!

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular: Special Halloween themed shows, trick or treating, and plenty of non-spooky fun are making a Splash at SeaWorld San Diego this October. Save 10% over the gate price plus get 7 unlimited days of admission for the price of 1 with our discounted SeaWorld tickets.

Haunted Birch Aquarium: Mad scientists, eerie under the sea creatures, live music, a costume contests, plenty of treats, and much more bring the Birch Aquarium alive the nights of October 21 and 22.

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park: No tricks here—both world renowned zoological parks are offering FREE admission for children (age 3-11) in October! Save 10% off the gate price for adults with our San Diego Zoo and Safari Park Tickets

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day: October 29 is the day not-to-be-missed at Balboa Park over a dozen of the park’s organizations (including the San Diego Zoo, the Museum of Man, the Natural History Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and many others) will be opening their doors to children for FREE!

Haunted History

Ghosts of Anza-Borrego Tour: Join a paranormalist for an open-air vehicle tour of the most haunted areas of Anza Borrego State Park. If you’re brave enough, opt to camp under the watchful gaze of sparkling desert stars and desert phantoms.

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours: Don’t settle for a single haunted area, see them all! Climb aboard a mini-bus which will transport you to the most haunted sites in San Diego. Fully-costumed guides will show you the hidden horrors lurking around the Horton Grand Hotel, the William Heath Davis House Museum, Villa Montezuma, Old Town’s oldest cemetery and the Whaley House.

Whaley House: The most haunted house in America is amping up the fright factor this Halloween season with period lighting and music, exclusive guided tours, after-hours ghost hunts, and an off-site tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery.

San Diego Maritime Museum: The ethereal residents of the historic Star of India welcome you aboard as costumed docents share some of the more chilling incidents that materialized in days gone by.


Ghoulish Grown-Up Delights (attractions may not be appropriate for children)

Haunted Hotel & Trail of Terror: The Gaslamp Quarter is crawling with creepiness as The Haunted Hotel hosts the most terrifying ghouls in Hollywood History. The screams don’t stop there—make your way, if you dare, to the Haunted Trail of Terror in Balboa Park where more ghastly spooks are waiting for you.

The Scream Zone: There is no shortage of shocks at San Diego County’s largest haunted attraction featuring The House of Horror and the Chamber, The Haunted Hayride, feature the latest special effects, terrifying actors, and amazing sensory deception (don’t miss the spinning tunnel in The Chamber)!

Monster Bash: A diabolical block party like no other will take over Gaslamp Quarter on October 29 with three stages, three clubs, and the World Famous Costume Contest keep partygoers alive until morning. Adults only with valid ID.


Separate admission and specific dates/times may apply to San Diego’s Halloween line-up. Check individual websites for more details.



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