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The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in San Diego

The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in San Diego

There’s many great San Diego Halloween events and activities. So many that it can be overwhelming!

Here’s a roundup of the best things to do for Halloween in San Diego!


For Haunted Houses & Experiences


The Haunted Hotel

This is the haunted house in SD Gaslamp Quarter:  The Haunted Hotel. Dive into a terrifying world of horror films coming to life. From clowns to chainsaws, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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The Haunted Trails

The Haunted Trails is an eerie, almost surreal experience. Located at Balboa Park, walk the mile-long trail of spook and fog.

Beware: There are very well-played, realistic monsters and zombies who will jump at you.

Benefit: Because folks jump in fright, people tend to grab onto the person next to them. So, let’s be real, this is a great San Diego date spot!

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The Whaley House

The Whaley House in Old Town, San Diego has been called one of the most haunted houses in all of America. This makes it the perfect Halloween terror spot.


For Raging Halloween San Diego Parties

The Annual San Diego Monster Bash

Each year, the historic Gaslamp Quarter throws a legendary Halloween party. The San Diego Monster Bash is an outdoor rager with many blocks of live music, dancing and, of course, a costume contest.

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The Zombie Crawl in Downtown San Diego

The San Diego Zombie Crawl is a VIP, club and bar hopping experience in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. This pub crawl has several Halloween parties, which also include many 10+ welcome shots and extra goodies. Perfect for the serial party hopper.


Halloween at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

The Hard Rock is known for great parties; Halloween is a great example of that. It typically features some of the hottest, most well known DJs, several levels of the hotel – with options for regular tickets, VIP tickets AND packages that include accommodations at the Hard Rock. Learn more at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Halloween.  


The Best Halloween Desserts in San Diego


Go to Julian for Pumpkin Pie


Halloween is about carving pumpkins, is it not? That usually us craving pumpkin pie. Take a day trip to Julian, the mountain town famous for pie.

Walk Main Street – and follow your nose!

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Creepy Cake Pops from the Cake Pop Shop

Find these heavenly (yet spooky) cake pops at a local farmer’s market or at the shop in North Park. At this time of year, expect scary treats like mummy heads and skeleton faces from the Cake Pop Shop! (See examples on the Cake Pop Shop Instagram.)

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