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San Diego Halloween Guide 2017

Dive into San Diego's spookiest season with these Halloween-themed bites, sips, events, and more

By Kirk Mattu

Freaky Food

Café 222

Their Boo-Berry Pancakes come as a trio with fresh blueberries and the café’s signature pancake batter and The Great Pumpkin Waffle sets you in the holiday spirit with fall spices topped with toasted pecans and fresh whipped cream.

Date: Oct. 28-31

222 Island Ave., Gaslamp

Kettner Exchange

Foodies can head on over for a select five-course dinner hosted by Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and Chef Nick DeVries. The al fresco themed event will take place on the rooftop of neighboring Devil’s Dozen, where guests can indulge in spooky creations and beverage pairings such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, a grilled octopus and seaweed salad dish, along with the Great Divide Oktoberfest Lager.

Date: Oct. 26

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $95

2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy

Le Parfait Paris

When Halloweens bite sized treats don’t cut it indulge in Le Parfait Paris’ classic French pastries with their assortment of macarons, eclairs and crafted deserts. These sweet treats come with a Halloween twist topped with chocolate skulls and jack-o-lanterns.

Date: Oct. 30-31

Price: Varies

Various locations

Miss B’s Coconut Club

The fall festivities abound in this restaurant’s cocktail and dining menu. Take a sip on their Voodoo Zombie cocktail with activated charcoal or their PumpKing Black Bean Soup and Jacked Quesadilla all month long.

Date: Through Oct. 31

3704 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach

Wrench & Rodent Seabastropub

Spend a night dining while raising funds for a local charity. This restaurant will host a spooktacular dinner from the likes of 608, Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen, The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill, Snopel’s Bakes Shop, and Chef James Montejano and The Capybara Experiment. Savor the flavors of Native Wines and listen to music of Stefanie Engel Del Mar while donating to Wild Wonders, a Bonsall animal conservation nonprofit.

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 5 p.m.

Price: Adult $80.12, children $37.92

1815 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside

Family Frights

Halloween at the Station

Broswe the storefronts at Liberty Station as shops will be participating in a Trick-or-Treat extravaganza complete with a costume contest, arts and crafts, a play area, live entertainment, and a Hollywood car show. The celebration is partnering with San Diego Comic Art Gallery and Comickaze Comic Books to offer free comics at this family affair.

Date: Oct. 29

Time: noon-4 p.m.

2848 Dewey Road, Liberty Station

Halloween at The Village

Put on your best zombie garb and roam the shops like the undead in The Village Center for sweet treats in this Trick-or-Treat event. Up the costume and the performance to Walking Dead levels, snap a picture, and enter you and your child into their costume contest for a chance to win a grand prize.

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 3-5 p.m.

13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy., Carmel Valley

Mall-O-Ween Monster Mash at Hazard Center

Make your way to this catch event with carnival games, costume contests, arts and crafts, and music spun by Star 94.1.

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 2-4 p.m.

7610 Hazard Center Drive, Mission Valley

Park 101

Spend the spooktacular day at this outdoor venue’s Family Halloween Festival with a children’s costume contest, trick-or-treating, face painting, and a cookie decorating station. Bring man’s best friend along in this fright fest; your pup will have a chance to enter in their own costume contest.

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 5 p.m.

3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad

Trick or Treat at the Promenade

Shops with pumpkin window decals at the Flower Hill Promenade will greet families for some old-fashioned trick-or-treat fun.

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Scary Sips


The restaurant within Rancho Bernardo Inn has conjured up a fall treat with its Spooky Smoked Fig cocktail. The experimental cocktail infuses Maker’s Mark whiskey, fig, rosemary syrup and topped with a charred rosemary sprig.

Date: Through Oct. 31

Price: $12

17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant

There’s more of a reason to sip into the night as this neighborhood eatery will extend happy hour from 4:30-7 p.m. in what they call “Hallow-Hour”. To kick off the evening this restaurant has brewed a blood red sangria with Sangre de Los Muertos. Find mezcal, port, and orange in this bloody drink along with a few bites from deviled eggs to cheeseburger sliders off the Hallow-Hour menu.

Date: Through Oct. 31

Price: $11.75

2202 4th Ave., Bankers Hill

Bleu Bohème

Grab Bohème’s French Vampyre Kiss laced with dark and spiced rum, muddled ginger, lime, orange bitters and ginger beer.

Date: Through Oct. 31

Price: $14

4090 Adams Ave., Kensington

Hallo-Wine & Spirits Party at Hotel del Coronado

San Diego’s most haunted hotel a spooky celebration that includes dinner, a desert bar, wine tastings and two complimentary cocktails included in the priced entry.

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 7 p.m.

Price: $150

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado

Nason’s Beer Hall

As soon as the doors open to this German inspired beer hall, guests can take advantage of the all day happy hour exclusively for Halloween night. Enjoy craft beer and candy pairings ($6 each) such as candy corn with Radeberger Pilsner and Kit Kat with Karl Strauss Red Trolly as well as a 9 p.m. costume contest where top looks can get you a night’s stay at the Pendry.

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 3 p.m.

570 J St., Gaslamp

Officine Buona Forchetta

The spin-off to South Park’s Italian-style trattoria is serving the Spezie di Zucca (“pumpkin spice” in Italian) cocktail made with cinnamon–infused vodka, fresh pumpkin juice, and Amaretto di Saronno. The spirit-forward sipper is topped with Amaretto cookie crumbs and served in a mini pumpkin with a cube of dry ice.

Date: Through October 31

2865 Sims Road, Liberty Station


Eerie Events & Parties

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

The P.B. spot is offering $6 shot specials, plus carnival games, performers, a costume contest with cash prizes, and haunting tunes.

Date: Oct 28, 31

832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach

Explore the Upside Down at The Lafayette Hotel

The Stranger Things themed pre-party will check the list in signature items for a haunt: fortune tellers, Ouija boards, a costume contest and Darkwave music. They’re offering complimentary shuttle service to North Park for even more haunting events.

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 7 p.m.

2223 El Cajon Blvd., University Heights

Halloween Night at The Rail

Dawn your best spooky aesthetic and put your costume to the test in the odds of racking in $500 along with prizes in this nightspots costume contest. Arrive for the horror movie trivia showdown and stay for the dance party with DJ XP.

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 7 p.m.

3796 5th Ave., Hillcrest

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park

A twisted 3,500-square-foot maze of adrenaline–induced terror will test your nerves before beginning the trail with frights from movies and shows such as Annabelle, Friday the 13th, It, and Stranger Things.

Date: Oct. 29-31

Time: Varies

Price: $25

Corner of Balboa Drive and Juniper Rd., Balboa Park

Monster Bash

The annual block party will bring more than 15,000 partygoers to five themed stages with DJ sets in genres from Trap and House to EDM and Hip Hop, a performance by Juicy J, and a $5,000 costume contest. After the bash take your costume and head to the “Heroes vs. Villains” after party at Fluxx nightclub.

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 6 p.m.

Price: Varies

Various locations within the Gaslamp Quarter

Pendry Hotel

The Pendry Hotel’s Oxford Social Club, Pool House, and Lionfish restaurant are joining forces for a Halloween ball on October 28. One ticket gets you access to all three venues with an open bar, passed appetizers from 8–9 p.m., and a special, to-be-announced guest performance. On Halloween night, Oxford Social Club is hosting a costume contest for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Date: October 28 & October 31

435 5th Avenue, Gaslamp

The Scream Zone at Del Mar Scaregrounds

Scream Zone classics return, including the clowns of The House of Horror and Karnevil, plus The Haunted Hayride. New this year is The Running Dead, a zombie-themed obstacle course.

Date: Through Oct. 31

Time: Various times

Price: $33

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Werewolf’s Thriller Party & Performance

The King of Pop will rise in the Gaslamp Quarter as Werewolf will host their “Thriller” Halloween party complete with, you guessed it, a dance off. Be a part of Michael’s zombie ensemble with shot toasts at 9 p.m. and midnight along with a $300 prized dance competition and tracks from DJ Girth.

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 9 p.m.

627 4th Ave., Gaslamp

San Diego Halloween Guide 2017

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