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35 Halloween Parties in San Diego

Including the freaky, the frightful, and the family-friendly

By Rachel Lutack

35 Halloween Parties in San Diego

35 Halloween Parties in San Diego

Celebrate Halloween 2013 with fun and festive activities all month long, both for the family and the 21-and-up crowd. And enter a costume contest while you’re at it.

If you’re 21 and over…

Monster Bash 2013: Gaslamp, 10/26

Halloween takes over the Gaslamp Quarter with frightful block party filled with 3 stages, 10 bars, 50 exotic dancers, and thousands of partygoers in their best costumes.

Rock With the Dead Halloween: Hard Rock Hotel, 10/26

Dance the night away at the Hard Rock Hotel celebration, featuring 15 DJs, 3 floors, and 4 venues.

Halloween Night: Hard Rock Hotel, 10/31

Spend Halloween night in style at the Hard Rock Hotel’s 207 and Legends Ballroom featuring the Two Door Cinema and EC Twins & Designer Drugs DJ sets.

Dead Presidentz: F6IX, 10/28

Join F6IX for this patriotic and very scary Halloween featuring your favorite deceased presidents.

Halloween Night with Ginuwine: Fluxx Nightclub, 10/31

Visit Fluxx Nightclub Halloween Night as R&B legend Ginuwine throws the biggest party of the season.

The Rockin’ Dead: The Shout House, 10/31

Come in your most creative costume for free admission and possible prizes this Halloween night at The Shout House.

Garden of Evil: Side Bar, 10/26

Celebrate Halloween weekend at SideBar featuring dancing and sounds by Epic Twelve.

Black & White Night: Tipsy Crow, 10/28

The Tipsy Crow will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest, featuring a $100 gift card as grand prize, as well as classic films and a reverse happy hour from 6pm until midnight.

Maxim Presents The Dos Equis Masquerade: Rooftop 600 at Andaz Hotel, 10/31

Join in this stylish event hosted by the Andaz Hotel and Maxim Magazine at the upscale Rooftop 600 this Halloween night.

Halloween Goes Hollywood Cruise: Adventure Yacht, 10/31

Experience the best views that San Diego has to offer this Halloween aboard the Adventure Yacht featuring a live DJ and cash bar.

San Diego Gaslamp Halloween Pub Crawl: Taste and Thirst on Fourth, 10/26

Participate in one of the most anticipated parties of the year at the official San Diego Pub Crawl this Halloween night, featuring your favorite bars and their Halloween drink specials.

The Hallowoogie Boat Party: Bahia Resort Hotel, 10/31

Board the Bahia Belle for the Hallowoogie Boat Party featuring two floors of music and Funktion-One sound hosted by The Do Lab, Lovelife, and Pocket Underground.

Haunted Ghost Ship Adventure: Adventure Yacht, 10/25

The luxurious Adventure Yacht will have a live DJ and a cash bar to make this Halloween one of the best ever.

Helen Knoll Foundation’s Halloween Fundraiser: Encinitas Community Center, 10/29

Join your friends and fellow San Diegans for a spooky fun night of dancing, costume contest and libations. There will also be live music, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and tastings from local breweries & wineries. Prizes for the Best Costume!

Nightmare on Normal Street: Normal St./University Ave., 10/26

The Outrageous Nicole returns as emcee for the fabulous costume contest and Halloween block party in Hillcrest with a grand prize of $1000.

Halloween Heat Party with Okapi Sun: Belly Up, 10/31

Dress in your most fabulous Halloween gear to compete in a costume contest and enjoy spooky decorations at the Belly Up Tavern.

Hallo-Wine & Spirits Party: Hotel del Coronado, 10/26

The Hallo-Wine and Spirits dinner reception starts at 7pm with grown-up trick-or-treating, wine tasting and delicious eats followed by a dance party lasting from 9pm-12am.

If you’re looking for family-friendly…

The Haunted Hotel 2013: Haunted Hotel, 9/27-11/2

This year, try to survive the “Walking Dead” dungeon, come face to face with the killer clowns on the subway car, and get a real life experience of the “Evil Dead” cellar.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park: Balboa Park (9th & Juniper), 9/27-11/2

Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. This year The Haunted Trail features an additional maze called “The eXperiment”.

Boomont Park: Belmont Park, every Fri, Sat, and Sun in October

Belmont Park provides festivities all October with trick-or-treating, a haunted house, a pumpkin patch and much more for the family.

The Boulevard BOO! Parade: College Area Business District, 10/26

This free, family event is bigger and spookier than ever! More floats, more zombies, more music and more surprises.

Miramar Ranch Halloween Carnival: Miramar Ranch Elementary School, 10/26

Get dressed up and celebrate at the Miramar Ranch Elementary 40th Annual Halloween Carnival.

The Scream Zone (10+): Del Mar Fairgrounds, many nights in October (click for schedule)

In its sixteenth year, The Scream Zone is more haunting than ever, packed full with the Zombie Paintball Safari, The House of Horror, The Haunted Hayride and The Chamber.

SeaWorld San Diego’s 2013 Halloween Spooktacular: SeaWorld, ongoing until 10/27

Enjoy silly spooky shows, fun-fishy activities and photo ops with wacky characters. Grab gobs of ghoulish goodies and so much more! Come in costume with the kids and have fun trick-or-treating!

Savage House (12+): Grossmont Center, ongoing until 11/2

Get yourself lost in the hallways of this zombie-infested warehouse as you navigate through 10,000 sq ft of terror.

Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo (4+): San Diego Zoo, 10/19, 10/26

Take an exclusive bus tour that will introduce you to some scary and strange animals before delivering you to “haunted” Camp Timbuktu, where you and your child can settle down in your tent and enjoy many Halloween themed activities.

Haunted Birch Aquarium 2013: Shipwrecked!: Birch Aquarium, 10/25-26

Wander the aquarium’s galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures while having a monstrous good time. Dress to impress!

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day: Balboa Park, 10/26

Participating museums and cultural attractions will present a spooktacular array of hands-on activities, crafts, costume parades, tours, storytelling, and other free goodies from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sikes Spook-tacular: Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 10/27

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead celebrates fall with pumpkins, ‘spooky science,’ scarecrow making, and other fun crafts!

Gaslamp Zombiewalk: Undead Heroes: Gaslamp, 10/26

Think of your favorite character from movies, cartoons, anime, comics, manga, television, sports, video games… and ZOMBIE it up for the annual walk.

Monster Manor: Escape from Ghastley Manor: Monster Manor, 6 dates from 10/18-11/1

Blending together Hollywood quality makeup, effects and props, the twisted souls behind Monster Manor have designed terrors that will haunt your dreams for years to come.

2013 Halloween Bash on the Bay: Seaport Village, 10/26

The third annual celebration invites little monsters, pirates, witches and superheroes out to the village for an afternoon of fall festivities, including photos with a living scarecrow, costume contest for kids and pets, music including a monster mash band and Thriller DJ, and games for kids.

Lil’ Monsters Night Out: New Children’s Museum, 10/26

Join us for Halloween-themed art-making activities, pumpkin decorating, a friendly feast of food from local restaurants, a hosted bar, spooky tunes to set the mood, costume contests and more!

Once Upon a Hallowe’en: Old Poway Park, 10/28

Celebrate Halloween in a distinctly different way by taking a ride into the past aboard the “Halloween Express,” enter into the first annual pumpkin carving contest, experience the haunted house and much more.

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights: Legoland, Saturdays in October

Spend Halloween at Legoland participating in holiday activities like trick-or-treating, costume contests, and festive entertainment, music and shows.

Happy Halloween, be safe, and find your perfect pumpkin patch here!

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