Check out these fun and scary San Diego Halloween Events for 2023. This year Halloween is on Tuesday October 31 2023. Kids and adults will enjoy the scary haunted houses and events, and the simple tradition of finding that special pumpkin from a Halloween pumpkin patch.
Scream Zone Del Mar - October 5 - 31 (most nights) for 2023. The best San Diego Halloween adventure is at the Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Be prepared to be scared by ghouls, zombies & monsters. Half price tickets on opening night. Tickets start around $32.99 for all three - Labryinth Manor, Stars of the Silver "Scream" and The Haunted Hayride. $5 discounts at Goodwill stores. Recommended for teens and above. www.thescreamzone.com.
Driving Directions to the Scream Zone - From Interstate 5 in Del Mar, exit at Via De La Valle, turn west (right turn going south on I-5; left turn going north). Go 3/10 mile and turn left to enter the Del Mar fairgrounds through the Solana Gate. Follow the signs to The Scream Zone parking and entrance.
Halloween Duct Tape Contest - mid September - October 31 2023. Win up to $1000 for the best decorated pumpkin for Halloween. Must be decorated using duct tape. Ages 14 and up. Halloween Duct Tape Contest
Universal Studios Halloween - September 7 - October 31 2023. Ages 13 and up brave souls may survive the horror nights at Universal Studios. Select nights (some Wednesdays, Thursday - Sunday and Tuesday Halloween) from early September through Oct 31 2023. Make your reservations early and do not go alone! Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
SeaWorld San Diego Halloween Spooktacular - select dates September 15 through October 29 2023 from 11 AM - 6 PM at Sea World San Diego. Wear your costume (optional but more fun) and bring the kids to enjoy a San Diego Halloween event at Seaworld. Cost included in regular park admission price. All ages. See Seaworld Spooktacular details at seaworld.com/san-diego/
SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream - select dates September 29 through October 31 2023 from 7 PM at Sea World San Diego. Not for the kiddies, but for those souls who are brave enough to enter the scare zones, explore the house of horror, and dance the night away. Separate ticket for this nighttime event. seaworld.com/san-diego/
Haunted Trail of Balboa Park - September 22 through October 31 2023 on select nights only, at Balboa Park in San Diego, Cal. Walk on the dark and scary side on the trails at 6th and Juniper in Balboa Park for one of the best San Diego Halloween events. Before you head down the trail, you must make your way through the eXperiment maze. Ages 10 and up. Hours on most days 7 PM - 11 PM, check website for hours each day. Ticket prices $32.99, with combo tickets and VIP fast pass tickets extra. Online tickets may be slightly less. www.hauntedhotel.com
Driving Directions to the Haunted Trail in San Diego Balboa Park - From Interstate 5 south exit Pershing Drive and follow signs to Balboa Park. The Haunted Trail is located at Marston Point (6th & Juniper St.) (Just south of Laurel Street Bridge)
Haunted Ghost Town - Oct 20 to 22 and Oct 27 to 30, 2023 at Heritage Ranch in Encinitas at 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Back for the second year, enjoy the family-friendly Halloween event featuring haunted souls from a mining town in the Gold Rush era. Early performances from 5 to 6:30 PM are suitable for young children, with later scarier performances from 7 to 9 PM suitable for ages 12 and up. For more information see haunted town.org.
Fall Festival Family Day - Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Family fun as you plant your own ghost succulent, dissect & decorate pumpkins, and join in the fun Halloween spooky boo-tanical costume parade. sdbg.org
The Disturbance - CANCELLED for 2023 The Disturbance, created by The Haunted Hotel, is an all new “Haunt Collective” in Mission Valley. In previous years, the 3 attractions include: The Haunted Hotel, Kill-billy Chaos, and 3-D Freak Fest. This will surely become another one of the best San Diego Halloween events. Not recommended for children 10 and younger or those easily frightened. Check website for hours each day. Buy tickets online to avoid waiting in line. Tickets cost $24.99, but $5.00 discount coupon available at Goodwill stores. Are you brave enough for this event? www.hauntedhotel.com
Address of The Disturbance (the new Haunted Hotel) - The Haunted Hotel is located at 1640 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego.
San Diego Zombie Crawl - October 27, 28 and 31 2023 form 6 PM to midnight. New for 2023 - step inside Zombie Land with your favorite friends Barbie and Ken, and live among the UNDEAD in the Ghoulish San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Costume insanity, live music, dining and entertainment. Enjoy a self-guided party hop to downtown San Diego's favorite haunts (all within walking distance, and opening party at American Junkie, welcome shots, extended happy hour and treats, and free cover to participating bars. www.eventbrite.com
San Diego Old Town's Most Haunted - Thurs - Sunday. Take the walking tour or ghost hunt in Old Town. Prices and times vary. All ages Reservations may be required. oldtownsmosthaunted.com
Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Street - weekends September 16 through October 29 2023 at the new Sesame Place San Diego theme park. Join Sesame Street's The Count in a not-too-scary fun Halloween celebration. sesameplace.com
Pumpkin Station - Late September - October 31 2023 at various locations including near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. A Pumpkin wonderland of fun. Giant slide, rides, magic & comedy shows, petting zoo, games and of course all sizes of pumpkins. Coupon for one free train ride can be found in various coupon magazines. www.pumpkinstation.com
Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour - Ghost tours via bus or walking if you are brave enough to make your reservation. Ride the coffin-on-wheels spooky style through San Diego to see the San Diego haunted houses, hotels, mansions, and graveyard. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. hauntedsandiegotours.com
Halloween at the Birch Aquarium - October 27 - 28, 2023 from 6-8:30 pm at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Enjoy a Halloween Aglow night with glowing sea creatures, seaweed slime and lots of fun. Wear costumes to enter the costume contest Ages 2 and up. Tickets cost approximately $30 for tickets at the door, advance purchase required. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu
Legoland Brick-or-Treat Celebration - September: 16, 23, 30 (Saturdays); October: 7 - 8, 14 - 15, 21 - 22, 28 - 29 (Saturdays & Sundays) with trick-or-treating starting at 3 PM at Legoland in Carlsbad. Wear your costume and enjoy a San Diego Halloween event at Lego land. Tickets includes all day Legoland park admission. Costume contest parades on Saturdays for children 12 and under.
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