A chainsaw-wielding ghoul on the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park. Courtesy of the Haunted Trail

San Diegans love Halloween almost as much as the beach. Here’s a list of 17 spooky events and activities for adults, children or both to celebrate Halloween 2015.

The Haunted Trail — The annual Haunted Trail in Balboa Park is a mile-long journey through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Vampires, aliens and chainsaw-wielding ghouls lurk in the shadows. The trail is open nightly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (6:30 to 11:30 on Fridays and Saturdays) from Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $19 to $35, depending on how much you do.

Monster Bash –San Diego’s largest haunted block party for those 21 and older takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Halloween in the Gaslamp and East Village. Restaurants and night clubs in an eight-block area are offering food and drink specials, as well as free cover. Advance tickets are $50 and include a ride home under a designated driving program.

The Haunted Hotel — This annual haunted house at 424 Market Street in the GasLamp is the longest running in San Diego. The 20-minute tour takes you through the slaughter house, autopsy morgue and a doll island. It’s open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and (6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) from Thursday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $18 to $28.

Nightmare on Normal Street — Fabulous Hillcrest is hosting the second annual Nightmare on Normal Street, a spooky street fair and dance party celebration will take place on Normal Street between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Halloween. General admission tickets are $15. Proceeds for the evening will go towards the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the Hillcrest Business Association.

The Maritime Museum’s lantern tours.

The Scream Zone — Terror stalks the Del Mar Fairgrounds every year, and 2015 is no different. At the Scream Zone you can tour the House of Horror and Walking Dead Prison, play Paintball Apocalypse, ride the Haunted Hayride and sample the newest terror, the KarnEvil. The zone is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) from Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $18 to $52, depending on how much you do.

Star of India Lantern Tours — Hear eerie legends of the famous tall ship Star of India’s past. The Maritime Museum of San Diego will lead visitors on lantern tours of the ship from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, and again on Halloween night. Tickets are $8 to $16.

Little Italy Trick or Treat — The historic downtown neighborhood’s 9th annual trick or treat takes place on India Street from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Families should begin by picking up a map of participating businesses at the Piazza Basilone at West Fir Street.

BOOmont Park — San Diego’s classic Belmont Park — home of the Giant Dipper — turns family-friendly haunted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through Halloween. Attractions include trick or treating, a haunted house, pumpkin patch, zombie laser tag and a ride on the transformed “spooky coaster.” Tickets cost $6 to $8 per person.

Whaley House — The already haunted Whaley House in historic Old Town is open from 10 a.m. to midnight on Halloween with period music, historic lighting and tales of the paranormal to raise the spirits — yours and others. Tickets are $15.

HauntFest On Main — El Cajon’s annual HauntFest on Main takes place Friday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. downtown. The family-friendly event features live bands, a haunted car show, children’s crafts, a costume contest, carnival rides, local vendors and food trucks. Admission is free.

The costume contest at HauntFest in El Cajon.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular — SeaWorld celebrates Halloween with 12 ocean-themed trick-or-treat stations throughout the park, along with an undersea pumpkin patch with wacky, roaming costume characters that pose for photos with guests. The pumpkin patch includes cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, beautiful mermaids and a kinetic Sand Bar, where princesses and pirates can let their imagination run wild and build their own spooky creations. The festival is on weekends through Nov. 1 and is included in park admission.

Halloween Family Day — It may not be scary, but Halloween Family Day in Balboa Park will be fun for everyone. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Halloween, the park’s museums will offer hands-on activities and free museum admission for kids 12 and under with a paid adult.  The costume parades and contests, spooky gallery tours, treasure hunts, and other fun surprises continue until 4 p.m.

Brick or TreatLEGOLAND California offers children and families trick-or-treating and Halloween entertainment throughout the park every Saturday night through Halloween. Activities include pumpkin patch building, interactive story-telling, seven treat stations and roaming candy carts. Tickets are $35 if purchased online.

Wait, There’s More

Maybe it’s Halloween spirits, but after this list first appeared online, San Diegans told us about more holiday events. If we’ve missed one, we’ll add it here. Let us know by emailing info@timesofsandiego.com.

Active Lifestyle Nerds — The Active Lifestyle Nerds Meetup Group — it’s a real group with over 3,000 members — will have its annual Halloween Party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Boulevard. The party includes a costume contest, a DJ, carnival games and activities. Advanced tickets are  $12 and a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $15.

PetSmart PhotoBOOth — All PetSmart locations in San Diego will be hosting a trick-or-treat & PhotoBOOth for dogs and cats in costumes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The treats are for the pets, of course.

Zombie Dash and Scary Maze — Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon is preparing for its Zombie Dash from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 24. Dash through the zombie-infested course as you make your way down a zip line and through three themed areas. Each participant will receive an event t-shirt, complimentary parking, one drink voucher and chance to enjoy the live music and food and drink specials. Tickets can be purchased online. On Friday, Oct. 23, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, the family-friendly Scary Maze and Halloween Carnival also takes place at the club.

Trick-or-Treat at Flower Hill Promenade — For a Halloween event that caters to children as well as their parents, Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar will host its annual trick-or-treat on Halloween day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While costumed kids can run from store to store filling their baskets, parents can meander through the open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center collecting goodies of their own.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.