A boy in a Halloween costume in Balboa Park. Courtesy photo
A boy in a Halloween costume in Balboa Park. Courtesy photo

Halloween happens to fall on a weekend this year.

Here’s all the spookstacular events around town for boo-giners and experienced ghouls.

For a full listing of Halloween events in San Diego, check out our guide here.

Halloween Family Day

For a free Halloween celebration for the whole family, you can’t beat the annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day.

More than two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions throughout the Park will present arts and crafts projects for kids. The museums will offer free admission to children 12 and under with a paid adult ticket.

Halloween Family Day also include mini-carnival games and costume contests for prizes hosted by San Diego Park and Rec. and a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village.

The event goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monster Bash

San Diego’s largest haunted block party and it’s strictly a 21-and-older event. Monster Bash takes place in the Gaslamp District and East Village.

Restaurants and night clubs in an eight-block area are offering food and drink specials, as well as free cover.

The event goes from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Advance tickets are $50 and include a ride home under a designated driving program.

Nightmare on Normal Street

On Halloween, Normal Street in Hillcrest turns into a spooky street fair and dance party.

Hosted by Fabulous Hillcrest, Nightmare on Normal Street takes place on Normal Street between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street.

Proceeds for the evening will go towards the San Diego LGBT Community Center and the Hillcrest Business Association.

The party goes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets are $15. 

Día de los Muertos at Bazaar Del Mundo

One the biggest Day of the Dead celebrations in San Diego is in Old Town. The Bazaar del Mundo will turn its shop into a trail of alters with the traditional sugar skulls, papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.

The two-day event, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, includes the “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Save Our Heritage Organization, a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating at participating sites throughout Old Town.

The festival is free, but there is a small free for the sugar skull decoration.

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Just as the fall weather is finally beginning in San Diego, Viejas Ice Rink opens.

Starting Saturday and goes till January, the Viejas Ice Rink will be opened from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 10 p.m. on weekends.

Viejas claims that the ice rink is larger than the one in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City.