Whether you’re looking for ghosts and goblins or something a little more family-friendly, October is full of Halloween-themed events throughout San Diego County.
Here’s your San Diego County Halloween Guide.
Belmont Park has transformed into a Halloween themed beachfront amusement park to create a family-friendly fall festival featuring activities for monsters of all ages. Boomont Park activities run at 5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of October. Boomont Park’s frighteningly-fun weekends include free trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attractions include: Zombie Laser Tag where creatures will join you in this three floor adventure, superhero Zip Line & Rock Wall and the Giant Dipper that will be transformed into a Spooky Coaster. An addition to this year’s activities includes an expanded pumpkin patch with an option to purchase pumpkins to paint.
Haunted Tales on a Ship
Hop on the Star of India to enjoy lantern led tours around the ship and hear eerie legends. Hear the tales of how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging and more creepy events. Lantern led tours will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 29. All activities will take place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego on the Embarcadero.
SeaWorld is turning into a Halloween-themed park this month. Spooktacular includes candy at 12 underwater-themed trick-or-treating stations, holiday-themed shows and a dance party. New this year for Halloween Spooktacular will be a family-friendly celebration of the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Large,beautifully dressed Catrina statues will welcome guests as they discover ofrendas (offerings) of mementos and flowers honoring loved ones who have left us. Spooktacular runs through the end of October and is included in admission.
Legoland’s Brick or Treat
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland is back.The park is open every Saturday night in October and filled with live entertainment, holiday-themed shows, costume contests, treat stations and a pumpkin patch build. Festivities are included with admission.
Bates Nut Farm
The popular and beloved Bates Nut Farm Pumpkin Patch in North County is officially open for the season. Guests, through the end of October, can expect tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides and, of course, a large selection of pumpkins to choose from.
Pumpkin Stations are open in Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar, Bonita, Mission Valley and National City. Guests can expect a traditional pumpkin farm, kiddie rides, giant slides, petting zoos and game zones.
Haunted Trails Hike at Dos Picos
Head to Dos Picos County Park in Ramona for a haunt-filled hike. Hikes, which last about 20 minutes, will feature challenging trails. Hikes run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 to Oct. 22. Parking is $3.
Hellhole Halloween in Valley Center
The Friends of Hellhole Canyon in Valley Center will host a spooky and kooky fair chock-full of Halloween activities on Oct. 15. The event, which runs from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. features a haunted trail walk, costume and pumpkin carving contests, refreshments and an outdoor movie screening.
Balboa Park is being transformed into a truly scary place with the annual Haunted Trail. The mile-long trail features monsters and frights inspired by popular shows like “Stranger Things” and “Games of Thrones.” Of course, icones like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers will also make an appearance. Not recommended for children under 10, Haunted Trail is open through the end of October.
Named one of the scariest locations in the U.S., the Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp offers a spine chilling adventure. Attendees can expect to enter a Hellevator, a Zombie-infested alley and a ride on Clown Subway. The Haunted Hotel is open through the end of October.
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