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Halloween + Dia del los Muertos haunts around San Diego

October is filled with spooky events including Nightmare On Normal Street, Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt, Trick or Treat on India Street and the 17th Annual Monster Bash.

October is filled with spooky events including Nightmare On Normal Street, Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt, Trick or Treat on India Street and the 17th Annual Monster Bash.

Through 10.31: The Haunted Hotel

San Diego’s longest-running haunted house invites you to take a terrifying trip on the Hellevator, suffer through the insanity of the Clown Subway, then swing by Hillbilly Swamp, where incestuous rednecks wait to hunt you down.

424 Market Street, Gaslamp, hauntedhotel.com

The Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego. (Courtesy photo)

Weekends through 10.29: SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

With Spooktacular decorations and a decked-out Día de los Muertos celebration, SeaWorld transforms into an immersive family-fun fall event featuring silly and spooky live shows, Halloween dance parties and trick-or-treating spots throughout the park.

SeaWorld San Diego, Mission Bay Park, seaworld.com

Through 10.31: Savage House

Face your fears at the county’s only themed haunt that immerses guests in a gory, start-to-finish storyline about a facility for the criminally insane that’s overtaken by its unstable residents.

Westfield Mission Valley, Mission Valley, savageproductions.org

Through 10.31: Scream Zone

The county’s largest haunted experience returns with four hair-raising attractions: the House of Horror, the Haunted Hayride, the KarnEvil freak show and the one-of-a-kind Running Dead Obstacle Course, where brain-devouring zombies chase guests throughout a 30,000-square-foot course.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, thescreamzone.com

Scream Zone. (Charlie Neuman/Union-Tribune)

Through 10.31: Haunted Trail

Not for the faint of heart, this mile-long amusement starts with a spine-tingling traipse through a 3,500-square-foot maze, then continues past Balboa Park’s twisted trees while putting you face to face with some of cinema’s most insidious icons.

Balboa Park, hauntedtrail.net

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park. (Courtesy photo)

Saturday nights through 10.28: BRICK-or-Treat Party Nights

With Halloween excitement for the whole family, this fall festival features crazy costumes, kooky characters and slapstick shenanigans along with live entertainment, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a spooky ghost cruise. 

Legoland California, Carlsbad, legoland.com

 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.1-31: Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt

Mission Beach’s family-friendly fall festival welcomes guests with trick-or-treating, a pick-n-paint pumpkin patch, a costume contest and an apocalyptic laser tag inside Belmont Park’s three-tiered arena. 

Belmont Park, Mission Beach, belmontpark.com

Belmont Park, and Giant Dipper roller coaster in Mission Beach. (K.C. Alfred)

10.18: Gay Horror Halloween Double Feature

Prepare to scream while enjoying a freaky double feature screening of Hellbent (with director Paul Etheredge in attendance) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (billed as “the gayest horror movie ever made”).

Landmark Hillcrest Cinema. filmoutsandiego.com

 

10.21, 28: Haunted Tales Halloween Adventure

Find out if the Star of India is really haunted during this lantern-led storytelling tour about the famous vessel’s eerie past.

Star of India, Little Italy, sdmaritime.org

Haunted Tales on the Star of India. (Courtesy photo)

10.27: Trick or Treat on India Street

Parents can bring their costumed monsters to this family-friendly Halloween event hosting trick-or-treating at numerous businesses along India Street.

Piazza Basilone, Little Italy, littleitalysd.com

Trick or Treat on India Street. (Little Italy Association)

10.27-28: San Diego Zombie Crawl

Join thousands of ghouls and goblins taking over the Gaslamp and East Village during this creepy bar crawl that includes access to 25 of the city’s hottest parties, along with “Welcome Shots,” and devilish drink specials at nearly every stop.

Throughout the Gaslamp, sandiegozombiecrawl.com

San Diego Zombie Crawl. (Courtesy photo)

10.28: 17th Annual Monster Bash

Monster Bash is back and bigger than ever with five themed stages (featuring trap, EDM, hip-hop, house, and progressive DJs) and a $5,000 costume contest judged by local radio celebs.

Island & Eighth avenues, Gaslamp, sandiegomonsterbash.com

Monster Bash. (Courtesy photo)

10.28: 8th Annual Hallo-wine and Spirits Party at the Hotel Del

San Diego’s signature haunted hotel welcomes you to wear a killer costume for this adults-only affair full of contests and decadent dining amid the spooky surroundings of the American Horror Hotel theme.

Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, hoteldel.com

Hallo-Wine and Spirits. (Courtesy photo)

10.28: Nightmare on Normal Street

This massive 21-and-up block party promises to be a scary good time with two enormous bars, an epic outdoor dance party and multiple costume contests, including one for canines.

Normal Street, Hillcrest, fabuloushillcrest.com

Nightmare on Normal Street. (Courtesy photo)

10.28-29: Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Day of the Dead at this annual two-day event, which features traditional face-painting, artists, musicians and shopping, plus specials at many of Old Town’s authentic restaurants. 

Old Town, dayofthedeadsd.com

Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town. (Charlie Neuman/Union-Tribune)

10.29: 17th Annual Dia de los Muertos

More than 40,000 visitors will gather to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, a Mexican remembrance of the departed, at Oceanside’s historic Old Mission San Luis Rey. The family-friendly, free event will feature traditional music, dancing, food, arts and crafts for kids and a Day of Dead retail Mercado. 

Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, mslrdiadelosmuertos.com

Oceanside Dia de los Muertos. (Courtesy photo)

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