16 fun and frightful things to do in San Diego for Halloween

The Haunted Hotel

424 Market St., downtown San Diego. Through Oct. 31. 

Plunge down the Hellevator, stroll through the zombie-infested alley, ride the clown subway and live to tell the tale of making it through San Diego's longest-running haunted house hauntedhotel.com

The Haunted Trail

Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street,  Balboa Park . Through Oct. 31. 

Proceed with caution through a mile-long outdoor trail through the woods, where horror legends hide behind every corner and chainsaw-welding maniacs run rampant. hauntedtrail.net

The Scream Zone

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Through Oct. 31. 

Nightmares come true at Scream Zone's various spooks, including the House of Horror, Haunted Hayride, Zombie Boot Camp and the KarnEvil freak show. thescreamzone.com

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Savage House

Westfield Mission Valley Target parking lot, Mission Valley. Through Oct. 31. 

This haunted house immerses courageous attendees in a horror-filled storyline with scream-worthy spooks, twists and turns. savageproductions.org

Whaley House Halloween Ghost Tours

2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town . Through Oct. 31. 

San Diego's most famous haunted house invites brave souls to embark on tours throughout the month of October (and watch horror films on Wednesday nights). whaleyhouse.org

HauntFest on Main

East Main Street from Magnolia to Avocado/Ballantyne, downtown El Cajon . Oct. 21. 

Help haunt the streets of El Cajon, made undead for a day with two stages of live music, a car show and carnival rides. hauntfestonmain.com

Night of the Living Buccaneer

Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, downtown San Diego. Oct. 22. 

Explore the haunted pirate pub located aboard the historic 1898 steam ferry Berkeley during this adult pirate party featuring live music and dancing with pirate ghosts. sdmaritime.org

Hard Rock Halloween Party

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, 207 Fifth Ave., downtown San Diego. Oct. 28. 

Make Halloween great again at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego's massive election year-themed party spanning five venues throughout the property. hardrockhotelsd.com

Zombie Crawl

Various locations, downtown. Oct. 28-29. 

All characters are welcome on this bar/nightclub crawl that spans two nights and includes complimentary admission to more than 25 Halloween parties in the Gaslamp. sandiegozombiecrawl.com

San Diego Monster Bash Halloween Block Party

Gaslamp Quarter and East Village , downtown San Diego. Oct. 29. 

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the city's largest Halloween festival, which showcases more than 20 DJs and blood-curdling bass across eight blocks in the Gaslamp and East Village. sandiegomonsterbash.com

Heaven and Hell San Diego

Town and Country San Diego Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N., Mission Valley. Oct. 29. 

House and electronic music headliners Borgeous and Apashe bring their haunting beats to Mission Valley. heavenandhellsandiego.com

Nightmare on Normal Street

Normal Street and University Avenue, Hillcrest . Oct. 29. 

Dress in your most fierce attire for a chance to win cash and prizes at this fabulous outdoor costume contest and dance party in Hillcrest, which will feature Fright Zones, live music and food trucks. fabuloushillcrest.com

Hallo-wine & Spirits Party

Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Oct. 29. 

Celebrate Halloween with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and dancing at one of San Diego's most infamous haunted hotels. hoteldel.com

Old Town Dia De Los Muertos

Old Town, San Diego. Oct. 29-30. 

More than 25 museums, restaurants and shops participate in a community-wide Day of the Dead celebration, featuring a candlelight procession to El Campo Santo cemetery. dayofthedeadsd.com

Dia De Los Muertos at Old Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Oct. 30. 

Alters, a car show, live entertainment and a chalk cemetery help revelers celebrate loved ones who have passed on. mslrdiadelosmuertos.com

Carrera de los Muertos 5K

Embarcadero Park South, downtown San Diego. Oct. 30. 

Run a festive 5K along San Diego Bay, then cross the finish line for an after-party complete with mariachis and comida deliciosa. losmuertos5k.com

Carolina Gusman contributed to this report. 

Source: Discover SD

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