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The Top 10 Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings in San Diego

Are you looking to have a spooktacular time this Halloween with your family? Look no further.


Here's a curated list of the top family-friendly Halloween happenings taking place throughout San Diego County this October.




Seaworld's Halloween Spooktacular (Sep. 21 - Oct. 27)


A safe, fun, and family-friendly event offering the whole family Halloween activities, live shows, and a chance to score some candy throughout SeaWorld. What's unique about this event is that the festivities go on all day on Saturdays and Sundays (11 am -close). Yes. There is even a Halloween DANCE party taking place at Village Square!



SeaWorld San Diego

500 SeaWorld Dr.



Kids: Free (with adult)

Adult: $91.99


HalGLOWeen at The Sandiego Zoo (Oct. 11-27)


Check out this super cool after dark GLOW celebration. It's awesome!


Halloween entertainment includes a DJ, bubble dance party, cupcake walk, "gentle haunted" walk, acrobats, ghouls, gals, treats, and oh so much more!


Best part? Kids are free.



San Diego

2920 Zoo Dr



Free with admission


Villains In The Village (Oct. 19)


Are you feeling brave? Villains In The Village is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers of all ages. Don't worry, the evil characters and eerie activities taking place here will only torment the faint-of-heart.



Chula Vista

353 Third Avenue



Youth $10

Adults $20


Trick or Treat on India Street (Oct. 25)


Celebrate Halloween this year in one of San Diego's top neighborhoods Little Italy.


The streets will be lined with little monsters, ghouls, and goblins in this fun for all ages urban trick-or-treat extravaganza.


Enjoy Halloween music while you play and explore the Piazza, collect maps, discover treasures, and much more.



Little Italy

PIazza della Famiglia





Mall-O-Ween Monster Mash (Oct. 27, 2-4pm)


A spooktacular event brimming with family fun!


This kid-friendly jamboree will offer fun and frights for all ages and feature a costume contest, carnival games, arts and crafts, music, refreshments and more. All proceeds raised will benefit Angels Foster Family Network, a nonprofit dedicated to creating safe, stable, and loving homes for infants and toddlers throughout San Diego County.



San Diego

Mall-O-Ween Monster Mash will take place on the Plaza Level of Hazard Center, next to the Pappy Hazard statue at 7510-7610 Hazard Center Drive



Free (The costume contest is $10)


Pumpkin Express (Oct 5 - 27)


San Diego's most unique halloween experience.


This is an all-ages celebration that comes complete with a train ride, pumpkin patch, and much more.


Ride vintage decorated railcars through the mountains. Then walk the spooky Halloween themed building complete with haunted trains, pumpkin decorating activities, and a creepy cast of ghosts and ghouls.



East County (Campo)

750 Depot Street





Lions, Tigers & Bears Spooky Campover (Oct. 25-26)


Enjoy a campout in the countryside at the wildlife sanctuary and sleep under the stars with wild animals in this unique family favorite event.


Carve pumpkins, sing songs, and eat s' mores by the campfire. Sip on some hot cocoa and enjoy the fun animal trivia challenge.


There will also be a pumpkin bash and costume contest.



East County (Alpine)

24402 Martin Way



Child $35

Adult $50


Balboa Park Halloween Family Day (Oct. 26, 11am-4pm)


Enjoy a culturally inspired kickoff to your Halloween festivities at the region’s largest free Halloween carnival. More than 30 participating cultural attractions, community groups, and sponsors present free craft projects for kids, Day of the Dead-themed displays and activities, costume contests, carnival games with prizes, face painting, and live dance entertainment. Participating museums also offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult, and more than a dozen gourmet food trucks will be serving up a variety of edible treats.



San Diego's Balboa Park

Note: We recommend you park in the Inspiration Point parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd. Ride the free tram, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., into the park.





Haunted Trails At Morrison Pond (Oct 26)


Wander the ghostly trails at Morrison Pond with this hike led by a ranger. This safe and family-friendly hike will test your courage as it is rumoured to be inhabbited by ghosts and ghouls around this time of year.




Sweetwater Summit Regional Park

3218 Summit Meadow Rd





Halloween at the Whaley House (Oct 31, 7pm)


What better night than Halloween to see what Halloween at the Whaley House is all about. Be transported back to the nineteenth century with a Halloween Night visit to "the most haunted house in America," where the specters are authentic, and the mystery is all in its history.


Hang out with real ghosts this Halloween in a historically haunted setting, and see for yourself why the Whaley House has earned its reputation as America's Most Haunted!



San Diego

Whaley House

2476 San Diego Avenue





Is there a Halloween event we missed that you love? Let us know in the comments below!

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