How To Have A Happy Halloween in San Diego

A downtown guide for conjuring up the most spook-tastic end-of-October experiences

The bewitching hour is upon us! From the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park to downtown zombie bar crawls and costumed dance parties, here are a half dozen ways to properly get your scare on this Halloween:

This photo series of The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park by Sal Giametta.

Haunted Trail at Balboa Park: Weave your way through a dimly-lit Balboa Park trail filled with disturbingly undead characters and other personas you’ll remember in your nightmares. Named one of CNN’s 10 Best Haunted House attractions. Open every night (except Monday, October 24) from now through Halloween. Ticket info here.

2022 San Diego Zombie Crawl: This downtown San Diego bar crawl starts at American Junkie and includes free cover at 22 bar parties. Welcome shots included at select bars. Three nights of crawling: October 27-29. Runs 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. each night Ticket info here.

Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour: Nightly rolling tours of San Diego’s mysterious past, including Whaley House, Old Town and two cemeteries. Limitied availability between now and Halloween. Ticket info here.

Hard Rock Things: Hard Rock Hotel’s Halloween party encompasses three floors, seven rooms and 15+ DJs (featuring Thomas Jack). Dance in the “Hellfire Club”; explore “The Upside Down.” Saturday, October 29, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Ticket info here.

R&B Halloween Block Party: Funky outdoor event space Quartyard throws “the dopest R&B dance party in SD” on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 10 p.m. Subject to capacity. Ticket info here.

Game of Cones Costume Party: Seaport Village hosts a bayside Halloween Town Costume Party for all ages. Costume categories include pets, kids, adults and groups. October 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Ticket info here.

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