Last year, I filled you all in on the history of Halloween, how its origins began 2,000 years ago as an ancient festival of the dead and how, over time, it became the six billion dollar industry it is today. But this year, I wanted to give you an idea of the local spooks and spectacles here in San Diego that you and your families can enjoy…if you dare! So read on to learn about San Diego’s spooky spectacles for Halloween 2016!
San Diego’s famous Belmont Park turns into a “frighteningly fun” festival each weekend over the month of October. With free trick or treating, zombie laser tag, a pumpkin patch and a costume contest – just to name a few of the activities this event offers – Boomont Park is sure to be a fun and spooky way to celebrate the holiday!
Not for children under the age of ten, Balboa Park becomes a frightening trail full of ghosts and ghouls after dark. Familiar horror icons share the trail and keep you looking over your shoulder on this scream inducing path of horrors!
Head to El Cajon on October 21, 2016 for the 5th annual Haunt Fest! Check out live music on two stages to get into the spirit of Halloween, ride carnival rides, explore a pumpkin patch and watch outdoor Halloween inspired movies in the dark! A family friendly event that will make for a fun Halloween spectacle and spooky Friday night.
For the big kids looking for a scare and a scream or two, head to the Del Mar “Scaregrounds” to experience San Diego’s largest haunted event. The House of Horror is a terrifying haunted house with multiple scare rooms, ghosts, zombies and monsters. If the House of Horror isn’t enough, Jump on the Haunted Hayride or watch KarnEvil performances on the Scream Zone Stage. Finally, sign up for Zombie Boot Camp – a new event this year – that pits you against the undead as you race through obstacles to survive.
For another family friendly Halloween event, Campo, California brings you the fun and spooky Pumpkin Express. Vintage rail cars chug through the hills and mountains of the historic San Diego and Arizona railways. Try not to run into the Grim Reaper while you’re on board!
Enjoy a night of frights in the Gaslamp District and check out San Diego’s longest running haunted house. Be aware that this haunt is the real deal and is not recommended for children, people with heart conditions or pregnant women. Named one of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America, The Haunted Hotel is sure to thrill! Zombies, creepy dolls, torture devices and clowns stalk the floors. Wade through the darkness, fight your way through and do your best to survive!
San Diego has a number of spooky events to celebrate Halloween throughout the month of October, so put on your scariest costume, head on over to some of the cities best spectacles and get into the Halloween Spirit!