The beach towns of San Diego County, have something for everyone during a Halloween trip. Relax and unwind indoors or out or find something fun and exciting to do on-shore or off-shore with the following San Diego Halloween activities.
Haunted Houses & Tours
There are a variety of haunted houses and tours throughout San Diego County to keep you spooked. Check out the Hotel Del Coronado Haunted Happenings Tours, where you’ll learn about the mysterious death of hotel guest Kate Morgan in 1892. Explore the Haunted Trail at Balboa Park, and eXperiment Maze & Haunted Trail that will leave you shaking. Travel through San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter on a Ghost Walking Tour to find the spirits that live there. Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up when an EMF reader or other equipment lights up in your hands – a spirit is nearby!
When the lights go out for the evening, the ghosts and ghouls of the park take over. Angry haunters rampage throughout the “scare zones” to make their presence known. Enter the park and the house of horrors that awaits. While you’re getting spooked inside, enjoy refreshments, alcoholic beverages, and more. Enjoy live entertainment, dance the night away, or feel the thrills and chills of a nighttime roller coaster ride. The event is separate from daytime park admission. The event is not recommended for children under 13. The event runs September 29-October 31, 2023.
LEGOLAND California Brick-or-Treat
Be part of the fun as LEGO Monsters take over the celebration. The Monster Party transforms the resort into a Halloween adventureland of candy, kid-friendly shows, and LEGO Monsters characters. The party includes live entertainment and shows, limited-time Halloween attractions, a costume contest, and plenty of trick-or-treating fun. Make sure to make the celebration a part of your Halloween vacation. September dates are the 16th, 23rd, and 30th. October dates are October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29. The spooky fun is included with daily ticket prices!
Include Oceanside in your Halloween retreat plans. The town’s free event features plenty of Halloween fun for the whole family. The free event takes place on Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Mission Marketplace.
Beach & Water Activities
When you choose a location like the towns of San Diego County, you’ll no doubt be enjoying some beach time. The still-warm weather and waters mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or watch the kids build sandcastles. Take a dip in the water, zip around on a jet ski, or fly high above the water on a parasailing adventure. Bring the adrenaline down with a serene paddleboard, kayak, or canoe adventure.
Another can’t-miss experience on a trip to San Diego County is Coronado Island. There’s plenty to see and do, with even the ferry ride over from the mainland being an experience! Once you’re there, enjoy miles of beach, the historic Hotel Del Coronado seafront resort, and a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences, it’s the perfect day trip during your San Diego County Halloween escape.
Witch Creek Winery
While the Carlsbad winery doesn’t grow its own grapes, it’s still a maker of delicious and award-winning wines. Stop and take in live music, open mic comedy nights, a wine tasting room where you can taste by the one- or two-ounce taste, and more. Choose from an array of white, rose, red, and a variety of other specialty wines to pair with your next home-cooked meal.
San Diego Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
When most people think of California trolleys, their mind may wander straight to San Francisco, but there’s one in San Diego, too! The trolley isn’t just a fun mode of transportation, though. It’s an affordable way to get around the city without having to pay for or negotiate busy parking areas at popular attractions with your rental vehicle. The whole route includes a total of 11 stops around the city, and your conductor is also a knowledgeable guide who can fill you in on everything there is to see and do along the route. You can “hop on” or “hop off” whenever you choose, so explore the whole route, then on the way back stop at your favorite location.
Celebrate the Spooky in San Diego County
While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your San Diego County Halloween retreat, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority and book a vacation rental with Vacation Rentals by Kimberly. We have accommodations as small as one bedroom for a spooky solo or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a seven-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy a beach retreat full of Halloween fun.