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As the weather starts to move from cool to cold and the landscape begins to resemble a desolate and barren forest, thoughts begin to turn to the spooky pleasures of the first of the big holidays, Halloween. Trick or treating with warm layers under costumes and being thankful for the masks that keep faces warm even as the temperatures drop the later into the evening it gets. This is the Halloween that many Americans face every year, but you, dear traveler are not, because this year you have plans to visit San Diego county over the spookiest of holidays! You’ve chosen to celebrate the holiday in paradise in one of our Vacation Rentals by Kimberly seasonal sanctuaries and the adventures you will enjoy will change the way you look at all Hallow’s Eve forever more! Read below for some of the fun Halloween events San Diego has to offer!

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The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular, Starting October 1st

If you expect to only celebrate Halloween on one spectacular night, perhaps San Diego isn’t the town for you! We love the magic that accompanies the holiday and our celebrations last all month, starting with the Count’s Halloween Spooktacular on October 1st. Find your way to Sesame Place and bring the littlest members of your traveling party; the trick-or-treating, parade and themed shows aren’t too scary for youngsters and take place every weekend in October!

Fright Nights at Alesmith Brewing Company, Fridays and Saturdays in October

Although many people think Halloween is just for the kiddos, we know that this is a holiday that is enjoyed by adults as well and Fright Nights at Alesmith Brewing Company caters to the tallest children in your family. (In other words, adults!) Offering a tasting room decorated to thrill, it is the haunted shipping docks that tell a story a little too frightening for children! If you survive this adventure, you will learn the secret ingredient of their Evil Dead Red brew, but if you don’t? You will be doomed to haunt the loading docks throughout eternity!

7th Annual Pom Pom Halloween Walk in Balboa Park, October 23

Not your traditional Halloween adventure, this isn’t a cheerleader event, it’s a walk that will thrill all the dog lovers in our group, as the pom poms in mention are cuddly and sweet Pomeranian pups! It doesn’t matter if you left your own fur baby at home, all are welcome to come and enjoy a tail-wagging good time! The good boys and girls that participate in the walk love the attention!

Halloween Storytime, Craft, & Trick or Treat, October 27, Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma

The closer we get to Halloween the more the anticipation builds reaching a fever pitch with this library event that will make your kiddos happy. A not-too-scary story will be read to costumed children outside the library and after the story, the little ghosts, goblins, and Elsa’s will go inside to create a Halloween-themed craft and trick or treat around the library!

Trick or Drink San Diego Halloween Bar Crawl, October 28-31, Pacific Beach Alehouse

It’s time to show you have what it takes to survive a drinking apocalypse and if you start training with this fabulous 3-day event, we think you will do just fine if the big event ever takes place! Offering fantastic drink specials in some of San Diego’s best bars, participants can dress in costumes if they like, even if their costume is an orange tee shirt proclaiming “this is my Halloween costume” on its front, and although you may not remember much of what happens over these three days, at least you can recuperate in comfort, luxury, and style in our Vacation Rentals by Kimberly escapes!

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Stay Home and Play

By the time Halloween actually arrives, you may be ready to just spend a quiet evening at home, enjoying all the amenities found in your holiday hideaway! Watch a horror movie marathon on the flat screen televisions in our cozy and comfortable living rooms, hiding behind your fingers at the scary parts. High-speed internet allows guests to web surf comfortably, perhaps seeking out some recipes for Halloween cocktails that can be prepared in our fully equipped kitchens or listening to their favorite streaming stations play their favorite Halloween selections, adding ambiance to your night at home. Walk along the shore’s edge (in our beachfront rentals) marveling at the harvest moon shining large and bright in the dark skies above the sea or sit out on the balcony, soaking in the serenity that draws people to the ocean every day and try and forget that you must one day soon go home again. There’s no wrong way to enjoy Halloween in San Diego County, especially when you choose Vacation Rentals by Kimberly for your holiday hideaway! Reserve your favorite escape today!

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There are tons of things that you can do in San Diego County that are inexpensive for you, you and your partner, or you and your kids. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, going to fancy restaurants, seeing all that the town has to offer, or chatting with the locals, San Diego has it all. Let’s see some of the best things you can do in the county that are cheap, fun, and exciting — just because you aren’t spending a fortune, it doesn’t mean that these aren’t some of the “top tourist” activities to do during your memorable vacation!

Let’s check out the most exciting activities for you and your entire family as you head to the picturesque and sunny San Diego County — we guarantee you will have a memorable holiday.

Head to the Beach

One of the best things to do in San Diego County is head to the beach. You are right along the coastline, making it the perfect spot to visit Del Mar Beach, Coronado Dog Beach, and other coastal areas with white sand and bright blue waters.

La Jolla

La Jolla is a surf town and eclectic area in San Diego County that has something for everyone. With rocky beaches, natural wildlife, tasty ice cream shops, espresso-laden iced coffee cafes, and watersports like snorkeling and surfing, you can always find things to do here.

Balboa Park

San Diego, and California as a whole, is well known for its year-round sunny and warm weather. So why not head to one of the best parks in San Diego County? Check out Balboa Park, featuring dozens of museums, performing arts centers, interactive exhibits for kids, and the San Diego Zoo — arguably one of the most highly-visited tourist spots in the entire state.

Coronado Island

Coronado Island is an exciting town featuring outdoor sports, bike rentals, surf lessons, tasty food, and kid-friendly shops that will keep everyone in your family entertained and happy.

Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

Want a fun — and free — day away from people and out in nature? Head to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve to bring your kids hiking and check out the numerous trails for hikers who are interested in seeing the coastlines, bright blue water, waves, tourists, and marine wildlife. We recommend going on the Guy Flemings Trail for kids who are young and new to being on hiking trails, as this ⅔-mile stretch is easy for little legs, short, fun, and leads you right to some of the best lookout spots.

Potato Chip Rock

No, this is not a fast-food area. Potato Chip Rock is a photo-worthy spot on a local hiking trail that is fun to add to your scrapbook and photo album after your vacation. This spot is perfect for a packed picnic lunch, snacks, or taking a quick break for a sip of water as you gaze at the incredible scenery around you.


If you have ever been to California before, surely you have been to the infamous Legoland. It is no wonder that so many families go to San Diego every year due to the interactive exhibits, fun rides, water park attractions, and water cannons to shoot at your parents!

Petco Park

Are you interested in America’s pastime? If so, head to Petco Park to see a baseball game for just a few dozen dollars — your tickets will cost less than $60 for two kids and two adults! This is less expensive than filling up your gas tank, a nice jacket from H&M, or a fancy dinner.

San Diego Safari Park

San Diego Safari Park is a fun place for you and your kids to learn about the local wildlife, animal conservation tactics in San Diego County, and how your children can do little things to help the animals. You can go on tram rides throughout the park, feed some of the animals, and whizz through the sky on the zipline course.

Accommodation in San Diego County, California

Doesn’t San Diego sound like a great place for families and kids of all ages? We think so too! Just because you are going on vacation with the entire family, this doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on accommodation, activities, and food. There are dozens of activities that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty and won’t break the bank.

So where should you stay during your upcoming holiday? You want to keep your spending as low as possible, but still have a fun trip, right? If so, check out Vacation Rentals by Kimberly. We offer spacious, modern, and luxurious properties that are in the heart of all that San Diego County has to offer. Book today using our website to find spacious and amenity-laden rentals that have everything you could possibly need.