Mild autumn breezes in San Diego usually echo the region's welcoming spirit, but as the end of October approaches a spooky wind sweeps in and strange things begin to go bump in the night. From family-friendly fright fests and historically-haunted tours, to terror-filled scream zones and wild, trick-or-treat parties, Halloween in San Diego is crazy fun for ghouls and kids of all ages.
When autumn arrives, a crisp soothing breeze sweeps over San Diego complementing the region's warm temperatures and welcoming vibe.
The Munich celebration may have more than 150 years on us in San Diego, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to throw a party. Here's where you can chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a Bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart's content.
Dia de los Muertos
Honor your lost loved ones and culturally immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations throughout San Diego.
San Diego Beer Week
San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego's thriving brewing culture with multiple events happening across the county.
When autumn arrives and the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region's sunny mild weather and enjoy a number of fun-filled Fall activities to enhance their vacation getaway. During San Diego's shoulder season, visitors can find a variety of annual festivals, fairs and diverse cultural entertainment.
Spend Fall Outdoors
The sun shines almost every day in San Diego making it the perfect place to enjoy the mild Fall weather and take advantage of all the outdoor events and activities the city has to offer including thunderboats, swimming, running, and cycling.
Fall for the Arts
Fall for the arts this autumn in San Diego. Thanks to the cool Fall weather, the Arts and Culture scene takes to the streets in San Diego. Stay outside and enjoy art fairs, outdoor concerts, dancing in the streets and much more. End the day by heading inside to enjoy a film festival or two.
Fall Food & Drink
Fill yourself up with plenty of autumn treats and craft beer when you visit San Diego this fall at any one (or all) of these food and drink festival and events including craft beer tastings, prix-fixe menus, neighborhood restaurant tastings and more.
Halloween is back with candy, costumes, your favorite Sesame Street® friends, and plenty of spooky surprises. Treat your family to all the festive fun of SeaWorld Spooktacular® this fall!
Kids love trick-or-treating during this daytime event as they explore our decorated trail and meet all sorts of colorful characters. And that’s just the beginning! From spooky stories and a Halloween dance party to moments with furry friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more, this is immersive family fun you’ll only find here. SeaWorld Spooktacular runs weekends Sept. 18 – Oct. 31 and is included with park admission.
Admission to Spooktacular is FREE for Pass Members and Fun Card Holders (no additional purchase necessary).
Roast Private Beach Bonfires
Jul 28 - ongoing
Bonfires on Coronado Beach have long been a favorite tradition in San Diego. Guests tuck their toes in the sand as they gather around a private beach bonfire, roast s’mores and enjoy the amazing sunset views.
At Hotel del Coronado, fire pits can be reserved for a one-hour experience with s’mores. Fire pit reservations are available for hotel guests and day visitors. One pit accommodates up to 10 guests.
Haunted Happenings Tour
Jul 30 - ongoing
On Thanksgiving Day 1892, a 24-year old woman checked into Hotel del Coronado under an alias and five days later, her body was found on a hotel exterior staircase. Because little was known about her identity, the newspapers referred to her as the “Beautiful Stranger”.
Learn the official account of Kate Morgan’s 1892 visit to The Del and why her spirit never left in this 45-minute ghostly tour of the resort. Walk in Kate’s footsteps after dark as you uncover the mystery of her death, other spirits who haunt the hotel and ghostly guest encounters.
COST: $30 per person, recommended for children ages 12 & up
Sep 17 - Oct 31, 2021
There’s a new terror in town, and it’s got a killer smile. For the first time ever, Howl-O-Scream has arrived to transform the peaceful SeaWorld San Diego park you once knew into something sinister. When night falls and a carnival of horrifying creatures surrounds you, just try to put on a happy face.
Evade angry haunts as they rampage through scare zones. Seek shelter indoors, only to find you’ve entered a house of horrors. Quench your thirst for fear with fiendishly delicious cocktails, beer, and spirits. Feel the monstrous electricity of a live show. And deepen the thrills with a nighttime coaster ride.
Above all, try to resist the eyes of evil that threaten to follow you everywhere. Face your fears during SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream this fall. Happening select nights September 17 - October 31.