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San Diego Halloween

All Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner, and as you’re well aware this holiday of spooks, ghouls, skeletons, assorted monsters, and a whole lot of tricks and treats tends to spread out its spirit over a month or more. If you happen to be partaking of the historic Tribute Portfolio luxury we offer here at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe during this deliciously spooky season, you’ll have your choice of Halloween festivities in and around San Diego to enjoy—whether it’s a friendly, landback, family-oriented experience or a good old-fashioned scare you’re after!

Here are some of the Halloween events and activities on offer in our neck of the Southern California woods this year.

Balboa Park Halloween Family Day (Saturday, October 27th)

Halloween crafts, free treats, costume contests and parades, and more: Halloween Family Day takes over Balboa Park from 11 AM to 4 PM on October 27th with a whole slew of all-ages holiday fun.

Halloween at San Diego Amusement/Theme Parks

San Diego County’s famous amusement parks certainly get in the Halloween spirit as well, whether you’re talking the oceanarium trick-or-treating, parading, and singing pumpkins going down at SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular (September 27th through October 28th) or LEGOLAND California’s candy- and costume-rich Brick-or-Treat Party Nights (September 29th, October 6th, October 13th, October 20th, and October 27th).

The Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash (October 26th & 27th)

The world-class Birch Aquarium at Scripps turns into the Haunted Aquarium the weekend before Halloween to mark the Sea Monster Mash, which takes place from 6 to 9 PM Saturday and Sunday evenings. From glow-in-the-dark creatures, skeleton shrimp, and “Frankensquid” to gently spooky storytelling, make-your-own seaweed slime stations, and live tunes from Billy Lee & the Swamp Creatures, it’ll be quite the party among the underwater beasties.

San Diego Halloween for Grownups

If you’re a little old for trick-or-treating and staying at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe sans little ones, you’ve got a smorgasbord of adult-oriented Halloween festivities going on within easy reach. The San Diego Tourism Authority has a useful roundup of options, from pub crawls (and zombie crawls) to the Haunted Trail of Balboa Park, Savage House, and other haunted-house setups.

Join Us at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for a San Diego-Style Halloween

From heart-in-your-throat haunted houses to kid-friendly crafts and games, there’s much to do in San Diego County for Halloween. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy the most luxurious of accommodations here at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: so amenity-rich and gorgeously landscaped it’s downright frightening.