Halloween in San Diego: Events, Food, Drinks, And Fun Happening Around Town

Yes, Halloween in San Diego will be a lot more fun this year now that everything is back open for business – get out there and enjoy it!

Here’s the big list of San Diego’s Halloween events, food, drinks, and fun happening around town to help you make make spooktacular plans!

Halloween Parties in San Diego

A Mad Tea Party Awaits At Wonderland At The Rooftop Bar

Wonderland at The Rooftop: Welcome to the Mad Tea Party

Join us on Saturday, October 29 at the newly revamped Rooftop Bar for Wonderland at The Rooftop: Welcome to the Mad Tea Party. Complete with a photo booth, live DJ, seasonal cocktail specials, and bottle service at the cabanas, the night will also include a costume contest.

The Best Costume first place recipient will receive a one-night stay in a Sanctuary Studio Suite at Mission Pacific Hotel and a $150 food and beverage credit. The second prize receives a one-night stay at Mission Pacific, and the third prize will receive $150 at The Rooftop.

RSVP is required for Wonderland At The Rooftop Bar: Welcome to the Mad Tea Party with limited availability; to RSVP and for bottle service reservations, email

San Diego Gaslamp Halloween Pub Crawl

Come in costume and roam the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter stopping in and out of 10+ bars and nightclubs with one all-access pass on October 29th. The San Diego Gaslamp Halloween Pub Crawl tickets include free welcome shot tickets for select venues, drink discount vouchers, free nightclub entry passes, and pub crawl map of participating venues. Join hundreds of costumed pub crawlers partying from bar to bar for a Halloween night out to remember!

Giardino’s Halloween Bash

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is hosting its first annual Halloween Bash, a party taking over both Giardino and their next-door sister restaurant, Zest Wine Bistro. The 21 and up event features multiple bars, taro card readers, horror films and a speakeasy room.

Ticket includes access to both Giardino & Zest, three walk-up bars, lite bites, DJ and live entertainment, and games and activities like taro reader, costume contest with prizes, silent horror movies at Zest, and a ‘Spookeasy Room’ with spooktacular cocktails.

50 early bird tickets until Sept. 30. Price goes up after. Click here for tickets.

San Diego Zombie Crawl

San Diego’s wickedest Halloween club celebration is back in 2022 from October 27 to 29! San Diego Zombie Crawl is one of the Top 3 Halloween Events in Southern California. Come experience the one-and-only event and gain access to 15+ insane costume parties in the ghoulish Gaslamp Quarter. Opening party kicks off at American Junkie at 6PM. Click here to purchase and for more info.

HARRYWEEN! Harry Styles Halloween Dance Night

On Saturday, October 29 at Soda Bar, Come dance the night away to music from Harry Styles at HARRYWEEN, A Harry Styles Halloween Dance Night! Save the date and grab tickets.

Pier Pressure™ 10th Annual Titanic Masquerade & Costume Party!

VIP Nightlife & San Diego Nightlife present …Pier Pressure™ 10th Annual Titanic Masquerade & Costume Party! This is the biggest yacht party on the West Coast this Halloween aboard the Hornblower Inspiration MEGA Yacht in San Diego! On October 29 and 30, hop on to an amazing cruise with world-class DJs playing open format, EDM, house music, hip hop, latin, & top 40.

The US GRANT Invites A Daring 13 To The Mad Hatter Tea Party

The Mad Hatter Tea Party at the US Grant

For the wildly curious, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, The US GRANT Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski invites a daring 13 to a Halloween dining experience, The Mad Hatter Tea Party. This bizarre and twisted dining experience invites 13 guests to dive into an interactive 13-course tasting menu complete with cocktail pairings. Costumes are encouraged, daring diners are required.

Menu highlights include the “eat me” course, with a lemon and miracle berry encapsulated oyster, a “smoke and mirror” course with butter-poached lobster, a “skull popper” course with smoked braised lamb, and more.

PAWloween Party

Mavericks Beach Club is hosting a PAWloween Party on Wednesday, October 26th from 5PM – 10PM! Not only will there be a doggy costume contest, but there will also be toys and treats for all the pups who stop by. The PB hotspot even has a special Mutt Menu, where furry friends can enjoy bites like grilled chicken breast with white rice – yum!

Horror Story: Halloween Party

Get ready to be horrified because Mavericks Beach Club will be kicking off the spookiest holiday of the year with a Horror Story: Halloween Party. On Saturday, October 29th from 10AM – 2AM, the beach bar found along Garnet will be celebrating with a twist on the hit show American Horror Story, where each bar is themed like a different AHS season.

From the Asylum to Freak Show, be prepared for DJs and scary drink specials, along with contortionists, acrobats, scary acts, and plenty of more entertainment from 8PM – 11PM.

EMO Halloween Party at The Holding Company

Ocean Beach’s three-story music venue, bar and restaurant is hosting its very own FREE EMO Halloween Party with performances by Sang The Sorrow, Blazin Jane and Lust for Life on Friday, October 28 starting at 5PM. Attendees are encouraged to stop by before the show to enjoy The Holding Company’s award winning, over-the-top cocktails, Asian fusion menu, and rooftop sunset views.

Vin De Syrah Voodoo Party

Get ahead of the Halloween ghouls and reserve a table at Vin De Syrah for their Voodoo Party on Friday, October 28th! Get those spooky costumes ready!

Chula Vista’s 2nd Annual Día De Los Muertos Celebration

After lots of anticipation, Downtown Chula Vista is going above and beyond to celebrate the long-awaited 2nd Annual Día De Los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, October 29th.

Known as the biggest Día De Los Muertos Celebration in the South Bay, this free community event will feature live music, an altar and Catrín/Catrina ensemble competition, face painting, beautiful flower arrangements from Tallo and Pan de Muerto from Dulcet, and a special screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco beginning at 7PM for the entire family to enjoy.

Escape From Maya

Coco Maya kicks off Halloween weekend with Escape from Maya on Thursday, October 27th. The party starts at 6PM to 10PM, with a Mayan-themed Fire Show from 7PM to 9PM. Best Individual Costume wins $100, Best Couple Costume wins $150. Coco Maya is Little Italy’s pan-Carribean paradise, where hints of ocean, smoke, and char are present throughout the menu, and the vibrant open-air atmosphere just might wake the dead to life this Halloween.

Haunted Hotel at The Brick Hotel

Take the elevator to the fourth floor of The Brick Hotel up to Cococabana Rooftop Deck for a Haunted Hotel Halloween Weekend. A haunting music lineup starts Friday, October 28th, as Gabe Vega spins 8PM to close. Saturday, October 29th, We’s up from 8PM to close.  Take to the rooftop to witness the swarm of ghouls and goblins in Downtown Oceanside from above. 

Party downstairs on the ground floor at Q&A Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Order the Voodoo Carre made with cognac, rye, amaro nonino, peach balsamic, bitters, orange zest, that comes with a dramatic plume of applewood smoke presented tableside! 

Reservations encouraged here or here.


Halloween Specials

Witches of the Westgate Halloween Tea

Ghouls, goblins and witches of San Diego, unite! The Westgate Hotel is putting a wicked twist on its renowned Afternoon Tea experience this Halloween weekend. On Oct. 28, 29 and 30, from 1PM-3:30PM, come dressed in your most bewitching costume and celebrate spooky season in the downtown San Diego hotel’s Le Fontainebleau Room.

The deliciously magical afternoon includes a tower of house-made Halloween pastries, savory tea sandwitches, a selection of gourmet teas and a host of spellbinding treats. Tea for the 21+ crowd includes a glass of boo-zy bubbles while kids will receive a take-home surprise. The cash-only Imperial Bar will also be open and serving specialty spooky cocktails for guests.

Adults are $95. All children 12 & under are $62. Reservations are available here.

Grand Del Mar Spooky Afternoon Tea

Grand Spooky Afternoon Tea

Get into the spirit of Halloween and treat family and friends with a Spooky Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.  This signature event themed tea will be complimented with some fun and delicious Halloween themed finger foods and sweet treats. Costumes are encouraged for a true Halloween experience.

barleymash

barleymash is ready to put on a show for Halloween this year! The Gaslamp hotspot is getting spooky with fun drink specials, like Dracula, made with Teremana Blanco, tamarind, lime, and black salt, or Nightmare on Elm, a concoction created with Teremana Repo, Creme de Cassis, lime, and ginger beer. And don’t forget about the deliciously frightening food special, The Hellraiser. Carne asada, jalapeños, pepper jack beer cheese, habanero jelly and roasted serrano cream cheese all served on a plate of tater tots. Be sure to stop by, on Halloween only, for other show-stopping drink specials and more spooky surprises!

Side Bar

Gaslamp’s high end lounge and nightclub, Side Bar, will be transforming into a Halloween lover’s paradise on October 26, 28-30 with décor that is inspired by a family that is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, the Side Bar family. This spooky décor will be paired with fall-inspired cocktails, including the Chai Me, Blackberry Bourbon Smash and Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte and DJ performances by Nvious, Crooked, DJ Crespo and more.

A Spooktacular Halloween At Fairmont Grand Del Mar Comes With An Array Of Events For All Ages

Spook-Easy at Fairmont

Grand Del Mar has not forgotten Halloween fun just for adults. End the evening at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s adult-only Spook-Easy hidden within the tattered histories held in the library. Costumes are strongly encouraged at this even with spooky-themed libations.

bivouac ciderworks and candy pairing

Bivouac Cider & Halloween Candy Pairing

Bivouac will host its first-ever Bivouac Cider & Halloween Candy Pairing on Saturday, October 29th. Indulge in your favorite Halloween candy paired with various Biv ciders while enjoying an all-day Halloween movie marathon. Candy pairings include Skittles with True Lovers, Reese’s with San Diego Jam, Starburst with AlBright, and more. Available all day! While supplies last.

Sip On Your Next Favorite Wine At Castelli & Pizarro Family Winery This Weekend

Castelli & Pizarro Family Winery

Castelli & Pizarro Family Winery in Ramona is getting into the spirit with some seasonal discounts on their award-winning wine. Head over to the winery dressed in your Halloween costume on Saturday, October 29th and you’ll
be eligible for some prime discounts on wine bottle purchases. This is a great way to test drive your costume before the big day. If you’re like us and this is your favorite holiday, it’s also a great way to justify a second costume altogether!

Bivouac Cider ‘Yappy Hour’ Pet Costume Contest

For those looking for more weekend fall events, guests can head to the taproom on October 30th for a festive ‘Yappy Hour’ pet costume contest from 4PM to 6PM. Dress your furry friends in their most creative, spooky costume and head to Biv for cider, homemade pumpkin dog treats, and prizes (human-friendly and pet-friendly). Pet parents are also encouraged to dress up! Plus, guests can sip on Biv’s annual ‘spooky delicious’ 6% ABV cider, Cat’s Paw, which tastes like autumn in a glass with notes of the season’s signature spices, pumpkin, and pear. Admission is free, but guests can register here to secure their spot.

Día De Los Muertos Celebration At The Rady Shell

For the second Día de los Muertos Celebration at The Rady Shell, the San Diego Symphony will present an evening honoring Latin music and culture, and memorializing those who have passed on. The fabulous Grammy® award-winning, Mariachi Los Camperos, headlines the event and is joined by the skilled dancers of Grupo Folclórico Chiquina Palafox. Also, the evening will feature special Día de los Muertos food and drinks available for purchase from The Rady Shell Provisions and Día de los Muertos park activation activities.

For more info and to buy tickets for Día De Los Muertos Celebration, please click here.

Halloween Concert at The Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Spreckels Organ Society, a non-profit organization curating concerts and performances in the heart of Balboa Park, is hosting a special Halloween concert and silent movie on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6PM with the “Phantom of the Opera,” accompanied by the Spreckels Pipe Organ, the largest open air musical instrument in the world!

The event will begin with a pre-concert talk with the artists at 5:30PM, along with a silent auction and games. At 6PM, Victoria Robertson, soprano, and Bernardo Bermúdez, tenor, will sing excerpts from the popular Broadway show, “Phantom of the Opera.” At 6:30PM, the 1925 “Phantom of the Opera” silent movie will be portrayed on a big screen atop the Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage, accompanied by Mark Herman, organist.

Goff Family Pumpkin Patch

The Goff Family Pumpkin Patch returns to Liberty Station from September 23rd through October 31st at the Sellers Plaza putting green, located on the corner of Historic Decatur Road and Perry Road. Set on a half-acre plot, the month-long pop-up will feature over 10,000 pumpkins for ‘picking,’ festive family photo ops, lawn games, beer on tap each Friday and Saturday, and more spooky season programming to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info on The Goff Family Pumpkin Patch at Liberty Station, visit the website here.

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is BACK, with two haunts in one; the 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze and a mile-long terrifying outdoor Trail through twisted pines and gnarled oaks.

Feel your way through the fog of the upside-down world with Vecna breathing down your neck. Climb aboard the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the horrifying ride with you, Chainsaw-Wielding zombie rodeo clowns will corner you in their corral preparing you for the slaughterhouse.

CNN named The Haunted Trail on the Top 5 BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS in America!! True to its reputation, these haunts are not for children under 10 or the faint of heart.

Gaslamp Flicks: Spooky Movie Edition

Friday, October 14th, 21st, 28th |  Movie Night Starts: 6:30PM

Presenting Gaslamp Flicks: Spooky Movie Edition – Halloween- theme movie feature & FREE Admission & FREE Popcorn! Yes, FREE Admission! Head to Gaslamp Quarter for dinner and stay for a FREE movie night! We recommend that you bring your own blankets and chairs!

Halloween Flash Tattoos on the Roof

Ocean Beach’s The Holding Company will be hosting a FREE flash tattoo pop up with specialty drinks from Legent Bourbon on the rooftop on Friday, October 28 from 6PM-10PM.

Club Desire at Louisiana Purchase

Join Louisiana Purchase on Friday, October 28th from 10PM to 12AM for Club Desire, an exclusive Louisiana Purchase Supper Club experience with music by Braxton Bateman. The “Downtown club with Uptown vibes” will feature Cigars, Live Jazz, Burlesque, Light Bites, Classic Cocktails & Vibes. VIP tables available. 

Wake your senses with the Crypt Creeper made with white whiskey, blackberry clove syrup, coconut cream and lime. Suck on the Crescent City Vampire featuring gin, raspberry, lemon, soda, and cherry float. Pucker up to Laveau’s Elixir made with bourbon, green apple, cinnamon, lemon, and Montenegro. 

Dress code enforced. Book your reservations here.

Mask-O-Raid is back at the Comic-Con Museum!

Things are looking spooky in San Diego! Join us on Saturday Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. for the Mask-O-Raid presented
by Funko and the Comic-Con Museum with an exhibit of vintage Halloween masks and costumes from Funmaker Mike’s collection, original Funko art and merch for sale, and a costume contest. Proceeds go to support the Museum’s Education Center and School Access Fund. Tickets on sale now here.


Trick-or-Treating in San Diego

Little Italy Announces The Return Of Trick-Or-Treat On India Street

Little Italy’s Trick-or-Treat On India St

The Little Italy Association is excited to celebrate Halloween with this year’s Trick-or-Treat on India Street on Friday, October 28, 2022. Mini witches and monsters of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy an evening of authentic trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood.

A map including participating businesses will be available for pickup at the Piazza della Famiglia. The 10,000-square-foot space will be activated with Halloween-themed music and decked out with Halloween décor and photo opps.

Since Little Italy is an urban neighborhood, the event was created as a way for the kids in the neighborhood to still get the authentic trick-or-treat experience by walking along India St to collect candy from local businesses, dressed up in their very best Halloween costumes!

Halloween at the Station

Point Loma’s naval training center turned community hub, Liberty Station, is holding its annual Halloween at the Station on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 12PM to 4PM. This all-ages, FREE event includes live music, crafts, entertainers and an all-ages costume contest, with a pets round too! Additionally, select Liberty Station businesses will open their doors for attendees to enjoy trick-or-treating.

Family Spooktacular at The Grand

Family Spooktacular at The Grand

Get dressed to scare with the whole family for this Spooktacular Halloween fun outdoor gathering in the Reflection Courtyard at Fairmont.  Your kids can trick-or-treat through the various live stations including a friendly Witch in Candyland, the Mad Scientist’s lab, and the princess and villain in their magical garden, while you can sip tasty libations and enjoy live music under the stars. A Halloween photo-op will be dedicated to capture these fun moments!


Happy Halloween, San Diego!

Happy Halloween, San Diego – have a great time and stay safe.

We’ll see you there!

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