The Big List Of Halloween Food, Drinks, And Fun Happening Around San Diego

Yes, Halloween is a bit different this year…but there is still fun to be had! Here’s the big list of events and food and drink specials happening around town!

Events

Birch Aquarium Launches Haunted Aquarium Remix

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of OceanographyUC San Diego launched Haunted Aquarium Remix, a month-long Halloween celebration.

Haunted Aquarium Remix takes the spooky science fun that the traditional Haunted Aquarium is known for and mixes things up outdoors with new animal encounters and activities geared for children ages 2 to 10, as well as fun decor for the whole family.

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas Del Mar

Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas Del Mar is now open and to celebrate, they are offering $5 hand-picked movies the whole family can enjoy. Just in time for the spooky season, their $5 Halloween movies feature a lineup of new and classic movies such as Coco, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, and more. For movie times, a full showings of movies, and to get your tickets, visit here.

 

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The Station’s Halloween Celebration Includes a Costume Contest, Restaurant Specials, Free Goodie Bags, and More!

While Liberty Station must forgo its annual Halloween celebration, the historic Point Loma neighborhood remains a go-to destination to sport festive getups with a virtual costume contest and fall-themed photo ops staged around the property.

Plus, a handful of restaurants are offering themed food and beverage specials alongside complimentary goodie bags for kiddos to celebrate the season.

One Paseo Kicks Off Halloween Celebrations

One Paseo Celebrates Halloween With Costume Contest And Pumpkin Hunt

While Halloween is sure to look a little different this year, One Paseo in Del Mar is welcoming the spooky season with several socially-distant friendly Halloween celebrations, including a costume contest and pumpkin hunt.

Treat Yourself To Lions Tigers & Bears Pumpkin Bash

Treat Yourself To Lions Tigers & Bears’ New Halloween Tradition – The Pumpkin Bash!

Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego’s only accredited big cat and bear sanctuary, has a worry-free, festive remedy! Skip the tricks this year, and treat yourself for a new Halloween tradition, the Pumpkin Bash.

Get In The Halloween Spirit With Wonderspaces VR Film Gloomy Eyes

Check Out Wonderspaces’ VR Film Gloomy Eyes To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

Wonderspaces VR is bringing a virtual reality film series to Liberty Station, starting with the spooky virtual reality film Gloomy Eyes, directed by Fernando Moldanado and Jorge Tereso, and narrated by Colin Farrell that begins October 22.

A Grand Halloween At The Grand Hyatt San Diego

A Grand Halloween At The Grand Hyatt San Diego

Check in at Grand Hyatt San Diego for a spooktacular family-friendly Halloween filled with socially distant trick-or-treating, themed arts & crafts and activities on the Haunted Rooftop, a Spooky Swim dive-in movie and so much more!

The 2nd Annual Halloween In La Mesa Village

The 2nd Annual Halloween In La Mesa Village

Celebrate Halloween in La Mesa Village! The village will provide a free, safe and fun way for families to visit downtown La Mesa and pick up goodies from local businesses on Halloween. Participating stores will have balloons & fun-themed social distance decals on the sidewalk as you safely pick up a pre-packaged treat! Everything will take place outside.

Kids (and adults) are encouraged to wear costumes! Masks are a must and we ask that you please follow social distancing guidelines.

Cerami Café

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to get the family together to create their own decorations! Cerami Café Del Mar has just unveiled their new fall ceramics to celebrate the season of goblins and ghouls. Choose from projects such as their stacked ghosts, skull mugs, witch’s cauldron, haunted house, candy trays and more. Call (858) 259-9958.

A Spooky Spokes Week With The San Diego Bike Coalition

A Spooky Spokes Week With The San Diego Bike Coalition

The San Diego Bike Coalition is riding with the ghouls this year for Spooky Spokes Week. To celebrate the Halloween Spirit, the Bike Coalition is hosting a week-long riding event. There’ll be prizes, costumes, trivia, and of course, lots of riding.

Treats!

barleymash

barleymash, in the Gaslamp, will be hosting a Virtual Costume Contest that began October 6th and is taking place through Halloween. Participants can show off their outfit creations by tagging @barleymash on Instagram, and will have the chance to win prizes such as $200 gift card (1st place), $100 gift card (2nd place), $50 gift card (3rd place), and Barleymash swag.

On October 31st, guests can enjoy Halloween-themed food and drink, such as the Give’m Pumpkin to Talk About, a roasted pumpkin flatbread with arugula, garlic cream, caramelized onions, three cheese blend and pickled hallow-penos. Drinks include Freddy Krueger, made with Skyy Vodka, lemon, sugar, and activated charcoal, Michael Myers – Makers Mark, blackberry, lemon, and mint, and much more!

Superhero Brunch at Duck Dive

Because 2020 needs a superhero, Duck Dive, in PB, will be celebrating Halloween in superhero-style! On Wednesday, October 28th, Superhero Trivia will take place beginning at 8PM. Reservations required for groups of 4+, and you can call (858) 273-3825. For smaller groups, it will be first come, first served starting at 7:30PM. There will be prizes for the best costume and trivia winner, along with Superhero themed cocktails!

On Friday, October 30th, Duck Dive will be gearing up for the festive weekend with Superhero Brunch at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy Superhero themed cocktails and bottomless mimosas until 2:00 p.m., and costumes are highly encouraged.

Corner Chicken

Corner Chicken, in East Village, is inviting San Diegans to wear their costume in to receive a FREE beverage with the purchase of any combo on Halloween! Combo choices include juicy tenders and wings, along with the Thick Chicken Sando, Nashville-style hot chicken, kale slaw, pickles, and signature sauce on a toasted bun. Make things really spooky by trying your hand at Corner Chicken’s spice challenge: Finish any menu item decked in XXX sauce
and receive a t-shirt and shout out on social media. But beware, the spice is so hot you’ll have to sign a waiver.

Mavericks Nightmare On Garnet Halloween Party

Mavericks Beach Club

If you are looking for a frighten-ly good time…don’t miss out on the Mavericks Beach Club Third Annual Nightmare on Garnet! Costumes encouraged all week long and the beach bar’s spooky decor officially goes up on Monday October 26th. On Halloween day, from 10AM to 10PM, Mavericks is going all out with their 2020 Nightmare themed decor, Haunted Special Cocktail Menu, spooky swag and more. This promises to be one Halloween celebration you won’t forget!

Tajima

For those planning to celebrate low key this Halloween, check out San Diego’s favorite ramen spot for a terrifyingly tasty ramen! Tajima has created a mouth-watering monster with their Frankenstein’s Creation, consisting of Tajima’s original green coconut curry broth, spinach noodles, chicken chashu, fish sauce, half a ramen egg, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, basil, bean sprouts, lime wedge, and sesame seeds. Groups who come to dine in their Halloween costumes will receive a large hot sake to enjoy with their meal!

Puesto Cervecería

Just in time for Halloween, Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar is introducing a new Fall-themed cocktail. Dubbed the Cold-Buttered Rum, the cocktail combines Puesto’s Rum Blend, Mulled Cider, Lemon, Walnuts, and Black Tea, which is then washed with clarified butter. The festive cocktail will be available at Puesto’s newest location, Puesto Mission Valley throughout Halloween weekend, and cost $15.

Halloween Pop-up Bake Sales At Ranch 45

To celebrate Halloween this year, Ranch 45 has partnered with Friendly Feast to host a Halloween-themed pop-up at the Solana Beach restaurant. The event, which will take place on Saturday, October 31 from 11AM to 12:30PM, will feature pastry boxes filled with Halloween treats. Each box will include six treats from top San Diego chefs, and highlights include candy corn marshmallows, gluten free pumpkin spiced muffins, chocolate caramel sandwich cookies, black sesame and orange chocolate bars, pumpkin spice rice krispies, and more.

Joining Ranch 45’s baker Calvin Mack for the event will be Maeve Rochford from Sugar and Scribe, Suellen Drummond from Favela Bonita, Kaitlyn Lloyd from San Diego Sweets, Laura and Natalie from Bliss & Baker, and James Foran a Baking and Pastry Faculty Instructor at Grossmont College. Boxes will be available for pre-order on Friendly Feast’s website HERE starting October 20, with boxes ready for pickup on Halloween. Boxes are priced at $35, and proceeds benefit Friendly Feast and Monarch School, whose mission is educating students impacted by homelessness.

Special Cocktails and a Doggie Costume Contest at The Presley

In honor of Halloween, The Presley, Good Time Design’s (Moonshine Beach, Moonshine Flats) newest venue, is introducing Presley Potion, their special spooky season Halloween cocktail. Made with light rum, strawberry puree, and fresh lime juice, the cocktail will be offered at a special price of $10. In addition to the Presley Potion, the restaurant will be celebrating the holiday with Halloween goodie bags for children who dine at the restaurant during Halloween weekend, and a doggie costume contest.

The contest, which is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2PM at the restaurant. Swing by with your furry friends in costume, for the chance to win prizes such as a Tito’s Gift Basket, gift cards from The Presley, and more. Tito’s will also be donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to the San Diego Humane Society.

Poppin’ Bottles at Puffer Malarkey Collective

To make Halloween a little more festive this year, each of the Puffer Malarkey Collective  restaurants, Herb & Sea, Herb & Wood, and Animae, will be poppin’ bottles of bubbles to all tables that show up in costume on October 31. Simply attend dinner in costume at Herb & Sea, Herb & Wood, or Animae on Halloween― no tricks, just a treat!


Come In Costume For Treats at Garibaldi

Garibaldi, located within the InterContinental Hotel San Diego, will be encouraging guests to celebrate Halloween by offering a complimentary amaro and gelato for all guests that dress in costume on Halloween night. Garibaldi’s unbeatable bay views, mixed with the restaurant’s signature Italian meets Coastal Baja Californian cuisine, and a full lineup of delicious cocktails, makes Garibaldi the perfect place to treat yourself this Halloween.

Churro Pop-up At The Gluten Free Baking Co.

There are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween with The Gluten Free Baking Co. this year. Their spooky menu offerings include everything from candy cupcakes and donuts to candy apple decorating kits – the perfect at-home activity for everyone. Additionally, on Halloween, The Gluten Free Baking Co. will have a churro pop up from 4PM to 6:30PM in partnership with Madre Churro & Cacao.

The shop will also have a costume celebration from Thursday, October 29 through Sunday, November 1. Customers that come dressed in costume (no age limit!) will receive a free mini donut or mini cupcake (dairy free and vegan options available).

‘Special’ Treats at Kaneh Co.

Chocolates or gummies, everyone has a favorite trick-or-treat goodie. For those looking to take their Halloween celebrations to new heights, swapping regular sweets for treats from Kaneh Co., the locally-owned gourmet cannabis edibles brand, options are plentiful.

Raspberry Lemonade and Mango Chili fruit jellies fill the cravings for sugary candies with 10mg of THC. Chocolate lovers can nibble on Toffee Almond Milk Chocolates or Triple Chocolate Brownies, both infused with 10mg of THC. It’s a Halloween treat sure to surprise and delight. Products available at local dispensaries including Marsh & Ash.

Doggo Costume Contest and Special Treats at AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Brewing Company is embracing the Halloween spirit with their Howl-o-ween costume contest on Thursday starting at 6:30PM! Don your doggos in their finest costumes for a chance to win Best in Show, Most Creative, Most Hilarious or Honorable Mention – prizes include Cycle Dog collars, bowls, Pride Bites dog toys and AleSmith branded dog hoodies.

Keep the momentum going Friday through Saturday during their Evil Dead Red Weekend, and be sure to wear your costume to receive a raffle ticket, plus a chance to be one of the three winners announced on November 1st – prizes include AleSmith swag and/or gift cards. Candy gift bags will be available for any trick-or-treaters that stop by, while the grown-ups can indulge in brownies from Amore Cheesecakes, made with Evil Dead Red Ale and available for purchase in AleSmith’s gift shop.

The Tasting Room will be open Wednesday and Thursday that week from 3PM to 8PM, as well as Friday and Saturday from noon to 8PM, and Sunday from noon to 6PM. All festivities will be conducted in compliance with COVID-19 safety regulations.

20’s Themed Soiree at Bub’s @ the Beach

Bub’s @ the Beach will host a socially-distanced, 20s-themed soiree, complete with Skull Fashioned cocktails with Tillamore Dew and skull-shaped ice cubes, as well as their delicious wings, tots and other house specialties!

Discount Brews and Views at Pacific Beach AleHouse

Have a hoppy Halloween at Pacific Beach AleHouse, where you can get your fill of brews and views with $5 house beer available all day! With plenty of outdoor space, plus 25% capacity seating indoors, you can rest assured that your Halloween will be completely pandemic-friendly.

$1 Paletas at The Taco Stand

The Taco Stand understands that trick-or-treating might look a little different this year, which is why they’re offering $1 Paletas on Halloween! Whether you opt for Oreo, Pistachio, Coconut or one of their many other indulgent flavors, this is one treat you can count on this year. Maybe don’t throw this one in your pillowcase!

Hocus Pocus Halloween Pop-up

Visit Chula Vista’s historic Third Avenue Village for an exclusive, treat-filled collaboration.
Chula Vista Brewery will partner with Mmm…Cakes for a Hocus Pocus Halloween pop-up on October 30th from 3 p.m.-8p.m.. The pop-up will include decadent treats such as the Poison Caramel Apple, Book Brownie, and the Black Flame Candle Cake—an apple spice cake with white chocolate buttercream. All sweets must be pre-ordered online and will be available for pick-up at the brewery. In addition to sweet treats, Chula Vista Brewery will offer three limited edition ‘Brewjitas’ including the Vanilla Festbier, Chocolate Caramel Porter, and
the Pumpkin Spice Ale, available for in-person purchase on October 30th. Reservations required!

Get a free treat at City Tacos

Head to any City Tacos location on Halloween and receive a free quesadilla when you come in wearing your Halloween costume. The taqueria will also host a social media costume contest, with a chance to win a $25 gift card. To participate, simply snap a photo in costume at any location and tag City Tacos on social media. Make sure to try the Taco of the Month before October ends– the Vegan Sweet Potato Taco, featuring a golden fried purple sweet potato over black been mousse and topped with micro greens, pico de gallo, and a vegan basil aioli.

Fun, food, and boos at Break Point

Break Point will offer fun, food, and boos this Halloween. The Pacific Beach destination will feature a specialty Pumpkin-Tini cocktail alongside savory bites including Wings and Carne Asada Fries. Come in dressed to impress and enter Break Point’s Fang-Tastic Costume Contest – upload a photo in your costume at Break Point for a chance to win a prize!

Handel’s Del Mar Highlands

Handel’s Ice Cream has flavors to get you into the fall spirit. Head to Del Mar Highlands for their Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream featuring creamy cheesecake chunks or their Pumpkin Pie with pumpkin ice cream and graham cracker sprinkled throughout. Call (858) 925-7308.

Sidecar Doughnuts

Hot and fresh doughnuts are calling at Del Mar Highlands’ Sidecar Doughnuts. Their Pumpkin Pie & Everything Spice fall flavor will warm you up; made with their signature raised bullseye, topped with pumpkin glaze, whipped mascarpone pumpkin mousse, house made ginger snap crumble, roasted & salted pepitas, and Vermont Maple Syrup. Other fall flavors introduced this month include Sweet Potato Harvest, Spiced Apple Cider, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Call (858) 847-2019.

Philz Coffee

Philz Coffee has just the perfect drink for chilly fall mornings with their limited time Ginger Snap coffee made with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and hand-crafted by their talented baristas. Try it hot or iced! Call (858) 369-0090.

California Native

Get in the fall mood with a dinner out at California Native. Their elevated new menu has just
the right seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients to get you into the autumn spirit. Savory dishes include their Prawns with momo green curry, French Onion Soup with gruyere, Salmon with squash and Japanese turnips, and more. Pair with one of their seasonal cocktails such as their Spirit of the Forest with smoked herbs or their Underneath the Walnut Tree with walnut liquor. Call (858) 280-8055.

Spooky-good deals

Geppetto’s

Experience the fun at Geppetto’s toys! Geppetto’s is a family-owned and operated, neighborhood toy store with over 40 years of experience. Their newest toys will spark imagination and learning for the entire family. For a limited time (Oct. 24-31), the toy store will be offering 20% off a single item – spooky or not! Toy experts are always ready to help
with any questions and offer picks for the season or any occasion.

Unleashed by Petco

Don’t forget about your furry family member this Halloween! Unleashed by Petco has adorable costumes for every pet, from super heroes and sharks to pumpkins and unicorns. Not to mention, themed treats and toys to get tails wagging for the holiday.

Fairen Del

Get into the Halloween spirit while staying safe! Fairen Del is offering spooky themed masks to bring you into Oct. 31st in style. Choose from designs with bats to skeletons and witches. Also, to ring into the fall season, the boutique will be offering a scary good deal – an extra 30% off their sale items.

Massage Concepts

Now more than ever, we need to take time for ourselves! Massage Concepts Del Mar has just the deal to start the season fresh. They are offering a 90-Min Spooktacular Head-to-Toe Combo Massage for just $89. The massage includes a 60-min Deep Tissue Massage and 30-min Foot Reflexology with Young Living Essential Oils.

Happy Halloween….and stay healthy, San Diego!