This article was written by Michael Hines, a San Diego native and writer for www.SanDiego.com.
It may not be October yet, but it’s never too early to gear up for Halloween in San Diego. Pirates will be RRRRing and witches cackling all over town this October, so here is www.SanDiego.com’s list of the best Halloween festivities in San Diego.
When it comes to Halloween in San Diego, there is no shortage of things to do. There are downtown parties that completely take over entire city blocks and clubs and fancy get together in classy hotels filled with wine and cheese. Families looking for Halloween activities in San Diego won’t find a shortage of things to do. From festivals to Halloween-themed amusement parks, there is plenty for mom, dad and the kids to do come October.
Hallo-wine and Spirits at the Hotel Del:
The Hotel Del Coronado (http://www.sandiego.com/hotels/hotel-del-coronado) has had celebrities, presidents and even a ghost as its guests! The ghost of Kate Morgan, a young woman who died at the hotel under mysterious circumstances in 1892, is said to haunt the hotel. The haunted Hotel Del is the site of one of the premier Halloween parties in San Diego, the Hallo-wine and Spirits party! This adults-only party is October 26, costs $100 and runs from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. It includes wine tasting, adult trick-or-treating, dinner, dancing and even a giant pumpkin-carving demonstration. Guests who want to enjoy themselves without worrying about driving home should book a stay at one of the hotel’s luxury rooms.
Hallo-Wine & Spirits Package
Keep the party going all night. The Hallo-wine & Spirits Package is available on Saturday, October 27 only and includes:
◦ Entry for two people to the Hallo-wine & Spirits Party
Package Rates start at $399* at The Del and $708 at Beach Village. Taxes and $25 daily resort charge not included.
*Rate shown is per room, per night based on availability for double occupancy. Does not include tax and $25 daily resort charge. Valid only on October 27, 2012. May not be combined with other offers. Not valid for groups.
Room With A Boo! Package: October 18 – November 5, 2012
Why not celebrate all month-long? The Room with a Boo! Package is available starting on October 18 and, of course, on Halloween weekend and includes:
◦ A copy of the book Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel del Coronado
If you stay on Friday, October 26, enjoy group s’mores on the beach followed by an outdoor showing of Ghostbusters. Group s’mores and outdoor movie offered Friday, 10/26/2012 only. No rain dates, substitutions or cash equivalents for optional participation.
Del Package Rates start at $199* per night; Beach Village Package Rates start at $508 per night. Taxes, $25 daily resort charge and parking not includes
*Rate shown is per room, per night based on availability for double occupancy. Not valid for groups. Does not include admission to the October 27 party. Minimum stay requirements may apply.
Halloween parties in San Diego don’t get much crazier than Monster Bash! Monster Bash practically takes over the entire Gaslamp Quarter and features four themed DJ stations, dancing, drink specials from all of the bars and restaurants inside of the grounds and costume contests with $5,000 in cash prizes. The craziness kicks off on October 26 and general admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $65. If you plan on heading to Monster Bash, consider a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. The Hard Rock is in the middle of all of the madness and is a perfect place to crash after a night of costumed partying.
Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos:
When you think of Halloween events in San Diego, it’s almost impossible to not think of Dia de los Muertos. The holiday is actually celebrated during the two days immediately after Halloween and is meant as a celebration of the dead and their spirits. Due to San Diego’s large Latino population, Dia de los Muertos celebrations are popular throughout the city, and none are bigger than the one held at Old Town (http://www.sandiego.com/old-town). The Old Town festival offers plenty for families to do, including arts and crafts, folk dancing and dining on delectable cuisine. The event is free and runs from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Accommodations are available onsite at the historic Cosmopolitan hotel.
When it comes to Halloween activities in San Diego that are family friendly, nothing beats Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat. The park celebrates Halloween every weekend in October with costume contests, trick-or-treating and even a world record attempt to have the most vampires in one place at once taking place on Friday, October 4! Full-day tickets (including admission to the Sea Life Aquarium) are $59 and night tickets (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) are $30. The recently completed Legoland Hotel ensures that you won’t have to drive home after a long day of playing with LEGOs.
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