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Paint the town orange and black

Big Halloween events in Little Italy, Balboa Park, downtown, Liberty Station, and Del Mar

Friday, October 27: Trick-or-Treat on India Street
Friday, October 27: Trick-or-Treat on India Street

Thursday | 26

A mile-long trail through Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon!

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

  • Balboa Drive & Juniper, Balboa Park
  • $25

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

The Haunted Trail is mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks of Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon — “IT” will lead you to Pennywise the dancing clown, waiting for you in the sewer by the Ghoul Bus. Annabelle and the Nun have possessed the farm house, Krampus and his snowmen are terrorizing the trail, and the Stranger Things house and Upside-Down World return. Do be warned, the actors will get very close and will chase you, but they will not grab you. Also, back by popular demand, before you are sent through the trail you will have to find your way out of a maze that is so disturbing it can only be described as…“the eXperiment.” Maze included with admission price. Runs through Halloween. Closed Monday and Tuesday except for 10/24, 10/30, and 10/31.


Past Event

Save Ferris

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 18+ / $25
Save Ferris, founding member Monique Powell and some new guys

Save Ferris

After taking around a decade off, Orange County punk-ska rockers Save Ferris re-emerged in 2013 with sole founding member Monique Powell backed by newly hired players. Fans seem to like this incarnation, as the band headlined last year’s Ska Fest in Mexico City and launched a successful Pledge Music campaign for funds to track their first new record since 1999. The result, their Checkered Past EP (produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila), was released earlier this year and is being promoted with a headline tour that hits the Music Box on Thursday, October 26. Maryland’s Stacked Like Pancakes and locals the Amalgamated open.


Friday | 27

Past Event

Trick-or-Treat on India Street

  • Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Piazza Basilone, India Street at Fir Street, San Diego
  • Free
Little Italy businesses will pass out candy for the downtown-area youngsters

Trick-Or-Treat on India Street

Little ones dressed up as monsters, ghosts, superheroes, and princesses will take over the streets of Little Italy in search of treats. Little Italy businesses along India Street will pass out candy for a fun and safe Halloween, allowing kids living downtown to have a traditional trick-or-treat door-to-door. Get your map of the participating businesses at Piazza Basilone on India at W. Fir.


Past Event

FANtastic Horror Film Festival

Films range from gothic to suspense to “slapstick horror.” Pictured: ​Sara Barrett, Master of Ceremonies.

Fantastic Horror Film Festival

The three-day festival will include over 30 shorts and feature films, many of which have never before been seen in San Diego. Films range from gothic to suspense to “slapstick horror.” Many of the filmmakers and actors will be on site for Q&A sessions, with an awards ceremony on the final day. Past recipients of the Lon Chaney Award (sanctioned by the Chaney Corporation) have been horror icons Bill Oberst Jr. and Lynn Lowry. $10 per film; seminars $25–$35; festival pass $195.


Past Event

Lions Tigers & Bears Spooky Campover

Camp out, and watch the big cats and bears eat their pumpkins

Lions Tigers Bears Spooky Campover

Join Maverick (the tiger), Albert (that’s the bear), and the rest of the animal crew for a night at San Diego County’s only accredited big cat and exotic animal rescue sanctuary. Pitch your tent, roll out your sleeping bag, and enjoy a night under the stars. Friday night is pumpkin carving, s’mores, and campfire songs, with a costume contest Saturday morning. The highlight of the event is watching the big cats and bears eat their pumpkins. Bring camping gear and food, a pumpkin to carve, and your best costume. Children 12 and under $55; adults $80.


Saturday | 28

Past Event

Monster Bash

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Gaslamp Quarter, Fifth Avenue, between Broadway and Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • $60 - $110
Monster Bash, revamped and all over the Gaslamp

Monster Bash

Monster Bash draws over 15,000 partygoers for DJ sets and live performances by EDM, hip-hop, house, and progressive artists on five themed stages (such as Clown Carnage, Barbie’s Twisted Dream House, and the Asylum). Also, a huge costume contest (grand prize is $2500), attracting some of the most creative costumers and makeup artists around. This year’s revamped competition features a dedicated contest stage and a panel of local celebrity judges.


Sunday | 29

A map of the businesses that have their doors open for trick-or-treaters will guide you
Past Event

Liberty Station’s Halloween

Liberty Station’s Halloween

With trick-or-treating throughout the district, a play area presented by Kid Ventures, a medieval sword-fight show, a Hollywood car show, pumpkin-patch photo op, free comic books, music and live entertainment, and a costume contest. A map of Liberty Station businesses that have their doors open for trick-or-treaters will help you make the rounds.


Tuesday | 31

Visit our Halloween page for a complete list of Halloween events throughout San Diego County.


Wednesday | 1

Past Event

Opening Day: Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season

Fall racing takes place Thursday through Sunday through November 26

Opening Day: Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season

This fall season is about bringing back the old-school style of the track’s founder, entertainment icon Bing Crosby. Dress in your best Hollywood-inspired outfit or as your favorite celebrity idol for the Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest with winners for Most Glamorous, Best Dressed Couple or Debonair Man, and Best Celebrity Lookalike or Famous Character. Sign-ups are between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Plaza de Mexico, located inside the west Stretch Run admission gates. Fall racing takes place Thursday through Sunday through November 26.


Hitchcock told an interviewer: “I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho...I was horrified to find some people took it seriously.”

78/52

This documentary, which takes its title from the number of camera setups/cuts for the shower sequence in Hitchcock’s game-changing horror masterwork Psycho, is the Halloween offering at North Park’s Digital Gym and the Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain. Critic Scott Marks reviews Alexandre O. Philippe’s latest and recalls a time when dad introduced five-year-old Scooter to the fright of his life.

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Friday, October 27: Trick-or-Treat on India Street
Friday, October 27: Trick-or-Treat on India Street

Thursday | 26

A mile-long trail through Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon!

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

  • Balboa Drive & Juniper, Balboa Park
  • $25

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

The Haunted Trail is mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks of Balboa Park. Follow the red balloon — “IT” will lead you to Pennywise the dancing clown, waiting for you in the sewer by the Ghoul Bus. Annabelle and the Nun have possessed the farm house, Krampus and his snowmen are terrorizing the trail, and the Stranger Things house and Upside-Down World return. Do be warned, the actors will get very close and will chase you, but they will not grab you. Also, back by popular demand, before you are sent through the trail you will have to find your way out of a maze that is so disturbing it can only be described as…“the eXperiment.” Maze included with admission price. Runs through Halloween. Closed Monday and Tuesday except for 10/24, 10/30, and 10/31.


Past Event

Save Ferris

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 18+ / $25
Save Ferris, founding member Monique Powell and some new guys

Save Ferris

After taking around a decade off, Orange County punk-ska rockers Save Ferris re-emerged in 2013 with sole founding member Monique Powell backed by newly hired players. Fans seem to like this incarnation, as the band headlined last year’s Ska Fest in Mexico City and launched a successful Pledge Music campaign for funds to track their first new record since 1999. The result, their Checkered Past EP (produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila), was released earlier this year and is being promoted with a headline tour that hits the Music Box on Thursday, October 26. Maryland’s Stacked Like Pancakes and locals the Amalgamated open.


Friday | 27

Past Event

Trick-or-Treat on India Street

  • Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Piazza Basilone, India Street at Fir Street, San Diego
  • Free
Little Italy businesses will pass out candy for the downtown-area youngsters

Trick-Or-Treat on India Street

Little ones dressed up as monsters, ghosts, superheroes, and princesses will take over the streets of Little Italy in search of treats. Little Italy businesses along India Street will pass out candy for a fun and safe Halloween, allowing kids living downtown to have a traditional trick-or-treat door-to-door. Get your map of the participating businesses at Piazza Basilone on India at W. Fir.


Past Event

FANtastic Horror Film Festival

Films range from gothic to suspense to “slapstick horror.” Pictured: ​Sara Barrett, Master of Ceremonies.

Fantastic Horror Film Festival

The three-day festival will include over 30 shorts and feature films, many of which have never before been seen in San Diego. Films range from gothic to suspense to “slapstick horror.” Many of the filmmakers and actors will be on site for Q&A sessions, with an awards ceremony on the final day. Past recipients of the Lon Chaney Award (sanctioned by the Chaney Corporation) have been horror icons Bill Oberst Jr. and Lynn Lowry. $10 per film; seminars $25–$35; festival pass $195.


Past Event

Lions Tigers & Bears Spooky Campover

Camp out, and watch the big cats and bears eat their pumpkins

Lions Tigers Bears Spooky Campover

Join Maverick (the tiger), Albert (that’s the bear), and the rest of the animal crew for a night at San Diego County’s only accredited big cat and exotic animal rescue sanctuary. Pitch your tent, roll out your sleeping bag, and enjoy a night under the stars. Friday night is pumpkin carving, s’mores, and campfire songs, with a costume contest Saturday morning. The highlight of the event is watching the big cats and bears eat their pumpkins. Bring camping gear and food, a pumpkin to carve, and your best costume. Children 12 and under $55; adults $80.


Saturday | 28

Past Event

Monster Bash

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Gaslamp Quarter, Fifth Avenue, between Broadway and Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • $60 - $110
Monster Bash, revamped and all over the Gaslamp

Monster Bash

Monster Bash draws over 15,000 partygoers for DJ sets and live performances by EDM, hip-hop, house, and progressive artists on five themed stages (such as Clown Carnage, Barbie’s Twisted Dream House, and the Asylum). Also, a huge costume contest (grand prize is $2500), attracting some of the most creative costumers and makeup artists around. This year’s revamped competition features a dedicated contest stage and a panel of local celebrity judges.


Sunday | 29

A map of the businesses that have their doors open for trick-or-treaters will guide you
Past Event

Liberty Station’s Halloween

Liberty Station’s Halloween

With trick-or-treating throughout the district, a play area presented by Kid Ventures, a medieval sword-fight show, a Hollywood car show, pumpkin-patch photo op, free comic books, music and live entertainment, and a costume contest. A map of Liberty Station businesses that have their doors open for trick-or-treaters will help you make the rounds.


Tuesday | 31

Visit our Halloween page for a complete list of Halloween events throughout San Diego County.


Wednesday | 1

Past Event

Opening Day: Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season

Fall racing takes place Thursday through Sunday through November 26

Opening Day: Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season

This fall season is about bringing back the old-school style of the track’s founder, entertainment icon Bing Crosby. Dress in your best Hollywood-inspired outfit or as your favorite celebrity idol for the Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest with winners for Most Glamorous, Best Dressed Couple or Debonair Man, and Best Celebrity Lookalike or Famous Character. Sign-ups are between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Plaza de Mexico, located inside the west Stretch Run admission gates. Fall racing takes place Thursday through Sunday through November 26.


Hitchcock told an interviewer: “I once made a movie, rather tongue-in-cheek, called Psycho...I was horrified to find some people took it seriously.”

78/52

This documentary, which takes its title from the number of camera setups/cuts for the shower sequence in Hitchcock’s game-changing horror masterwork Psycho, is the Halloween offering at North Park’s Digital Gym and the Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain. Critic Scott Marks reviews Alexandre O. Philippe’s latest and recalls a time when dad introduced five-year-old Scooter to the fright of his life.

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