Let’s have some ghoulish fun.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Dia De Los Muertos in Old Town
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Every year around this time, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park celebrates Mexican culture and those who have passed away with a giant Dia De Los Muertos party. This year, the free celebration is on Saturday and Sunday, with entertainment and activities all day, plus food, drinks and other goodies for sale. Shops and museums around the park will set up altars meant to honor the dead. On Nov. 2 – the official Day of the Dead – the park will host its traditional evening procession at 6 p.m., where attendees walk from altar to altar, leaving gifts and prayers for loved ones who have entered the spiritual realm. The procession ends at the historic El Campo Santo cemetery around 8 p.m.
First Look: Breeder’s Cup Breakfast
7:30 a.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
One of the most prestigious events in Thoroughbred racing comes to the Del Mar Racetrack this fall, and the countdown begins at a special breakfast this Sunday. At this free event, you can watch the horses’ morning workouts as they prepare for the weekend races. As you watch, you can purchase breakfast. To attend, enter through Solana Gate off Via De La Valle and head to the Exhibit Hall.
Halloween at the Station
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Promenade at Liberty Station
This free, 3rd annual Halloween bash invites families to the Arts District at Liberty Station for a day of costumes, trick-or-treating and music. Check out free comics, arts and crafts, a play area, live entertainment and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, and participating businesses will host a trick-or-treat event. The event, in partnership with San Diego Comic Art Gallery and Comickaze Comics Books and More, runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
California Ballet’s Swan Lake
1 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
The classic and beloved ballet “Swan Lake” – set to stunning Tchaikovsky music — returns to San Diego, thanks to the California Ballet Company. The story follows a prince who falls in love with a Swan Queen, caught in an evil spell. Tickets start at $25.
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
8 p.m., Old Globe Theatre
This solo show, written and performed by James Lecensne, starts previews tonight at The Old Globe Theatre. The play follows a New Jersey detective eager for a case to get him from behind his desk, and the case that finally does it: the disappearance of teen Leonard Pelkey. Tickets start at $30. The show’s final run is on Sunday.
Family-Friendly Halloween Activities
Times and Locations Vary
Treat your little ghouls to some safe, family-friendly Halloween activities around San Diego County. From Belmont Park’s “Boomont Park” Fall Festival and Birch Aquarium’s “Sea Monster Mash,” to a ride on the Pumpkin Express in Campo, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday with your little ones. Most Halloween-themed events take place on the weekends, ending Oct. 29.
Pumpkin Picking in San Diego
Times & Locations Vary
Get into the spirit of fall by picking that perfect pumpkin at one of many pumpkin patches up and running in San Diego County. From the north to south, east to west, you’ll find a local patch where you can pick a gorgeous gourd while enjoying autumn activities like hayrides, corn mazes and more. Most local pumpkin patches are open until Halloween.
The Scream Zone
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds (Green Parking Lot)
It’s baaaack. The Scream Zone – the ultimate spooky experience – is running now through Halloween in the Green Parking Lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Joining spine-tingling attractions like the “House of Horrors” and the “Haunted Hayride” this year is something called “The Running Dead,” where thrill-seekers run through an obstacle course filled with actors posing as hungry, brain-eating zombies. The Scream Zone dates: Oct. 24-31. Tickets range from $20 for “The Running Dead” only, to $33 for a package called “The Triple Haunt,” which gets you into three attractions.
The Haunted Hotel
6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Market Street in Gaslamp Quarter
Halloween haunts of epic proportions lurk in every corner at The Haunted Hotel located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. For the past 25 years, this spooky fall attraction has invited brave patrons to make their way through a creepy hotel while trying to flee from all kinds of monsters and ghouls. The Haunted Hotel runs most nights now through Oct. 31; general admission tickets cost $19.
The Haunted Trail
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Balboa Park
As Halloween nears, The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is a sure-fire way to have a frightening fall. Open now through Oct. 31, this mile-long trail is a stroll through the park you’ll never forget. Those who dare enter through a twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. After that, all bets are off as scary surprises lurk around every corner. The Haunted Trail also hosts an additional maze dubbed “The eXperiment,” described as “3,500-square-feet of freak-infested terror.” Tickets cost $25 per person, including entry into “The eXperiment.”
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