Family-Friendly Halloween Activities in San Diego

Zombies, skeleton shrimp, haunted ships, oh my!

Kids love Halloween and we love making Halloween fun for them. While every family has its favorite annual Halloween traditions, sometimes you need to throw some exciting new Halloween events into the mix. Look no further for fun, we have a list of San Diego Halloween events that are family-friendly and won’t break the bank.

Celebrate Halloween in San Diego by visiting these four affordable, family-friendly Halloween events:

1. San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall Festival
When: October 27, 2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 to $18, babies 2-years-old and younger are free
If your children enjoy costume contests, Halloween crafts and being outside, then this is the event for your family. Kids of all ages can participate in pumpkin painting, cute photo-ops and a petting zoo. Farm-to-table food will also be available. Venture through the rest of the botanical garden to explore its bird and butterfly garden, climb up a tree house and learn about native plants.

2. Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash
When: October 26 and 27, 2018, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $19.50 or $22 at the door
San Diego’s favorite aquarium is opening its doors to show that the ocean can be spooky, yet fun to learn about. Special events include: making slime out of seaweed, check out an inside-out squid, watch glowing aquatic sea creatures, listen to a kid-friendly scary story, participate in creepy crafts and listen to live music.

3. Haunted Tales Aboard the Star of India
When: October 20 and 27, 2018, 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Cost: $8 to $18, babies 2-years-old and younger are free
The oldest active sailing ship in the world carries spooky stories and, perhaps, ghosts within her. Hear the Star of India’s harrowing tales by lantern as your tour group traverses the local ghost ship that is believed to be haunted by the ship’s staff and ghost hunters, alike.

4. Boomont & Fall Fest
When: Every Friday through Sunday in October and November, 2018
Cost: Free, with some activities costing $2+
There’s something for children of all ages at Belmont Park’s Halloween and Fall Festival. Kids can enjoy the pumpkin patch beneath the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, along with pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating throughout the park, zombie apocalypse laser tag, and a family costume contest every Saturday throughout October.

We know that it is hard to avoid candy completely during the Halloween season. One solution to cut down on the candy during Halloween is to have enticing alternatives to trade kids for their candy.

Moreover, attending family-friendly festivities that encourage exercise, education and creativity are beneficial for your children. For similar events, check out more family-friendly activities in October.

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