Family-Friendly Halloween Activities in San Diego

Halloween, with its costumes, activities, and, yes, candy, is arguably one of the most kid-friendly holidays. If you’re looking for some fun Halloween activities to go to with your family this Halloween season, we’ve rounded up some popular ones below for you to check out!


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


1. HalGLOWeen at the San Diego Zoo

When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October (except Sunday, October 30th). Activities start at 5:00 pm 

Cost: Kids 11 and under are free for the whole month of October. A 1-day adult pass is $65.

HalGLOWeen—the world-famous San Diego Zoo’s light-up-the-night, Halloween-themed extravaganza—is back! This year’s glowing celebration of color has been expanded to five weekends in October—Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (except October 30). So, get ready to enjoy some safe, family fun at this glittering and glimmering annual spectacular full of entertainment and interactive festivities!


2.Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival at the Helen Woodward Animal Center

When: October 15th, 22nd, 29th, 30th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: $50 for 1 ticket, which includes 4 people. Additional guests can be added to your group for $14 each.

It’s time to have some family skele-fun at the Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Festival! Get into the Halloween spirit with your little ghouls and goblins as you enjoy hands-on animal encounters, Trick-or-Treat stations, crafts, a hay maze, face painting, a mini pumpkin patch, and a trip to our Midnight Mystery Laboratory if you dare! Our animal ambassadors are excited to show off their spooktacular attire so be sure to come dressed to impress. It’s sure to be a howl-ing good time!


3.Kids Free in October at the San Diego Maritime Museum

When: October 1st-31st

Cost: 1 free ticket for kids 12 and under with the purchase of one adult ticket 

This popular promotion invites visitors to explore the Maritime Museum of San Diego fleet.


4.Beachside Fall Fest at Belmont Park 

When: September 9th – October 31st

Cost: Admission is included in the purchase of a park pass

Enjoy Belmont Park as it transforms into the ultimate fall experience! Get into the festive spirit with FREE Trick-or-Treating every Sunday in October, live acoustic performances and festive beer on tap every Friday night, specialty treats from your favorite stops, seasonal events at Plunge Pool, iconic rides and attractions, and MORE!


While the “Spooky Season” is full of candy and treats, we hope you will find time to explore the city and enjoy the merriment of this time of year! With so many Halloween activities to visit and beautiful decorations to see, it’s easy to find fun things to do that won’t rot your teeth. Check out our Lifestyle section to find more ways to keep your family happy and healthy during this hauntingly fun time of year.

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