SAN DIEGO: Legoland Hotel Halloween Party


While Legoland is offering their Brick-or-Treat Party Nights during October, the Legoland Hotel has its own special offering for families on Halloween night. Instead of neighborhood trick-or-treating, you can bring your costumed brood down for an exclusive Halloween Party that includes costumed character appearances, five locations for trick-or-treating, LEGO building and costume contests, a magic show, and more.

The special package includes all activities (2 – 9 p.m.), themed room, and Bricks Buffet breakfast for the whole family. There are three themed rooms to choose from: Pirate, Adventurer or Kingdom. Each room has a queen-sized bed for mom and dad and a separate sleep area for the kids with bunk beds and trundle. Little ones can keep busy with in-room LEGO bricks, a treasure hunt, and their own television.

Legoland Hotel Halloween Party
: October 31st
Cost: From $229 Book online or call 877-534-6526

SAN DIEGO: Halloween Activities for All Ages


Whether you are 5 or 55, San Diego will play host to a wide variety of spooky and fun activities for the upcoming Halloween holiday.  Families can enjoy month-long events at Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland and The Scream Zone Del Mar, while adults can party at several themed pub crawls or the Gaslamp Quarter’s Monster Bash and we’ve made it easy for you to find the event that suits your needs.

Sea World Halloween Spooktacular
Sea World San Diego is offering their annual Halloween Spooktacular, which runs until October 27th. In addition to all the regular shows and exhibits there will be a special Halloween musical at the Sesame Street Bay of Play featuring all your favorite characters, sea lions Clyde and Seamore have a spooky adventure at Uncle Schmedley’s Castle, pumpkinfish will take center stage at the underwater pumpkin patch, and children (who can come in costume) can visit Otto’s Candy Garden where gumdrops and lollipops grow and collect candy at various points throughout the park.  During the month of October, San Diego residents get one free child admission for each adult admission purchased ($79), non-residents pay $79 (ages 10 & up) or $71 for children (3-9).

San Diego Zoo Spooky Sleepover
The San Diego Zoo is offering two overnight adventures on October 19th and 26th. The Spooky Sleepover, hosted by Dr. Zoolittle, will include a special bus tour through the park that will deliver you to haunted Camp Timbuktu where each family gets their own tent for the night. Campers will enjoy dinner, meeting some spooky animals, have the option of participating in a costume parade and, if they can keep their eyes open, take a night prowl through the zoo. In the morning, campers get a buffet breakfast and time to roam the zoo at their leisure. Cost is $139 per adult and $119 per child (ages 4-11) plus zoo admission.

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND
Saturday nights during the month of October bring Brick-or-Treat Party Nights to Legoland. Party nights include a dance party, “Mail Order Monsters Show,” live performances by the Witchettes and a magician, as well as a costume contest with some super prizes. Trick-or-treaters can score goodies at 10 treat stations spread throughout the park and enjoy a live fireworks show before departure. The event is free with paid one-day admission to the park ($59 per person) or $30 for admission from 5-9pm only.

The Scream Zone
The Scream Zone at Del Mar Scaregrounds, open until November 2nd, is not for the faint of heart. Featuring 4 haunts, you will have your choice of one or all: battling the undead at the Zombie Paintball Safari, making your way through the terrifying House of Horror, risking your life on a Haunted Hayride, or entering The Chamber, where there is no guarantee you will exit. The Scream Zone is open select evenings, including Halloween night. Tickets range from $17-$30, plus $20-$25 for Zombie Paintball.

And for those of you over the age of 21 who would like something a bit more raucous, there are two different pub crawls and the annual San Diego Monster Bash.

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LAS VEGAS: Halloween in Sin City


If you happen to be in Las Vegas during October, then you will have some scary choices to make.  The city that never sleeps is already like a year-long masquerade ball, but the week surrounding this haunted holiday brings some special events including Wicked West Haunted Ghost Town, Fright Dome, Fetish & Fantasy Ball, and the Las Vegas Zombie Run.

Ghostly Adventures Await
Bonnie Springs Ranch, a wild west-themed attraction out by Red Rock Canyon has two events to celebrate: A three-hour Haunted Ghost Tour on October 26th (7 or 10:30 pm) where each participant will actually go on the hunt, carrying state-of-the-art equipment to conduct paranormal investigations. Limited to 10 participants per tour, you will get to search out haunted souls and explore strange phenomenon. Cost: $60 (purchase tickets here). Additionally, they are hosting Bonnie Screams: Wicked West Haunted Ghost Town featuring haunted train ride, trail of doom, haunted houses, and live performances. Running from 7pm to midnight, October 10-31st, you can purchase tickets for $25 here.

Fright Dome
Circus Circus will again be transforming the Adventuredome into Fright Dome which will be open on select dates from October 3-31. Ranked as one of the top 5 haunted attractions in the U.S., this year they have teamed up with Fortress Features and will be offering six stand-alone haunted houses, including the first ever isolation-style haunted house (Hotel Argento) and two new haunted houses inspired by horror films “The Collection” and “The Collector.”  Willing victims can also enjoy rides, scare zones, and live entertainment. Not recommended for children under 12. General admission is $37.95, Fast Pass Admission $57.95 and VIP Pass $89.95. Tickets are available here.

Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball
If strapping on some leather or transforming into Marie Antoinette is your thing, then the Fetish & Fantasy Ball at the Hard Rock is the best ticket in town. Held Saturday, October 26th from 10pm-4am, this all-night party has been called “outrageous, bizarre and risqué,” “the world’s wildest Halloween party, “ and “one of the 5 events to attend before you die.” Attendees must be appropriately attired, meaning costumed or kitted out in leather/rubber/latex/lace. While there is a nudity ban, the imaginative outfits created by party-goers runs the gamut, so get those imaginative juices flowing. Music, vendors, and even a human petting zoo will be available, as will food and drink. General admission is $77, VIP tickets $250, After-Party Tickets $20, and entry to the event can be purchased here. (Note: only 7500 tickets are available for this event.)

Las Vegas Zombie Run
If you are not too hung-over from Saturday night’s festivities, you might want to partake in the Las Vegas Zombie Run on Sunday October 27th. The Zombie Run is a 5k and 1-mile fun run/walk with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit local charities. The event takes place at Sunset Park at 9am with each participant wearing a flag-football belt. If you manage to make it to the finish line with at least one flag left on your person, you finish alive, otherwise you become one of the undead. (Non-runners can volunteer to become one of the undead here.) Cost is $50 before October 1, $60 after. Registration can be completed here.