When fall comes to Los Angeles, I sometimes just want to escape L.A. for a short getaway to bring back the wanderlust of my summer travels. San Diego is an ideal weekend getaway and, if it’s around Halloween time, several spooky experiences await. The folks at Visit San Diego have a few suggestions:
- Halloween makes a splash at SeaWorld San Diego during its Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld celebration. This family-friendly program features trick-or-treat stations for kids in costumes, a special Halloween-themed Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure sea lion and otter show, Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch, a variety of up-close animal encounters and photo opportunities at the Mermaid Grotto. The celebration takes place Saturdays and Sundays during Sept. 21–Oct. 27.
- Legoland California in Carlsbad joins in the Halloween fun every Saturday and Sunday in October with its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration, featuring a one-of-a-kind, four-foot tall Lego jack-o-lantern. Children ages 12 and under can participate in fun-filled costume contests and trick-or-treat with a souvenir goodie bag along the park’s Brick-or-Treat Trail, featuring a kid-sized cul-de-sac of spooky Lego homes with fun and creepy creatures.
- For parents, San Diego’s uptown community of Hillcrest offers devilish delights during Nightmare on Normal Street, an annual Halloween street party and costume contest on Oct. 26 at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Festivities include music, food, a beer garden and other ghoulish entertainment. This ticketed event is for guests ages 21 and older.