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.
Fans can walk in the footsteps of human survivors when Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort debut all-new terrifying mazes inspired by season three of the critically acclaimed television series beginning Sept. 20.
While not a good fit for families with younger children, teens who love a good scare will be terrified by the eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences. Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire “Halloween Horror Nights” street experience to “The Walking Dead” — making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series. Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show — including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s dismal barn — and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim…
Sometimes the family-friendly hotel deal isn’t all about the kids. At the Galleria Park Hotel in San Francisco, kids can check their family for the weekend with the Kids ‘R VIP & Parents Stay Free package this summer.
Kids 12 and under will receive a travel backpack, a $10 Apple iTunes card to download popular music or games, a certificate for breakfast for two at nearby Bread and Cocoa, a chocolate amenity and inviting accommodations for the whole family.
Starting at $189 plus tax, Kids ‘R VIP offers a combination of value (50 percent off rack rate) and fun this summer. Based on availability, the package is available now through Sept. 2.
Everyone will appreciate the inviting new look of the historic hotel, complimentary wine and juice each afternoon and the hotel’s outdoor Park Terrace where children can play and parents can admire the San Francisco skyline.
So excited for a new World of Color at Disneyland Resort this holiday season. Today, the Disneyland Resort announced that “World of Color − Winter Dreams,” an all-new holiday version of the popular “World of Color” after-dark spectacular, will debut at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Nov. 15, kicking off the Holiday Season.