5 Spooktacular Halloween Happenings in San Diego

October 29, 2018Blog, Things to do

Halloween on a Wednesday doesn’t have to be a drag. There is plenty of skele-fun to be had all over the city. Are you in the mood for a murder mystery? Maybe a Día de Los Muertos celebration? Or perhaps you’d prefer to keep it casual at a farmers market. No matter what kind of Halloween you want to have, there’s a spooktacular event near you. Check out our five favorites below!

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Cloak & Petal Murder Mystery Dinner

Cloak & Petal, Little Italy

Wander down to Little Italy to experience the newly opened Japanese restaurant, Cloak and Petal. The restaurant describes its space as reminiscent of an abandoned Tokyo subway, and with its intimate lighting, pop art, and cherry blossom trees you will surely be transported to a new and exciting place. For Halloween,  Cloak and Petal is celebrating with three murder mystery dinner parties on Monday the 29th, Tuesday the 30th, and Wednesday the 31st. Each dinner will have a theme, such as “Who Killed Biggie?” and “Who Killed Tupac?” The 3-hour dinner experience includes a chef-curated prix-fixe menu and a Murder Mystery Punch Bowl! Reservations are required, so make sure you RSVP by email before this event sells out.

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Day of the Dead Festival

Ray Street, North Park

If you’ve been to North Park recently you’ve probably seen Artelexia, the vibrant Mexican gift shop, on Ray St. or University Ave. This Saturday the 27th, Artelexia will be hosting the 2nd annual North Park Day of The Dead Festival! Día de Los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, is primarily observed on November 2nd but celebrated throughout Mexico from late October to early November. Día de Los Muertos signifies the unity of life and death and is a celebration of loved ones who have passed. The event will showcase Artesanales Mexicano, food and drink vendors, mariachi, ballet folklórico, and more. This free event is more than a fun Saturday activity, it’s a way to honor those you’ve lost while seeing a different side of North Park. Don’t forget to check out the community altar and get your face painted before you leave!

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5-Course Murder Mystery Dinner

Kettner Exchange, Little Italy

Kettner Boulevard neighbors, Devil’s Dozen Donuts and Kettner Exchange, have teamed up to host a 5- course murder mystery dinner this Halloween. The “Devil’s Exchange” event will feature locally sourced off-menu dishes served with exclusive seasonal cocktails and wine. The first of the five courses is the Zom-Baos, a tenderbelly pork bun, paired with German Rose Brut. Next up is the Skin & Bones, bone marrow with chicharron and chimichurri, paired with a 2016 German Riesling. The rest of the dishes include Maine lobster, short rib, and a pumpkin dessert. Enjoy all of this while you’re emersed in a Murder Mystery Co. San Diego interactive show. Grab your tickets fast, this is sure to sell out!

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Halloween Spooktacular

Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Head to Pacific Beach for Halloween-eve at the Tuesday Farmer’s Market. This all-ages event will have vendor trick or treating, scavenger hunts, and a pumpkin painting party. Not only that, but you’ll get to visit farmer’s market staples like Baba Foods, Bitchin Sauce, Baby Clydesdale, and The Cravory to name a few. The event starts at 2 pm and continues until 7 pm for those of us stuck at work. Trick or treating and the scavenger hunt last all day, but the pumpkin painting party only goes from 5 pm to 7 pm. Grab your canvas bag, a costume, and some cash for this fun-for-all-ages event!

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Pumpkin Carving on Adams Ave

Cafe 21, University Heights

Everyone likes carving pumpkins, but who wants to clean up that mess? This October, Cafe 21 in University Heights has opened up their patio for pumpkin carving – no cleanup needed! Grab your friends or family for brunch and Cafe 21 will gift you a complimentary pumpkin with any food or beverage purchase. Start with the Apple Cinnamon Cider Sangria, a seasonal offering only served through the 31st, before trying their Seasonal Pancakes or French Toast. If you’re not in the breakfast mood, we highly recommend the Apple Swiss Sandwich, which is filled with roasted turkey, apple jam, cucumber, swiss, and whole grain mustard. When you’re done at Cafe 21, hop over to North Park for our Walking Food Tour every Sunday at 2 pm!

With so many amazing options you’re sure to have one of the best Halloween’s yet, even if it’s on a Wednesday. What are you doing this Halloween? Tell us on Twitter!


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