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The Most Popular San Diego Halloween Attractions for 2016

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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. There’s nothing more fun than carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, and just getting overall spooky. Besides the traditional trick-or-treating activities, there are also a ton of San Diego Halloween attractions to visit during the season.

Whether you’re looking for a quick fright, some pumpkin carving projects, or other Halloween activities, you can find them right here in San Diego. Have a blast at these top Halloween attractions for 2016:

HauntFest on Main in El Cajon

Friday, Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Downtown El Cajon

The fifth-annual HauntFest in El Cajon is a fun, family-oriented Halloween festival that features a ton of different attractions, including:

  • Haunted car show
  • Two stages of live music
  • Kids Glow Zone and Candy Challenge activities
  • Children’s crafts, face painting, and game booths
  • Outdoor movies, carnival rides, and much more

HauntFest on Main is a free event, though some rides may have a small fee. An estimated 35,000 people are expected attend, so it’s one of the larger San Diego Halloween events. Expect an awesome time!

The Scream Zone at Del Mar

Runs through Oct. 31
Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Scream Zone over at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is San Diego County’s largest haunted experience. The attraction consists of four terrifying haunts: the House of Horror, Haunted Hayride, KarnEvil (freak show), and the ever-popular Zombie Boot Camp. No matter which haunt you choose, you’re in for a hair-raising scream fest! Other highlights this year also include The Walking Dead Prison and other bloodcurdling features.

Note: The Scream Zone is considered one of the scariest and goriest fright fests in all of Southern California — be sure your nerves are up for it before entering!


Balboa Park Haunted Trail

Runs through Oct. 31
Balboa Park

You might be familiar with Balboa Park, but you’ve never seen it like this! Balboa Park’s Haunted Trail is a mile long path through the park where horror icons like Freddy, Jason, The Ring Girl, and other characters await to spook you. You’ve got to be on your guard as you never know which direction the fright will come from! Not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Over 3500 ft. of sheer terror!  

The Harvest Motel Escape Room

Runs through Oct. 31
3rd Day Escape
7969 Engineer Road, Suite 215, San Diego, CA 92111

For a slightly less spine-chilling experience (but still scary), check out The Harvest Motel Halloween Themed Escape Room. Participants get split up between four rooms and must work together to unlock their respective rooms. Guests will have to use their wit, creativity, and bravery as well as provided clues and hints to solve puzzles and reunite with the rest of the team members.

Escape games are the latest when it comes to fun group activities; they’re even more fun with the Halloween theme. Give it a go!

San Diego Pumpkin Stations

Need a pumpkin to carve up? There are several pumpkin stations you can stop by all throughout San Diego County to pick out the perfect pumpkin for the home. Most of these also have some fun activities onsite. Here are some stations worth visiting:


We wish you all a very fun, exciting, and safe Halloween season from the team here at Convoy Auto Repair. Prepare yourself for the fall rainy season by getting your car checked up and maintained. Contact us today or stop by our shop to receive the highest quality care for your vehicle. Happy Halloween!


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