Best Hotel for Halloween in San Diego

Halloween season in San Diego holds its own with any other city in the country. And with boutique Marriott Autograph Collection accommodations downtown at Hotel Republic, you’re right in the thick of all the ghostly fun!

Here’s a roundup of just some of the seasonal and holiday happenings you can enjoy this time of year as a guest of ours here at Hotel Republic.

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations

With its rich Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, it’s little surprise San Diego sees multiple Day of the Dead celebrations—honoring the departed in a festive spirit—all across the region.

These include neighborhood festivals such as Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos (October 20th to 30th, November 2nd) as well as special programs of the San Diego Opera, presenting the world-premiere, Day of the Dead-themed opera El última bueño de Frida y Diego/The Last Dream of Frida & Diego October 29th through November 6th; the San Diego Symphony, whose Dia de los Muertos Celebration falls October 30th at the Rady Shell; and the California Center for the Arts, with its 27th Annual Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Festival on November 1st.

Hotel Republic will also be hosting a Dia de Los Muertos celebration of their own! On October 29th, we’ll have face painters, special drinks and so much more. Check our events page for more information.

USS Midway Museum: Ghostbusters Party & Movie Night

“Who you gonna call?” Well, you know the answer, right? On October 21st, the USS Midway Museum will screen Ghostbusters while hosting a costume contest and other Halloween-y pleasures. Get your best outfit (and some ‘80s nostalgia) on at one of San Diego’s signature historical attractions!

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum: The Pumpkin Express

Over at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, meanwhile, you can take a suitably decorated (and ghoulishly conducted) trainride aboard the Pumpkin Express while also enjoying pumpkin-decorating, Halloween displays, and other fun on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

Ghost Tours

San Diego boasts quite the haunted reputation, and you’re utterly spoiled for choices when it comes to ghost tours digging into that spectral history.

A couple of examples include the ghost tours and paranormal investigations offered at the Davis-Horton House—home to the Gaslamp Museum and ridden with ghost stories—and the Whaley House, regarded by many as America’s most haunted house. Then there’s the illuminating and hair-raising guided trip aboard a “doom buggy” via Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s Graves & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour, proceeding from Pioneer Park to Old Town’s El Camp Cemetery.

Haunted Attractions

Greater San Diego comes chockablock with haunted houses and other attractions sure to test your mettle (and scare you out of your socks here and there). Examples include The Haunted Trail of Balboa ParkThe Haunted Hotel Disturbance Mission Valley, and The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Downtown San Diego will also be hosting their annual Zombie Crawl! Take a look at the Gaslamp Quarter bars that will be participating in this spooky event.

San Diego Zoo’s HalGLOWeen

Lighter-hearted, family-friendly All Hallow’s Eve fun awaits at the San Diego Zoo, which celebrates the season with HalGLOWeen over October weekends. This decked-out festival offers a bevy of attractions, including Halloween decorations, kids activities, a specially lit-up Reptile House, live music from the Skeleton Band and Dia de los Muertos Mariachi among others, shows such as the Spooky Revue and Dr. Zoolittle’s Tricks & Treats, and walk-throughs by scarecrow stilt-walkers.

Join Us for Halloween Fun in Downtown San Diego at Hotel Republic

From the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego to Balboa Park and Del Mar, take in the Halloween action across Greater San Diego with the perfect boutique downtown accommodations here at Hotel Republic! Don’t be scared—book your stay with us today!

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