Halloween in San Diego has traditionally offered some of the best Halloween parties and Halloween nightlife events in the country. With Halloween on a Saturday this year, the parties are sure to be not only bigger – but better.
The annual Monster Bash will be hitting 7th and Market Streets again this year. The huge Halloween block party always transforms the San Diego streets into an interactive haunted house-like scene. But unlike haunted houses, the Monster Bash features huge beer and cocktail gardens, live entertainment, DJs and a $3,000 costume contest. Last year the event was sponsored by Southern Comfort, which made for great drink specials and turned this into one of last year’s hottest Halloween nightlife events.
Another annual event, Heaven and Hell, has proven itself to be one of the city’s largest Halloween nightclub events, as the best DJs spin to a crowd of well-costumed partygoers seeking to win big cash prizes. The party rotates venues, and there hasn’t been an announcement yet as to where it will be in 2009. Last year at 4th and B, it ran strong until 4 a.m., surprising guests with unannounced happenings and spooks.
In 2008, other be-there Halloween nightclub events were hosted at The Prado, Kin Lounge and the Moonstone Lounge. However, those interested in celebrating the holiday in ways other than Halloween parties and Halloween nightlife events still have a lot to choose from. San Diego’s Premier Haunted Attractions brings fright to the city with its Haunted Hotel, Haunted Trail at Balboa Park and Scream Zone. The Haunted Hotel adds special effects and illusions to Halloween horror flicks. The Haunted Trail is San Diego’s only all-outdoor Halloween attraction, with the horror of fairy tales coming to life through a fear-inducing Balboa Park stroll. Finally, Scream Zone offers haunted houses, mazes and hayrides, which have the tendency of causing shrieks from even those who believe themselves to be fear-resistant.