Not looking for big scares? Spooktacular is your speed. | Photo via SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego is getting a makeover, and it’s horrifying. Halloween is over a month away, but we’re not tricking you when we say that some of our spookiest attractions have already risen from the dead. So, we’re treating you to a roundup of the biggest scares you can find (or avoid with other fall festivities).
The fear has reawakened at SeaWorld San Diego with the return of its Halloween fright fest — bringing scares, screams + attractions. The separately-ticketed event will give guests access to five haunted houses, six scream zones + two scAREAs. Be prepared for adult-level thrills and themed cocktails to help with the nerves.
🎃 Now open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the end of October + additional hours for Thursdays in October and Halloween.
Younger guests can enjoy SeaWorld’s Spooktacular with trick-or-treating, shows, a hay maze + decorations — included with admission on Saturdays + Sundays through Halloween.
The Scream Zone
The Del Mar Fairgrounds transforms into the Scaregrounds with the return of this terrifying tradition. This year, brave souls can venture through three haunted attractions: “Haunted Hayride,” “Hell-Billy Hootenanny” + “The Passage.”
🎃 Tickets are on sale, but opening day is Thurs., Oct. 6, with dates through Halloween.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Guests shouldn’t fear the fun at Sesame Place’sfamily-friendly celebration. For its first Halloween season, the park is offering scavenger hunts, trick-or-treating, photo ops, and shows + dance parties.
🎃 The event is included with admission on weekends through Sun., Oct. 30.
The Haunted Trail
This Balboa Park event can’t stay buried for long. The Ghoul Bus is back to take guests through a mile-long “Haunted Trail” where they will find some unfriendly guests. Then, you can make your way out of the darkness in the 3,500-sqft “eXperiment Maze.”
CRSSD Festival | Sat., Sept. 24-Sun., Sept. 25 | 12-10 p.m. | Waterfront Park | $175+ | Two days of festival music by artists like Duck Sauce + ARTBAT. 🔊
Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen | Sat., Sept. 24 | 8 p.m. | Balboa Theatre | $46+ | The Freddie Mercury vibes are strong with this tribute show starring Patrick Myers. 👑
Encinitas Oktoberfest | Sun., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Mountain Vista Drive, between Wandering + Rambling roads | Free | The 26th annual fest features local artisans, a biergarten, music, dancing, rides + an international food court. 🍻
Iron Maiden | Sun., Sept. 25 | 6:30 p.m. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre | $62+ | The “Legacy of the Beast World Tour 2022” comes to Chula Vista. 🎸
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At SDtoday, we love everything about fall. Almost everything — cozy sweaters are great, but we could do without the inevitable spike in allergies. (And no, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.)
But you don’t have to suffer in sneezy, itchy silence. Picnic is a one-stop shop for allergy treatment, with individually customized plans that combine over-the-counter and prescription med solutions so you can live your best San Diego life unbothered.
San Diego City Council voted unanimously to increase water rates by 3%, beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The county’s Water Authority attributes the raise to costs associated with operating its desalination plant in Carlsbad + the prices of equipment changes. 💧 (NBC 7)
San Diego County awarded $4.3 million of its $10 million fund to address homelessness to Oceanside, Vista + the City of San Diego. Oceanside received over $3.2 million to build a navigation center with shelter and health resources. Other cities can apply for remaining money to support future projects. 💸 (The Coast News Group)
The US Navy + The Port of San Diego signed an agreement for a credit-based program that will encourage the use of shore power — as opposed to carbon-intensive fueling methods — to address climate change. The funding will then be used to electrify the agencies’ power supplies and support new infrastructure. ⚡ (KPBS)
Gas prices in San Diego County are pumping up again. Yesterday, the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline rose 6.4 cents to $5.479. This number is 9.8 cents greater than a week ago + 18.5 cents higher than a month ago, but 89.4 cents below the county’s all-time high of $6.373. ⛽ (KPBS)
The City of San Diego will convert the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites near the Embarcadero into a shelter for seniors experiencing homelessness. The project will begin housing individuals in a month or two, after completing renovations, and the lease will run through June 2023 with two possible one-year renewals. 🛏️ (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Get ready to spot a real YETI. The drinkware + outdoors brand will open its first California store at The Forum in Carlsbad Sat., Sept. 24. The new shop will host a grand opening event from 12-3 p.m. in partnership with Solento Surf Festival. Together, they will offer games and in-store tastings by Solento Tequila.
Getting everything you need for wine night in one spot soundsrosé — and that’s the goal at Little Victory Wine Market. The new store at 960 S. Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas has a 240-bottle selection and everything you need for the perfect charcuterie board. 🍷 (Eater San Diego)
We officially have a name for the rhino recently born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The male calf has been dubbed Neville — after a South African doctor that positively impacted the donor’s life — and received his name in time to celebrate World Rhino Day today. 🦏 (ABC 10)
We’re preparing to tune into the Imperial Beach Symphony by the Sea, returning to Portwood Pier Plaza on Sat., Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The free event features the San Diego State University Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestraaccompanied by the sound of the ocean + the sunset. 🎼
San Diego is buzzing from the news that it ranked No. 12 on WalletHub’s best coffee cities in the US, and Chula Vista comes in at No. 68. The list uses various metrics to assess its order — like the number of affordable coffee shops, the cost of a pack of coffee, and the percentage of adult coffee drinkers. ☕ (WalletHub)
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Another MCAS Miramar Air Show takes off. | Photo by Corporal Jessica Y. Lucio
This weekend, the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Air Show is soaring back for the first time in three years with the theme, “Marines: Fight, Evolve, Win.”
With its return, we continue to celebrate Miramar’s history with the USMarine Corps. The area is home to many aircraft, helps train Navy pilots (hello,“Top Gun”), and hosts the world’s largest military air show.
Feel the need — the need for details? The show takes place at MCAS Miramar from Fri.,Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25. The schedule runs from 8 a.m.-4:13 p.m., and will feature high-flying fun, like the Marine Corps’ F-35B demonstration, the Red Bull Helicopter + the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor demonstration team.
Editor’s pick:Good morning, San Diego. My dad recently visited me in San Diego for a trip full of firsts, including his first Padres game. According to him, Petco Park is better than Fenway Park, and he praised Hodad’s for its burgers. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that the Friars beat the Cardinals. ⚾
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