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Halloween Time in the Gaslamp

The Gaslamp Quarter's history dates back to the late 1800's, so we should expect that a few ghost stories have been repeated over the years. Notorious wild characters like gunslingers, gamblers and prostitutes lived and died in the Gaslamp Quarter so it is very possible that their spirits live on in the dark recesses of our historic buildings. You'll be sure to find a ton of activities and costume contests at our many bars, nightclubs and taverns. We have more than 100 haunts nearby. You'll find wicked nightclubs, laid back lounges and just about everything you can imagine in between.

Keep an eye out for the new Halloween banners hung along Fifth Avenue and Market Street. This year, we have partnered with artist John Pelico of KillerPumpkins to bring you the spookiest banner program yet. John created the entire Gaslamp Halloween theme, which can be seen throughout our website and the district. 

John Pelico

KillerPumpkins creator/author and illustrator, John Pelico, graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. He continued his formal training in illustration and design at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena. Later he went on to work in the television industry for ABC and CBS studios before branching out on his own and starting his own company, PELICO and Associates.

But it’s John’s love for Halloween that truly inspires him. Being the Halloween enthusiast that he is has sparked his creativity and taken his talent to another level. He has created a signature look that is recognized throughout the industry and known by some as the “Disney of Halloween.”

As the spooky-brilliance of this artwork continues to thrive, it’s no doubt that his unique style will change the face of Halloween for future generations of Halloween fans, young and old alike.


Fun and Frightful Haunts in the Gaslamp Quarter


The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotelnow through November 1, 2014, 424 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101: This creepy Gaslamp Quarter basement has been drawing crowds for over 20 years. Realistic Hollywood props, seasoned actors and stunning visual effects make for a chilling tour. This frightful scare is not advisable for children under ten or those with heart conditions, but not to worry - their actors can’t touch you. But that doesn’t mean they can’t scare you stiff.  They are open Wednesday through Sunday throughout the Halloween Season and on select Mondays and Tuesdays. They sell tickets at the local walk-up window, but you can save time in line by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Once you descend into The Haunted Hotel be prepared for nearly 20 minutes of terror!

More info: http://www.hauntedhotel.com

 2014 Monster Bash

San Diego Monster Bash: On Halloween Night, Friday, October 31st, from 6:00pm to Midnight, the freaks will be unleashed taking over the Gaslamp and East Village of Downtown San Diego, transforming over 8 blocks into the largest Halloween event in California. This Halloween extravaganza will feature some of the nation’s BEST live music and DJ’s so prepare to let loose all night long.  You better start planning your costume NOW for the well-known Monster Bash costume contest featuring an insane $5,000 cash prize!  You must be 21+ and have a valid photo ID to enter.

More info: www.sandiegomonsterbash.com

 Hitchcocktober at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

Hitchcocktober at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, select screenings now through October 31, 2014, 702 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 shows classic films the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen and larger than life for their Forty Foot Film Series. On Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 7:00pm and Sundays at 1:00pm throughout October, they will be featuring creepy screenings by the late, great Alfred Hitchcock to get you in the Halloween spirit.

More info: http://www.readingcinemasus.com/special.htm

 Paranormal Investigations at the William Heath Davis House

Paranormal Investigations of the William Heath Davis House, October 31st and November 22, 2014, plus select dates throughout the year, 410 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101: The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation calls the William Heath Davis House home throughout the year, but so do a handful of ghosts. This haunted house was recently featured on the Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story” series. Explore the eerie depths with a professional paranormal research team and take a late night tour of this historic house in the Gaslamp Quarter. 

More info: http://www.gaslampquarter.org/ghost-tours-investigation-davis-house/

 Zombie Crawl

San Diego Zombie Crawl on Friday, October 31, 2014 is the #1 and most elite San Diego Halloween celebration in downtown San Diego. From 6PM until 2AM (starting at AD Nightclub905 4th Avenue), your ticket includes 13 welcome shots, and not one but TWENTY premier Halloween parties at the Top 20 nightclubs and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. All 20 plush nightlife destinations are along the famous Fifth Avenue and within walking distance from each other. Every sizzling spot will be parting the velvet ropes, offering you free admission and a welcome treat.

More info: www.sandiegozombiecrawl.com

 Eat, drink and BE SCARY responsibly this Halloween in the Gaslamp Quarter! For more Halloween festivities at your favorite Gaslamp Quarter entertainment and restaurants, visit our Dining and Entertainment Directories. A number of our Gaslamp Quarter shops are selling Halloween decor, costumes and attire. Get a full listing of Gaslamp Quarter retailers on our Shopping Directory. More featured Halloween activities can be found on our sister site, GaslampLocal.com's Halloween Guide

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