Balboa Park Halloween Family Day Offers a Day of Spooky-Good Fun

| October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The region’s largest free Halloween carnival grows even bigger with more than 30 organizations bringing San Diego County families a fun, safe, and culturally inspired kickoff to their Halloween activities. The Balboa Park Halloween Family Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 26, and features dozens of free craft projects for kids, Day of the Dead-themed displays and activities, costume contests, carnival games with prizes, face painting, live dance entertainment, and food trucks. Participating museums also offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

The Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway will be overflowing with free hands-on activities for kids, while select museums offer additional Halloween-themed activities inside their buildings. Among the day’s highlights are mini-carnival games for prizes courtesy of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, a giant Day of the Dead altar set up by La Vista Memorial Park and Cemetery, a haunted lantern craft at the Japanese Friendship Garden booth, a rooftop pumpkin drop experiment in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and a “Thriller” flash mob dance in the Plaza de Panama that anyone can learn and participate in.

Plaza de Panama Entertainment Schedule 

Noon to 12:40 p.m.        “Thriller” Flash Mob Dance

1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.         Dia de los Muertos-themed dance performances

1:45 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.    (same as above)

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.   Hip hop, Latin rhythm, and contemporary dance performances

3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.          (same as above)

For a complete listing of all scheduled activities, visit Adults can receive best-value museum admission when purchasing the Balboa Park Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, or Annual Pass.

Visitors arriving by car are asked to park in the Inspiration Point parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way and ride the free tram, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., into the park. Families can also take advantage of MTS family weekends, which allows two children 12 and under per each paying adult to ride the bus and trolley for free on Saturdays and Sundays. To plan your trip, visit

Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the judging contest.


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