Long gone are the innocent evenings of trick-or-treating in adorable costumes for irresistible candies. When you’re a twenty or thirty-something local living in city like San Diego, there are sweet and sultry Halloween party options knocking at every door. Are you hoping to take home $3,000+ in hard-earned costume contest prize money? Are you following the biggest DJ names for the best in Halloween entertainment? Or are you planning to wear a barely-there “sexy nurse” ensemble to party with the stars at San Diego’s hottest nightclubs? I have a hot Halloween party pick for locals and visitors of all ages and interests.
My top five Halloween parties in San Diego include Deadmau5 at Petco Park, Playboy Mansion Madness at Andaz Hotel, Monster Bash Block Party in the Gaslamp Quarter, Halloween Ball at The Prado, and Fetish Halloween with Too Short at FLUXX. Read on to discover what Halloween party is right for you.
Deadmau5 at PETCO Park – 10/28
What do you get when you mix one of the biggest venues in San Diego with one of the biggest DJs in the world? The most massive Halloween party our city has ever seen. LED Presents and Live Nation are bringing Deadmau5 to PETCO Park on Friday, October 28, kicking off Halloween weekend in style. And that’s not all; Deadmau5 is joined by equally huge DJs Avicii, Feed Me, Tommy Lee and Aero. This is a 16+ event, which opens the party scene to a whole new demographic. But don’t think it’ll be all high school kids; this Halloween party features multiple bars throughout Park at the Park and a variety of VIP tables with bottle service around the stage. The party is from 5 to 11pm. Tickets were reduced to $50, and are available online at wantickets.com
Playboy Mansion Madness at Andaz Hotel – 10/28
What’s better than dressing up as a sexy Playboy Bunny for Halloween? Well, partying with real-life Playboy Bunnies, of course. The Andaz Hotel is teaming up with Hef’s crew to host Playboy’s Mansion Madness Halloween bash on Friday, October 28. The big draw of this event is the lineup of beautiful star centerfolds. Mansion Madness is hosted by Playmates Jessica Burciaga, Pennelope Jimenez, Ashely Mattingly, Heather Smith, and Kimberly Phillips. More entertainment includes beats by DJs G*Roy, Theron and Este, as well as a special themed performance by Lipstik Inc. dancers. The event is from 9pm to 2am, and tickets start at just $20, but will go up. Andaz is also hosting a Mad House Halloween party on Saturday. Hotel room packages are available for both events. Learn more at ivyentertainmentsandiego.com
Monster Bash Block Party in Gaslamp Quarter – 10/29
If you’re planning to rock a wild costume, you can’t be confined within a small nightclub. Instead, show off to the entire Gaslamp Quarter during Monster Bash, San Diego’s biggest Halloween block party. This massive annual event transforms the downtown district into one big haunt, featuring multiple stages of entertainment, themed go-go dancers, and the largest costume contest in the city. There are three main areas, Dead Prom Club – made up to look like a scene straight out of Carrie, Dos Equis Fright Club –home to a costume contest for $3,000 in prize money and beats by Hyper Crush, and Blood Club – a high-energy rave scene featuring headliner DJ Vice. Monster Bash rocks from 6pm to midnight. Tickets are $30 pre-sale, $35 at the door, and a $25 upgrade for VIP perks, including free drinks at Gaslamp clubs. Learn more at sandiegomonsterbash.com
Halloween Ball at The Prado – 10/31
One of the most popular annual Halloween parties, Halloween Ball at The Prado is most unique for its historic, spacious venue and naturally haunted atmosphere. The Prado within Balboa Park boasts three-dimensional hand-stenciled ceilings, hardwood floors, skylights, a full theatrical stage, outdoor garden and Spanish architecture. What this means for you? Four separate indoor/outdoor rooms of partying, 10+ DJ acts, over 20 bars, and the ability to accommodate over 2,200 guests. This year the party is going off on Halloween proper, October 31, and will feature A-List DJ Donald Glaude and San Diego’s own DJ duo Scooter & Lavelle, as well as David Afterlife, Office Twins and Adam Salter. Doors open at 9pm on Halloween night. Tickets are currently priced at $50 and will continue to go up. Learn more at pradohalloween.com
Fetish Halloween with Too Short at FLUXX – 10/31
FLUXX is San Diego’s hottest super-club, and you know they always go above and beyond with seasonal themes and celebrity entertainment. So, why would Halloween ever disappoint? FLUXX is hosting a whole weekend of big Halloween bashes this year, but the ultimate party will be Fetish on Monday, October 31 featuring a live performance by rap icon Too Short. Back in San Diego by popular demand, Too Short will perform many of his hit songs live in the club, including “Blow the Whistle” and “Gettin’ It” while local favorite DJ Brett Bodley heats up the dance floor. More party perks include a Fetish-themed vibe, with chains, whips and FLUXX’s signature dancers rolling around in silky sheets. This marks the second time Too Short is Gettin’ It live at FLUXX, and you don’t want to miss out. Learn more at fluxxsd.com