T is for TREATS: More Than 50 Places to Trick-or-Treat in San Diego, 2021

It's time to make up for those lost treats from last year! Heck you can even go to several of these places and come home with treats to last you for years! Dress up and even decorate your car as you go about this list of where to get your TREATS this year.

All events listed here are FREE (except for the first three events listed: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and Legoland) and occur on various days, Fri, Sat or Sun so double check before you go!

Some of these are drive-thru or Trunk or Treat options as noted by this symbol 🚗

If you know of any others, please include links and add it to comments or send me a message.

Quick at a glance info, click the name for more details!

Walk-Thru Business Treat Trails

This section is broken down by dates and includes places like shopping centers, villages museums and theme parks.


Lots of libraries have fun Halloween activities this year like slime making, sugar skull decorating, costume parades, spooky Halloween stories and even some mad science!

San Diego Parks & Recreation Centers

Neighborhood recreation centers are gearing up for some Halloween fun. Some of these have carnivals, costume contests or parades, Halloween movie nights and even walk-up and drive-thru Trick or Treating.


These are known neighborhoods that are fun for the door-to-door trick or treat experience. Drive and park safely because lots of little monsters will be running loose all over the streets.



Dine, shop and Trick or Treat your way around these shopping centers, villages and theme parks! These are the more popular places to go trick or treating because villages close off streets and shopping centers and theme parks provide a safer and well-lit walking paths to find your treats!


🍭 SeaWorld Spooktacular, Fri-Sun thru Oct. 31

Kids love trick-or-treating during this daytime event as they explore our decorated trail and meet all sorts of colorful characters. And that’s just the beginning! From a Halloween dance party to moments with furry friends like Count von Count, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and more, this is immersive family fun you’ll only find here. Spooktacular is included in all memberships and all admission tickets.

WHERE: 500 Sea World Dr., Mission Bay

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🍭 San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen, Fri-Sun thru Oct. 31; events start at 5pm

There's fun for the whole family, with musical entertainment, dance parties, special performances, and more—plus Dr. Zoolittle, Zoo characters, and tempting food specials. Kids 11 and younger can come in costumes (check guidelines first). HalGLOWeen is included in all memberships and all admission tickets.

WHERE: 2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park

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🍭 LEGOLAND Brick or Treat, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; events start at 3pm

The Park is open after dark every Saturday in October. Enjoy rides open late, trick-or-treating, live entertainment, Halloween décor, and more! Enjoy Brick-or-Treat with the park opening for all guests at 10am, live entertainment starting at 2pm and trick-or-treating starting at 3pm. Throughout the day, eat, drink and be scary with seasonal food and beverage options for the whole family. Don’t forget to check-out the Spooktacular fun at the SEA LIFE aquarium with live creatures and underwater pumpkin carving!

Come in your ghoulish best and participate in one of the Costume Contest Parades – 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm. Guests ages 12 and under have the opportunity to show off their awesome costumes as they parade around Miniland U.S.A.! During each parade, judges will select one winner from each of the following categories: Best Homemade Costume, Best Group Costume and Best LEGO Movie Costume.

WHERE: One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad

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SUNDAY Oct. 24th

🍭 Carmel Valley Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, 3-6

WHERE: 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy, Carmel Valley

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🍭 Little Italy, Trick or Treat on India Street, 5:30-7:30

Little ghouls and goblins of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes and enjoy an evening of authentic trick-or-treating with their families. Little witches and monsters will be able to stop door-to-door and get delicious Halloween treats and candy from participating Little Italy businesses along the historic India Street.

Maps of participating businesses will be available as the trick-or-treat fun happens at the Piazza della Famiglia on India and W. Date Street. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s fun!

We have asked our participating businesses to have staff that is passing out candy to wear a face covering and gloves as an additional safety precaution.

WHERE: India St., Little Italy

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