It’s going to get wild – and a little spooky – in downtown San Diego Saturday night as costumed revelers take over the streets for the annual Halloween block party known as “Monster Bash.”
The 15th annual shindig, and one of the largest Halloween events in California, takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight along eight blocks spanning the Gaslamp Quarter to East Village.
The 21+ block party boasts five stages featuring nearly two dozen DJs spinning tunes, plus the notorious Monster Bash Costume Contest that awards a $5,000 cash prize to the best Halloween get-up.
General admission tickets cost $60 per person at the door. Ticketholders will also get access to drink and food specials at more than 20 participating eateries and bars in the area, including some places offering $2 to $5 drink deals.
Anticipating large crowds at this Saturday night Halloween celebration, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has added late-night trolley service departing from downtown.
MTS announced it will increase the number of late-night trains running on the Blue, Orange and Green lines that travel directly into downtown San Diego. Through about 9 p.m., all lines will operate every 15 minutes. After that, trolleys will run every 30 minutes for the rest of the night.
Special late-night trains leaving downtown include: the Orange Line to La Mesa and El Cajon departing from the 5th Avenue Station at 12:27 a.m.; the UC San Diego Blue Line to San Ysidro leaving from the 5th Avenue Station at 12:25 a.m.; and the Green Line to SDSU departing from the Gaslamp Quarter Station at 12:08 a.m. and 12:38 a.m.
To get to Monster Bash without having to worry about driving and parking, MTS says revelers in South Bay, Chula Vista or National City can take the northbound UC San Diego Blue Line to 5th Avenue, while those who live in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Encanto and other parts of east San Diego can take the westbound Orange Line to 5th Avenue. From SDSU, Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley and Old Town, attendees can ride the westbound Green Line to the Gaslamp Quarter Station.
The main entrance to Monster Bash is at 7th Avenue and Market Street, and both the 5th Avenue and Gaslamp Quarter trolley stations are located about six blocks away.
For the full line-up of DJs, entertainment and participating restaurants at San Diego's 2015 Monster Bash, visit the event website.