Beyond Haunted Houses: San Diego Halloween Ideas

Edgar Allen Poe died under mysterious circumstances in 1849

Tired of the same old Halloween parties and haunted houses this time of year? Here are four slightly original ways to get your ghoul on this October.

San Diego Musical Theatre’s “Young Frankenstein”

Whether you like Halloween or not, the “Young Frankenstein” musical is a fun way to spend any night. With music and lyrics written by Mel Brooks who adapted the show from his own movie of the same name, afterward, you’ll want to take a “Roll in the Hay” or be “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The musical is currently playing at the Horton Grand Theatre until Oct. 28.

PoeFest at Adobe Chapel in Old Town

Over two weekends at the Adobe Chapel in Old Town, actors from Write Out Loud will be performing several macabre stories by Edgar Allen Poe, one of the pioneers of the spine-chilling tale. Staged readings include “The Oval Portrait,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and more. The performances are Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night.

Haunted Tales Aboard the Star of India

It’s not hard to imagine wailing ghosts haunting the bowels of a lonely schooner bobbing through the mists of the Atlantic. Guests will be led by lantern through the ship to hear eerie tales of the Star of India’s ghostly past, including how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging in 1884. The story goes that people standing near where he fell sometimes feel a cold hand touch them. The tours are every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. 

Art After Dark: Classic Halloween Bash

For those of a hipster, artsy mind, The Oceanside Museum of Art will hold a carnival-themed party based on the art of Brandon Ragnar Johnson. His work is whimsically inspired by film noir, classic cartoons and fashion illustration. The entertainment includes belly dancers, a burlesque performance, a flash mob and a speed painter. The party is from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 27.

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