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Posted at 1:20 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 20:23:48-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Though many families may be skipping out on traditional Halloween festivities this year, several San Diego County attractions will bring back their season fun.

Belmont Park, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and many more will host special candy-filled events for kids and adults.

Most of the events require families to purchase tickets ahead of time to reserve their spot on a given day, given capacity limits for local attractions.

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Check out where and when you can find some spooky fun at local attractions:

Harvest Walk at Belmont Park (Oct. 24 - Nov. 14) — Belmont Park will celebrate the Halloween and fall season with an open-air market, local food vendors and craft beer, an all-new go-kart track, street magic, and free trick-or-treating. The event will also host adoptable dogs from the San Diego Humane Society and visitors can check out classic movie cars on display. More information.

SeaWorld Spooktacular (Oct. 2 - Nov. 2) — SeaWorld is hosting its annual "Spooktacular" celebration, bringing a candy garden with candy stations, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, kids' costume contests, and Dia de Los Muertos folklórico dancers. Visitors will also get to savor some delicious fall-flavored food and brews and kids can jump into some cookie decorating with Sesame Street favorites. More information.

Halloween in Miniland at Legoland California (Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, & 30-31) — Legoland's Miniland is opening for some Halloween fun with festive decor, distanced character meet-and-greets, activities for kids like scavenger hunts and costume contest, and LEGO building. Kids will also get goody bags with some seasonal goodies. More information.

HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo (Oct. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25) — The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen with a spooky Python Path, Bubble Dance party, and some frightful animal encounters from Dr. Zoolittle and acrobatics for visitors. Live music will also fill the air from the Skeleton Trio and Dusty Keys. More information.

Halloween Trail at Petco Park (Oct. 23 - Nov. 1) — Petco Park welcomes kids and adults into the stadium for some Halloween with a socially-distanced one-way Halloween-themed pumpkin patch, various themed booths, candy and toys for kids, and other spooky festivities. More information.

Haunted Aquarium Remix at Birch Aquarium (Oct. 1-31) — Jump into Birch Aquarium's delightfully spooky Haunted Aquarium where kids will learn about scary deeps of the sea like small species of sharks and sea spiders. A haunted kelp maze will keep children entertained and guests can explore nautical nutrients and some of the aquarium's tiniest tenants. More information.

Drive-thru Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (Oct. 1-31) — This year's Scream Zone will take place across 23 days and invites families to drive through the fairground's setup of scares. The event will feature several themed zones, including a "Conjuring" row filled with paranormal frights, a"Dead End Truck Stop" with nightmarish locals, Horror Icon Way and Nightmare on Elm Street with Freddy, Jason, and Chucky, and horrifying "Clown Alley" with Pennywise, Poltergeist, and more. More information.

With trick-or-treating discouraged this year, Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista was looking for a fun and safe alternative way to entertain local families. The mall is hosting a free Halloween-themed Drive-In Movie Series October 30 and 31 so everyone can get in the 'spirit' while still practicing social distancing.