Halloween

Don't let the pretty architecture and landscaping fool you: Balboa Park is full of things that go bump in the night. Uncover ghosts, witches, and monsters on this special Halloween tour. Are you brave enough to discover what's lurking in the shadows?

Begin with a trip to the graveyard at the Spanish Village Art Center. How do you think this poor soul met his untimely end?

Look out, around the corner a wolf is ready to pounce! Could that be a werewolf?

Are you dressing up for Halloween? If you're still deciding what to wear, try on a costume from the San Diego History Center's 5,000+ costume collection.

Walk down the dimly-lit Casa de Balboa arcade to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Careful of what might be hiding behind those arches...

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum's Toy Train Gallery is all decked out for Halloween. Have you ever seen a ghost?

Study the image "Hair" by photographer Julie Blackmon at the Museum of Photographic Arts. What is this girl afraid of?

Do you feel a prickling on the back of your neck? It could be because something is staring at you...

Time to breathe in some fresh air at the Botanical Building. Just don't let yourself get eaten by any of the carnivorous plants!

Find the 17th-century "Witch and the Moon" painting at The San Diego Museum of Art. Do you think this witch is good or evil?

Next up is the "Ghost with Walking Stick" sculpture. Did it suddenly get cold in here?

In the Old Globe plaza, sit in this throne from a production of Shakespeare's Richard III. It's rumored that King Richard imprisoned and killed his young nephews in the Tower of London in the 15th century.

Learn about terrifying mythical creatures like vampires and dragons at the San Diego Museum of Man's "Monsters" exhibit. How can you protect yourself against them?

End the tour with a special free Halloween screening of the 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by live organ music in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

Congratulations, you survived the tour! Now watch out for the mummies and gargoyles at the San Diego Museum of Man and the wild night-time creatures at the San Diego Natural History Museum on your way back to the car.