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Halloween Haunts: Five spooky spectacles in Balboa Park this October

You don’t have to dress up to get into the Halloween spirit when you can enjoy any of these tricks and treats at Balboa Park this month and through the rest of autumn.

Catch The Rocky Horror Show at the Globe

Do the “time warp” with all of your favorite characters at The Rocky Horror Show, featuring veteran stage and TV/film actor Matt McGrath as the licentious Frank ‘N’ Furter. Patrons can join in on the fun by purchasing prop bags at the door, containing everything from rubber gloves to miniature flashlights. (Tickets: $35-$86, Prop Bag: $3)

Brave a Haunted Trail

Brought to you by the same makers of the Haunted Hotel, the Haunted Trail runs until Halloween night. Make sure you bring a friend to grab because you’re going to need something to stop you from shaking while enduring this mile-long fright fest. The haunted house is open from 7-11pm (11:45pm on weekends), where you get to wander through twisted pines and gnarled oaks with monsters lurking around every corner. If you’re not feeling good and scared after the trail, try the new haunted maze called “The eXperiment” for an additional $5, where you can see what happens when nature goes awry. Not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. (Tickets Sunday-Thursday: $15 GA and $25 VIP, Tickets Friday & Saturday: $17 GA and $27 VIP)

Family frights at Balboa Park

If the Haunted Trail has too many ghouls for girls and boys, kids don’t have to miss out on all of the frightful fun. Take them to Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park on October 29, from 11am-3pm. Festivities include a doggie costume contest at the Spanish Village Art Center, a Great Pumpkin parachute drop at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and a creepy nocturnal Critter Cavern at the Natural History Museum. (Free admission to children 12 and under with a paid adult admission)

Meet a modern day mummy at the San Diego Museum of Man

Not all modern mummies come wrapped in toilet paper. Explore the various techniques and purposes for preserving the dead in different societies across cultures at the San Diego Museum of Man’s Modern Day Mummy: The Art & Science of Mummification. Open from 10am-4:30pm, the gallery contains a modern mummy from the 1990s, authentic shrunken heads from Ecuador, and even a mummified falcon! All tickets include other exhibitions at the museum. (Tickets: $12.50 adults, $10 seniors and military, $8 students and youth, $5 child)

See some real skulls at The San Diego Natural History Museum

Get some spooky inspiration for a costume just before Halloween at The San Diego Natural History Museum exhibit: Skulls, opening on October 26. From 10am-5pm, observe skulls from all over the world—hoofed animals, horned animals, birds, primates, rodents, snakes, lizards, amphibians, and more. Visitors even get to draw skulls of their own on chalkboards and ask museum scientists questions about skulls. (Tickets: $17 adult, $15 senior, $12 military and student, $11 child)

~Sam Trusley