Forget haunted houses and horror-movie marathons--this Halloween, the best place to be is at a concert, and San Diego has plenty going on, from indie favorites to big Halloween parties you won't want to miss. So, guys and ghouls, get your costume picked out, grab your tickets, and let the music put a spell on you this Halloween.
Oct. 24 @ 7 p.m.
House of Blues - 1055 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
"Mmmbop" hitmakers Hanson aren't just a '90s nostalgia act--they've been steadily making music since that hit, and they're back on the road this fall celebrating their 25 anniversary as a band and the 20th anniversary of debut album Middle of Nowhere with their Middle of Everywhere tour. The tour stops by San Diego's House of Blues a week before Halloween on Oct. 24. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $40 to $65.
Oct. 25 @ 7 p.m.
Mattress Firm Amphitheater - 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, California 91911
Country fans can enjoy a concert from musician Luke Bryan on his Huntin', Fishin', and Lovin' Every Day Tour in nearby Chula Vista on Oct. 25, rescheduled from the original Oct. 27 date due to a scheduling conflict. He'll have support from Brett Eldredge and Granger Smith. Don't worry if you have tickets for the original date--they'll be honored at the rescheduled concert. Otherwise, they're on sale now, including VIP packages.
Iron & Wine
Oct. 28 @ 7 p.m.
Balboa Theatre - 868 Fourth Avenue @ E St., San Diego, CA 92101
Enjoy a night with singer-songwriter Sam Bean, known by stage name Iron & Wine, over Halloween weekend on Oct. 28 at the Balboa Theatre as part of a tour in support of his latest album, Beast Epic, which gets started Oct. 12. He'll be joined by opener John Moreland. Tickets are on sale now right here on AXS.
Oct. 28 @ 6 p.m.
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Annual Halloween festival Monster Bash will return for its 17th year on Oct. 28. In addition to live entertainment, the party will also feature a costume contest, multiple haunted houses, and an afterparty, in case you're not ready to go home. The lineup has yet to be announced, but tickets are on sale now for $40, while VIP packages run $75.
The Bloody Beetroots
Oct. 27 @ 8 p.m.
Music Box San Diego - 1337 India St., San Diego, CA, 92101
Kick off Halloween weekend on Friday, Oct. 27 with a concert from The Bloody Beetroots, kicking off their fall tour in support of their upcoming album, The Great Electronic Swindle, out Oct. 20. Tickets are on sale now for $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Can't make it? They'll also be performing in Los Angeles on Sunday, Oct. 29, closing out Halloween weekend.