Monday, October 27, 2008

My Town Monday: The Gaslamp Quarter at Halloween. Boooo!



The historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego stretches 16 1/2 blocks (from Broadway to Harbor and from 4th to 6th Avenues). Its name comes from the many gas lamps lit here at the turn of the 19th century. This area is home to 94 historical buildings (mostly Victorian). Many of them are still used today as restaurants, clubs, and stores. Also home to Croce's Top Hat Bar and Grill. Owned by the wife of THE late Jim Croce, its got two restaurants, three bars, features local and national music acts. You've got the picture, right? Nice, upscale, trendy. Often pricey. In fact, the Gaslamp Quarter deserves its own My Town Monday post one of these days.


Enter Halloween.

We're somewhere between September 26 and November 1st.

On a Friday or Saturday evening between 6:00pm and 1:00am. Or a Sunday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 7:00pm to 11:00pm.



Teens line the street at Fourth Avenue and Market, waiting for their turn to enter The Haunted Hotel. For about $15, they wander down dark, shadowy halls, peering into spooky rooms. Each room features a different horror flick. Yikes. A veritable frightfest.

Child #2 and some other high water polo players joined the throng of shriek-seekers Saturday night. Child #2 tried to convince me it really wasn't all that scary. Ha! I'm not fooled. The Haunted Hotel is so not for me.

Please visit Travis Erwin, the guy who spearheads My Town Mondays. He's got some music going on this week. Not to mention he'll have a list of links to other Mondayers.





(sources:
http://www.gaslamp.org/http://en.wikipedia.org/
http://blog.travelpost.com/wp-content/hauntedhotelsandeigo.jpg&imgrefurl=
http://blog.discoversd.com/san-diego-entertainment-blog/the-haunted-hotel-in-downtown-san-diego.html)

18 comments:

TJ Brown said...

Now I want to go to San Diego!
Teri

keri mikulski :) said...

Sounds like a blast. :)

laughingwolf said...

just the ticket for this time of year :)

Travis Erwin said...

I enjoy a well done haunted house.

Charles Gramlich said...

Down here we have "house of shock." My son and his girlfriend go every year.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Halloween just keeps getting bigger. We went to the Zoo Boo last night with my grandson.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I know you said you were sick too--feel better soon!!! : )

~Virginia~ said...

haunted houses always sound intriguing in theory, but i'm always a big 'ol scaredy cat when i'm there! :)

Jenny Jill said...

What fun!
I just heard of two families who put out their pumpkins, planning to carve them the next morning.
In the night someone did a phenomenal carving, signed CS on the back.
I don't know if this is spooky or fun.
Happy Hallowe'en

debra said...

Great spooky shots, Barrie. I am too much of a wuss to go to haunted houses. #2 daughter says that one of these days she wants to go to one. She'll need to take a friend.

Shauna Roberts said...

We've visited the Italian district, but haven't gotten around to visiting the Gaslight District yet. Sounds interesting.

Reb said...

Sounds like a great place to visit. The haunted hotel could be lots of fun.

Vodka Mom said...

hey...I used to live in San Diego!!! 1981- 1986.
I got my teaching degree at San Diego State, after attending Western State College of Law for two years. (long story. need lots of martinis)

Mary said...

Eek! That is a brilliant concept. And corridors are definitely one of the spookiest things.

I recently watched 1408, and will never again set foot in a haunted hotel. Well, perhaps, one day...

Cloudia said...

Boo!
Thanks for the fun post,
and for your kind comment on my blog- aloha from Waikiki!

Beth said...

How cool! I didn't know they did that.

Bina said...

The old movie theater shut down a few months ago, a Carmike 8, and the Biker's Who Care have turned it in to a Haunted Place. I've heard the line is over 2 hours long. BUT, I work with the BWC director and she is going to take us to the front of the line on Friday night. I can't wait!!!

And hey, your book is coming out soon, right? You have GOT to let us know the day it comes out so I can run out and get it! Unless of course, you are going to have a contest and GIVE one away, signed, of course.

Clare2e said...

While we were attending a wedding at the nearby Del Coronado, we drove around San Diego and saw that area. The night we were looking, it was filled with wandering conventioneers staying at the gigundous nearby hotels, no doubt. It looked like a fun area- I hope you WILL do a whole post so we know where to go next time.