Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you’ll be going door-to-door in your neighborhood, hitting a low-key Halloween happening around town or having a cozy family party at home, we’ve got the perfect costume for your SoCal trick-or-treater. From a ray of sunshine to a party on the beach we’ve got 11 costumes that pay homage to San Diego and will delight your little one.

Carmen Sandiego

Your little one instantly becomes everyone’s favorite red-coated, fedora-wearing super thief with this Carmen Sandiego costume! It's the perfect costume for any San Diego dweller. If your little pumpkins aren't familiar with this cool character, have them tune in to the popular Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego to learn all about this "master thief who uses her skills for good."

Surfer, Shark, Jellyfish & Deep Sea Diver

Go to the beach, find your costume-inspo! The best thing about this family costume is you can customize based on your crew— it works just as well with a lifeguard and no jellyfish. San Diegan beach lovers can ride the wave of compliments this quadruple threat costume will bring. It's super cute and easy to pull together too!

San Diego Padres Friar

AngiegootsMakes via Etsy

The Padres may not make a run for the World Series this year but we still love them. Show your pride and for your home team this Halloween by grabbing this adorable Etsy find. The tutu back is crochet stretch and adjustable ribbon strap. The shop has plenty of other Padres gear if your team prefers. 

Online: AngiegootsMakes


Taco 'bout a costume that's almost good enough to eat. San Diego is famous for serving up some of the most delicious tacos in the country. Put your little cutie in a taco costume and watch the ensuing delight. No need to say gracias, we're happy to shell out this idea.

Maverick from Top Gun

Top Gun 2's release date may be pushed back, but your little Maverick can still feel the need for speed this Halloween. Did you know Top Gun was filled right here in San Diego? Earn even more cred if you and your spouse make it a family affair and dress up as Goose and Charlie. Quick, go find that leather bomber jacket. 

LEGO Movie Characters

Everyone is awesome in these LEGO Movie character costumes. San Diego's beloved resort brings kiddos joy on the regular so show your love by dressing up your little one as their favorite colorful bricks. You can really rev up the fun factor of wearing these colorful costumes by donning them to attend LEGOLAND's Bricktacular Halloween event!

In-N-Out Burger Costumes

Order up! In-N-Out fans are diehard, and this adorable family Halloween costume goes above and beyond. Everyone will recognize those little fries in the iconic fast-food chain's palm-tree-lined container, of course, accompanied by a burger and waitstaff who undoubtedly know all the secret menu items. Make it animal style, please. 


Beth Shea

As we saw in the Olympics this past summer, San Diego breeds professional skateboarders. From legendary Tony Hawk to Keegan Palmer, pro skaters live and practice right here in our hometown. The skate culture has a SoCal vibe through and through. Your little shredder can show their love of the sport by suiting up in Vans SK8-HI shoes, Killer 187 knee and elbow pads, a Bones Brigade or Santa Cruz T-shirt and a Bell or Pro-Tec helmet. Bonus: this gear will outfit them long past Halloween on all of their skating adventures through San Diego's many skateparks

Avocado Toast

Did you know that San Diego is the avocado capital of the U.S.? Give a nod to this popular green fruit by dressing up as avocado toast! Everyone loves this yummy, albeit pricey San Diego-inspired breakfast!


Dr. Seuss Characters

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in La Jolla for several decades and signs of his wacky, wonderful work abound throughout town. The author's wildly imaginative characters make us all spoiled for choice for the perfect Halloween costumes. Whether you opt for The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax or The Grinch, oh the places you'll go will be filled with fun!


San Diego's love language is bright skies and sunshine so dressing your babe up as the star at the center of the Solar System seems fitting. This DYI costume is super easy to pull together, with this Etsy sunray headband, yellow leggings and a cozy bodysuit. 

Online: Esty

––Beth Shea & Aimee Della Bitta


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