HAUNTED AQUARIUM: Shipwrecked Science!

October 23 & 24 6–9 p.m.

Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium. Discover a sea of glowing beasts(big and small), get sticky with slime,and enjoy shipwrecked stories, all while BOO-gieing down to live music and having a monstrous good time. Recommended for ages 2+


  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Scientists showcasing exciting, and sometimes spooky, research!
  • Slime: Make your own seaweed slime to take home
  • Frankensquid: Get up close and personal with a huge Humboldt Squid and learn what makes it unique inside and out
  • 3-D microscope: experience the smallest  amazing 3-D microscope developed by Scripps Oceanography scientists.
  • Spooky species including skeleton shrimp and sea spiders
  • Community organizations will be coming with their own games, activities, and giveaway
  • Costume Prizes those in a family-friendly costume will win a prize
  • Glowing critters witness creatures that create their own light and glow in the deep, dark ocean.
  • Story time youngsters can gather around and listen to a spooky (but not too spooky) shipwreck tale.
  • Enjoy creepy crafts that are fun for all ages!
  • BOO-gie down all evening to the live music of Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters!


 Splash! Cafe will remain open until 8:30 with a variety of selections including ghoulishly gourmet sandwiches & salads, nightmarish nachos & and howling Halloween sweets! 

Members: Pre-Sale $12
Public: Pre-Sale $17
Door (all)  $19
Free for children 2 and under

 Purchase tickets at 858-534-7336 or online.

Special Members Only Pumpkin Decorating Contest:
Birch Aquarium members are welcome to submit entries to the Haunted Aquarium Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pumpkins will be on display at Birch Aquarium during Haunted Aquarium. Winners are eligible for Birch Aquarium prizes.  Please view official contest rules and directions here.

See pictures from previous events here

PLEASE NOTE: No discounts or coupons, including the October Kids Free in San Diego offer, can be applied to Haunted Aquarium or other special events.

Haunted Aquarium is sponsored by:  



Questions? Call the Education Department at 858-534-7336 or e-mail us.