Celebrate the Creeps of the Deep at Birch Aquarium

We’re so excited to be able to give away a family 4-pack of tickets so one Mom’s Guide family can meet some of the creeps of the deep and get hands-on with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego science at the eighteenth-annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. All families are invited to dive into the spooky, slimy side of ocean science and enjoy a Halloween-themed evening of music, crafts, and close encounters with underwater creatures.


Photo credit: Beth Chee

On October 20 and 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will experience eerie and unusual organisms from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, see a super-sized squid dissection, and create their own seaweed slime to take home. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying ocean creatures big and small and get an insider’s look into what it takes to study different creatures of the deep.

Photo credit: Beth Chee

Inspired by the Infinity Cube, guests will make unique glowing crafts and learn more about bioluminescence from Scripps Oceanography experts.

Haunted Aquarium is a fun and educational Halloween celebration. Costumes are encouraged, especially if they have an ocean science theme. Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters will return for music and dancing, and Splash! Café by The French Gourmet will be open for ghoulish treats.

Photo credit: Beth Chee

Haunted Aquarium often sells out, so purchasing early is encouraged. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available for $18.50 for the general public, $13.50 for Birch Aquarium members. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Children ages 2 and under are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult. General admission tickets cannot be used for Haunted Aquarium. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu or call 858-534-FISH.

If you’d like the chance to win tickets to this spooky spectacular, simply comment here with the sea creature you fear most! One winner will be randomly selected this week. Good luck!

38 thoughts on “Celebrate the Creeps of the Deep at Birch Aquarium

  1. Jenny says:

    Congrats to our winner, Lori Alexander!

    Lori, please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize.

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  2. Leah says:

    I fear eels! They look so slimy and mean.

  3. Adria Hamilton says:

    The deep sea fish that look like skeleton fish.

  4. Virginia says:

    Great White Sharks!

  5. Anna says:

    The sea creature I fear the most are the creatures we hardly see or hear about. The one’s that are in the darkest, coldest and deepest spots of the Ocean. The one’s that light up and have a thousand teeth! The viper, angler and firefly squid to name a few…. those are the Sea Creatures I fear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Devon F says:

    Sharks I fear the most!

  7. Samantha Jansen says:

    Jelly Fish!!!!! Such complex and mysterious creatures and the sting hurts and lasts, definitely scared of being stung by one of these guys.

  8. Dawn Moody says:

    surfing with sharks!

  9. Dana E. says:

    SHRKS for sure!!!

  10. Hazel M. says:

    Sharks for sure! “Jaws” scarred me for life!

  11. Suzanne Borzilleri says:


  12. Andrea says:


  13. Wendy says:

    Whatever that creature is that touches your ankles in the water!

  14. Bo says:

    Japanese man o’ war

  15. Karina Wong says:

    The sea creature I fear the most are orca whales !!

  16. Anya Miller says:

    I fear anything bigger than a small fish when I’m out in the ocean! I love sea turtles, but even those make me nervous!

  17. Dorothy Arteaga says:

    Sharks! I hear the Jaws soundtrack whenever I even see one! 🙁

  18. Stephanie Martinez says:

    Eels ? My daughter would love to see the haunted aquarium!! We’ve never been!

  19. Jenn Coleman says:

    Sharks, eels & jellyfish… Oh my!

  20. Colette Denning says:

    Sea Snake

  21. Edith says:

    We’ll love to gho..st!

  22. Brandy Garner says:

    I fear the angler fish! Spooky!

  23. Christine says:

    I fear sharks ?

  24. Dana Larson says:

    Jelly fish! I had a close call down in Key West once haha

  25. Joanna Ramirez says:

    The ones that come near me!! Lol. I once freaked at mission beach because I saw a fish a few feet away Fromm and I was only knee deep in the water! ?

  26. Beth Phillips says:

    I think the sea creatures that scare me the most are the ones we haven’t discover yet! The ocean is so vast and way deeper than we’ve been! It seems like every time we dive deeper we find creature that look even more alien than the last!

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  28. Carmen McBride says:

    Afraid of sharks!!!

  29. Thanh K. says:

    toothy anglerfish

  30. Ali Holt says:

    I am TERRIFIED of sharks!! We just moved to San Diego from the Midwest so all of this is new to us! Can’t wait to check this out. My 3 boys would be so excited to win this!!

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  32. Sarah B. says:

    Sharks, for sure!! My two boys would love this event!!

  33. Megan G says:

    Jellyfish! I was stung once as a child and I’ll never forget it!

  34. Salinna So-Mao says:

    Fangtooth is by far the scariest to me, they look abnormal and vicious!

  35. Sarah says:

    I am scared of piranhas. I would not like to be chomp on by one of those crazy guys! I would love to take my 2 boys and my hubby to this! My kids are obsessed with sea creatures! I could earn some major mom points!

  36. Anne Khuu says:

    The sea creature I fear the most would have to be eels! I’m aftaid of snakes so when I see eels it instantly reminds me of them.

  37. Jody Lounsbery says:

    I find them all amazing but I would definitely be afraid of a great white if I was in the water near one!!!

  38. Lori Alexander says:

    I fear sharks the most of course…Scary and Spooky 😉 Would love to take my 2 toddlers to this fun event!

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