Wondering what the trick is to finding the perfect Halloween costume for your SoCal kid? Well, we’ve got a treat for you. From LEGO movie characters and Top Gun’s Maverick to an In-n-Out Burger inspired family costume you have to see, read on for 11 kids costumes that pay homage to San Diego.

Carmen Sandiego

It's all in the name with this snazzy ensemble. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? She's in San Diego this Halloween––as your kid! 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 & Lifeguard

Baby shark... mommy lifeguard... daddy surfer... do do do do do do. Sing the catchy song while getting geared up in this family Halloween costume. San Diegan beach lovers can ride the wave of compliments this triple threat costume will bring. It's super cute and easy to pull together too!

photo: Laura Green

San Diego Padres Fans

We've all missed cheering on the Padres, but you can root for your home team this Halloween by putting all your fan gear to good use as a costume. Dig out all your Padres T-shirts, hats, etc. and deck out your family to flaunt your love of baseball without spending a dime on a costume.


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

Your young wingman will get a thrill out of dressing up as the high-flying rebel Maverick from Top Gun, which was filmed right here in San Diego. Even more points if you fulfill your kiddo's "need for speed" by building an accompanying jet for your pint-sized pilot.

LEGO Movie Characters

Everyone is awesome in these LEGO Movie character costumes. Covid-19 cancelled the opening of LEGO Movie World at our beloved local LEGOLAND CA Resort, but Halloween gives us the perfect reason to celebrate our affinity for this bricktastic film. 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.

photo: Beth Shea


Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk lives right here in San Diego, and skate culture is definitely a SoCal vibe. Your kid 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!


2020 has taught us firsthand more than ever that "not all superheroes wear capes." The recent California wildfires have reminded us how lucky we are to have selfless firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect us. Dressing up as a firefighter for Halloween not only pays respect to this vital profession, it also allows kids to put on the suit of a true hero.

––Beth Shea


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