A Spirited Eve at Hotel del Coronado

If you're a grown-up with a ghosty side, your soiree is at the surfside landmark.

"DID YOU SEE THAT?" There are some questions that are more common in certain places. For example, you'd never ask someone to help you build a sand castle in the snow, and you probably wouldn't ask if it's raining on a cloudless 100-degree day. But you would ask those things at the beach and in a storm, respectively, like you might ask your friend if they spied something spooky while standing inside a haunted hotel. California is home to quite a few phantom-y spots, and way, way up there is the Hotel del Coronado, the San Diego treasure that has deep roots in not the last century but the one before. So a "did you see that?" or a "did you hear that" when sensing a possible sighting is well within the realm of conversation at the Del. And such questions will be welcome at the turret-topped inn's annual Halloween bash, a grown-up affair that happens a couple of days ahead of the spookiest occasion on the calendar. In 2016 that date is...

SATURDAY, OCT. 29, and fabulously attired paranormal buffs'll be out in merry force at the Hallo-wine & Spirits Party. Costumes are indeed the way to go, with "Vixens & Villains" serving as the theme. There are two locations within the hotel catering to revelers, with the historic Crown Room rounding it out for the night with dancing, dessert, and applause for the best costume. Will Kate Morgan, the Victorian-era spirit said to live at the Hotel del Coronado, put in an appearance? She might; many a book and TV show has focused on Ms. Morgan and the modern-day guests who've said they've spied her. "Did you see that?" is truly one of those quintessential Del queries, a question asked all year long and definitely at the Hallo-wine & Spirits Party. Tickets? Float this-a-way.

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