Totally Teens

San Diego teens! Here you'll find contests, events, scholarship information, volunteer opportunities and resources for tweens and teens in San Diego County. Come back every month for new events and information.

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Teens can have fun volunteering for ArtWalk @ Liberty Station.


Scotty’s Scare Trail. East County’s only haunted trail will have you and your friends running for your lives! Try to get past werewolves, find your way out of a maze of scarecrows, trek through Zombieland, watch as demons and freaks give you a spook-filled show and more. Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 30, 7-11 pm. $15. Located at the old abandoned Marshal Scotty’s Playland, El Cajon.

The Scream Zone. Experience 24 select days of terror at San Diego County’s largest Halloween haunt that offers spine-tingling and frightful experiences including The House of Horror, Karnevil and The Haunted Hayride. Sept. 30-Oct. 31; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. For ages 10 & up. Del Mar ‘Scaregrounds,’ 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Ghost Hunting Tour at the Whaley House. Be part of this exclusive 90-minute paranormal investigation of San Diego’s most haunted site. Sept. 23, Oct. 14, 15, 21 & 22, 10:30 pm-midnight. $50. Advance reservations strongly recommended. For ages 12 & up. 2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town. For more tours, visit

The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park. Take a stroll on this mile-long trail where all your nightmares come true. Before entering the trail, find your way out of a twisted maze filled with incarcerated lost souls! Sept. 30-Oct. 31; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. For ages 10 & up. 6th & Juniper.

Savage House. San Diego’s only themed haunted attraction will have you immersed in a storyline fit for a horror film, from beginning to end. Also, check out a museum featuring favorite horror movies, as well as Saw- and Walking Dead-inspired displays. Sept. 30-Oct. 31; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. For ages 12 & up. Westfield Mission Valley (in the Target parking lot), 1640 Camino Del Rio North.

The Haunted Hotel. Check into the longest-running haunted house in San Diego and stroll down the zombie-infested alley, take a ride to insanity on the Clown Subway, plunge into the chaos of the Hellevator and more. Sept. 23-Oct. 31; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. 424 Market St., downtown San Diego.


Tobacco-Free Life Scholarship. Share your vision for a tobacco-free world for a chance to receive $1,000 in scholarship funds from Tobacco-Free Life. Inspire smokers to make a positive change in their lives by writing an essay (between 1,000-1,500 words) with well-researched, evidence-based information. Two students will be selected each quarter to each receive $1,000 in scholarships. Open to undergraduate or graduate students, ages 18 & up. For rules and to download the contest application form, visit Deadline: Sept. 30, 11 pm (PST).


“Into the Woods” by Kroc Kids Jr. Theatre Company. Children can take advantage of this opportunity to be part of this acclaimed Broadway musical. Singing auditions (call 619-269-1540 for appt.) on Sept. 21, 4-7:30 pm; dance auditions on Sept. 22, 4-7:30 pm. Ages 8-18 are welcome. Performance dates: Dec. 9-11. The Salvation Army Kroc Center Arts/Education Bldg., 6845 University Ave., San Diego.


“The Addams Family” by Moonlight Stage Productions. The kooky, spooky family comes to life in this new musical comedy. Through Oct. 1; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista.


TOPSoccer. This local soccer program for young athletes with special needs provides a fun and safe environment for them to participate in organized sports. Support the program by being a soccer buddy, and enjoy a rewarding experience! Learn more at

City of Poway's Teen Volunteer Program. Assist the Community Services staff in planning, organizing and facilitating various recreation activities for the City of Poway and surrounding communities. Volunteer duties may include games and sports, arts and crafts, music, outdoor activities and more. Must be at least 14 years old. For details and to apply, email or go to


Do you have a story to tell? Do you have an opinion on a current issue? We’re looking for writers, ages 13-18, to be published as guest columnists for our Teen Life column. Essay must be no more than 800 words. Submit articles via email as a text document to For guidelines, visit our “Teen Life & Youth Voices” page.

Help Spread the Word! Email information about events, contests, scholarships and volunteer opportunities for teens to Include brief description, date, time, address, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the November issue: October 1.

» Visit our summer camp section to read Teens Wanted: Counselors in Training, a list of great summer camp volunteer opportunities for San Diego teens.

» To find more volunteer opportunities, visit our Donations, Volunteers, and Local Fundraisers page.

Updated: August 2016