Santa Barbara awakens with anticipation as we approach Halloween. Costume shops and pumpkin patches spring up near Santa Barbara homes and many of our local favorite venues and people plan amazing events.
1. First off, plan to go downtown where businesses displaying balloons celebrate the spirit of Halloween by offering treats to costumed children on Halloween, Monday October 31, from 3 to 6 p.m. along State Street and at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Store windows will be decorated and voted on as well so don’t forget to cast your ballot and let your favorite be chosen! Learn more at http://www.downtownsb.org/events/downtown-trick-or-treat.
2. Trick or treaters can also experience the magic of Halloween by visiting Coast Village Road in Montecito from 3 to 6 p.m on Monday, October 31st. Each year this part of town undergoes a supernatural change and transforms into Ghost Village Road! Experience true community and a peek into the Montecito of yesteryear. Get the details on this somewhat scary jaunt at https://m.facebook.com/GhostVillageRoad/.
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3. If you are looking to get in the mood to celebrate, there is plenty to do! Start by finding your favorite pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch! We have a few to choose from in Santa Barbara. Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, located at 308 S. Walnut Lane, provides a complete fall experience, offering farm animals and farm equipment, Joe the Talking Scarecrow, cornstalks and mazes and even a hayride! They are open everyday until October 31st, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The farm will close on Halloween at 5 p.m. Located at Walnut Lane and Hollister Ave, the corn maze opens daily at 3 p.m. and the last entry is an hour before they close. Need more info, visit www.lanefarmssb.com http://www.lanefarmssb.com/pumpkin-patch/.
4. Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Halloween and offers lots of fun under the big tent! Offering free games for kids, parking, and pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, you’ll enjoy visiting the patch in La Cumbre Plaza at 3865 State Street. Call (805) 218-0282 to get details on daily events or visit www.bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com. Looking for an experience at the interactive pumpkin patch? Head over to the Earl Warren Showgrounds daily between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Parking and admission is free.
5. If you are just realizing that Halloween is almost here, there is hope. Find your favorite costume at World of Magic, located at 820 State Street. This amazing seasonal shop carries both adult and child sized costumes. You’ll find everything you need, from Halloween decor and toys to masks and wigs. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call (805) 770-3116 to check on possibilities or visit them at https://www.facebook.com/WOMHalloween.
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6. Another local favorite, Boo at the Zoo is this weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and running through Sunday, Oct. 23, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Billed as the place to be for traffic-free trick-or-treating, the Santa Barbara Zoo features a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, and Ghoulish Goodies. Admission is $17 for adults and children between the ages of 2 and 12, though Santa Barbara Zoo members receive discounted rates. The zoo is located at 500 Ninos Drive in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 962-5339 for more details or visit www.sbzoo.org.
7. Kindermusik will be celebrating the season with their 18th annual Halloween Party, too, hosting BOO! A Trick or Musical Treat. The weeklong activity runs from October 24th to the 29th and classes offered to children up to 7 years old will focus on fun Halloween songs, instruments, monster mash, ghostbusters, ghouls decorations, games, and art Wear your costumes and bring a friend. Cost is $10 to drop in for the music classes and $15 for the art classes at the First United Methodist Church, located at 305 E. Anapamu S. Visit www.KindermusikwithKathy.com for details. http://kindermusikwithkathy.com/schedule/
8. A Spooky Good Time is planned on October 28th from 5-8 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Family YMCA. Here families can gather for trick or treat fun, crafts and games. Be sure to stay and participate or watch the Thriller dance come to life! Learn more by calling (805) 687-7727 or visiting http://www.ciymca.org/santabarbara/html/events.html.
9. More crafts can be found at the Ghouls and Dolls @ Art From Scrap Workshop on Saturday, October 28, too! From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, the AFS Art Center, located at 302 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara, above the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store will help you create ghouls and dolls from reduced, reused, and recycled materials.All ages are welcome though children under 5 must be supervised by an adult. The cost is $8 per person.
10. Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) is sponsoring a Halloween Event on Sunday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where small costumed children (under 5) and their parents can join together to visit with friends. Bringing a blanket and picnic lunch is recommended and a live musical showcase will be shown alongside free family photos and face painting. Find the group in the Sycamore Area of Oak Park.
11. Prefer a bounce house and face painting? At the Cliff Drive Care Center Fall Family Festival on Saturday, October 29th, you’ll find those and more from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Free popcorn, snow cones, games and activities make it an event not to be missed! BBQ meals will be available for purchase. Discover the fun at the Free Methodist Church parking lot located at 1435 Cliff Drive or call (805) 965-4286.
12. Santa Barbara residents like to honor those who have passed with Dia de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead.” A free craft day will be offered on Sunday, October 30th from 12-3 p.m. at Casa de la Guerra. The activity will focus on the history of this special holiday and masks, sugar skulls, traditional tissue paper marigolds, holiday prints and tin art will be created. Traditional Día de los Muertos pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate will be available as well. The Casa de la Guerra is located at 15 E. De la Guerra St. and the event is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. All ages are welcome and details can be found by calling (805) 965-0093 or visiting http://www.sbthp.org/dia-de-los-muertos.
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13. Those who attend UCSB can have fun with campus only concerts and other events and also join in on HAUNT THE LOOP from 3 to 6 p.m. a trick-or-treat organized event in the community featuring amazing finds from Isla Vista downtown businesses.
14. HALLOWHEELS promises to provide the “best free event of the Halloween season” at the UCSB Recreation Center, located at 516 Ocean Road, with roller skating, costume contests, pizza, giveaways and a movie screening. The fun starts at 9p.m. on Friday, October 28th and ends at 1a.m. Costumes are welcome, but do not bring associated props or masks. More details are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1797325043877212/
15. Adults (over 21) looking for a good time without children can venture to the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort for the 5th Annual VOODOO LOUNGE event on Saturday, October 29th. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., DJ Scott Topper will be spinning the tunes. This event raises funds for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and tickets are available online at https://nightout.com/events/voodoo-lounge-5th-annual-halloween-dance-party-fess-parker-doubletree-resort/tickets#.WAoYJ5MrKHp.
16. Another music and dance event, the NGHTMRE on Halloween show will be at Earl Warren Show Grounds on Halloween night beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets and more information are available online at https://musicislove.org.
17. Of course a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission or any of the famously mysterious Santa Barbara homes could be a spooky experience at this time of year, too. Watch this video to view a recorded paranormal session conducted by investigator John and Dave and see what they discovered at the Santa Barbara Mission and burial grounds.
Learn more about Santa Barbara’s frightening lore and some of the purported haunted houses at this haunted house site and here. If you’d prefer a tour of unhaunted Santa Barbara homes or would like more information about Montecito real estate, please feel free to contact me, Maureen McDermut. I'd love to show you why so many people fall in love with Santa Barbara and choose to call it home all year long.