As darkness falls, the harvest moon rises in Santa Barbara, treating visitors to a spooktacular series of Halloween events and activities themed perfectly for a bewitching getaway. From haunted houses to all night dance parties, we’ve compiled a guide to the best Halloween events in Santa Barbara.
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Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for just the right place to cature the perfect autumn Instagram, look no further than Lane Farms. Dress in your best fall plaids and warm colors to get in the Halloween spirit with hayrides, farm animals, corn maze and of course, tons of pumpkins at Lane Farms. From now until October 31, bring the whole family (or squad) for an afternoon of autumn activities.
Meow-lloween at Cat Therapy, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
There’s nothing spooky about Cat Therapy’s Meow-lloween party, just complete cuteness at this 1.5 hour paw-ty. Enjoy the cuddly company of feline friends while indulging in hot spiced cider and cupcakes from Sugar Cat Studio. Tickets are $30 per person, with two time options to choose from, 6pm or 8pm. Come dressed and ready to win the costume contest for free return visits and cat yoga passes. Black Cats included.
El Dia De Los Muertos at Four Seasons, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara will play host to spirits and guests alike for a haunting evening of cocktail tasting, dancing and a competitive costume contest. No basic witches here. The dimly lit ocean-front terrace will boast fireside cocktails while indoors, dance the night away as a DJ spins today’s hits that will keep the dance floor boo-gieing all night long.
Murder Mystery Dinner, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Spend Halloween weekend indulging in a savory, four-course meal under the stars. Menu details include, bri-apple-honey crostini’s and butternut squash soup to start, apple roasted pork lion with mushroom gravy, and apple dippers for dessert. While you dine, you’ll be transported to the 1920’s and play the role of themed characters from The Great Gatsby. Don’t get too relaxed, there’s a murderer on the loose that you much catch before the night is through.
Scales & Tales, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It’s time for family Halloween fun at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Hear the tales of creatures under the sea with Mermaid story-time or solve a marine mystery before time runs out in the BranchOut escape room. Squeal with delight while touching a Moon Jelly and discover the magic of bioluminescent colors. This is one fun-filled event. Be sure to check the event description for a complete timeline of activities. Halloween costumes encouraged.
Thriller 2017, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Hundreds of zombies will come to life and head to the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform dance moves of the walking dead to Michael Jackson’s iconic, Thriller. No need to be a trained dancer, all are invited to participate in this world-wide flashmob event, now in its 8th year.
Can’t make it to the Santa Barbara event? Don’t miss Thriller in Santa Ynez on Sunday, October 29!
The Scary Times Sunset Cruise, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
As the sunlight fades into the horizon, join the Scary Times Sunset cruise for a sail across the Pacific. In addition to having a gh’oul time, attending this event will support the Gold Coast’s LGBT Community Centers. While aboard, enjoy music from Santa Barbara Karaoke, free prize drawings, soft drinks and wine, a scrumptious smorgasbord and one drink ticket. Be sure to dress to impress, bragging rights and a trophy costume competition are at stake.
6th Annual Voodoo Lounge Halloween Dance Party, 9 p.m. -1 a.m.
This wickedly fun dance party is a yearly Halloween tradition, benefiting the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. Held at The Fess Parker, A Double Tree by Hilton Resort, this event will be filled to the brim with entertainment including DJ Scott Topper, a haunted action photo booth, costume contests, and the Voodoo Altar. With spirited drink specials and a full bar, this 21+ event will be a haunting evening to remember!
Halloween Bash with Molly Ringwald Project, 9 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween with a tribute to the 80s and dance the night away to the music and over-the-top showmanship of the Molly Ringwald Project. Come with your own Motley crew or Brat Pack for a night filled with pegged pants, big hair and high-top Reeboks at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club.
Haleyween Party at The Mill, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Attend The Mill’s Haleyeen Party for a bewitching night of fun. Wildwood Kitchen will be serving Día de los Muertos inspired street food with late night tequila specials. Enjoy horror movies and spooky treats at Third Window Brewing, science experiments by the glass at Potek Winery and kid-friendly pumpkin decorating at Millworks. The highlight of the night includes an adult costume contest, where first prize will receive a one-night stay at The Loft, beer growlers, wine, gift cards and more.
El Dia De Los Muertos at Casa De La Guerra, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” with a free family craft day and exhibit at Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. Discover the fascinating history of this special holiday while decorating sugar skulls and creating block prints, tin art, and more. Traditional food such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and Mexican hot chocolate will be served. This event is sponsored by The Outhwaite Foundation and The Towbes Foundation.
El Dia De Los Muertos at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
For the 28th year, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps, and back plaza including music, dance performances, art-making activities, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.
Hallowine Party, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring your little ones (human or puppy) to Municipal Winemakers in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone for an afternoon of costume fun. While the adults indulge in a glass of wine, the kiddos can indulge in treats of their own.
Curse of Skull Mountain, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
For two special days, October 30 and 31, the City of Solvang Parks and Recreation and City of Buellton Recreation will host the 24th Annual “Halloween Haunted House” and the associated “Halloween Street Fest”, which will thrill visitors with food, fun and spirits. The Haunted House and Street Fest, to be held at, and in front of, the Solvang Festival Theater, will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM both nights, with a kid-friendlier version of the Haunted House presented both evenings from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
Halloween Tour, various times
Celebrate Halloween with a themed tasting tour with Taste of Santa Barbara. Come in costume and walk the streets of downtown Santa Barbara as you stop for tastings at six different shops and restaurants. Those who do come in costume will be treated (not tricked) to a selection of special chocolate treats at one of our favorite tour stops, Chocolats du CaliBressan.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Grab your favorite Halloween gear and meet downtown for Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Santa Barbara. Walk from shop-to-shop as participating businesses will display balloons and distribute candy to children in costume.
Safe Trick-or-Treat, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dress in your Halloween best for an evening of safe trick-or-treating at La Cumbre Plaza. Retailers will be giving out treats to those who come in costume, providing a stress-free environment for parents and their little ones.
Halloween Night at Carr Winery, 7p.m. – 11 p.m.
Come to the haunted wine caves at Carr Winery for a bone-chilling night of deviently delicious wine, live entertainment by Bryan Titus Trio, and a costume contest. This event is for those 21+ and costumes are required.
The Rocky Horror Show, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Showing at Center Stage Theatre, October 31 -November 4, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of the 20th century, centering around two naive lovers, Brad and Janet, who embark on a wild, unforgettable journey of pleasure and self-discovery. Reality, fiction, and camp collide in this mash-up of comics, rock and roll, and late-night horror flicks. Think again about bringing the kids to this event. Production contains adult material and language.