Halloween Events in Santa Barbara

As darkness falls and the harvest moon rises, treat yourself to a spooktacular series of Halloween activities themed perfectly for a bewitching getaway in the Santa Barbara South Coast. From boo-tiful crafts and carnivals to haunted tours and tastes of the season, Santa Barbara has a full calendar of Halloween events taking place throughout October. 

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Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, Daily through Oct. 31 from 12-9 p.m. (Closes at 6 p.m. on Halloween Day).
Big Wave Dave’s is a great spot for picking that perfect pumpkin or festive gourd. Located at La Cumbre Plaza, this local patch offers a variety of kids activities, photo opportunities and an abundant selection of pumpkins to choose from. If you’re looking to add harvest décor to your home, pick from a variety of squash, ornamental gourds, corn stalks, hay bales and more.
Cost: Admission is free

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 24-Oct. 31, Monday-Friday from 12-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (12-5 p.m. Halloween Day)
Lane Farms has everything you need to get into the Halloween season with hayrides, farm animals, a corn maze, loads of pumpkins and the perfect backdrop for that festive, Instagrammable fall photo. Now through Oct. 31, embark on an afternoon of autumn activities that are safe and fun for the whole family.
Cost: Admission is free

Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch, Sept. 24-Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pumpkins, gourds, squash, oh my! The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch returns for its annual autumn extravaganza with one-pound pumpkins and festivities galore, including corn stalks, hay bales, kids maze and a 10-acre corn maze.
Cost: Admission is free

Halloween Events & Activities

Spooky Tours with Santa Barbara Ghost Tours, Ongoing
Did you know that Santa Barbara is the city of friendly ghosts? For a fun, spooky scare, join Professor Julie Ann Brown as she tours you through the streets of Downtown Santa Barbara sharing the stories of the local resident ghosts. Santa Barbara Ghost Tours offers a variety of tours including the Downtown Paranormal Wine and Spirits Tour, Legends, Myths and Mayhem Tour, Dead of the Night Tour and more. For an elevated experience, the VIP Historical Dinner Tour provides exclusive access to a private, membership-only club for an elegant dinner with your guide. Storytelling begins over dinner and then continues with a historical walking tour.
Cost: $35 to $150 per person, depending on the tour selected

Scarecrow Fest & Day in the Country, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Head over the hill for the day to Los Olivos for a day in the country this Halloween season, where attendees can experience a fall parade, a Fun Run and food, live music, wine, beer and more from over 100 local vendors. The Scarecrow Festival runs throughout the month of October, so while you’re exploring a Day in the Country, don’t forget to vote for your favorite scarecrow in town.
Cost: Admission is free

Boo at the Zoo, Oct. 21-30 from 5-8 p.m.
Get ready for a fun and festive Halloween spell-ebration at the Santa Barbara Zoo. While visiting the animals, discover frightfully fun decor, photo ops and trick-or-treating. The ticket for this event includes a Zoo Train ride, mad science experiments, scare zone, dance party, creepy-crawly animal encounters and bounce houses. Additionally, no costume head or face masks will be permitted. Since this is a kid and family-friendly event, please keep costumes child-friendly and do not include gore or realistic weapons.
Cost: $23 per adult, $18 per child

Witchy Paddle, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
Enjoy a bewitching paddle tour this Halloween! Glide between boats and explore the Santa Barbara coastline with your spellbinding crew. Arrive in costume and receive 25% off your rental from Paddle Sports Center.
Cost: Pricing starts at $27/hour

Thriller 2022, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.
Join World Dance for Humanity at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens for a free, family-friendly thrills and chills daytime dance fest. Come in costume and watch dance groups perform their own spooky choreographies or perform your own! Leading up to the event, World Dance for Humanity invites you to learn a new Halloween dance medley. World Dance for Humanity has even organized a series of flash mobs in October to show off your new moves. No need to be a trained dancer, all ages and experience levels are invited to participate.
Cost: Admission is free

Halloween Monster Mash at Paseo Nuevo, Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m.
Join DJ Frank in Paseo Nuevo’s Center Court for a Halloween Monster Mash. Don your best costume for an early evening of family fun, trick-or-treating and a few additional spooks.
Cost: Admission is free

Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Santa Barbara, Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m.
Costumed children and their families are invited to visit the businesses of Downtown Santa Barbara for this festive Halloween event, creating a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience for the whole family.
Cost: Admission is free

Spooky Train & Haunted Depot, Oct. 29 from 4-7 p.m.
This spooky season, the South Coast Railroad Museum & Goleta Depot is bringing back this popular event, complete with popcorn, trick-or-treating, train rides, kids craft, games and more. Costumes are encouraged (but not required).
Cost: Admission is free

Halloween Party in The Funk Zone, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m.
Get your fill of witches’ brew and live music at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. this Halloween weekend. In addition to live tunes by local band Caddyshack, arrive in your best costume and enter the costume contest, which will be held at 9 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free

Halloween Costume Cruise, Oct. 31, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Create a memorable tale as you embark on a Halloween sail. Join Santa Barbara Sailing Center aboard the Double Dolphin for an afternoon Halloween costume cruise along the Pacific. Filled with all treats and no tricks, DJ Gavin Roy will be spinning spooky tunes from the sea as you enjoy libations and candy from the crew.

21+ Halloween Events & Activities

Comedy is a Drag: Halloween Show, Oct. 21 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Live comedy just got spookier: Join Bear Cave Comedy for a night of ghoulish giggles at The Wildcat Lounge, where the drinks and the jokes will be flowing all night long (well, until 9:30 p.m.).
Cost: $25 per person for general admission, $35 per person for VIP

Fields of Funk, Oct. 29 from 12-10 p.m.
Moon-walk your way over to Elings Park, and get your groove on with Channel Tres, Frank Moody and Flamingosis. Fields of Funk is a Halloween music festival, and what better than to don your favorite costume, lay out some lawn chairs and picnic blankets and dance the evening away? Don’t miss the silent disco, roller skating, art installations, food trucks and full bar.
Cost: Tickets start at $50 per person

Halloween Pub Crawl, Oct. 28, Check-in between 7-10 p.m.
One pass to the Halloween Pub Crawl will get you free access to over 10+ bars and nightclubs in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning at Institution Ale Company, your ticket to this all-night event includes a free welcome shot (at select venues), drink discount coupons, free nightclub entry passes and a crawl map to participating locations. Costumes are encouraged.
Cost: $15-$30 per person

Creep the Halls: Midnight Circus, Oct. 29 from 6-9 p.m.
Experience a magical circus of surprises during this adults-only Halloween celebration at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Come in costume to crawl its creepy halls and spooky woods in a party complete with food and beverages, performers, a live band, dancing and a spectacular finale to boot.
Cost: $120 per person

Halloween Painting Class, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.
Mixing wine with painting has never sounded spookier with the addition of this specialty Halloween class, where students can paint a Halloween scene and sip the night away at The Painted Cabernet.
Cost: $40 per person

Zombie Pub Crawl, Oct. 29, Check-in between 7-10 p.m.
Roam State Street and party among the zombies for an evening of all-night bar-hopping at Santa Barbara’s only Zombie Crawl. Your zombie survival kit includes a free welcome shot (at select venues), drink discount coupons, free nightclub entry passes to more than 10 bars and nightclubs and a zombie crawl map to participating locations.
Cost: $15-$30 per person

Haunted Ball at the Sunstone Villa, Oct. 29 from 7-10 p.m.
It’s one of the best times of year in Santa Barbara wine country: The marriage of harvest and Halloween season always makes for a spook-tacular celebration. At Sunstone Winery, ghouls and ghosts (of drinking age!) are invited to attend an elaborate haunted ball, where there will be appetizers and light bites, an open bar serving Sunstone Wine and a costume contest with prizes.
Cost: $125 per person for general admission, $100 per person for members