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 virtual experiences to haunted tours and tastes of the season, Santa Barbara has a full calendar of Halloween events taking place throughout October. 

As you participate in festivities that are safe this holiday season, please remember to maintain a safe social distance and avoid gatherings with people outside of your household. Since masks are still required, infuse a little Halloween fun by wearing themed prints to match the season. And this year, instead of traditional trick-or-treating, use this curated list full of alternative ways to celebrate without sacrificing on the fun or sweet treats.

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Pumpkin Patches

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, Now through October 31, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 October 31, embark on an afternoon of autumn activities that are safe and fun for the whole family. While visiting, don’t forget to shop their produce stand to pick up local, organic goods including strawberries, sweet corn, lettuces, tomatoes, and squash. Learn More
Cost: Admission is Free

Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, Daily through October 31, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Big Wave Dave’s is another 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 decor to your home, pick from a variety of squash, ornamental gourds, corn stalks, hay bales, and more. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free.

Montecito Country Mart Pumpkin Patch, Daily through October 31
Make your way to Coast Village Road to select a beautiful heirloom pumpkin from Montecito Country Mart’s “honor system” pumpkin patch. Once that perfect pumpkin has been selected, simply place your payment in their handy dropbox. It’s that easy! If you’ve worked up an appetite while trying to find just the right seasonal squash, explore and dine at the neighboring shops and eateries that make up the Montecito County Mart, including Cafe Luxxe, Farm Stand, Little Alex’s, Merci, Panino, and Rori’s Artisanal Creamery to name a few. Learn More
Cost: Varies.

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. Learn More
Cost: $35 to $150 depending on the tour selected.

Thrills and Chills Virtual Dance Fest, October 10, 17, 24 at 10 a.m., October 14, 21 at 6 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to learn the Thriller dance and other popular Halloween choreography? World Dance Humanity is offering free and easy virtual dance lessons where you’ll have a chance to perform the dances in the virtual Zoom Halloween party on October 31. You’ll also have the chance to record yourself dancing and be part of their video montage. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free.

Spooky Zoo, October 16 to 31, 9:30 a.m. to 7 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 and photo ops. Tasty treats and booo-zy adult beverages will be available to quench your ravenous hunger and thirst. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, cloth or surgical face coverings that cover your nose and mouth must be worn while in the zoo. 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. Learn More
Cost: Free with Zoo admission. Online reservations are required.

Halloween Museum Mysteries, October 23 – 25 and October 30 – November 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come in costume to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for a mysterious adventure for the entire family. The Halloween Museum Mysteries will include a clue kit to turn your visit into a fun and cryptic adventure, with decoding hidden messages and a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Then continue the fun with a take-home activity and come back the following week for another mystery. And for extra Halloween fun, the museum will be decked out with more bats and spiders than usual and will also have bottle rocket launches and spooky science experiments. Limited availability clue kit includes two secret message magnifying glasses, invisible ink pen, UV light, clues, evidence container, take-home activity, and reusable bag. Space is limited and reservations are required. Learn More
Cost: Included in admission.

Virtual Haunted Halloween Costume Contest and Dance Party, October 30, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Put on your spookiest, funniest, or most creative Halloween costume and dance the night away with the virtual haunted Halloween costume dance party hosted by KLITE 101.7’s morning radio hosts, Gary Fruin & Catherine Remak with live music from DJ Scott Topper. This fundraising event supports CADA’s Mentor Program and is open to all ages. For a chance to win spooky prizes, please make sure to register. The first 500 registrations are eligible to compete in the costume contest. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free.

Halloween Door Dash at Fairview Gardens, October 31, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fairview Gardens is a 13-acre certified organic farm in the heart of Goleta that produces a variety of high quality annual and perennial crops, trees, herbs and flowers. This Halloween, you’re invited out to the farm for a howling good time for their free and safe trick or treating alternative and costume contest. Extra precautions to keep everyone safe at this event will include: face coverings required for everyone over the age 3, a 6 ft social distancing, participants or families are limited to 6 persons per group, participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and all participants are required to answer a series of prescreening questions and temperature checks before entering the farm. Learn More
ost: Admission is free.

Please make sure to check back as more events are added weekly.

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