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.
Please make sure to check back as more events are added weekly. As you participate in festivities that are safe this holiday season, please follow individual business guidelines and wear a face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Pumpkin Patches & CORN MAZES
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.
Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, September 25 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. September 25 through October 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, September 30 – October 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pumpkins, gourds, squash, oh my! The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch returns for its annual autumn extravaganza with 1lb pumpkins and festivities galore, including corn stalks, hay bales, kids maze, and a 10-acre corn maze. Learn More
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. Learn More
Cost: $35 to $150 depending on the tour selected.
Spooky Zoo, October 11 to 31, 9:30 a.m. to 5 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.
B.A.T.S. – Bats Aren’t That Spooky, October 28, 6 p.m.
In preparation for Halloween and in celebration of National Bat Week, Join Los Padres ForestWatch for an exciting virtual presentation and Q&A with Miguel Ordeñana, wildlife biologist with the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. The presentation will include Miguel’s large-scale study of bats in L.A.’s urban core, called the Backyard Bat Survey, as well as more information on the nocturnal nature of bats, what they eat, and the many different varieties of bats in and around the area. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free.
Monstera Mash: A Boo-tanical Stroll through Lotusland, October 28-30, 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Guests are in for a boo-tanical experience as they stroll through a thrilling and chilling garden party at Lotusland. Around every corner, discover mysterious surprises, spooktacular decorations and creepy creatures. Costumes are encouraged for all ages. Space is limited. Call (805) 969- 9990 for reservations. Learn More
Cost: Members: $35/adult, $20/child ages 3-17, free age 2 and under. Non-Members Thursday & Friday: $60/adult, $30/child ages 3-17, free age 2.
Trunk or Treat, October 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join the Santa Barbara Police Department for a free, fun and family-friendly outdoor trick-or-treating experience! Don your favorite costume (and make sure the kiddos have theirs too!), and delight in Halloween in a safe and socially-distanced way. Travel from trunk to trunk and collect candy and treats from the trunks of Santa Barbara Police cars, as well as other community sponsors.
Cost: Admission is free
Thriller 2021, October 30, 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. They’ve 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. Learn More
Cost: Admission is free
Fields of Funk, October 30, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Moon-walk your way over to Elings park, and get your groove on to the Chromeo DJ Set, the Poolside DJ Set, Dām-FunK, Egyptian Lover and Amo Amo. 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. Learn More
Cost: Tickets start at $50/person
Halloween Door Dash, October 30, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fairview Gardens Farm is taking trick or treating to the next level with their annual Halloween Door Dash, where families can enjoy the holiday in a safe (and organic!) way. Arrive dressed in costume, and visit uniquely decorated standalone “doors” on the farm, where kiddos will receive organic treats and eco-friendly goodies in lieu of candy. There are limited tickets available for this funfest, so book early! Learn More
Cost: $10/child and $15/adult.
Colin & Brad: Scared Scriptless, October 30, 8 p.m.
Trade trick-or-treating for an evening at the theatre. Celebrate Halloween Eve with the hilarious improvisations of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Prepare to laugh yourself senseless at the Granada Theatre as improv comedy masterminds make up original scenes, songs, and more from fan-submitted suggestions. Be forewarned; you just might be pulled on stage to join in on the fun on stage. Learn More
Cost: Tickets start at $45/person
Monster Day at Santa Barbara Golf Club, October 31, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Some believe the Santa Barbara course is too easy. Treat yourself to a 2-Person Scramble where the course will be a real monster! The club will not be using USGA recommendations for tee and hole locations. Call 805-687-7087 or visit the Golf Shop to sign up.
Cost: $74/player; Preferred Club Card Members: $69/player. Includes green fee, cart fee, range balls and inclusion in contests and awards.
Witchy Paddle on Halloween, October 31, 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 a witch costume and receive 25% off your rental from Paddle Sports Center. Learn More
Halloween Monster Mash at Paseo Nuevo, October 31, 3 p.m. to 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 surprises. Learn More
Trick or Treat on State Street, October 31, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Enjoy a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience in downtown Santa Barbara this Halloween. Bring the whole family in costume to the many shops and storefronts of State Street, and collect individually wrapped treats, candy, stickers, prizes and toys.
Cost: Admission is free.
Ghost Village Road, October 31, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
From spooky and creepy to fun and sweet, dress in your Halloween best for this trick-or-treat. The storefronts along Coast Village Road are eager to welcome you and your little ones with candy, treats, and other goodies this Hallows Eve.
Cost: Admission is free.
21+ Halloween Events & Activities
Eureka! Turns Up the Heat, October 8 to November 2, 2021
If you’re looking to get spicy this Halloween, Eureka! is the place to be. For a limited time, the restaurant will offer two new menu items that are terrifyingly tasty, so don’t miss your chance to try them both. The “Scary Hot Fries” are signature French fries tossed in a ghost pepper spice blend and topped with cheese, bacon and chipotle aioli. After your taste buds have cooled off, whet your whistle with the “Chasing Ghosts,” a Del Maguey mezcal cocktail with coconut milk, orgeat almond syrup and ghost pepper tincture. Additionally, pop in on October 21 for National Mezcal Day, and sip on “The Floor is Lava,” a mezcal cocktail with lime, hibiscus, blood orange and and Ancho Reyes. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.
Murder Mystery Dinner at Brass Bear Brewing Co., October 27, 28 and 31
It’s a night of who-done-it with Brass Bear’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner. Attendees of the event will work together to solve a mystery with three rounds of clues. Festivities include a four-course meal with wine and beer pairings under the stars. Dress in your Halloween best for the chance to win best costume of the night for an added prize, and bragging rights of course! Learn More
Halloween Pub Crawl, October 29 & 31, Check-in 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Allow us to introduce you to the first-annual Halloween Pub Crawl! One pass will get you free access to over 10+ bars and nightclubs in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning at Night Lizard Brewing Co, 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. There are plenty of chances to join in on the fun, with two nights to choose from, October 29 and October 31. Costumes are recommended. Learn More
Spookeasy at Margerum Tasting Room, October 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join Margerum Wine Co. for the scariest ’20s themed drag show, prohibition era-themed with hauntingly talented Queens! Pam Cakez of the Ventura Drag Brunch will host, and guests will enjoy performances by Sage Zariah, Samara Paris Sin, and Tamara Colby Simone. Attendees will be provided with a complimentary drink ticket, spooky specials will be available for purchase, and ’20s themed attire is strongly encouraged. Learn More
Cost: $50/person; Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours will be required for entry.
Zombie Pub Crawl, October 30, Check-in 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Roam State Street and party among the zombies for an evening of all-night bar-hopping at the first annual Zombie Crawl. Your zombie survival kit includes a free welcome shot (at select venues), drink discount coupons, free nightclub entry passes to 10+ bars and nightclubs, and a zombie crawl map to participating locations. Learn More
Mischief Masquerade, October 30, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Boogie the night away under the autumn sky at the Lobero Theatre’s Mischief Masquerade Outdoor Halloween Dance Party. Set on Lobero Theatre’s historic esplanade, you’re in for a magical evening, complete with a costume contest, specialty spirits, ghoulish delights, spooky surprises, and DJ Scott Topper spinning tunes all night long. Learn More
Cost: $50-65/person. This event is 21+ only. ID and proof of vaccination is required.
Halloween Live Music at Zaca Mesa Winery, October 31, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Zaca Mesa Winery in the Courtyard for a hauntingly great time this Halloween. Rock out to a special Halloween set with Keith Cox Music while tasting wine and enjoying the fresh air. Costumes not required but are absolutely encouraged. Learn More
Cost: Varies. Reservations are not required but are recommended.
Halloween Costume Cruise, October 31, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bring your spookiest costume aboard the Double Dolphin to kick off Halloween festivities. Sip on libations from the bar and sneak candy from the crew as you explore the coast of Santa Barbara by boat. Learn More
Spooky Sip & Paint at Painted Cabernet, October 31, 6 p.m.
Awaken your inner Van Gogh and test your painting skills at Painted Cabernet this Halloween. Choose from different master pieces to paint, including Glowing Pumpkins (October 31). Enjoy a glass of wine as you paint, and then hang your masterpiece for all to fear. Learn More
Cost: $37/person, 21+ only.
Collabradors at M. Special State Street Taproom, October 31, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the band Collabradors features members of Salty Strings, King Zero, Soul Majestic and Art of Funk, and will be playing a spooky Halloween set at the M. Special State Street taproom. Sip on a cold brew and boogie to great tunes all night!
Cost: Admission is free.
Halloween Night of Horror at Carr Winery, October 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Join Carr Winery for a bone chillingly fun evening, featuring spooktacular wines, beats by DJ FAB, a costume contest and more in the haunted wine cave. Ticket purchase includes a glass of Pink Monster, and costumes are required.
Cost: $25/person in advance; $35/person day of/at the door. Members save 20%. No pets please.
Lucidity Halloween Soiree: Magical Creatures with David Starfire & Soohan, October 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This Halloween, party ‘til the break of dawn at Backstage on State Street. Boogie on three floors with heart-pounding beats and live aerial arts performances. David Starfire, Soohan, 9Lives, and Luna Jay will be laying down the soundtrack to the evening. Bring your costume a-game for the chance to win a cash prize for best dressed. Learn More