Halloween is almost here, and Santa Barbara County has plenty of fun events planned that are suitable for both families with young children and those over the age of 21.
With COVID-19 still new in 2020 and before its vaccines were available, many Halloween events were canceled last year.
Now, many events are returning and some coronavirus-safe events are returning even this year, like the Santa Maria Elks ‘Haunted Hills’ drive-thru event.
The following are several events taking place this fall and the Halloween season across the county, ranging from free events for kids to pub crawls in downtown Santa Barbara for adults over 21.
Pumpkins in Santa Barbara include Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch, 308 S. Walnut Ave., which is open daily until Oct. 31 from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Dave Big Wave Pumpkin Patch, situated in Place de la Cumbre& at 121 S. Hope Ave., is open daily until October 31 from noon to 9 p.m. Both pumpkin plots have free entry and offer activities for kids and families.
Scary Zoo at Santa Barbara Zoo is also back, giving people the chance to visit their favorite animals while in disguise and surrounded by spooky Halloween scenery and photo opportunities. The Spooky Zoo experience is available daily until October 31 and is free with zoo entry, but requires online reservations. For non-members, general admission to the zoo, 500 NiÃ±os Drive, costs $ 19.95 per adult over 13 and $ 14.95 per child 2-12.
Ghost tours of Santa Barbara offers spooky tours throughout downtown Santa Barbara and can be booked online. Depending on the tour chosen, the cost varies from $ 35 per person to $ 150 per person.
Monstera Mash: a boo-tanic walk through Lotusland in Montecito will take place at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from October 28 to 30. Admission for members is $ 35 per adult and $ 20 per child aged 3 to 17. Admission for non-members this Thursday and Friday is $ 60 per adult and $ 30 per child aged 3 to 17, children under 2 enter free.
Lane Farms, at 308 S. Walnut Ave. on Hollister Avenue, has lots of pumpkins in its square as well as other things to entertain family and friends. (Photo by Lane Farms)
October 29, Santa Barbara Police Department hold a free Trunk or treat event at 1235 Chapala St., where children can come in disguise to collect candy from the trunks of police cars. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
October 30, World Dance for Humanity hosts its annual Thriller event to Garden below the Santa Barbara courthouse, along block 100 of East Anapamu Street, with a free dance party at 2 p.m. and the flash mob Thriller at 3 p.m.
Kids can play pranks or treats for free from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 31 in storefronts in downtown Santa Barbara, with the Halloween Monster Mash at Paseo Nuevo, Trick or Treat on State Street, and Ghost village road, aka Coast Village Road, in Montecito.
The Painted Cabernet hosts four Spooky Sip and Paint courses with each date painting a different scene. The events will take place at 6 p.m. from October 21 to 23 and October 31 at a cost of $ 37 per person. The Painted Cabernet is located at 1229 State St.
Adults over 21 can dance the night away at the Outdoor Halloween Dance Party, Lobero Theater Masquerade of Mischief 8 p.m. to midnight October 30 at the theater at 33 E. Canon Perdido, with tickets ranging from $ 50 to $ 65 per person.
A Zombie pub crawl takes place on October 30, while the Halloween Pub Crawl will take place on October 31st. Check-in for both dates is between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and tickets cost between $ 15 and $ 30 per person, which includes admission to over 10 bars and nightclubs and drink coupons . Additionally, several bars and nightclubs in downtown Santa Barbara will be hosting their own Halloween parties and events throughout the night.
Goleta and Isla Vista
These permits will be required from 7 p.m. on Friday, October 29 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, and again from 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 31.
The boundaries of these neighborhoods are Storke Road to the east, Hollister Avenue to the north, Cannon Green Drive to the west, and Whittier Drive to the south.
Each household within these limits will receive two parking permits in the mail by October 21.
The Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District holds a Haunted Pumpkin Patch: an immersive theatrical event at Estero Park, 889 Camino Del Sur, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. October 27-29. Free entry.
More at Urban Agriculture Center at Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Ave., on Halloween Door Dash will have a trail of doors decorated to deceive or treat from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 30. Admission without an appointment is $ 15 per adult and $ 10 per child.
History Alcazar Theater, at 4916 Carpinteria Ave. in Carpinteria, will project The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7 p.m. and October 30 at midnight, with drinks, popcorn and bags of interactive accessories available for purchase. Disguises are encouraged.
Santa Ynez Valley
Traders from across the Santa Ynez Valley, including Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Alamos, participate in the Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Festival until October 31. Residents are encouraged to view each scarecrow, at locations that can be found on the The SYV Scarecrow Fest list, and vote for their favorite online.
The Pumpkin Solvang Farmer is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1000 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang. Admission is free, and entry to the 10-acre corn maze is $ 7 per person.
From 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on October 29 and 30, Solvang’s Halloween Haunted House, located at 411 Second St., will be open to guests with an admission fee of $ 10 per adult and $ 8 per child 12 and under. A version more suitable for the children of the house will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both days.
Families looking for an outdoor movie night can head to the free Halloween outdoor cinema presented by the Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 31 at the lot at the corner of Meadowvale Road and Highway 246 in Santa Ynez. The film will be The Addams Family and the Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge # 2640 will also have a concession stand.
The Lompoc Aquatic Center, 207 W. College Ave., will have its first âfloating pumpkinâ during its Dunkin for pumpkins event starting at 10 a.m. on October 24. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $ 12 per child. More information can be found by calling 805.875.8100.
Children 12 and under are invited to pick up treats at participating companies in Lompoc during the free admission Old Town Market Trick or Treat Event 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30. Cards can be picked up at participating businesses and at Centennial Park, at South H Street and East Cypress Avenue on the day of the event.
Santa Maria and Orcutt
The Patch is located at Los Flores Ranch Park at 6245 Dominion Road and is open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday through October 31. Admission is free, but parking is $ 5 and entry to the Corn Maze is $ 3 to $ 5 per person.
The U-Pick Blueberries Pumpkin Patch is located at 3665 Dominion Road and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday until October 31. U-Pick Blueberries has free entry with a $ 10 parking fee.
The Santa Maria Elks Haunted Hills Driving Event comes back to Elks Unocal Event Center 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday until October 30. Single-vehicle entry costs $ 55 per vehicle and tickets can be purchased online.
Orcutt Academy High School hosts its annual Haunted House from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 24 at 610 Pinal Ave. at Orcutt. Admission is $ 10 per person.
For those over 21, Costa De Oro hosts a Halloween Boogie Bash with a costume contest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 22 at 1331 Nicholson Ave., and Naughty Oak and Vino Et Amicis Throw Block Party and Halloween Costume Contest 4 p.m. to midnight October 30 at 165 South Broadway, Suite 102, Orcutt.
From noon to 2 p.m. on October 30, families with children are invited to Allan Hancock College free Bulldog Bound-O-Ween drive-through trick-or-treat event in college parking lot 4, where kids can receive Halloween treats while supplies last.
The The municipal theater Santa Maria will organize a movie night, showing The Rocky Horror Picture ShowOctober 30, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 1660 N. McClelland St. in Santa Maria. Participants are invited to participate in a costume contest and bring movie props.