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Have a Spooktacular and Safe Halloween in Santa Barbara


Two young children all decked out as wild animals for a safe halloween in Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Courtesy of the Santa Barbara Zoo

Every year when the harvest moon rises, Santa Barbara residents are treated to bewitching spooktacular Halloween events. This year, Halloween in Santa Barbara is no exception, even with COVID-19 concerns. We’re talking spell-binding pumpkin patches, ghoulish events, haunted parties and more. In fact, Halloween in Santa Barbara means a full calendar of spooky and fun events for “kids” of all ages. Here’s a list of some of the best:

Pumpkin Patches

  • Head to Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch for everything you need to get into the Halloween spirit. From now to October 31, everyone is invited to enjoy hayrides, farm animals, a corn maze, loads of pumpkins, and the perfect backdrop for that festive, Instagram-able fall photo.
  • Big Wave Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is another great spot to pick that perfect pumpkin or festive gourd. This local patch offers a variety of kids activities, too; from spook-tacular photo opportunities to boo-tiful autumn harvest decor for your Montecito home.
  • The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch returns this year for its annual autumn extravaganza with 1lb pumpkins and festivities galore, including corn stalks, hay bales, kids’ maze, and a 10-acre corn maze.
    Admission to all of the above is FREE!

The full moon behind a spooky tree at Halloween.

Spooky Ghost Tour

For a real treat, take the whole family on Spooky Tours with Santa Barbara Ghost Tours. Join Professor Julie Ann Brown as she tours you through the streets of Downtown Santa Barbara, sharing the stories of our friendly resident ghosts. Kids at heart will enjoy the Downtown Paranormal Wine and Spirits Tour. There are more tours to choose from, including a Legends, Myths and Mayhem Tour, Dead of the Night Tour, and a VIP Historical Dinner Tour.
Cost: $35 to $150 depending on the tour selected.

Boo at the Zoo

From October 11th to the 31st, Spooky Zoo, the annual fun and festive Halloween in Santa Barbara spell-ebration, takes place at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Visit the animals amidst frightfully fun décor. There are plenty of photo ops all around the zoo, making it the perfect spot for a chilling selfie. Enjoy tasty treats for all with booo-zy alcoholic drinks available for those not driving. Some things to keep in mind: due to COVID-19 restrictions, cloth face coverings that cover your nose and mouth must be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. No costume head or face masks permitted. Keep costumes child-friendly; no gore or realistic weapons.
Cost: Free with Zoo admission. Online reservations are required.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt on the Water

Argh you ready to paddle through the Santa Barbara Harbor for a spooky scavenger hunt? Then you won’t want to miss the Pirate Themed Scavenger Hunt on October 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wear your best pirate outfit to ​find and photograph all the items on the list before to be entered in a raffle to win a trip for four to Anacapa Island with Channel Islands Expeditions. After you’ve secured the booty, sip on a refreshing beer from Rincon Brewery (21+).
Cost: $25/person (free for dues members)

For Adults Only

Masquerade Party

Boogie the night away under the autumn sky at the Lobero Theatre’s Mischief Masquerade Outdoor Halloween Dance Party, taking place on October 30 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Get dressed up in your best costume and head to 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.
Cost: $50-65/person. ID and proof of vaccination is required.  

Santa Barbara’s first-annual Halloween Pub Crawl

Our fine city’s first Halloween Pub Crawl takes place on October 29 and 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Buy a pass for free access to more than 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. Costumes are recommended. 
Cost: $15-30/person

Murder Mystery Dinner Anyone?

It’s a night of who-done-it with Brass Bear’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner at Brass Bear Brewing Co. taking place this year on October 27, 28 and 31. 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 and receive an added prize, plus bragging rights of course!
Cost: $80/person.

Little girl and boy carving pumpkin at Halloween. Dressed up children trick or treating. Kids trick or treat. Child in witch costume playing in autumn park. Toddler kid with jack-o-lantern.

Safe Trick or Treating

Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services, offers some safety tips for Halloween in Santa Barbara when it comes to trick or treating this year. Here they are:

  • Walk safely
  • Trick or Treat with an adult
  • Keep costumes both creative and safe by decorating with reflective tape or stickers
  • Drive extra safely on Halloween

Finally, did you know that the Nextdoor neighborhood map lets you know which households are giving out candy? Check it out at and plan your route. If the house has a candy corn icon on it, then they plan to give out treats. Happy Trick-or-Treating!

Find more Halloween fun things to do on Visit Santa Barbara, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Santa Barbara, South Coast, and surrounding communities.  As you participate in any of the above festivities, please follow individual business guidelines and wear a face covering while indoors, whether you’re vaccinated or not.

Thinking about enjoying Halloween in Santa Barbara, 2022 in a new home? There’s both a “trick” and a “treat” involved. The trick is contacting me via email at, or calling me at (805) 886-9378, and the treat will be selling your home and finding a new one. That’s what I call a “Hallo-win!”


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