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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 guides you through the streets of Downtown Santa Barbara, sharing the stories of our friendly resident ghosts. If you’re a kid at heart, you’ll enjoy the Downtown Paranormal Wine and Spirits Tour. But that’s not all you can choose from: this tour company also offers a Legends, Myths and Mayhem Tour, Dead of the Night Tour, and a VIP Historical Dinner Tour.
Cost: Turs run from $35 to $150 

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. The Zoo  is all decked out for the occasion including plenty of photo ops to be found, making it the perfect spot for a chilling selfie. Enjoy tasty treats for all with booo-zy alcoholic drinks for those sprits who are not driving.
Cost: Free with Zoo admission. Online reservations are required.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt on the Water

How about a spooky, Pirate Themed scavenger hunt in the Santa Barbara Harbor? Don your best pirate costume and join the fun on October 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All you have to do is photograph all the items on the list to be entered in a raffle. Who knows, you could win a trip for four to Anacapa Island with Channel Islands Expeditions. Secure your booty, then sip on a refreshing beer from Rincon Brewery (21+).
Cost: $25/person (free for dues members)

For Adults Only

Masquerade Party

Dance the night away under the autumn sky at the Lobero Theatre’s Mischief Masquerade Outdoor Halloween Dance Party. The annual event takes 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, and other surprises, all set to the music of DJ Scott Topper.
Cost: $50-65/person.  

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 and receive access to more than 10 bars and nightclubs located in downtown Santa Barbara. Tickets to this all-night event come with a free welcome shot (at select venues), drink discounts, free nightclub entry, and a spooktacular crawl map to all participating locations. Put on your favorite costume and head Night Lizard Brewing Co. where the fun begins.  
Cost: $15-30/person

Murder Mystery Dinner Anyone?

It’s a night of who-done-it at Brass Bear Brewing Company’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner. The event takes place this year on October 27, 28 and 31. Enjoy the camaraderie by working together to solve a mystery in three rounds. Enjoy a four-course meal with wine and beer pairings and be sure to dress in your Halloween best for the chance to win best costume of the night. 
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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