The spookiest time of the year is here! Santa Barbara has no shortage of costume parties, festive fall street fairs and haunted houses to explore. Whether you like running around Santa Barbara doing every single one of the best things to do in the fall or you would rather curl up at home to watch the scariest fall movies, it should all have a Halloween theme, naturally. Here’s your complete guide to celebrating the haunted holiday in Santa Barbara.


Scales and Tales

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural Art

Have a great Saturday with your kids at the Sea Center and enjoy some under the sea fun with Mermaid story-time! Visit the BranchOut escape room and solve a murder mystery before time runs out. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

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Thriller 2017

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sunken Garden at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse

If Halloween has a soundtrack, it will definitely be Michael Jackson's Thriller. Join us on Saturday, October 28th as hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global event, Thrill the World. This will be the 8th year World Dance is hosting the experience, which will include Flashmobs in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. It’s a fantastic opportunity for dancers and non-dancers to take part in a worldwide dance event!

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6th Annual Voodoo Lounge Halloween Dance Party

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, 633 E Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Enjoy a night of dancing and great music at this wicked dance party hosted by Felici Events with proceeds benefiting the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. With entertainment like DJ Scott Topper, Haunted Action Photo Booth, costume contests, Instagram contests, & the Voodoo Altar this will be a haunting evening to remember!

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Halloween Bash With The Molly Ringwald Project

9:00 PM

Soho Restaurant and Music Club, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Boasting a Motley cast of characters from all over the Central Coast, the Molly Ringwald Project (tMRP) is an escape back to the days when music videos killed radio stars. Over the top showmanship and even bigger hair was all the rage. Although the hair days are a thing of the past (for 5/6 of us), the songs remain ever TRUE. Keeping the original artists' vision of the songs, tMRP is set out to make pegged pants, high top Reeboks, and topsiders in vogue once again… Just like the original Brat Pack, we’re all a lil’ older and wiser, but we all long for those Prom and songs of rebellion we loved to hate (at least in public). So get on board, the Metro that is, and let’s party like it’s…. The mid 80’s or so!

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Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Casa De La Guerra

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Casa De La Guerra, 15 E. De la Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,”, a Mexican tradition of celebrating the day of the dead at the Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy a day filled with family craft day and exhibit and discover the fascinating history of this special holiday while decorating sugar skulls and creating block prints, tin art, and more. Traditional food such as pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and Mexican hot chocolate will be served. This event is sponsored by The Outhwaite Foundation and The Towbes Foundation.

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Free Family Day: Dia De Los Muertos

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Since 1989, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps, and back plaza including music, dance performances, art-making activities, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

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Curse of Skull Mountain

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd St., Solvang, CA 93463

City of Solvang Parks and Recreation and City of Buellton Recreation will host the 24th Annual “Halloween Haunted House” and the associated “Halloween Street Fest”, which will thrill visitors with food, fun and spirits. The Haunted House and Street Fest, to be held at, and in front of, the Solvang Festival Theater, will run from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM both nights, with a kid-friendlier version of the Haunted House presented both evenings from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

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Downtown Trick or Treat

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Downtown Santa Barbara

Grab your favorite Halloween gear and join us for Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Santa Barbara on Tuesday, October 31, from 3–6 PM. Participating businesses will display balloons and distribute candy to children in costume.

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Taste of Santa Barbara Halloween Tour

11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Downtown Santa Barbara

Join us for a fun Halloween tasting tour. This culinary experience offers an intimate food walking tour of the mid-State Street area of downtown Santa Barbara and gives guests an up close and personal look into the local food scene. As we walk the streets of Santa Barbara, this food tour stops for tastings at six different shops and restaurants, where we taste and experience the best dishes and best restaurants that make Santa Barbara the great dining destination that it is. Guests who come in costume for this special Halloween tour will be treated (not tricked) to a selection of special chocolate treats at one of our favorite tour stops, Chocolats du CaliBressan. So, get out your witches hat, your silliest costume, or your best face paint, and come along on a Halloween tour with us. We will see you, and your whimsical costumes, then!

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The Rocky Horror Show

8:00 PM

Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Come and watch the Rocky Horror Show at the Center Stage Theater on October 31st at 8PM. Tickets are priced at $35 for interactive seating which includes a prop bag. For more information regarding the tickets, click here.

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Happy Halloween!