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Things to do for Halloween in Santa Barbara

October 23, 2015 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Looking for something spooky or fun to do this Halloween in Santa Barbara? Check out our list of activities below for some ideas that appeal to families, couples or your group of friends who are just looking for something different. We still have availability at Hotel Milo so plan something different this year – especially as Halloween falls on Saturday this year!

Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-¬or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. Most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area. Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

Price: $10 – $14

Santa Barbara Public Market

38 W. Victoria Street (at Chapala)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

On Friday October 23, from 6-8pm, join accomplished chef and proprietor of Studio Nihon​, Fukiko Miyazaki, for a rare opportunity to learn + create Sushi Art at the Public Market! Guests will learn the unique skill of artistically rolling sushi to create festive Halloween inspired images within each piece, and plate their very own dishes! Chef Miyazaki combines a professional training in both Japan and the U.S. with years of experience sharing traditional and contemporary Japanese food and hospitality with friends and clients in Santa Barbara and beyond. The Art of Making Sushi is $45, and includes all materials, sushi bites and a Kirin Ichiban beer, with sake available for purchase! Reservations are required. Call 805-770-7702 for details and to reserve.

Price: $45

Twelve35 Teen Center

1235 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This haunted attraction is like a real-life horror movie, but you can’t press pause. You’ll come face to face with freaky and unruly characters who are waiting to take you away to another world. As you tour the haunted circus you’re limits will be tested.


Price: $5

Saturday Oct 24, 2015

Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara

129 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

This is Night Out’s take on a classic event with all the fixins – Brew, BBQ, and some good ol country fun! You rarely get a chance to go country in SB, so here’s your chance.. Let’s see what you cowboys and cowgirls got!

Beer, Whiskey tastings at the old timey saloon, Live Music, Mechanical bull, and finger lickin’ good BBQ plates, games, and more!

Your ticket includes a beer or whiskey tasting from each of our vendors, your own keepsake mini mason jar and a heck of a good time! BBQ plates by Georgia’s Smokehouse will be on sale, credit card only please.

Brew Up isn’t just for fun either; We’ll be raising money for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation!

Get your tickets and come brew up and hoedown!

Price: $30

Sunday Oct 25, 2015

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1130 State Street
Santa Barbara , CA 9310

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) presents a free family day in celebration of Día de los Muertos on Sunday, October 25, from 1 to 4 pm, in the Museum’s back plaza, State Street terrace, Family Resource Center, and galleries. For the 26th year, the Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities including altar displays, art activities, live music, dance performances, an interactive altar installation by Los Angeles-based Art Division and companion activity designed by the Museum’s Teen Internship Program, and traditional Mexican refreshments. Admission to the family event and to the Museum is free.

Inspired by the Día de los Muertos traditions and works of art currently on view in the Museum galleries, the event’s art activities include mini-altars, using details of images from the Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography exhibition, skeleton landscape postcards, and paper flower still lifes, as well as traditional festival skull charms. In the Family Resource Center, the public is invited to remember friends and family by adding to the community altar and to view a special installation by artists from Art Division Youth Arts Program, a professional training program for underserved young adults who show genuine commitment and passion for the visual arts. Conjunto Jardin, Mariachi Sol Huasteco, and Folkloric Dance Group Quetzalcoatl return with musical and dance performances throughout the day.

Price: Free

Thursday Oct 29, 2015

Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restuarants

651 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Paseo Nuevo kicks off a new annual concert series featuring free live concerts in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy an outdoor evening concert featuring some of the area’s finest talent crossing jazz genres from traditional to contemporary. Thursday evenings, 5 to 7PM

Grab some goodies from the local eateries and join us at Paseo Nuevo! Take advantage of the beautiful fall evenings and delight in the vibrant setting of downtown while enjoying a free concert. De la Guerra Place will be transformed into a music lounge with tables and seating available on a first come basis.

WHERE: Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, State Street at De la Guerra Place (across from Paseo Nuevo Cinemas).

Price: Free

Thursday Oct 29, 2015

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dress in costume and bring a flashlight…It’s time for the return of Howls and Owls, a family friendly, pre-Halloween evening at the Museum!
Price: $4 – $8
Members $6; non-members $8; all children 12 and under $4.

Friday Oct 30, 2015

Santa Barbara Public Market

38 W. Victoria Street (at Chapala)
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

On Friday, October 30 from 5 – 10pm, the Santa Barbara Public Market is getting into the spirit with their first-ever Halloween Monster Mash… a SPOOKTACULAR night filled with Halloween tricks and treats, FREE to attend for all ages! Come eat, drink and get scary with us, and see the Public Market transformed into a Halloween-wonderland!

Little ghouls and goblins looking for fun are invited to come dressed up in their Halloween best, and participate in our costume contest! At 6:30, all children entered have the chance to show off their costumes during a market-wide Halloween parade! Our panel of merchant judges will then announce the winners, and awesome prizes will be awarded!

Kiddos are also invited to Trick or Treat the Public Market merchants, and get into the spirit with complimentary pumpkin decorating in The Kitchen, live music all night long and MORE!

For all of the adults getting in the Halloween spirit, Wine + Beer will host a “Witches + Warlocks” (21 and over) costume contest from 7-9pm! Enter for a chance to win TERRORIFIC prizes!

The night of the Monster Mash, post your best costume pics taken in the market to Instagram and tag @santabarbarapublicmarket and the hashtag #sbpmmonstermash for a chance to win all kinds of market prizes!

Don’t miss the Halloween Monster Mash at the Public Market! For more information visit sbpublicmarket.com or call 805-770-7702!

Price: Free

Saturday Oct 31, 2015

Blind Tiger

409 State St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Blind Tiger SB is thrilled to present ANONYMOUS // A Night of Masked Mayhem // Halloween Night! Come celebrate Halloween in disguise with 3 floors of entertainment. Over $750 worth of prizes for the best female, male, and couples costume! Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Tickets: anonymous.nightout.com

Price: $30

Saturday Oct 31, 2015

SOhO Restaurant & Music Club

1221 State St #205
Santa Barbara, CA 9310

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!
Price: $10

Elings Park

1298 Las Positas Rd.
Santa Barbarra, CA 93105

To register, please visit: www.sweatoutdoors.com/sweatefst

On Saturday, October 31, bring the entire family to SWEATFEST: Halloween Edition.

At 10:00am on Halloween morning, get ready to SWEAT for a good cause at Elings Park in Santa Barbara. This donation based workout event, brought to you by SWEAT Outdoors, will be supporting Save the Mermaids, a local organization that actively focuses on beach clean-ups, educating our youth on the ocean, after-school programs, and more.

For the final SWEATFEST of the year, SWEAT Outdoors is out to prove that exercising is fun and shouldn’t be boring. With DJ Fess blasting the tunes while you SWEAT and expert trainers monitoring every move, you’re guaranteed a kick-butt workout with a smile on your face!

This SWEATFEST comes with a twist: costumes are encouraged! Immediately following the workout, stick around for an all-ages costume competition. Bring your children! Just 4 Fun Fitness will be on-site for children 12 years and younger. Companies such as Proyo Frozen Yogurt, Miso Hungry, Backyard Bowls, Whole Foods Market, Complete Nutrition, Outer Aisle Gourmet, and more will be supplying beverages, snacks, and samples.

SWEAT Outdoors has focused its efforts on positively impacting the community with every event. Past SWEATFESTs have benefited Gracie Fisher, American Heart Association’s Healthy Futures, CADA (Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse), and Developing World Connections.

Founded in 2011 by Jason Baker and Kayla Johnson, SWEAT Outdoors was designed to cater to a growing population of people desiring to get out of the gym and workout in the outdoors. For more information on SWEAT Outdoors, visit them at www.sweatoutdoors.com or find them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/SweatOutdoors

To register, please visit: www.sweatoutdoors.com/sweatefst

Price: Donation Based Workout


October 23, 2015 @ 8:00 am
October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm