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The fall season is the perfect time of year to spend a little time away from home and visit somewhere magical. There is no better place to spend a family getaway than the beautiful shores of Santa Barbara. Our California home is the ideal spot to spend some time during the fall. If you are looking for an exciting time of the season to visit look no further than Halloween. This spooky holiday is a beloved celebration here in Santa Barbara with plenty of holiday and fall theme activities to enjoy your stay. Take a look at why you won’t regret spending Halloween in Santa Barbara with us:

Boo at the Zoo

When it comes to family-friendly activities here in Santa Barbara you cannot go wrong with a stop by the Santa Barbara Zoo. This local attraction is a wonderful time with exotic animals in viewable habitats. While the Santa Barbara Zoo may not be the biggest zoo in the state it offers plenty of fun inside. Around Halloween, the Santa Barbara Zoo will transfer into Boo at the Zoo for a special three-night event. Boo at the Zoo transforms the Santa Barbara Zoo into a mini Halloween festival that includes the Boo Choo Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly Encounters, Goblin Games, and Spooky Storytelling. Guests will also be able to provide their children with some early trick or treating along the Trick or Treat Trail. Guests are encouraged to come in their best Halloween costumes and enjoy this special event. Boo at the Zoo will take place from Sunday, October 16th through Tuesday, October 18th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM each day.

Trick or Treat – Downtown Santa Barbara

For kids, the one thing they always look forward to year after year for Halloween is taking in as much candy as possible for trick or treating. Just because you are coming to visit Santa Barbara for Halloween does not mean they will be missing out on the giant candy collection. Make sure to take the little ones out on Saturday, October 29th for the Trick or Treating with Downtown Santa Barbara’s merchants. Local businesses will be handing out candy to little ones in their best costumes. The event will take place from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM ensuring your kids have a safe trick-or-treating experience while there is still daylight out. The fun is not just for the kids! Trick or Treating in Downtown Santa Barbara will also have plenty of other exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. Costume contests will let everyone dressed up try to win the big prize! All of Downtown Santa Barbara will be decorated with spooky décor. Ghost tours will take you along the streets as a tour guide discusses some of the reported hauntings in the area. After-hour events at local watering holes let you enjoy some Halloween-themed drinks and fun. The fun will be going on all day here in Downtown Santa Barbara so don’t miss out on this event!

Thriller at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Whenever you think of Halloween the song “Thriller” might come to mind with its hauntingly good beat. Individuals of all ages consider this to be the true Halloween song of the season so learning its incredibly fun dance moves is a must. You can do just that on Saturday, October 29th at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Specifically, World Dance for Humanity will be hosting a Thriller dance lesson at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens at 1:00 PM. The event starts with a costume dance party with plenty of Halloween-themed tunes to move with. At 2:00 PM the Thriller performance will begin where a giant crowd will take to the gardens and perform the incredible dance moves. Locals will be able to practice before the event starting on September 21st at Oak Park Stage in town. Visitors will be able to join in on the lessons virtually so you do not show up a few dance moves behind. All proceeds of the event will go to charity. Come show off your best Thriller dance moves!

Santa Barbara Zombie Bar Crawl

Halloween in Santa Barbara is just as exciting for adults so join this year’s Halloween Santa Barbara Zombie Bar Crawl taking place in the downtown neighborhood. Institution Ale Company sponsors this ghoulish event where participants will be given drink discounts at over 10 bars in downtown Santa Barbara. The event will take place on October 29th and is for adults only.

Book Today for a Spooky Halloween in Santa Barbara

There is plenty of fun and excitement here in Santa Barbara for you to enjoy. Make sure to book one of our exclusive vacation rentals here in the area for the most comfortable stay in town.

If you are looking for an incredible spooky time that is perfect for individuals of all ages, you need to make your way to Santa Barbara for Halloween this year. The fall season is finally here and with it comes a variety of fun activities right here in Santa Barbara. Our Central California home features all kinds of incredible ways to spend the Halloween weekend. Take a look at some ways to spend Halloween in Santa Barbara this year:

Spooky Zoo

One of the biggest attractions in all of Santa Barbara is the Santa Barbara Zoo. Here you can find a variety of exotic animals including lions, giraffes, and so much more. While these exhibits are open all month long for October you can also visit for an all-ages event with Spooky Zoo. This Halloween celebration starts on October 16th for an early Halloween celebration that is perfect for all ages and runs through the end of the month. Put on your best costumes and head to Santa Barbara Zoo for wonderful activities including photo ops, a costume contest, and plenty of candy. All of the animal exhibits will still be open so you can visit your favorite animals while dressed up as one yourself. Spooky Zoo will take place on October 16th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Fields of Funk

Santa Barbara also has plenty of unique events that are not your typical Halloween shenanigans. This year Fields of Funk will be taking place on October 30th for a day full of live music and so much more. Fields of Funk is a utopian festival at Elings Park as you get to groove to the music and feel the ocean breeze. Live musical performances will include DJ sets by famous musicians Poolside and Chromeo right by the pool. Additional artists scheduled to perform also include Dam-Funk, Amo Amo, and Egyptian Lover. Show up with lawn chairs and a blanket or two so you can relax in the park. Fields of Funk will also feature incredible art installations, a silent disco, food trucks, a roller skate rink, and so much more. Costumers are highly encouraged so you can get your Halloween vibe on. Elings Park can be found at 1298 Ls Positas Road here in Santa Barbara.

Halloween Zombie Crawl

Adults can get in on the fun too this Halloween in Santa Barbara by joining in on the Halloween Zombie Crawl. This beer crawl is a lively event where you can explore over 10 different bars and clubs right here in Santa Barbara. Each participant needs to show up in their best costume as you try out an adult beverage at each venue. Hundreds of participants show up each year to join in on the fun. Guests will get free entry into each nightclub so you can save on cover fees. Drink discount coupons will also be available. Costume contests will give out prizes for those who are best dressed. The Halloween Zombie Crawl will take place on October 30th from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM starting at Night Lizard Brewing Company.

 Take the Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak

You will notice that Santa Barbara features a gorgeous coastline with beautiful views. Each summer Santa Barbara Adventures hosts a lengthy kayak tour that will take you out to incredible sea caves. The Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour will be having its final tours in the month of October until next summer. This intermediate tour features approximately four hours of kayaking paddling that gets you close to the caves. You will be provided instruction and all safety gear you need. Tour guides will always be on hand to help you every step of the way. Don’t miss out on this incredible activity before it is not around until next summer.

Visit Local Pumpkin Patches

Santa Barbara also has plenty of pumpkin patches for you to explore during your Halloween stay. Two local options you will have access to includes Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch and Big Wave Dave located at La Cumbre Plaza. These pumpkin patches are open every day in October and let you pick out whichever pumpkin you find. Grab one to do some pumpkin carving or to just have around for decoration. This is no better way for a fun family activity than by exploring a pumpkin patch!

More Fun Awaits You This Halloween in Santa Barbara

Get ready for another exciting Halloween in Santa Barbara. These Halloween and seasonal activities are perfect for your upcoming stay. Make the most of your fall getaway by reserving one of our luxury vacation rentals here in the city. You will have access to luxury amenities inside spacious homes. Fall has never looked so good as it does in Santa Barbara.

Whether you are looking for some incredible nature to explore or you want to find fun events and festivals, Santa Barbara is a great place to visit. The community here always makes for an interesting one to visit, especially as Halloween approaches. Endless costume parties, trick or treating opportunities, and celebrations dot this calendar, so there are plenty of fun things to do for Halloween in Santa Barbara!

Visit the Pumpkin Patch this Halloween in Santa Barbara

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch is the most charming pumpkin patch in the area. It is the perfect place to find the perfect pumpkin or to simply come to enjoy the scenery with a nice hot cider. You will find opportunities to take hay rides, traverse the fun corn maze, and to enjoy the petting zoo. You can take advantage any day of the week leading up to Halloween in October. Find it at 5091 Hollister Ave.

Meow-lloween at Cat Therapy

You will not find a fright here, but rather a fun time. The main event here are the adorable and cuddly friends that call this place home. Hang out with these cats amidst charming Halloween decorations as you enjoy snacks, hot spiced cider and more. Take advantage of one of the cat yoga classes that blend the rejuvenation of yoga with fun of hanging out with adorable kittens and cats. Find it on Halloween day at 1213 State St., and don’t forget your costume!

Murder Mystery Dinner

This night of fun and spooky mystery provides a great way to celebrate Halloween. This night blends an incredible 4-course meal with the excitement of discovering who the culprit is within the room. You will be transported back to the 1920s and living the like the Great Gatsby. Between tender pork loins and mushroom gravy, you must find the murderer in your midst before the night is through!

Find Your Paradise Retreat

You will love all the events for Halloween in Santa Barbara, but you will really love the endless beautiful vacation homes that are available throughout the entire year. Paradise Retreats is one of the top vacation rental companies in the area, and for years we have worked to ensure that the list of homes we provide represents the very best that Santa Barbara has to offer. You will love the comforts of home that are provided by charming décor, a full kitchen, and spacious living rooms and bedrooms. You will also love features that add a sense of luxury to your stay in high end furniture, beautiful views of a beautiful area, and added features like gas fireplaces, hot tubs, and more. Find your own paradise in one of our vacation rentals today!