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:
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 this Santa Barbara Halloween.
Visit the Pumpkin Patch this Santa Barbara Halloween
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 Santa Barbara Halloween events, 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!
Vacationing over any holiday can be daring proposition. It’s difficult to miss out on the traditional holiday celebrations you have at home, but it’s also possible that you will discover new traditions that are even more exciting and fun than what you have been doing—you never know until you try. And while Halloween isn’t like Christmas or Thanksgiving, your children will let you know if you mess up this spooky celebration; and if you are honest with yourself, you will be a little miffed yourself if you miss out on the chance to score some primo Halloween treats! If you’re planning on being in Santa Barbara Halloween weekend, however, you should have no fears. We excel in spooky celebrations of all kinds!
Trick or Treating
Let’s face it, Halloween is about the candy, and if you’re visiting the area for the first time, you are probably reluctant to let your children trick or treat in neighborhoods where the people are not known to you. Fortunately, there are a couple of options available to you that allow your kids to dress up in costumes and collect their treats safely. On Friday, October 28th, nearby Carpinteria is offering Downtown Safe Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:00, and then on Halloween night, Santa Barbara sponsors its own Downtown Trick or Treat from 3:00- 6:00, so let your ghouls and goblins dress up in their scariest costumes and spend the evening filling up their goodie bags safely.
Our second favorite Halloween activity involves scaring the socks off ourselves, and what better way to do that than a tour of a real haunted house? There’s no fake blood made out of ketchup or peeled grapes meant to signify eyeballs in the Santa Barbara Mission. With over 5000 former church members buried behind the church, you never know who you will encounter; but never fear—they are all friendly ghosts!
Adults Only Santa Barbara Halloween Parties
Embrace your inner nerd and dress up as your favorite superhero or villain at Blush Restaurant & Lounge on Halloween Night. $100 gift cards will be given to the best costume in each category, and the drinks and food will be delicious!
Spooky good times are done right in Santa Barbara, and if you are staying in one of our luxurious and elegant Paradise Retreats vacation homes over Santa Barbara Halloween weekend, you are already ahead of the game! It’s never too late to start planning for next year’s activities, however, so book yours today and start planning your costume now!