Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2016

Halloween Santa Cruz 2016
Welcome to Halloween month, when the phrase “only in Santa Cruz” takes center stage.

This month, you can pick pumpkins by train or from a floating pumpkin patch…Ride a bus, drink beer on said bus, and tour haunted spots around town…Take a flashlight tour of a whale skeleton or dress your fur babies in costume and parade with them on West Cliff Drive…

…just to name a few of the frightfully fun events in store.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without community favorites like the Gault Parade and trick or treating Downtown.

Here’s a day-by-day listing of all the Halloween events this month:

Oct. 12, 19 & 26

Brew Cruz Haunted Tours

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Westside Haunted Tour: 10/12
Eastside Haunted Tour: 10/19
Westside Haunted Tour: 10/26

Cost: $25

Ghosts and beer…need we say more? Hop aboard the “Boo Cruz” for an hour-long tour of the most haunted spots in Santa Cruz. Costumes encouraged, BYO seasonal beers, and enjoy an adrenaline-filled pint post tour. Must be 21+

Get more info here.

Thursday, October 13

Halloween Party and Fashion Show at Camouflage

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When: October 13th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Camouflage in Downtown Santa Cruz

Camouflage’s biggest party of the year will feature soul-sucking sips, naughty nibbles, lots of prizes, and models showcasing several different Halloween looks to inspire your holiday.

Get more info here.

Midnight Movies at the Del Mar

  • The Silence of the Lambs Oct. 14
  • A Bucket of Blood Oct. 15
  • The Lost Boys Oct. 21
  • The Exorcist Oct. 22
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Oct. 28 &29

Oct. 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30 

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party


When: 10/15, 10/16, 10/22, 10/23, 10/29, 10/30
Where: Roaring Camp Railroads
Cost: $24

Straight from the Island of Sodor, Thomas the Tank Engine and his buddy Percy are hosting a Halloween party that includes a 20-minute train ride, storytelling and video viewing, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt!

Get more info here.

Saturday, October 22

The Missing Arm of William Waddell

When: 10/22 at 6:30 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free, Day use parking $10

Bring a flashlight for this spooky and slightly silly tall tale performed on a short guided walk through the redwoods at night. Afterwards, enjoy ranger apples cooked around the campfire and more storytelling fun.

Get more info here.

Day of the Dead Family Craft

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When: 10/22 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Freedom Branch Library
Cost: Free

Enjoy a family afternoon of culture and tradition. Decorate sugar skulls, make paper flowers, and other crafts.

Get more info here.

Halloween Bash with Antsy McClain and The Troubs

When: 10/22 at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $30

Get your Halloween on with local favorite Antsy McClain and the Troubs. Prizes for best costumes!

Get more info here.

Youth Rock Concert and Halloween Costume Contest

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When: 10/22 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s in Felton
Cost: $7 adv./$7 door Children Under 3 Free  seated

This Halloween family event features eight youth bands, big raffle prizes, a costume contest, and a cause—proceeds and donations will support the Be Natural Music Scholarship Program which provides financial assitance to kids in the music program.

Get more info here.

A Halloween Party

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When: 10/22 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: The Lodge on Top of the Hill 150 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz
Cost: $25 Advance/ $30 Door

Mickey’s Catering (winner of both People’s and Judge’s Choice at this year’s Mole Festival) is hosting a Halloween party featuring a full bar, heavy appetizers, dancing, live music from Back to Nowhere, and prizes for the best costume.

Get more info here.

Sunday, October 23

Floating Pumpking Patch

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When: 10/23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost: $7.00 adults/$5.00 children & seniors.  Swim for a pumpkin – $4.00/pumpkin.

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of swimming, games, waterslide fun, and pumpkin picking with a twist from the floating pumpkin patch. There will be prizes, popcorn, pumpkin decorating, and costumes are encouraged.

Get more info here.

Spooky or Not Spooky

When: 10/23 at 1:00 pm
Where: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Cost: Free, Day use parking $10

A special Halloween-themed walk geared for children- it’s 1 hour and easy! Explore the forest and help decide if something is spooky or not spooky.

Get more info here.

Pick a Pumpkin by Train

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When: 10/23 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch
Cost: $20

Climb aboard the Swanton Pacific Railroad for a memorable pumpkin picking experience. Bring your own picnic and enjoy fresh apple cider, a beautiful ride along Scotts Creek, and choose a pumpkin from Swanton Pacific Ranch’s organically managed pumpkin field.

Get more info here.

Pump Track & Pumpkins Community Festival

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When: 10/23 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Chanticleer Park Neighbors/Vecinos
Cost: Free admission

This pumpkin patch comes with a pumptrack Jam and Expo, and if that’s not exciting enough, there’s a balance bike parade, live music, Mexican food, and a drawing to win bike gear.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday, October 23

  • The Great Pumpkin Patch 50th Anniversary @ 2831 Daubenbiss in Soquel Village 1:00 PM (sorry no link)

October 27, 28 & 29

14th Annual Scotts Valley Haunted House

When: 10/27 – 10/29 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley
Cost: $9

Scream for a good cause! Scotts Valley High School will raise the hair on the back of your neck while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year’s theme: Schmetterling Castle. Not recommended for children under 10.

Get more info here.

Thursday, October 27

Cruz Control DD Presents Heroween 2016

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When: 10/27 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
Where: Surf City Billiards & Cafe

Cruz Control Designated Drivers is celebrating its 6th year anniversary with a Hero-themed costume party. Invite your friends and help them celebrate!

Get more info here.

Friday, October 28

88 Keys Halloween Concert

When: 10/28 at 12:30 pm
Where: Samper Hall at Cabrillo College
Cost: Free

No tricks, just treats in the form of a spooky, family-friendly Halloween concert put on by the music students at Cabrillo College.

Get more info here.

Woofpack’s Halloween Costume Parade on West Cliff Drive

When: 10/28 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: West Cliff Drive starting at Natural Bridges
Cost: Free

Woofpack is hosting their annual Halloween Puppy Parade! Come see the pups dressed in their devilishly delightful Halloween get-ups. You might even see some humans in costume, too. If you would like to join in the fun, meet at the Natural Bridges entrance on Delaware at 1:00 p.m. Parade departs toward West Cliff at 1:15 pm.

Get more info here.

Marine Masquerade

Seymour Center Halloween Marine Masquerade

When: 10/28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Cost: Public: $8 adults, $6 kids, Members and Children 2 and under: Free

Head over to everyone’s favorite marine center Friday evening for a costume contest, scavenger hunts, creature crafts, and a flashlight tour to the whale skeleton.

Get more info here.

Movie and Dinner in the Park

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When: 10/28 Dinner 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Movie 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Skypark
Cost: Free entry; Canned good donations accepted

Kick off Halloween weekend with a fun family night at Skypark. Enjoy food truck fare, a beer and wine garden, and a holiday themed movie for the kids, “Transylvania 2!” Costumes encouraged and bring some canned goods to donate to Valley Churches United.

Get more info here.

The Witches Ball

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When: 10/28 from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
Where: Boulder Creek 
Cost: $15

Dance the night away to the Naked Bootleggers and DJ Tara. There will be a photo booth, munchies and witches brew, costume and witches hat contests with a cash prize, plus you can’t beat free broom parking around back.

Get more info here.

Halloween Escape Room

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When: 10/28 – 10/30
Where: Garfield Park Community Church
Cost: $20

Get your Scooby Doo on and solve a mystery with your friends. This live action game gives you one hour to find clues and solve puzzles to escape the vampire’s lair. Like, zoinks, man…sign your team up! Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Get more info here.

The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men Monster Mash

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When: 10/28  at 7:30 pm
Where: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Cost: $12 Advance/$15 Door

Before you rock out to the Coffis Brothers, enjoy Nels Andrews Acoustic Duo. You’re going to want to wear a Halloween costume you can dance in for this one, or just throw on your flannel and say you’re one of the Mountain Men. This concert is a benefit for Monarch Community School.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday, October 28

Saturday, October 29

Gault Halloween/Día de los Muertos Carnival

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When: 10/29 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Gault Elementary

The Gault Elementary Halloween Parade & Carnival has been a favorite community event since 1948.  All of Santa Cruz is invited to this fun family friendly event.  The day begins with a costume parade on Soquel Ave. followed by the carnival at Gault Elementary.

Museum of the Macabre: Creatures, Curiosities, and Cocktails

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When: 10/29 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: Admission + 2 drink tickets $15 general, $10 Museum members

Explore all things mysterious and macabre at the Museum of UNnatural History after dark. Come in costume and enjoy cauldron-conconted cocktails, freakish nibbles, and strange museum curiosities.

Get more info here.

Annual Halloween Monster Bash at Palomar Ballroom

When: 10/29 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: Palomar Ballroom
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

You can expect plenty of bumps in the night at Palomar’s Annual Monster Bash, including Cha Cha lessons, dance performances, social dancing, and a monster mash. Get your costumes ready for the contest!

Get more info here.

Level Up’s 5th Annual Cosplay Event and Contest

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When: 10/29 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Level Up in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free admission

Cosplay fans, this one’s for you. Everyone’s invited to join the party and enjoy refreshments, music, and giveaways. Come in costume for great prizes!

Get more info here.

21st Annual FREAKER’S BALL

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When: 10/29 at 8:00 pm
Where: The Catalyst
Cost: $25 – $50

The 21st Annual Freaker’s Ball at the Catalyst is sure to be a rocking way to celebrate Halloween. Costumes required, so dress to impress! This is a 21 + event.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Home Team Championships

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When: 10/29 at 4:30 pm (Groms) and 6:30 pm (Championship Game)
Where: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Cost: $10 – $32

It’s the last game of the season and a double header! First up, the Santa Cruz Derby Groms skate in a Superheroes vs. Supervillains bout between the Sugar Skulls and Bumper Scars. Next up is the Home Team Championships where you can show your Halloween spirit in costume and cheer for the evil lumberjack Redwood Rebels or surfer Superheroes, the Steamer Janes.

Get more info here.

Haunted Harbor

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When: 10/29 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Harbor

Trick or treating turns into a spooktacular adventure at the Harbor. From the Crow’s Nest to the Boatyard, there are a dozen stops along the way and even the Water Taxi gets in on the fun. Download Trick or Treat Map here.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk & Costume Contest

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When: 10/29 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Romo Park in Watsonville

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday, October 29

Sunday, October 30

Capitola Village Children’s Halloween Parade

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When: 10/30 Line-up begins at 1:30. Parade starts at 2:00 pm
Where: Parade winds through Village and ends at Esplanade Park
Cost: Free

The Capitola Village Children’s Halloween Parade begins near the Capitola Police Department, and works its way down Capitola Avenue to the Esplanade stage where refreshments will be served. Enjoy trick or treating at the Capitola Village shops after the parade.

Get more info here.

Photo Credit: Soultravelers3.com

Halloween Family Yoga Pop Up

When: 10/30 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Luma Yoga in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: $5

Stretchy costumes recommended for this fun-filled, Halloween-themed yoga class for all ages. Face painting, henna, and healthy snacks round out a fun afternoon for the whole family.

Get more info here.

Beer, Brats, Blues and Boos

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When: 10/30 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Chaminade Resort and Spa
Cost: $40 all inclusive

Oktoberfest meets Halloween at the 4th Annual Beer, Brats, Blues, and Boos. Make sure your costume gives you room to enjoy assorted sausages and sides plus beer from four local craft breweries. The Vinny Johnson Band will provide the perfect funked up blues and soul for a fun afternoon.

Get more info here.

Halloween at Kennolyn Camps

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When: 10/30 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Kennolyn Camps
Cost: Free

Fun tricks and treats are in store at Kennolyn Camp’s Halloween celebration, including entertainment by Mickey Magic, cookie and pumpkin decorationg, free family photos, and of course, trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged!

Get more info here.

Halloween Jazz Night

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When: 10/30 at 4:00 pm
Where: Ella’s at the Airport

Eat, drink, and be scary on Halloween Eve! Come in costume for a free appetizer and chance to win an Ella’s at the Airport gift card. The Fireside Players will provide the jazzy tunes for a festive evening.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday, October 30

Halloween: Monday, October 31

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

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When: 10/31 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Downtown Santa Cruz

Head to Downtown Santa Cruz between 2:00 – 5:00 with your little ghosts and goblins for trick or treating at local businesses on Pacific Ave. Even if you don’t go for the candy, the people/costume watching is well worth a mid-afternoon trip to downtown.

Trick or Treat on the Wharf

When: 10/31 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf

Enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating on the wharf and meet some costumed characters while you’re at it. Businesses will be handing out candy between 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Halloween.

Also on Monday, October 31

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About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

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