Halloween Events in Santa Cruz 2017

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We’ve got floating pumpkin patches, costume parades, haunted houses and haunted bus tours—all leading up to the big day, which happens to be a Tuesday this year.

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

Santa Cruz Pumpkin PatchesNo Halloween guide would be complete without a mention of our great local pumpkin patches. We rounded up all the best and you can find them here, in our guide to Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches.

Midnight Movies at the Del Mar Theatre

  • Suspiria (Extended) 10/6
  • Eraserhead 10/7
  • House (Hausu) 10/13
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 10/14
  • Night of the Living Dead 10/20
  • Halloween 10/21
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show 10/27 & 10/28

Oct. 11, 17, 18 & 25

Brew Cruz Haunted Tours

Eastside Boo Cruz: 10/11 & 10/25
Westside Boo Cruz: 10/17 & 10/18
Cost: From $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 12

Halloween Party and Fashion Show at Camouflage

When: October 12th 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. Must be 18+

Get more info here.

Friday the 13th

Halloween Craft Night for 21+

When: 10/13 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Dream Maker Creative, 1001 Center St. Suite 2, Santa Cruz
Cost: $55

If you love Halloween and all things Pinterest, this is the night to indulge your inner crafter and DIY some spooky decor for your home. Projects include crystal ball candlesticks, potion bottles and a book of spells. Though this workshop is for ages 21+, the studio also has some classes for youth including mask making and Harry Potter crafts.

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Bike Party Thriller Ride

When: 10/13 at 7:00 pm
Where: Meet at the Bike Church in Downtown Santa Cruz

Want a truly only in Santa Cruz experience? Get to know the Bike Church and participate in one of their bike parties, a 7-10 mile long ride with music and dance breaks along the way. This Friday’s theme is Thriller and zombies of all ages and biking experience levels are welcome to join.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday the 13th


Oct. 14 + 

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party

When: 10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22, 10/28, 10/29
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.

Spooky or Not Spooky

When: 10/14 & 10/28 at 11:30 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.

Youth Rock Concert and Halloween Costume Contest

When: 10/14 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Don Quixote’s in Felton
Cost: $7 adv./$7 door Children Under 3 Free seated

This Halloween family event features ten 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.

Also on Saturday, October 14

Tuesday, October 17

Annual Pumpkin Decorating Bonanza
When: 10/17 from 2:30 to 7:30
Where: Felton Farmers’ Market, 120 Russel Ave.

Free pumpkin decorating for the whole family! Rodoni Farms generously donates pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and the materials to decorate will be provided. We’re talking veggies, string, pipe cleaners, buttons, googly eyes, you name it. Enjoy face painting, live music, and the usual seasonal suspects—lots of fresh, organic produce.

Get more info here.

Thursday, October 19

13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf

When: 10/19 – 10/31
Where: Santa Cruz Wharf

Trick or treating on the wharf is always a fun tradition, but this year the festivities start early—13 days early, to be exact. There will be a kick off night with the Great Morgani, a Zombie Night, scavenger hunt trivia game, photo booth, and Halloween specials at shops and restaurants.

Get more info here.

Also on Thursday, October 19 & Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

The Missing Arm of William Waddell

When: 10/21 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.

The Haunted Cellar Fashion Bazaar

When: 10/21 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Bocci’s Cellar
Cost: Free

Enjoy DJs, dancing, food, drink and fun while taking in the latest creations by local artists—handmade fashions and accessories perfect for costume or festival attire.

Get more info here.

Sunday, October 22

Floating Pumpking Patch


When: 10/22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Simpkins Family Swim Center
Cost: $8.00 adults/$6.00 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.

A Spooky Halloween High Tea Time

When: 10/22 and 10/29 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Buttercup Cakes in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: $24 per guest

Enjoy afternoon tea Halloween-style. Dress code: costumes. Tea sandwiches? Nah. Feast on Witch’s Brew and Melted Jack’O’Lantern soup paired with Bruised Blue and Purple Tea.

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday, October 22

October 26, 27 & 28

15th Annual Scotts Valley Haunted House

When: 10/26 – 10/28 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: 555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley
Cost: $9 or $32 for group of 4

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: Area 51. Not recommended for children under 10.

Get more info here.

Friday, October 27

88 Keys Halloween Concert

When: 10/27 at 12:40 pm
Where: Samper Recital Hall at Cabrillo College
Cost: Free event but tickets are required

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

Get more info here.

Marine Masquerade

Seymour Center Halloween Marine Masquerade

When: 10/27 from 5:30 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 parade, scavenger hunts, creature crafts, and a flashlight tour to the whale skeleton.

Get more info here.

Movie and Dinner in the Park

When: 10/27 Dinner 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Movie 6:30 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, live music, and a Halloween movie staple, Hocus Pocus. Costumes encouraged and bring some canned goods to donate to Valley Churches United.

Get more info here.

SambaDá – Halloween Costume Ball & Dance Party

When: 10/27 from 8:00 pm Doors / 9:00 pm Show
Where: Moe’s Alley
Cost: $15 Advance / $20 Day Of

A full-on dance party—it’s SambDá, what else would you expect? Well, in honor of Halloween, there will also be a costume contest and cash prizes. Get your tickets early for this one!

Get more info here. 

Dia de los Muertos + My Mom’s Mole 4th Anniversary Party

When: 10/27 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Food Lounge
Cost: Free Admission (Please RSVP)

My Mom’s Mole celebrates 4 years in business at the 2nd Annual Día de los Muertos party. Costumes are encouraged so you might want to choose something that will hold up to dinner, drinks, and dancing. A portion of the night’s sales will support the Food Justice & Equity Scholarship Fund at the UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems.

Get more info here.

Cilantro’s Pre-Halloween Bash

When: 10/27 from 9:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Where: Cilantro’s Parrilla y Cantina
Cost: $5 Cover

This 21+ Halloween party features DJ Will-B-Smooth, all-night drink specials plus jello shots, and a costume contest with cash prizes.

Get more info here.

Also on Friday, October 27

Saturday, October 28

Gault Elementary School 69th Annual Halloween Parade and Carnival

When: 10/28 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.

Get more info here.

Halloween and Mask Making Festival

When: 10/28 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
Cost: Free

Halloween spirit is an understatement at Louden Nelson. There will be mask making activities, mystery touch tanks, a Thriller zombie flash mob dance, and a haunted house. Costumes highly recommended for the phantom photo booth! Get a sneak peek of the “Lost Loudeneers” Haunted House on Friday the 27th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Get more info here.

Haunted Harbor Trick-or-Treat Event

When: 10/28 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Harbor

Trick or treating turns into a spooktacular adventure at the Harbor. Bring your ghouls and goblins out to join the fun!

Get more info here.

Annual Halloween Monster Bash at Palomar Ballroom

When: 10/28 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.

An Evening of Bones, Beasts & Brews

When: 10/28 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Cost: $15 General  | $10 Museum Members

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

Get more info here.

Thrill the World Santa Cruz 2017

When: 10/28 at 3PM sharp!
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center and more
Cost: Free

Every year, on the Saturday before Halloween, night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade. So basically, a zombie flash mob Thriller dance. There are plenty of opportunities to learn the dance all month and participate in a world-wide simultaneous Thriller Dance at various venues throughout the county. Family and zombie-friendly!

Get more info here.

Also on Saturday, October 28

Sunday, October 29

Capitola Village Children’s Halloween Parade

When: 10/29 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.

Halloween at Kennolyn Camps

When: 10/29 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 the Surfing Magician, cookie and pumpkin decorating, free family photos, and of course, trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged!

Get more info here.

Santa Cruz Dia de los Muertos

When: 10/29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: El Rosal Bakery

The bakery that brings you the best tamales in town, is hosting an exciting festival and Día de los Muertos celebration. There will be jump houses (plural!), piñatas, face painting, traditional sugar skull decorating, Ballet folklórico and Aztec dancers. A fun, cultural event for the whole family!

Get more info here.

Also on Sunday, October 29

Halloween: Tuesday, October 31

Woofpack’s 3rd Annual Howloween Costume Parade

When: 10/31 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: West Cliff Drive starting at Natural Bridges
Cost: Free

Calling all dog owners of Santa Cruz County: 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.

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

Halloween downtown Santa Cruz

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. Be sure to stop by the new Abbott Square where they’ll be handing out some local history as well as candy.

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.

Get more info here.

Boys & Girls Clubs Santa Cruz County Halloween Carnival

When: 10/31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Boys & Girls Club in Downtown Santa Cruz
Cost: Free

Enjoy a fun, safe, family-friendly Halloween celebration complete with carnival-style games and activities, food, and costumes.

Get more info here.

Trick-or-Treat at Capitola Mall

When: 10/31 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Capitola mall
Cost: Free

Get more info here.

2nd Annual Sea Witch Paddle Out

When: 10/31 at 10:00 am
Where: Meet at Capitola Beach Bandstand

The Capitola Sea Witches are planning their Second Annual Halloween Paddle Out and due to popular demand, all are invited to attend! If you are a paddler, don a witchy costume and join the floating party. We hear champagne and chocolates are encouraged!

Get more info here.

Nightmare on Main Street

When: 10/31 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…at Beer Thirty on Halloween night! This is your opportunity to dress up in costume, drink pumpkin beer and watch an 80s classic.

Get more info here.

Also on Tuesday, October 31

Día de los Muertos

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.