California Halloween Events

Santa Cruz Trick or Treat at Beach Boardwalk

October 31, 2021, 12-7 p.m.

Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$12 Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular Boardwalk Fun Package includes:

  • Costume Contest, Neptune's Stage
  • Frightwalk: Are you brave enough to venture under the Boardwalk? Get spooked with this walk-through attraction.
  • Trick-or-Treat

Collectible Boardwalk Candy bag- Fill your bag with candy from all participating food and shopping locations on the Boardwalk. $, MyBoardwalk Card- Play fun outdoor midway or arcade games (Cards do not expire- you can save the card for a later date!) Entry into Costume Contest- Stop by the Neptune's Stage to get your photo taken and enter the costume contest.
Peace of Mind- Enhanced safety and health guidelines are enforced on the Boardwalk
Tickets available at the Season Pass/Guest Services Office

SANTA CRUZ Halloween Experience

October 23, 2012, 12-8 p.m.

Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Thrills and chills await at the creepy, free Haunted House 12-3 p.m. Scary Version of the Haunted House 6-8 p.m. $5 admission.  Mask Making takes place 12-4 p.m.

Join the Thrill the World Dance at 3pm on Saturday, October 23rd.

2019 Halloween

Santa Cruz Floating Pumpkin Patch

October 20, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

Simpkins Family Swim Center
979 17th Ave.
$8, $6 Ages 4-12 & 65+ years
$5 Per Pumpkin,
County of Santa Cruz Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services Event! 
Simpkins Family Swim Center  is putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! Swim with the pumpkins, ride the water slide and stand up paddle board in the deep end. In addition to pumpkins, activities planned for the day include games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide! Costumes are encouraged! Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it! This is a drop-in, rain or shine event and help raise money for learn-to-swim scholarships! There will be games and prizes for all who attend!

Thomas & Percy's Halloween Party

October 12-27, 2019

$, order tickets early!

Thomas the Tank Engine talks to his fans! Dress up for Halloween with favorites for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include: Temporary Tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, Pick a Pumpkin (small pumpkins for little ones), Cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas store and entertainment.

Trick or Treat on the Wharf

October 31, 2019, 4 - 6 p.m.

Santa Cruz Wharf Little witches, goblins, and ghosts and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at wharf businesses.


Downtown Santa Cruz Children's Halloween 

October 31

Free Halloween activities and merchant trick-or-treat on Pacific Ave. from Laurel to Water St. FREE rick-or-Treat Downtown
Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat . Pacific Avenue will be closed to vehicles for this annual afternoon of costumed fun for the whole family. Visit your favorite merchants or treats. Trick-or-Treat Downtown

Zombie Night on the Wharf 

October 26, 2019, 4-7 p.m.
Thriller Zombie Dance 5 p.m.
Apocalypse Wharf Specials 4-7 p.m.
Ghostly fun at the Wharf stage

Dia de los Muertos Community Festival

November 1 & 2, 2019

Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Downtown Santa Cruz

Celebrate the dead with an all-ages festival throughout Downtown Santa Cruz with dance performances, face painting, delicious food, and a procession to enjoy more dance, music and outdoor altars at Evergreen Cemetery.

  • Altar Contest
  • Facepainting by Mariposa's Art, tissue paper flowers, luminaries, art activities 

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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