Your Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Santa Barbara

Your Guide to Trick-or-Treating in Santa Barbara

This October, Santa Barbara has all sorts of spooky fun in store for visiting families, including plenty of opportunities for trick-or-treat! Take a look at our guide of family-friendly Halloween happenings in Santa Barbara this October.


Boo at the Santa Barbara Zoo

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo event is much more than just trick-or-treat. On Oct 18-20, visit the zoo for hay bale mazes, themed games, 75+ costumed characters, a monster dance party and, of course, a trick-or-treat trail. Kids are encouraged to dress up for this event and participate in the zoo’s costume parade. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $14 for children ages 2-12. For more details, visit the Santa Barbara Zoo’s official website.


Downtown Trick or Treat  

For one of the best trick-or-treating experience in Santa Barbara, head Downtown on Oct 31 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the city’s annual Trick or Treat festivities. Participating stores, restaurants and galleries will be marked with balloons if they’re passing out treats. Kids must be dressed in costume and carry their own treat bag to participate. Santa Barbara’s Downtown Trick or Treat is free to attend and open to kids of all ages!


Candy Crawl & Games

Another fun community trick-or-treat event will be happening on Oct 31 from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Kids donning their best Halloween attire will pick up a sticker card at the gazebo, then travel along Hollister Avenue. Both candy and stickers for the sticker card will be passed out along the way. After trick-or-treating return back to the Goleta Valley Community Center for games, a piñata and prizes. This event is free to attend and open to kids of all ages!


Other Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings

Aside from trick-or-treating, there are plenty of other Halloween events happening in the Santa Barbara area throughout October. Now through Oct 30, visit Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch for hayrides, farm animals, corn mazes and pumpkins. If you have older kids in the family, take them to Haunt at the Earl Warren Showgrounds for three equally terrifying haunted houses.


Stay at the Nearby Inn at East Beach 

With so much for your family to do and explore in Santa Barbara this Halloween, why not stay a few days? Choose the nearby Inn at East Beach and take advantage of their Family Fun Santa Barbara Package! The package includes:

  • 2 night accommodations in a Family Suite
  • Tickets to the Santa Barbara Zoo for each guest
  • Tickets to the MOXI Museum of Exploration for each guest
  • Pizza delivered to your room on a night of your choosing
  • Santa Barbara Zoo souvenir in room upon arrival
  • Complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay


With so many fun activities and events, why not spend this year’s spooky season in Santa Barbara? Pack your costumes, grab the candy bags and enjoy trick-or-treating in the coastal city with your kids! And don’t forget to take advantage of the Family Fun Package offered at Inn at East Beach.



Inn at East Beach
Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546