Some Spooktacularly Safe Ways to Spend Halloween in Santa Barbara County

Everything is pumpkin infused. Candy seems to be around every corner. Goblins and ghosts rule the streets. It’s Halloween again. Traditionally associated with mischief and sugary treats, Halloween season can get a bad rap. However, organizations of all types in Santa Barbara County are determined to offer safe and healthy alternatives to mischief and mayhem that make Halloween fun for the whole community!

For those craving pumpkin everything, Lane Farms in Goleta offers hayride, corn maze and pumpkin patch fun! The Lane Family has been farming in Goleta since 1868 and has consistently provided safe, fall fun and delicious local produce that the entire community enjoys.

World Dance for Humanity
will teach Michael Jackson's
"Thriller" to the community
this Halloween.

If you want some thrills, World Dance for Humanity invites “zombies” of all ages to learn Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance and perform at the Sunken Gardens on Oct. 29. World Dance consistently gives back to the Santa Barbara community by reaching out to wheelchair-bound seniors and other disabled adults through music and dance.

To experience some terror-ific Halloween fun, join the Solvang Festival Theater at its 23rd annual Haunted House on Saturday Oct. 29 and Monday Oct. 31 from 6 to 9:30pm.

The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation celebrated Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a free craft day and exhibition on Oct. 23 at Casa de la Guerra. Participants learned the history of this special holiday while enjoying traditional food and crafts.

The Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation hosted its 3rd annual Zombie Glow Run on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the education center at the Santa Maria Animal Shelter. The 5K run/walk included contests and encouraging participants to dress up as zombies and all event proceeds benefit the shelter.

From animals or history to dance or agriculture, we at the Santa Barbara Foundation know that these are just some of the many community-initiated alternatives to a safer Halloween celebration in Santa Barbara County and feel lucky to be a part of such an active and dedicated community.
North County Headquarters:  (805) 346-6123  |   2625 S. Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455
South County Headquarters:  (805) 963-1873  |  1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101