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Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations


Santa Cruz Family Friendly Halloween Activities

Santa Cruz heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. It all creates a wonderful atmosphere of fun, fun and more fun.

Going to a real pumpkin patch and selecting the perfect pumpkin create wonderful family memories and marks the beginning of the Fall festivities

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival—Oct. 1 – 2, 2016

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Welcome Fall with heritage children’s activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letter presses, printing presses and more!  For tickets and information, call 831-335-4484.

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™

Roaring Camp, Felton, CA

October 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30, 2016—Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct 15 & 16, 2016

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

45 miles north of Santa Cruz is the wildly popular Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.  Admission is free.

Heritage Harvest Festival—Oct 15, 2016  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz (831) 426-0505

Enjoy live music, wagon rides, draft horse demonstrations,  harvest and decorate pumpkins.

The Missing Arm of William Waddell—Oct. 27, 2016

Big Basin Redwoods State Park       (831) 338-8860

A 1/2 mile guided walk through a forest decorated in the spirit of Halloween. Walks leave every 20 minutes, from 7 pm. FREE

Scotts Valley Haunted House—Oct. 27, 28 & 29, 2016

Scotts Valley High School
555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA     (831) 439-9555

It’s scary so no kids under 10 years old

Marine Masquerade—Oct, 28, 2016

Seymour Center, Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz (831) 459-3800

Fun for the whole family.  Enjoy storytelling, nighttime whale skeleton tours, crafts, and scavenger hunt.

Santa Cruz Mask Festival—Oct. 29, 2016 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz (831) 420-6177

A fun filled day for the whole family. The festival features: dance, theater, and storytellers.

Halloween Parade—Oct. 30, 2016

Capitola Village, Capitola (831) 475-6522

The annual Halloween Parade features ghosts and goblins. Enjoy Trick or Treat bags after parade.

Children’s Halloween Downtown—Oct. 31 2:00 to 5:00pm

Pacific Ave. & Lincoln St., downtown, Santa Cruz (831) 429-8433

Merchant Trick-or-Treat and other Halloween activities from Laurel to Water St.







What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Open Studios Art Tour – Weekends during Oct. 2016

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 9, 2016  10am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 9, 2016

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2016

Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2016


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.