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
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.
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.