As much as I love summer and all that comes with it (yes, even the heat!), I love when the heat of the summer turns cool and it’s time to wear sweaters and boots and head out to the pumpkin patch and figure out what costumes we’ll wear for Halloween this year. Because there are so many different things happening around the county during October related to Halloween.
Halloween is quickly approaching and for those that like to be scared, there are many choices. Whether you want to visit one, or all, check out the list below to find out the best scare for you and your family. In addition to haunted houses, there are several free trick or treat events happening on Halloween and throughout the month of October.
This list does NOT include ALL of the events happening around SLO County and Santa Maria. Find more events on our events calendar.
Cambria Scarecrow Festival
Every October, the scarecrows come out in Cambria. The festival runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Scarecrows are constructed by local artisans and displayed around the town.
The Haunt in Atascadero
A moderate scary haunted house will open at 5805 El Camino Real on Friday, Oct. 5 and will continue on Fridays and Saturdays in October, and starting on Sundays on Oct. 21 and daily from Friday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 31. For hours each day or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Admission is $12 per person or $40 for four people on one ticket. The Lights On Tour for children is $5 each or four for $10. Front of the line VIP tickets are available in limited quantities for $20 each.
Pumpkin Palooza at Jack Creek Farms
Jack Creek Farms, 5000 W Highway 46 in Templeton, will host its fifth annual Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the whole family. Children can enter the pumpkin painting corral for $8, which includes one pumpkin and supplies to paint and/or decorate it.
The event includes:
- Fort York Mountain Maze
- Tractor Tire Garden
- Farm Animals
- Hay Stack
- Wooden Train
- Strawbale Ponies
- Sawhorse Horses
- Dummy Steer Roping
4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest
Farm Supply will host the third annual 4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6 at all five locations. Four-H and FFA groups will have the opportunity to build a scarecrow as a group. Farm Supply will provide a bale of straw and an eight-foot stake to get started. Each group must provide all other materials and supplies needed to construct the scarecrow. Each club or chapter will receive a $100 gift card to farm supply just for participating.The first place store winner will get a $250 gift card and the overall winner in the pumpkin contest will get $250 cash. There will be more prizes awarded to winning scarecrows. Groups should RSVP by Oct. 1 at FarmSupplyCompany.com.
Nightmare on Main Street
For the sixth year, the Templeton Recreation Foundation will host its annual haunted house, Nightmare on Main Street, at 99 South Main St. in a historic home. The haunted house has both inside and outside sections with many surprises with sound and visual effects.
To make the haunted house fun for people who return year after year, the haunted house’s featured are changed, save for a few exceptions. Because of the scary nature of the haunted house, it is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
The haunted house is open Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be lights on tours on Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online or at the Haunted House. Tickets for the lights on tour are $5 each. VIP tickets, to jump to the front of the line, are $17 each. For more information, call 235-7593 or CLICK HERE.
Ghost Tours at Dana Adobe Cultural Center
The Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo will host its annual Ghost Tours on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The tours will include tragic stories and ghostly tales not often shared with the public. Walk the worn wooden floors in candlelit rooms, touch the adobe walls, and hear the stories of the tragic deaths and murders that have occurred during the heydays of the Rancho Nipomo.
Cambria Historical Society Harvest Festival
The Cambria Historical Society will host its annual harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2251 Center St. in Cambria. The event will include live music by the Indigo Jazz Quartet, pumpkin decorating and face painting, family activities, food by Chef Jeanne Brodie from Soto’s Market, local wine and beer, a pie baking contest and tasting, photography and art sale, root beer floats, vendors, popcorn and scarecrows.
Great Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest
Farm Supply Company will host its 13th annual Pumpkin & Scarecrow Contest in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday, Oct. 18 form 4 to 7 p.m. At this event, attendees will see who grew the heaviest pumpkin, the most beautiful and the most unusual. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest. There will be fun activities for all ages. Weigh-off begins at 5:30 p.m. Entry forms available in-store, or online.
Deadline to enter is Oct. 12.
Halloween fun at Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market
Trick-or-Treat in participating downtown businesses from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. Maps and treat bags available at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera Street and Osos Street.
A costume contest will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Get creative and compete for some “wickedly” cool prizes. Age groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-8 years, and 9-12, as well as pairs and groups, which can include older children, pets, and parents. Sign-up begin at 5 p.m. at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera and Osos streets.
Trunk or Treat Spooktacular
Morro Bay United Methodist Children’s Center, 3000 Hemlock Ave. in Morro Bay, will host its third annual Trunk or Treat Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. A costume parade will be held from 4 to 4:15 p.m.; trunk or treating from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. and free play and auction from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Boo Bash at Meadow Park
San Luis Obispo’s Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Boo Bash on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.
The event is a free family friendly costume party and haunted house. Children (and their families) will enjoy food, games and activities, as well as partake in a spooky haunted park.
All Boo Bash attendees are asked to bring a canned food to be donated to the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.
After the party and costume party, there will be a kid-friendly outdoor movie, Curious George: A Boo Fest, on the Meadow Park lawn under the stars.
Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities
The city of Grover Beach will host its annual Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities event on Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach. The event is for the whole family. Attendees are encouraged to bring already decorated or carved pumpkins to be entered for prizes. Children 6 and younger may only enter decorated pumpkins into the contest. The event will include carnival games, free hot dogs and more..
Halloween Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Hight, Avila Beach
Halloween Spaghetti Dinner/Bingo Night will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel St. in Avila Beach. The spaghetti dinner will be delicious with salad, garlic bread, and dessert and will be followed by Bingo. Costumes are optional, though there will be prizes for the best costumes: scariest, funniest, and most original. Dinner tickets, including your first Bingo card, are $10/person and $5/child 8 and under. Wine will be available for $5/glass and beer will be $3/bottle. There will be lots of prizes for Bingo winners. This event is being held to raise funds to support the programs and operations of the Avila Beach Community Center. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to get involved, call 805-627-1997 or email email@example.com.
Haunted Caves at Eberle Winery
The 17,000 square feet of underground caves at Eberle Winery are turned into a frightening delight recommended for trick-or-treaters 8 years old and older at the winery’s annual Haunted Caves Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle for those 21 and older. Just ask for the Ca-BOO-Nay.
The cost is $5 per person donation. All money raised goes directly to CASA of San Luis Obispo County, an advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system.
Zombie Run for Autism
The third annual Zombie Run for Autism will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon behind Camp San Luis Obispo. It is a 5K family fun run and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center.
Pumpkins in the Park
Pismo Beach will host a Halloween-themed event for children on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include pumpkin decorating for the first 500 children, food and beverages, costume contests, games, crafts and bounce houses at Dinosaur Caves Park.
Halloween carnival & haunted maze, Arroyo Grande
Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande Valley, LifePoint, Scarecrow, Inc. and Kona Ice are co-sponsoring the Halloween carnival & haunted maze on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Elm Street Park at 1221 Ash St. in Arroyo Grande. There will be carnival booths, haunted maze, costume contest, prizes and cookie decorating. There will also be a carved pumpkin contest, so bring a carved pumpkin. Carnival admission is $5 for children and $2 for accompanying adults. Admission to the haunted maze is $3 per person. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the Arroyo Grande Recreation Services office at 1221 Ash St. by Oct. 26. For more information, call 805-473-5474.
Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo
Charles Paddock Zoo will host its annual Zoo Boo on Saturday, Oct. 27 from to 5 to 8:30 p.m. There will be carnival games, Halloween activities, haunted house and tricks and treats. Admission is $10 for general admission or $9 for zoo members. Children 2 and under are free. Go green by bringing your own trick or treat bag.
Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro at Santa Maria Speedway
The third annual Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Raceway. There will be a costume contest for both children and adults, which will be sponsored by American Garage Doors & Openers. Children will be able to trick or treat on the front stretch and get candy and treats from the drivers before the race. Children will also be able to vote on the Best Halloween Themed Car.
Morro Bay Trick or Treat
The annual Morro Bay Trick or Treat will be held for children in kindergarten through the 8th grade and younger on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in downtown Morro Bay on Morro Bay Boulevard. Trick or treat maps may be picked up at Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt starting at 3 p.m. There will be a parade starting at Main Street and Morro Bay Boulevard starting at 5 p.m. and followed by a costume contest and prizes.
Halloween at the Market, Atascadero
Head down to Atascadero Farmers’ Market in Sunken Gardens for a Trick or Treating event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be trick or treating from local nonprofits and businesses, bounce houses, food and more.
Cambria Halloween Parade
Children of Cambria are invited to join in on the Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the Community Center at 3:30 p.m. for a trick or treat parade through the West Village business district.
Safe and Fun Halloween, Downtown Paso Robles
Paso Robles Main Street will host its annual Trick or Treat Downtown event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Paso Robles Historical Society will provide a barbecue dinner benefitting the society in Downtown City Park by Carnegie Library. Attendees can also get their photos taken with the Main Street witches at the corner of 12th and Park streets from 4 to 7 p.m.
During the month of October, downtown merchants will display scarecrows. Go downtown and vote for you favorite by Oct. 26 to be entered for a chance to win a prize. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 238-4103.