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.
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.
Templeton High School’s Haunted Theater
Templeton High School’s drama department will present Haunted Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. It is a haunted house experience presented by the school’s advanced theater students in a backstage maze populated by actors and technicians.
Tickets are $5 each. The haunted theater will take place in Templeton Performing Arts Center on the campus of Templeton High School. There will be fresh cotton candy with 12 flavor choices available for sale. It is open to the public.
Cambria Historical Society Harvest Festival
The Cambria Historical Society will host its annual harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 7 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.
The Haunt in Atascadero
A moderate scary haunted house will open at 5805 El Camino Real on Friday, Oct. 6 and will continue on Fridays and Saturdays in October and Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31, starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person or $35 for four people on one ticket. Front of the line VIP tickets are available in limited quantities for $20 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
OSH FrankenPumpkin decorating
Children 12 and younger are invited to decorate their own FrankenPumpkins at OSH on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. It is free, with a one pumpkin per child limit while supplies last. Adult supervision is required.
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. 7 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:
4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest
Farm Supply will host the second annual 4-H & FFA Scarecrow Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7 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. There will be more prizes awarded to winning scarecrows. Groups should RSVP by Oct. 2 by calling 805-540-6107 or emailing email@example.com.
Scavenger Haunt at OSH
OSH will host a scavenger haunt on Friday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 15. Participants could win a Dremel pumpkin carving kit and a $20 gift card. Attendees can also learn how to make gauze ghosts and wire ghosts. Find out more at your local OSH store.
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. 13, 14, 20 and 21 and Nov. 3 and 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. There will also be no scare, lights on the tour on Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28 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.
Frank's Friends at OSH
OSH will host a free kids event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. Children 12 and younger can create little monsters with clay pots while supplies last. Adult supervision is required.
Dremel Pumpkin Carving at OSH
OSH will host free demos of Dremel pumpkin carving on Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Great Pumpking & Scarecrow Contest in Mission Plaza
The 12th annual Great Pumpking & Scarecrow Contest will take place in Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Farm Supply Company and will include giant pumpkins, scarecrows, family activities, music and more. The pumpking weighing will take place at 6 p.m. New to this year's event will be the youth, 4-H/FFA, adult carved pumpkin and mechanical scarecrow categories.
To enter the contest, stop by any Farm Supply location or CLICK HERE to download an entry form.
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 Saturday, Oct. 21 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.
Kids Pumpkin Painting at SLO Library
San Luis Obispo Library will host pumpkin painting for school-aged children on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the children's area.
Halloween fun at Downtown SLO Farmers' Market
Trick-or-Treat in participating downtown businesses from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. 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 PM at the Union Bank parking lot at Higuera Street and Osos Street.
Boo Bash at Meadow Park
San Luis Obispo's Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Boo Bash on Friday, Oct. 27 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.
Sinsheimer Elementary School will hold a carnival on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 2755 Augusta St. in San Luis Obispo. The carnival will include costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes, tattoos, mini golf, selfie station, chili contest, tamales, pizza, barbecue, cotton candy, popcorn, dessert station and more.
Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities
The city of Grover Beach will host its annual Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is for the whole family. Attendees are encouraged to bring already decorated or carved pumpkins to be entered for prizes. The event will include carnival games, free hot dogs and more. The pumpkin contest ends at 6:15 p.m.
Movie Night at Avila Beach: "Casper"
Avila Beach Golf Resort will host a movie night on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. "Casper" will be shown at sunset. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Lawn games will be played until sunset. No outside food or drinks will be allowed.
Haunted Caves at Eberle Winery
The 16,000 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. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 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 the Kinship Center, helping kids heal and thrive.
Zombie Run for Autism
The third annual Zombie Run for Autism will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 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.
Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest
Farm Supply Company will host its second annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest at its Paso Robles and Santa Maria locations on Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and judging promptly at 10:30 a.m. First place category winners will receive a $50 gift card for Farm Supply. The overall best costume will receive six 40-pound bags of dog food. There will also be giveaways, raffle prizes and goodie bags for all participants. There is no entry fee.
Categories (one category entry per dog):
Skeleton Saturday at Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay will host a special family event to celebrate the Halloween season on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skeleton Saturday will include a showcase of the bone collections at the museum.
The event will include displays, games with prizes, owl pellet dissections, skull identification, art projects and workshops centered around skeletons. Central Coast State Park Association members and children are free, adults cost $3. For more information, call 805-772-2694.
Pumpkins on the Pier
Pismo Beach will host a Halloween-themed event for children 12 and under on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event will include pumpkin decorating, costume contests, games, crafts and bounce houses at Dinosaur Caves Park.
Five hundred pumpkins will be given away, first come-first serve. The costume contest will start at 11:30 a.m. and includes prizes for first, second and third places in four age divisions. An adult costume contest will be followed with an award given to the top two adults for best overall costume. The annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at participating downtown business locations.
Kid's Costume Tea at Los Osos Library
Los Osos Library will host a Kid's Costume Tea for children 5 years of age and older on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. The tea will include costumes, stories and various activities.
Pumpkin Painting at SLO Library
San Luis Obispo Library will host pumpkin painting on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. for teens aged 12 to 18 years of age. The teens are invited to come and create their own personalized pumpkin design using paint.
Halloweekend Movie Matinee: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cambria Library will host a showing of "The Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloweekend. The movie is open to all ages at the library on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Red Barn Horse Experience Halloween Party & Open House
Red Barn Horse Experience will host a Halloween party and open house on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. The event costs $15 per child. Attendees can meet some of the riders and learn about the equine program. Costumes are encouraged, though attendees should wear booth or closed toe shoes. RSVPs are required by calling 916-799-1564.
Halloween Carnival at Legacy Training Center
Legacy Training Center, 855 Aerovista Lane, Ste. 180, San Luis Obispo, will host two Halloween events for children on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 10 p.m.
Monster Mash at the Museum
The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria will host a free family-friendly Monster Mash party on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a safe trunk or treat, as well as entertainment and refreshments. Attendees can enter pie eating, costume and carved pumpkin contests. Categories are for children 5 and younger, 6 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 and older. Prizes will be awarded for each category in boy and girl costumes: spookiest, funniest and most creative. Carved pumpkin categories are for: most adorable, most creative, scariest, silliest and most unique. To register, CLICK HERE.
Ghoulish Grover Beach Halloween Extravaganza
Exploration Station at 867 Ramona Ave. in Grover Beach will host its annual Ghoulish Grover Beach Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is for children up to 12 years of age.
Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo
Charles Paddock Zoo will host its annual Zoo Boo on Saturday, Oct. 28 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.
Point Sur Lighthouse Haunted Tour
The California State Parks will host a haunted tour of Point Sure Lighthouse in Big Sur on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5:15 to 8 p.m. The evening will begin with a walking tour to the lighthouse in time to watch the sunset, then on to the Barn where a light buffet will be served. Later, Point Sur's professional actor/storyteller, Kevin Hanstick, will recount stories of Point Sur's ghostly past. Children under 6 years of age are not recommended to go on the tour. The cost is a $90 donation.
Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro at Santa Maria Sppedway
The second annual Halloween Smash Demolition Enduro will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 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.
Candlelight Tour of the Old Adobe
Paul Burkle will tell ghost stories on tours of the old Adobe in San Miguel at 700 S. Mission St on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and the event is family-friendly.
Madonna-ween! Costume Dance
San Luis Obispo Rugcutters will hold its annual costume swing dance party on Monday, Oct. 30 to 8 to 11 p.m. This is a family-friendly event that will include Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag or Charleston. There is no cover charge and no partner is necessary.
Trick or Treat at Los Osos Library
Friends of Los Osos Library at 2075 Palisades Ave. in Los Osos on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, but all must pay a "costume fee."
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 Tuesday, 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 3:15 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.
Trick or Treat on Main Street
Templeton will host its annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Main Street event on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. It's a safe Halloween experience for Templeton families. Businesses on Main Street from 1st to 8th streets will be handing out candy, look for the orange pumpkin sign in the window or pick up a map at the Chamber. Stop by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce for a bag to hold treat.
Cambria Halloween Parade
Children of Cambria are invited to join in on the Halloween parade on Tuesday, 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 to be entered for a chance to win a prize. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 238-4103.
Halloween carnival in Atascadero
Atascadero United Methodist Church will host its annual community Halloween carnival on Monday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This is a safe place for trick or treating and fun. There will be trunk or treating, snacks, food, games, music, arts & crafts, puppet show and costume contest. This is free and open to the public. It is particularly geared toward families with children in fifth grade and younger.
Trick or Treat, Atascadero
Downtown Atascadero will host its annual Trick or Treating event on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be trick or treating from local nonprofits and businesses, bounce houses, food and more.
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