There are lots of local parades and tree lighting ceremonies throughout SLO County this holiday season!
See below, grab the kiddos and go-go!
Friday, Nov. 24
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa's house in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo will open for the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. It's hours will vary day-to-day and can be found HERE.
Fridays starting Nov. 24 until Dec. 22
3 to 5 p.m.
Santa will be at 208 East Branch St. in the Arroyo Grande Village.
Nov. 24 through Dec. 23
Closed on Nov. 27 & 28 and Dec. 4, 5 & 11
Shop with artisan vendors, walk through the light displays with over two-million lights, take photos with Santa, enjoy live entertainment, taste traditional German foods, drink Gluhwein in the Biergarten and more at this charming outdoor festival.
The annual market offers a winter wonderland of colorful lights in addition to food, wine, live music, shopping, vendors and Santa’s House. Nightly shuttles are available at Center Street in East Village and Cambria Nursery, the last shuttle to the market leaves at 8 p.m. The cost is $5, $10 or $15 depending on the night and children 5 and younger are free.
Friday, Nov. 24
Paso Robles Downtown City Park
Christmas and holiday lights will illuminate the way to this year’s holiday festivities in City Park. Mrs. Claus will arrive and light the downtown, inviting all to share in the holiday joy. Live music, speeches, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate.
Thursday, Nov. 30
Cambria Vet’s Hall at 1000 Main St.
The hall will be filled with one-of-a-kind decorated trees, which will be part of the live auction. All of the proceeds will benefit local nonprofits. In addition, there will be a silent auction of gifts. Tickets are $50 per person and include a buffet dinner, champagne, and musical entertainment by The Belmores.
Friday, Dec. 1
Waterfront in Morro Bay
Waterfront restaurants will sponsor several lighted boats to cruise up and down the waterfront as a preview to the annual Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade.
Friday, Dec. 1
5 to 8 p.m.
Downtown Atascadero/Sunken Gardens
There will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, tours of city hall and entertainment by Atascadero High School Show and concert choirs, the Atascadero Community Band and other groups, and holiday singing. The Art & Wine Tour will happen from 5 to 8 p.m. The festivities in Sunken Gardens starting at 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1
The parade features over 80 decorative floats, vehicles, marching bands, dancers and more This year’s theme is “Holiday Hoedown.”
Dec. 2 through 12
6 to 8 p.m.
Morro Bay at Embarcadero and Front Street
Saturday, Dec. 2
10 to 11 a.m.
Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach
The parade begins a 16th Street, travels west down West Grand Avenue to 9th Street, and finishes at the Ramona Garden Park Center. The theme is "All Aboard the Holiday Express!"
Saturday, Dec. 2
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jack Creek Farms, 5000 Highway 46 West in Templeton
The $35 cost for the wreath includes fresh greens, 14-inch grapevine wreath form, ribbon and wire, gourmet s’more to warm you up from Just Baked Cake Studio & Bakery, plus a cup of Jack Creek Farms fresh cider. Spots are limited and a portion of the proceeds will go to Special Olympics San Luis Obispo County.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Downtown Paso Robles
Starts at the corner of 10th and Spring streets and heads north on Spring Street, then will turn east on 14th Street and then south on Park Street, then east on 12th street and finally south on Pine Street and ending on 11th Street.
Celebrate “There’s No Place Like Home for Christmas” with Santa and a glittering array of floats, equestrian, vehicle and marching entries.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit with an illuminated parade featuring an array of light spectacles from local businesses. A variety of awards will be given for best in show. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus and watch downtown light up with holiday spirit.
Friday, Dec. 1
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinosaur Caves Park
Enjoy snow, photos with Santa, bounce house, tree lighting, cookie decorating, crafts and more. Admission is free.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Atascadero Lake Park
Featured entertainment includes the Atascadero High School Band, AHS Choir and drama in the Pavilion from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Hot cider, popcorn, s'mores and other refreshments will be available for free as attendees walk around the lake. Enjoy a free family zoo night. If there is steady rain prior to or during the event, some of the street activities may be cancelled. Bring a flashlight and a warm coat.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Morro Bay Embarcadero
Watch beautifully-decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats, and kayaks starting at 6:30 p.m. Come a little earlier (at 3:30 p.m.) for Pre-Parade Festivities including holiday music by the White Caps Band and Strolling Carolers, plus free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Tidelands Park.
Paso Robles Downtown City Park
Sunday, Dec. 3 & 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
Tidelands Park and Morro Bay Waterfront
Join the fun as paddle-powered vessels get a chance to parade. Bring a paddleboard, kayak or non-motorized vessel, or rent one from local shops to participate. On land, there will be paper boat building, along with other family-friendly activities.
Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.
The Cuesta College North County Chorus will perform J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio, Parts 3 & 4” and other pieces with orchestra accompaniment. Veterans get in free. Tickets are $15 for feneral and $10 for students and seniors 65-plus.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
2700 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles
The Symphony Brass Chamber Ensemble will perform at 5 p.m. Come early at 2 p.m. to stroll through the Tuscan Villa-inspired grounds and enjoy a Christmas Market with enticing gift items for purchase from local vendors, wine tasting, hot chocolate for the kids, carol singing at 4 p.m. and a Christmas tree lighting at 4:50 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Corner of Oceano Avenue and D Street
Dec. 7, 8, 9 & 10
Performing Arts Center at Templeton High School
Thursday, Dec. 7
Village of Cambria
Businesses will open their doors and will serve refreshments and special discounts. A tree lighting ceremony will happen in the East and West Villages and pictures can be taken with Santa at the Cambria Historical Society and in the West Village. The night will also include live music and other entertainment.
Friday, Dec. 9
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Corner of Los Osos Valley Road & Palisades Avenue
The event includes Christmas tree lighting, holiday cheer, music, treats and more.
Friday, Dec. 8
5 to 9 p.m.
Sunken Gardens, Atascadero
The event will include a huge snow slide, snowy play areas, a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more than 50 food and craft vendors.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Merchants along Ocean Avenue in Cayucos
Cambria merchants will host open houses. The event includes Free horse drawn carriage rides, children's activities, tree lighting, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa. Holiday shopping with gift ideas, special offers, giveaways, refreshments and entertainment.
Saturday, Dec. 9
noon to 5 p.m.
Olivas de Oro Olive Company, 4625 La Panza Road, Creston
Join in the annual holiday party to sample olive, balsamic and ranch products, including their newly-released olio nuevo, and nibble on holiday cookies and treats. Take part in olive branch wreath-making. A $10 donation will go straight to the Food Bank.
Saturday, Dec. 9
The Parade route follows Los Osos Valley Rd. from Fairchild Way to the park at Palisades Avenue. Participants are encouraged to decorate and costume their employees, their cars, their floats and whatever else they’ll be showcasing to express their best creative ideas the "Storybook Christmas" theme.
Saturday, Dec. 9
1 to 4 p.m.
Inn at Morro Bay
Family and professionals will display their gingerbread houses hoping to win judges and people choice awards. There will also be a caroling concert and goodies.
Saturday, Dec 9
6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10
1 to 4 p.m.
There will be two snow play areas, one on a slope for the older children and a small flat one for under 4.
Monday, Dec. 11
Morro Bay police will sing Christmas carols around the city on the Morro Bay Trolley. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be their guests.
Saturday, Dec. 16
2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16
2 to 8 p.m.
Parade begins at 6 p.m.
There will also be a chili cook-off, silent auction, drawings and other activities. Stop by the fire station after the parade to see Santa and enjoy hot dogs and refreshments.
Saturday, Dec. 16
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero
Zoo Holiday Magic at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on offers a chance to deliver special gifts to animal friends.
Friday, Dec. 15 & 16 at 7pm
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5:45 & 7 p.m.
Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610 South Main St. in Templeton
There will be live animals and shepherds, along with singing angels and wise men. Attendees may join in on singing Christmas carols or just enjoy the music. The entire event is about 30 minutes, but arrive early as seating is limited and dress warmly. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies available.
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.
Thursday, Oct. 19
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.
Friday, Oct. 20
MOMS Club of Atascadero Harvest Party
MOMS Club of Atascadero will host its annual harvest party on Friday, Oct. 20 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. at Chesebrough Farm in Templeton. Come for snacks, pumpkin paintin, and a fun time checking out the farm animals. The cost is $5 per child and includes a pumpkin to paint and a gift bag. Come in costume RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
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.
Thursday, Oct. 26
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.
Friday, Oct. 27
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. 27 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. 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. 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. The event will include carnival games, free hot dogs and more. The pumpkin contest ends at 6:15 p.m.
Trunk or Treat at Fairgrove Elementary School
Fairgrove Elementary PTO wll host a trunk or treat event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school's parking lot, 2101 The Pike in Grover Beach. Admission is free. The event includes carnival games, face painting and trunk or treating. some food and drinks will be available for purchase, along wtih professional photos.
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.
San Benito Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat
San Benito Road Elementary School will host its annual fall festival and trunk or treat on Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 4300 San Benito Road in Atascadero. The cost is $10 at the door for children 3 to 14 years of age.
Saturday, Oct. 28
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.
Zoo Boo Day Camp
Children 8 and older are invited to come carve pumpkins for the animals at the zoo on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. The children will learn about what zookeepers do in the zoo to spice up the animal's lives. The cost is $25 per person; $23 for zoo members. Sign up in the gift shop, walk-ins are welcome. The meeting location is at the ranger house in Atascadero Lake Park.
Trinity Lutheran School Harvest Festival
Trinity Lutheran School's annual harvest festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 940 Creston Road in Paso Robles. It will include a rock wall, extreme air, bounce house with slides, games, prizes, treat trot, hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, Kona Ice, silent auction and food trucks. The cost is $10 in advance for everything except rock wall or air extreme. At the door, tickets are $13.
Whiz Kids Toys! will host a Halloween Slimefest on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3979 S. Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo. The event will include a costume parade, crafts, games and more, as well as making creepy Halloween slime with the mad scientist. It is free and open to all ages.
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.
Cayucos Elementary Halloween Carnival & Silent Auction
Cayucos Elementary School's 62nd annual Halloween Carnival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 301 Cayucos Drive. It is the school fall fundraiser and includes a silent auction, cake walk, haunted house, games, prizes, barbecue, sno cones, face painting and more. Children of all ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged. The games and prizes are free; food and drink will be available for purchase.
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.
MakeBreak: Last-minute costumes
Michaels will host MakeBreak: Last-minute costumes on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Buy a T-shirt and all the supplies will be provided. It is for ages 3 and older. Pre-registration is not required.
Movies screening at the library: "Poltergeist"
The movie "Poltergeist" will be shown at the San Luis Obispo Library in the community room on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. for adults and teens. The original 1982 version will be shown.
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.
Trick or Treat in Old Town Orcutt
Old Town Orcutt will host trick or treating on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. Many businesses will be handing out candy and treats to children of all ages. Glitter Kat will paint faces at Rooney's Irish Pub.
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. in Arroyo Grande. 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 boots 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.
Fall Fest at New Life Pismo
New Life Pismo, 990 James Way in Pismo Beach, will host Fall Fest '17 on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be fun for all ages including games, live entertainment, photo opportunities, inflatables, candy, music, hay rides, pony rides and more. The event is free, but food will be available for purchase. Attendees are invited to come in costume.
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.
Elks' Carnival & Haunted House
The Elks Lodge in San Luis Obispo (222 Elks Lane) will host its annual carnival and haunted house on Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be a carnival and game zone for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
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 Speedway
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.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Trunk or Treat in Paso Robles
The Bridge Christian Church will host a trunk or treat event at Centennial Park at 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. It's a safe and free Halloween event for families. The event will include bounce houses, trick or treating, food, games, face painting and drawing for three $100 grocery gift cards.
Truck or Treat Fall Festival
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church will host a trunk or treat fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1515 Fredericks St. in SLO. The family event is public to the public and all ages.
Monday, Oct. 30
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.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
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.
The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale, a pop-up sale that is held two to three times a year in San Luis Obispo County, will have its next sale on Saturday, Oct. 21.
How it works
Any parent is welcome to consign at the sale and there is no fee to consign. The first step is to register as a consignor on The Spotted Whale Consignment Sale’s website. Then they will be able to enter their own items, set prices, print out tags and then drop off the items before the sale. Consignors make 60 to 70% of their sales; percentage depends on whether or not they volunteer at the sale.
After the sale, consignors can either pick up their unsold items or elect to have them donated to local charities.
About the women behind the sale
The consignment sale is run by Maryanne and Amanda, both local moms. Maryanne has been involved in every Spotted Whale sale except for one (when her youngest was only 2 days old) since it was started by two other local moms almost six years ago. When the old owners decided it was time to sell, she didn't know how she was going to fit it into her already busy life, but said knew she wanted this great resource for Central Coast families to continue. She invited her good friend, Amanda, to be her business partner. Three years later, they love what they do.
Maryanne, being a former science teacher, loves the idea of recycling gently used items. As a stay-at-home-mom, she loves being able to earn money off items her kids no longer use and buy great gear for her two daughters at a fraction of the price. She also loves being able to help other moms throughout her community do the same.
Amanda grew up in San Luis Obispo and always knew that after college, she wanted to move back here to raise her family. She believes the Central Coast is the best place on Earth and is thankful her family is able to live here. When Maryanne invited her to be a part of The Spotted Whale, she loved the idea — even though she didn't have kids yet. Now, her 1-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, stays styling with all the great finds at the sales. Amanda is an adjunct math professor at two community colleges and works for Cal Poly as well, but she makes time for Spotted Whale because she believes in what it does for our awesome community.
While the sale is taking place on Saturday, June 10, volunteers, consignors and VIP pass holders (purchase online for $10) will be able to shop Friday, Oct. 20. Volunteers shop at 5 p.m., consignors at 6 p.m. and VIP pass holders from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final hour of the sale, many items are marked half off.
What to expect at the sale
There are usually 100 consignors selling more than 10,000 items from maternity cloths to baby gears, toys, shoes and clothes up to size 12-14. While the sale has items from many different consignors, the items will be organized by type, gender and size and all items will be gone through to be sure they are in great condition.
In addition to the consigned items, there will also be a vendor fair with local moms who own businesses for moms and kids.
I’m so excited that it’s finally starting to feel a bit like Fall in San Luis Obispo County! I’m looking forward to crisp air, bundling up, and pumpkin everything! Most of all, I’m excited for an October and November full of family-friendly adventures and events on the Central Coast. Here are some of our favorites:
Family Adventures this fall!
From pumpkin farms to butterflies, this fall won't disappoint! Add some (or all) of these activities to your Fall bucket list and let me know which are your favorite!
Visit Pumpkin Farms
Fall isn't complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch!
Visit Apples Farms!
There are lots of apple farms to visit on the Central Coast. Head to SLO Creek Farms or Avila Valley Barn to pick your own or taste and bag your favorites at Gopher Glen, Creekside Apple Farm, and/or See Canyon Fruit Ranch! Read my blog post about apple picking in SLO County.
Visit the Scarecrows in Cambria and San Simeon
Stroll through Cambria and San Simeon to see the hundreds of whimsical scarecrows on display throughout the month of October. The theme for this year's Cambria Scarecrow Festival is “Where Whimpsy Runs Rampant." Use your smart phone or tablet to scan the QR code on each scarecrow to learn about it, track your favorite scarecrows, and rate them.
.Visit the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden!
Fall is beautiful at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden! Visit the Children’s Garden, a fun and safe place for kiddos to learn, explore, and grow.
Enjoy a Fun and Safe Halloween!
Visit the Monarch Butterflies in Pismo Beach
Thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach each year from October to February, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. You can see them clustered in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. Visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove anytime, but be sure to head over on Nov. 4 for a special event, "A Brush with the Butterflies" to kick off the 2017-18 season. The grove opens for the season on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Family-Friendly Events - Fall 2017
Our Events Calendar is a great resource for local family-friendly events year-round, but here are some of our favorite events happening in October and November 2017. For all Halloween-related events, CLICK HERE.
Hope this helps you plan your family's October and November activities on the Central Coast!
Once you've gone apple picking (or to the farmers' market) and you come home with a load of apples, what should you do with them before they go bad? There's always the usual: apple cider, apple butter, apple sauce, apple pie or just eat them raw.
To dress them up a bit, I like to make apple cookie for my daughter. I even sent them with her to school for the class's Halloween party one year. Do note that my photo and recipe do contact nuts, so be sure that no one is allergic before serving. They can easily be made nut-free, substitutions are noted in the recipe below.
Slice the apples cross-wise (through the middle of the core) and remove any seeds, top with the nut or nut-free butter, followed by your choice of toppings. I think the photo they toppings are Enjoy Life chocolate chip cookies, coconut flakes and roughly chopped almonds. Then they are ready to enjoy!
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