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 — Weekends October 3 – November 1, 2020

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.

Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton, CA 95018 
Phone: (831) 335-4484

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™ — 2021 Date TBD

Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas™ and Percy™, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family.

Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton, CA 95018 
Phone: (831) 335-4484

Giant Pumpkin Contest—Oct. 8, 2018 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Half Moon Bay—The gathering of titanic pumpkins will take place at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off! Nearly 100 participants will enter their massive pumpkins in hopes of capturing the coveted title and a share of $30,000 in prize money.

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Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival — Oct 13 & 14, 2018

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.

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Spooky or Not Spooky? — 2021 Date TBD

A Big Basin special walk for Halloween! The walk in the forest focuses on the weird and wonderful.


Heritage Harvest Festival — 2021 Date TBD

Wilder Ranch State Park — Enjoy live music, wagon rides, draft horse demonstrations, harvest and decorate pumpkins.

Address: 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
Phone: (831) 423-9703

The Missing Arm of William Waddell — 2021 Date TBD

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

Floating Pumpkin Patch — 2021 Date TBD 

In addition to pumpkins, they’ve got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open!

Address: 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 454-7901

Scotts Valley Haunted House — October 22 – 24 and 29 – 31, 2020

It’s scary so no kids under 10 years old!!!

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

Haunted Halloween Concert — 2021 Date TBD 

Celebrate Halloween with the spooky tunes from the Cabrillo College Piano Department.

Address: 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (831) 479-6100

Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival — Saturday, October 31, 2020

Guests will explore our marine lab’s Science Showcase featuring unique science artifacts, our skull collection, and a whale of a skeleton (or two!). Family crafts, El Buen Taco food truck, and live music from The Singing Scientist complete the day.

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

Halloween Parade — ?? 

The parade begins at 2:00 PM

Line-up at 1:30 PM in the Pacific Cove Parking Lot above Capitola Police Department and City Hall. The parade winds through Capitola Village and ends at Esplanade Park.

Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, goody bags, balloons, and trick-or-treating at Village merchants. This free, family-friendly event is hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

Address: Capitola Village, Capitola
Phone: (831) 475-6522

Halloween on the Wharf —October 19 – 31, 2020

Join the Parks & Recreation Department for 13 days of frightful fun on the Santa Cruz Wharf October 19 – 31! Take part in the Great Pumpkin BINGO Hunt, snap a photo at our scenic photo booth, dance to Thriller at Zombie Night and enjoy festive Wharf specials ALL 13 days! It all kicks off October 19!

Address: 21 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Phone: (831) 420-5030