Halloween is an exciting time of year, especially for families. Watching your kids get dressed up to trick-or-treat is a priceless moment that will always be cherished.
But Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating. There are so many other festivities and events that make the month of October so sensational.
To make the most out of this spooky season, here are some ideas on how you can celebrate Halloween with your family in Santa Cruz:
Visit Local Pumpkin Patches
There’s nothing that gets you into the Halloween spirit quite like visiting a pumpkin patch. Luckily, Santa Cruz has tons of them!
Post Street Farms is a hidden gem located in an urban garden. This quaint patch has pumpkins of all kinds—from spooky-looking white ones to the classic round ones.
This garden is eerily done up with Halloween ornaments, so be sure to bring your camera for a photoshoot.
Spend a day at Cuny Farms at The Great Pumpkin Patch, which is one of the best farms for families in Santa Cruz. Not only does this patch have a bunch of pumpkins, it has a painting station, petting zoo, hay maze, and cow train. They even put on a fall themed movie every night at 7:00pm.
Another fantastic place to celebrate Halloween in Santa Cruz is Crystal Bay Farm. Every single year, this farm creates the most spectacular Halloween displays. They have an impressive squash tower that serves as the background for many Instagram posts.
There’s also a mini corn maze and a labyrinth that are friendly for the whole family.
Decorate Your Home for Halloween
Decorating your home for Halloween is a great way to spend time with your family and get in the mood for the fall festivities.
The most popular Halloween decoration is, of course, the pumpkin. So, pick up a few from a local patch and carve them with your kids!
Although, you don’t have to carve pumpkins to use them as decor. You can simply place them on your doorstep to prepare your house for Halloween.
You can also use small gourds and mini pumpkins to place around the interior of your home. Cluster them on side tables or on your kitchen island to create a display. To spruce up this design, add autumnal flowers, like sunflowers and begonias.
You can decorate your home by simply adding Halloween accessories around the house or by switching out regular decor for themed pieces.
Visit home decor stores around Santa Cruz, like Agency or Botanic and Luxe, to pick out stylish Halloween decorations for around the house.
Check Out Local Festivals and Events
Celebrate Halloween with your family by checking out some of the local festivals and events that are happening throughout the month.
13 Days of Halloween on the Wharf is a great, two-week festival that brings the community together with food and events. Visit the Wharf from October 19th to the 31st for some hot apple cider and themed treats.
This event is hosting dances, zombie nights, and trick or treating, so invite all your friends and family! The Santa Cruz Wharf will also be decked out in Halloween decor, making it perfect for photoshoots.
Kids are welcome to take part in mask painting, dances, and family-friendly haunted houses. There are endless opportunities for them to have fun! If you’re hoping to have a bit of fun yourself, visit their adult-only haunted house where you’ll have the scare of your life.
If you happen to find yourself in Aptos on October 31st, visit the first annual Aptos Community Halloween Parade. Members of the community will gather around to show off their spooky costumes.
Many of the shops and boutiques along the street welcome visitors to take part in their Safe Halloween initiative. Kids can trick-or-treat in a completely safe environment.
Bake Halloween Treats
Although many people associate baking with Christmas and Easter, Halloween is the perfect time to fill your home with the sweet smell of baked goods!
There are so many Autumn and Halloween inspired pies and cakes that not only look great on your kitchen counter, but taste great as well.
Reinspire classic autumnal treats with a Halloween theme by turning your favorite pumpkin pie into a spider’s web or by making caramel apples into jack o’lanterns.
Your kids can get involved in baking cake-pops that can be decorated as eyeballs.
The options are truly endless when it comes to Halloween baking! There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than by baking homemade treats.