What: Trick or Treating on the Wharf
When: 4p.m. – 6p.m.
Where: At participating wharf businesses
Why Go: Take the little ones trick or treating in a secure location and bypass the neighborhood madness. Finish up just in time for a moonlit, ocean view dinner on the wharf.
What: Haunted Hotel Halloween Party
When: 8p.m. – 1a.m.
Where: Hotel Paradox
Why Go: This costume party should be a scary fun time with live music featuring The Soft White Sixties, and opening band, Stomping Grounds. There will be drinks, apps, and devilicious desserts.
Cost: $25/ticket (includes one drink ticket and snack bar access) http://hotelparadoxhalloween-es2.eventbrite.com/
What: The 6th Annual Monster Bash Masquerade
When: 7p.m. – 1a.m.
Where: The Coconut Grove Ballroom
Why Go: This spine tingling costume event features the music of OPIUO, Liberation Movement, Vibesquad, JPod, and Little John.
Cost: $35/general admission, $40/at the door
What: Harry and the Hitmen
When: 8p.m. –
Where: Bocci’s Cellar
Why Go: Get down and spooky with the soul classics and “psychedelic rock” sound of Harry and the Hitmen on All Hallows Eve. Then enjoy the rhythm of funk with On the Spot Trio. Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume.
What: Paul Oakenfold, Trance Mission USA
When: 9p.m. show (doors open at 8p.m.)
Where: The Catalyst
Why Go: Rolling Stone, Remix and more have touted Oakenfold as one of the world’s leading DJ’s/remix artists. This celebrity will be scratching his stuff for All Hallow’s to enjoy this Halloween night. Check him out for yourself!
Cost: $27/advance; $30/door
What: First Friday Santa Cruz
When: 11a.m. – 9p.m.
Where: Museum of Art & History
Why Go: Live music from 6:30p.m. - 9p.m., a no-host bar from 5p.m.- 9p.m., an art activity for all ages, and a festive atmosphere outside the Mah as people flock the streets of downtown art-town.
Cost: Free admission
What: Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art Festival
When: 10a.m. – 5p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)
Where: Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
Why Go: With the holidays just around the corner, don’t miss this fun opportunity to brighten up a friend or loved one’s day with a gift made of sea glass. Over 40 artists will display their pieces and 10% of proceeds are donated to the Marine Sanctuary. There will be a free raffle on Saturday.
Cost: $5/admission, free for children under six.
What: Discover Big Basin
When: 12:00 noon
Where: Park Headquarters, Big Basin
Why Go: Take in the cool air and natural beauty of the forest before the season turns cold and rainy. Docent Barry Grimm will lead this 4-hr./ 4-mile leisurely hike. Layers for changeable weather, water, and comfortable shoes are recommended. Don’t forget the camera!
Cost: $10 parking fee