Halloween

Angel Russell

As an outdoor activity, Central Coast pumpkin patches are able to welcome visitors over the next month. 

Jennifer Bennett, an Atascadero mother of two, was one of the first customers at Avila Valley Barn Monday morning. 

“I’m a stay-at-home mom," Bennett said. "Being home with these two all the time has been really hard without being able to take them to do anything.”

She’s excited the pumpkin patch—along with the goats, cows and chickens to visit and feed—are open.  

Angel Russell

Los Angeles County has banned haunted house attractions and festivals this Halloween, and the LA County health department is also recommending parents not take their kids trick-or-treating due to COVID-19.

While Halloween traditions are up in the air in the Central Coast due to the pandemic, that’s not stopping people from coming into the Santa Maria Spirit Halloween store. 

Lompoc Police: Metal pins found in Halloween candy

Nov 3, 2016
Lompoc Police Department

The Lompoc Police Department said Thursday night that they're getting reports of metal pins found in candy collected by local children on Halloween night. 

A cropped version from Flickr member: Ryosuke Yagi

A young man was being treated Friday evening for major injuries he received during a roughly 40 foot fall from a cliff in Isla Vista earlier that afternoon.

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A well-known Central Coast business will soon shut it doors, after more than 30 years of supplying wigs, masks, makeup, and Halloween outfits.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County sheriff's department says it was a quiet Halloween weekend in Isla Vista with no major incidents, and few arrests and citations issued in comparison to past years.

More than 300 officers and deputies were initially deployed to control crowds, but that number was reduced over the weekend as the expected party scene failed to develop.

Law enforcement credits a local campaign discouraging outsiders and says the heavy rain also likely had an effect.

My Culture is Not a Costume video on YouTube

An official Cal Poly Greek system event last Halloween season caused reaction over what many saw as a racially insensitive party theme. In response, an effort on campus this year has a very different approach.

Cal Poly's University Diversity and Inclusivity (UDI) staff members partnered with the Cross-Cultural Centers to make a video called "My Culture is Not a Costume."

It features some faculty and students, including members of Greek life and Cal Poly athletics.

Mike Eliason/SBC

A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista.

In anticipation of the large street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is boosting its staffing level by 25 personnel.

The resources will remain in place through the weekend. A temporary trauma tent will be set up to treat people and additional ambulances will be on standby as well.

Flickr member William Warby

Law enforcement in San Luis Obispo says it's working to keep Halloween celebrations from getting out of control this year.

Fines for several party-related infractions will be doubled during the period of time from 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning until Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Open alcohol container, excessive noise and unruly gatherings are among the violations included in what's being called a Safety Enhancement Zone.

Urination in Public and Possession of Dangerous Weapons are also violations covered by the doubled fine enhancement.

KCBX News - Jordan Bell

Students at more than a hundred colleges and universities in California are being encouraged to avoid Isla Vista this Halloween. Letters went out Thursday to the various schools  from the Associated Students at UC Santa Barbara and students Santa Barbara City College.

October marks the new academic school year for UC Santa Barbara. Students have moved back Isla Vista this month, after a tragic close to their last academic year. 

City of Goleta

The City of Goleta is preparing for the upcoming Halloween weekend by cracking down on parking in neighborhoods adjacent to Isla Vista.

City leaders say residents will get two free temporary street parking permits for each household. Only residents with valid permits will be able to park on the streets in the affected area between noon on Friday, October 31 and Sunday, November 2 at 6 a.m.