October brings cooler weather, shorter days, and of course- Halloween! If you’re not sure what to do for Halloween this year, check out my complete list of events happening on the Central Coast. From friendly-family activities to creepy haunted houses, there is truly something for everybody.

Nightmare on Main St Haunted House

Where: 99 S Main St, Templeton, CA

When: Every weekend in October

Billed as the scariest Haunted House on the Central House, this Halloween frightfest takes place inside an actual abandoned house in Templeton that is over 120 years old. All profits made from this haunted house go back to the community and over the last 8 years over $40,000 has been donated to local programs! For more information about the Nightmare on Main Street Haunted House, click here.

Zoo Boo

Where: Charles Paddock Zoo

When: October 27th from 5-8:30 pm

The Zoo Boo hosted at Charles Paddock Zoo offers Halloween fun for the whole family! The Zoo will have carnival games, a costume contest, a haunted house and of course lots of treats! Tickets are only $10 and children under 2 get in free! For more information, click here.

SLO Farmer’s Market & Trick-or-Treating

Where: Downtown SLO

When: October 26th from 5-8 pm

Enjoy an evening of trick-or-treating at local businesses in Downtown SLO! Maps and treat bags will be handed out at Union Bank at 995 Higuera St. There will also be a costume contest for children of all ages, as well as families, and pets! For more information, click here.

Pumpkins in the Park

Where: Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach, CA

When: October 27th from 10- 1 pm

The Annual Pumpkins in the Park event in Pismo Beach is back! This family-friendly event is a great way to spend your Halloween. This year there will be pumpkins for decorating for the first 500 kids, costume contests, crafts, and a bounce house! For more information on Pumpkins in the Park, click here.

Trick-or-Treating in the Village

Where: The Village of Arroyo Grande

When: October 31st from 3- 5 pm

This family-friendly event is hosted in The Village of Arroyo Grande on Halloween Day, which is on a Wednesday this year. Kids can enjoy safe trick-or-treating at local merchant shops on East Branch St. while wearing their costumes! Click here for more information.

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

Where: Streets of Cambria, CA

When: October 1st– 31st

Now in it’s 9th year, the Annual Cambria Scarecrow Festival has grown into a community-wide event that showcases hundreds of scarecrows around Cambria. Spend a weekend afternoon this month enjoying this unique Halloween tradition that will keep the whole family entertained. Click here for more information.

Carved Pumpkin Contest

Where: Ramona Garden Park, Grover Beach, CA

When: October 26th from 5:30-7:30 pm

Come enjoy yourself at the Grover Beach Carved Pumpkin Contest! Bring your carved pumpkin to enter it for a chance to win prizes from local Grover Beach businesses. Plus, there will be trick-or-treating, carnival games, and snacks! For more information on the event, click here.

I hope you have the chance to check out some of these Halloween events! It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy our wonderful Central Coast communities. Have a fun, safe, and spooky Halloween!

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