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Spooky celebrations planned across Central Coast for Halloween

Posted: 4:58 PM, Oct 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-30 19:58:02-04
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People in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are getting ready to dress up and trick-or-treat for Halloween on Thursday.

Here is a sample of the events taking place to celebrate the spooky day:

The Downtown SLO Farmers' Market will host a costume contest and trick-or-treating at some local businesses on Oct. 31. The costume contest will start at 6:30 p.m. and will include prizes for the winners. Trick-or-treaters will have the chance to grab a treat bag at the Union Bank parking lot at 995 Higuera St. before they get going. The event is set to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a three-day event that will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The activities will include a Monarch Migration Quest, face painting, crafts and altars. The museum will also host a trunk show selling handmade Dia de los Muertos themed goods starting on Nov. 2.

Downtown Morro Bay will host its 3rd annual trick-or-treat event Thursday for younger kids from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local businesses will open up for trick-or-treaters. Maps of the route will be available at Grandma's Frozen Yogurt at the corner of Morro Bay Blvd. and Main St. The festival will include a parade followed by a costume contest.

The Morro Bay Police Department will also throw a Halloween night at its "haunted" station located at 850 Morro Bay Blvd. The Asylum will be open for tours that promise to be scary on Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.