Posted: Tuesday, Oct 10th, 2023

By Visit Ventura

8 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Ventura

It’s Spooky Season! 👻

From Halloween art markets to trick-or-treating and ghost tours, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween in Ventura. Ventura is pulling out all the tricks to make this Halloween the most spirited holiday yet. We’ve hit the streets to find eight hauntingly fun ways to get into the spooky season this month in Ventura.


1. Sip on Falltime Coffee Drinks in Ventura

Lovewell fall coffee in Ventura

It’s officially pumpkin spice season but Ventura’s coffee shops have been whipping up unique drinks that just scream fall. Head over to Lovewell Tea & Coffee for their Patch Latte which is made with real pumpkin, butternut squash, vanilla, and fall spices. The Great Pumpkin at Prospect Coffee Roasters is to die for. Beacon Coffee’s Maple Ginger Snap is a seasonal favorite and will get you right in the cozy mood for the fall. For a warm fall sweater in coffee form, Café Ficelle’s Autumn Chai is calling your name. And of course, if you’re looking for the iconic PSL, you can find it at Palm and Boy. 

2. Take Halloween-themed Art/Painting Classes

Decorate your house with pumpkins and ghosts. Rincon Brewery is hosting a Paint & Sip night where you’ll learn how to paint a spooky owl and get to sip on your favorite craft brew. Grab a pumpkin and join a pumpkin carving class at Deep Sea Winery.

3. Watch a Free Halloween Movie at Portside Ventura Harbor

Bring your chair and blankets for a free screening of the Halloween movie classic Hocus Pocus at Portside Ventura Harbor. Come in your spookiest Halloween costume with your friends and family and watch a movie under the stars. Plus grab free popcorn and a complimentary fall-time drink from Crave Gelato Kofi Bar while supplies last. It’ll be a magical night to celebrate Halloween in Ventura!

4. Dress Up: Dog Costume Contest, Kids Seaside Trick-or-Treat, and Zombie Flash Mob

HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, Halloween, Ventura Harbor
Courtesy of Ventura Harbor

The Ventura Harbor Village is kicking the Halloween festivities in high gear! Halloween weekend is sure to be a spooky time. Fun for all ages, start the weekend off with the HOWL-O-WEEN Dog Costume Contest where you can see dozens of pups dressed up in hope for the grand prize! Kids will love trick-or-treating at participating local shops at the Ventura Harbor and also getting their faces painted. Last but not least, put on your dancing shoes and participate in the Thriller Zombie Flash Mob. For practice times and more information on how to join click here

5. Plan a Photoshoot at The Great Pacific Pumpkin Patch 

McGrath Great Pacific Pumpkins Patch dog pumpkin photoshoot for Halloween in Ventura

Looking for a pet-friendly pumpkin patch in Ventura? Head over to McGrath Great Pacific Pumpkins in Ventura. There are plenty of Instagrammable spots for you and your pup to pose and you can also have some fun getting lost in the hay maze, hitching a ride on the tractor ride, or taking cute photos with barnyard animals. Admission is $1 and the pumpkin patch is open all month long. 

6. Shop at the VC “Spooky Market”

Ventura’s monthly local art market has a twist this month! Be sure to check out the family-friendly Halloween-themed “Spooky Market” featuring 20+ local small businesses, artists, and makers in Downtown Ventura. The VC art market is the perfect place for your fall birthday presents, decor for the Halloween season, or a little trick to gift yourself! Check out more information here

7. Have fun in Downtown Ventura Trick-or-Treating

Trick or Treating in Downtown Ventura for Halloween

Bring the kids and your friends and head to Downtown Ventura for the annual Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating. It’s sure to be a hauntingly good time. Costume contest winners will receive prizes from Rocket Fizz. This free family-friendly event is one that you don’t want to miss!

8. Join a Ghost Tour of Ventura

San Buenaventura Mission at night Ventura
Courtesy of Laura Jespersen

There’s plenty of paranormal activity you can investigate around Ventura. Richard Senate’s ghost tours are a local favorite to dive deeper into the history of Ventura (join the waitlist!). Or head over to Olivas Adobe and search for ghosts at this historical landmark. Tours and stories will run all night on Halloween. Last but not least, see an abandoned hotel come to life and go to the haunted former Washington Hotel next to the San Buenaventura Mission. The tour hosted by Mission Basilica San Buenaventura YM will take you through the old hotel with some spooks in store.

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