What are you doing for Halloween?


The ghoulish holiday has become as confusing as everything else these days. Some neighborhoods are bonding more with parades and local gatherings. Downtown’s big celebration is off. The Boardwalk has trick-or-treating. Our favorite house, run by Chris Zephro, who owns one of the biggest mask-making operations in the world, Trick or Treat Studios, will have its graveyard and the real car from the movie Christine. They are up toward the top of Vienna Drive in Aptos. You can’t miss it. His website is here.

More Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Activities

Our wonderful Museum of Art and History has some great activities the first week of November. 

November 1, 12-3:30pm

Pop-Up Installation: Community Altars & Ribbons at Evergreen Cemetery Stroll through Evergreen Cemetery in a self-guided walking tour of community ofrendas (altars) and view of a community-sourced ribbon installation Recordando Recuerdos. MAH staff members will be on-site to maintain a safe viewing experience. Masks and social distancing are required.

November 2
Educational Video: Día de Muertos History Lesson with Oscar Paz

November 2-7

Pop-Up Installation: Community Ofrenda at the MAH

Take a moment to pause with a community altar (ofrenda). The ofrenda welcomes your stories of loved ones who have passed. Altars are built to honor the dead, welcome them to the living world, and celebrate with the offerings placed on the altar. Stop by the MAH to view the ofrenda and hold space for reflection.

November 5

Video Performance: Ensamble Musical de Senderos musical performance

Bring the beautiful music of Día de Muertos to your home thanks to Ensamble Musical de Senderos in a pre-recorded musical performance filmed at Evergreen Cemetery. The video will be posted here on November 5th for you to enjoy and share.

November 5

Free Family Film at Abbott Square: “Coco” at 7 pm

Limited seating so arrive early!

We Have a Winner

Zoe Bibi-Landros, 7, won our coloring contest last month. We surprised her by bringing her prize to her house, a colorful Narwal.

We won too with this note from her mom, Andrea: 

“Thank you so much for delighting Zoe with the surprise visit & the narwhal! She is very reserved with most people, but she was jumping for joy on the inside :-)

“She’s been having such a hard time lately being estranged from friends & peers and out of school, you brought her some joy and made her feel confident.”

Pick up our latest issue and send in your best coloring and we’ll give surprise prizes to the winners.

Honor Your Favorite Teacher

And yet another contest. We will give prizes to teachers you nominate as your favorite teachers. Write an essay about who they are and why you love them. We will pick one every month and give them some valuable gifts!

Fun Activities for the Family This Month:
October Tech Talks Kick Off with the Library's Mobile App
Weekends October 3 - November 1
Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp

Welcome Fall with the Harvest Faire at Roaring Camp! Take the Redwood Forest Steam Train to the Bear Mountain. Pick a pumpkin from the town pumpkin patch. Have fun with Covid-safe children's heritage activities like 'Make & Take' Scarecrow, Blacksmith, Print Shop, Trick or Treat chute stations, Jack-o-Lantern Face Mask Decorating and Gold Panning (call to reserve). Costumes encouraged!
Pumpkins come free with a children's train ticket or can be purchased for $5.
Gold Panning Reservations: $25 gets you four gold pans w/ paydirt, quick lesson and 30 mins at your own sanitized gold trough to pan in. (water will be changed and bleached after each session along with table and all equipment). Limited availability. Reserve by calling 831-335-4484 and add to your booking.

Saturday, October 31
Halloween at the Boardwalk

Looking for alternative activities this Halloween?
Get in the mood with Boardwalk fun, all planned with COVID-safety in mind on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 AT 12 PM PDT – 7 PM PDT
Trick-or-Treat • Noon to 7pm
$10 Trick-or-Treat Package Includes:
Collectible Boardwalk Candy bag- Fill your bag with candy from all participating food and shopping locations on the Boardwalk.
$8 MyBoardwalk Card- Play fun outdoor midway or arcade games (Cards do not expire- you can save the card for a later date!)
Entry into Costume Contest- Stop by the Neptune's Stage to get your photo taken and enter the costume contest.
Peace of Mind- Enhanced safety and health guidelines are enforced on the Boardwalk
Tickets available at the Season Pass/Guest Services Office See Less
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