Free Halloween events for SLO County kids

Joe Larwood, 4, of Atascadero and his buddy Quincey go trick-or-treating in downtown Paso Robles.
Joe Larwood, 4, of Atascadero and his buddy Quincey go trick-or-treating in downtown Paso Robles. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary.

San Luis Obispo County offers several fun, family-friendly events suited for even the littlest monsters — most of them free.

Here are some of the spooktacular celebrations in store.

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Cambria Scarecrow Festival

What: Hundreds of colorful scarecrows line the streets of the coastal towns of Cambria, Harmony and San Simeon during this month-long festival. Don’t miss the Cambria Scarecrow Classic 5K Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 21, which features runners dressed as their scarecrow creations.

When: Daily, through Oct. 31

Where: Various locations, Cambria, Harmony and San Simeon

How much: Free

Info: cambriascarecrows.com

Trick-or-Treat and Costume Contest

What: The Downtown SLO Farmers Market is getting a dose of Halloween magic. Children can fill their treat bags with goodies at participating businesses or participate in a costume contest for ages 12 and under. (Older kids, pets and parents can compete as part of pairs and groups.)

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. costume contest

Where: Various locations, downtown San Luis Obispo

Info: 805-541-0286 or www.downtownslo.com

Boo Bash!

What: San Luis Obispo’s Meadow Park is the site of a spook-tacular costume party complete with music, food trucks, a haunted house and a photo booth. The evening ends with a screening of “Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest” under the stars. (In lieu of admission, bring canned food to be donated to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.)

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: Meadow Park, 2333 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo

How much: Free

Info: 805-781-7300 or www.slocity.org

Carved Pumpkin Contest and Halloween Activities

What: Show off your scariest, silliest and most creative carved and decorated pumpkins and compete for prizes at Grover Beach’s Ramona Garden Park. Also in store are carnival games, hot dogs and entertainment including Ballooney the Clown.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach

How much: Free

Info: 805-473-4580 or grover.org

Pumpkins in the Park

What: Pismo Beach’s popular Halloween event has moved to Dinosaur Caves Park. Children 12 and under can participate in activities including games, crafts, bounce houses, costume contests and pumpkin decorating. (The first 500 kids get free pumpkins to decorate.) There’s also a costume contest for the grown-ups.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach

How much: Free

Info: 805-773-7063 or www.pismobeach.org

Ghoulish Grover Beach Halloween Extravaganza

What: Treats for children ages 1 to 12 include trick-or-treating, a DJ, a costume contest, a haunted maze, kettle corn, candy and carnival games.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Exploration Station, 867 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach

How much: Free

Info: 805-473-1421 or explorationstation.org

Zoo Boo

What: Take a walk on the wild side this Halloween with the critters at Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo. The Zoo Boo features fun activities for the whole family, including carnival games, a haunted house and trick-or-treating.

When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28

Where: Charles Paddock Zoo, 9100 Morro Road, Atascadero

How much: $9 to $10, kids 2 and under free

Info: 805-461-5080 or charlespaddockzoo.org

Morro Bay Trick or Treat

What: Kids can go trick-or-treating in downtown Morro Bay before participating in a parade and costume contest. This event is aimed at children in kindergarten through eighth grade, plus their younger family members and friends.

When: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31

Where: Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street, Morro Bay

How much: Free

Info: www.morrobay.org

Trick-or-Treating in the Village

What: Head to the historic Village of Arroyo Grande for an all-ages Halloween event. Kids can show off their boo-tiful costumes while trick-or-treating at local restaurants and stores.

When: 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 31

Where: East Branch Street, Arroyo Grande

How much: Free

Info: 805-473-2250 or arroyograndevillage.org

Halloween Parade

What: Flaunt your fanciest Halloween finery as you walk through Cambria’s West Village business district, collecting goodies as you go.

When: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31

Where: Various locations, downtown Cambria

How much: Free

Info: 805-927-1434 or www.cambriachamber.org

Trick or Treat on Main Street

What: Hey, buckaroos! Ride into the rustic town of Templeton for tricks and treats. (Stop by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce office for a treat bag and a list of participating shops, or simply look for the orange pumpkin sign in their windows.) Be sure to snap plenty of pictures; there’s a “cutest kid” photo costume contest.

When: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31

Where: Main Street, Templeton

How much: Free

Info: 805-434-1789 or templetonchamber.org

Downtown Atascadero Trick-or-Treat

What: Even Fido can join in the fun at this event, which features a hay maze and trick-or-treating in downtown Atascadero. In addition to a children’s costume contest for ages 14 and under, there’s a pet costume contest.

Where: Entrada Avenue, Atascadero

When: 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31

How much: Free

Info: 805-462-0177 or www.atascaderochamber.org

Safe & Fun Halloween Downtown

What: From a barbecue to a scarecrow display, this Halloween celebration promises fun for everyone. Go trick-or-treating in downtown Paso Robles, snap a selfie with the witches at Downtown City Park or watch the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

When: 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31

Where: Various locations, downtown Paso Robles

How much: Free

Info: 805-238-4103 or www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

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