2021 Santa Monica Halloween Events
for Families

Santa Monica Halloween events for families.

There's a slight fall chill in the air, and brightly decorated pumpkins are popping up on home and business doorsteps, seemingly overnight.

There's no mistaking it - it's Halloween season in Santa Monica, where fun family events are at their festive best.

From magical musicals to a costume contest for pets and their owners, Santa Monica Halloween events offer something for everyone in the family. Here's what's happening for Halloween in Santa Monica this fall.

Absolutely Halloween Oct. 1 - 29: 

Santa Monica Playhouse's  "Absolutely Halloween!" production is a don't miss Halloween theatre treat for the entire family.  Now a Halloween tradition, Absolutely Halloween is the heart-warming musical tale of the aptly named "Candy," a sweet young girl who learns some surprising lessons about life, laughter, and sugar.  

All from a delightful array of colorful costume-come-to-life characters who take her on a magical All Hallow's Eve adventure to save Halloween for one more year. As the legend goes, every year on Halloween, one unique soul is chosen to save the Halloween world from disappearing - who knows, maybe next year, it might be you!

As the witching hour approaches, youngsters (and parents, too) aid the residents of the Halloween world in completing magical spells, happily helping to save All Hallow's Eve until next year. October 1 - 29, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica. Get tickets here.

Main Street Howl-O-Ween 

Santa Monica Halloween events for families.

Santa Monica’s favorite Halloween pet event is back in 2021 after taking last year off amid the pandemic.

This year they're having a socially distanced "6 Feet of Bark" photo contest. Dogs and humans in costume will compete for prizes.

To enter, simply instagram post an image with the hashtag: #6FeetOfBark".

The images will be judged by past years' Howl-O-Ween event judges, who will choose the winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

A cash prize, gift certificates to a favorite Main Street business, and treats for Fido are prizes up for grabs this year. To qualify for first place, the image submitted must be take somewhere recognizable on Main Street. Deadline is November 1. For more information visit the website

Montana Avenue Halloween Hop

2021 Update: Montana Avenue’s annual Halloween Hop will not take place in its usual form, but the local board is brainstorming ideas for Covid-safe ways to celebrate Halloween along the street.

On normal years, Montana Avenue Merchants Association presents this annual event on Halloween Night from 3-6pm.  Kick-off the trick-or-treating with kids on Montana Avenue from 3 - 6 p.m. Halloween afternoon. 

Enjoy sweets, treats, and fun for the entire family. The Halloween Hop takes place on Montana between 6th and 17th street, where many merchants will be offering candy and Halloween-themed activities.

Wrapping up on Santa Monica Halloween Events

It's shaping up to be a relatively thin season of Halloween events this year.  We'll be adding events as they're added in the weeks and days ahead. Boo. Happy Halloween.