There's a slight fall chill in the air, and brightly decorated pumpkins are popping up on 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 pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating on glitzy Montana Avenue to a costume parade for pets, Santa Monica Halloween events offer something for everyone in the family.
Here's a look at upcoming Halloween activities:
Santa Monica Playhouse's production of "Absolutely Halloween!" is an absolutely 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, 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.
The show runs October 5 - 27, Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 12.30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12.50 for children 12 and under.
Free pumpkin decorating for kids at the Main Street Farmers Market, 2640 Main Street from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring the bunch and choose a locally grown, bright orange pumpkin - the perfect canvas for glitter, paint, and googly eyes.
Come prepared to decorate a pumpkin masterpiece that will be admired by all of the trick-or-treaters!
Set between the historic Victorian House and the California Heritage Museum, the Main Street Farmers Market is a favorite Sunday morning destination for local families.
Live, kid-friendly bands perform everything from bluegrass to French tunes. Other interactive activities like face painting keep the kids smiling all morning long.
For $5 a head, you can take home as many orange orbs ad you can as you can manage at one time!
Strategically stack and balance all the pumpkins you can carry - put them in your teeth, balance them on your head (no help from friends and no equipment, please!) - then carry them to the end of the 25-foot-long patch lane and they are all yours!
Costumes encouraged. Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until all the pumpkins are gone).
Main Street's popular Howl-O-Ween contest for furry friends, parading in front of a panel of judges at Pacific Street Dog Park!
Enjoy spooky treats for the whole family with local vendors, pet-friendly exhibitors ad raffle opportunities with prizes from more than 20 Main Street restaurants and retailers.
The pet party gets started at noon with free registration and pet mixer, and the pet parade and costume contest begins around 2 p.m.
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.
With so many family-friendly events and activities to choose from, your family can look forward to celebrating Halloween all October long in Santa Monica.