Despite efforts to “keep it local,” Halloween weekend will no doubt usher in its fair share of out-of-towners to I.V., making the celebration bigger, louder and crazier than it would be with just Gauchos hitting the streets. But no matter whom the crowd consists of, some plan to people-watch, some plan to dance, some plan to drink and some plan to do all of the above. But if this scene is not for you or if you have a midterm Monday and don’t want a pounding headache on exam day, here’s a list of other activities at your disposal.


HalloClean 2013

If the cleanliness of Isla Vista is dear to your heart, or you just want to dress up for prizes and get a free tank top, volunteer to clean up I.V. post-Halloween at HalloClean 2013. This event will take place this Saturday and Sunday, but volunteers are recommended to attend only one. Saturday volunteers are encouraged to wear their costumes for a prize-filled costume contest, while Sunday volunteers will receive free HalloClean tank tops for their participation. Volunteers will meet at Isla Vista Recreation and Parks at 961 Embarcadero Del Mar. Volunteers are advised to bring a water bottle and wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty.


SACNAS: Trick or Can!

Another volunteer opportunity knocks! The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, also known as SACNAS, will hold a “Trick or Can” event collecting canned goods and perishables for local families. If you are feeling generous on Halloween, make your way to the Multicultural Center Theater to volunteer tomorrow at 5 p.m.

To get involved, email Rosa Medrano with Health & Wellness at


Bacara Resort & Spa’s 3rd Annual Boocara

This Thursday, Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta is welcoming guests of all ages to their 3rd Annual Boocara event, in which they will transform their lobby into a space suitable for trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, s’more-eating, Halloween movie-watching and costume contest-holding. Trick-or-treating will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., while the apple bobbing, s’mores and movie screening will occur concurrently from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with the costume contest beginning 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children.


Montague vs. Capulet — A Halloween Shakesperience

Wherefore art thou, play-goers? Ditch the I.V. scene this weekend without ditching the costume. This Thursday and Friday, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., the El Paseo Restaurant in Downtown Santa Barbara will host a dance and costume contest, cash prizes, a Brightside Prize Package, DNA Imagery photo ops and other giveaways, along with surprise entertainment. Tickets are $30 general admission and $40 day-of.

For ticket information, visit



A version of this article appeared on page 12 of the Thursday, October 31, 2013 print edition of the Daily Nexus.