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Businesses prepare for thousands of Halloween visitors Thursday in Santa Barbara

Ghost Village Road 2018
Halloween fun in three Santa Barbara locations will kick off before the sun goes down.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Many businesses will be offering daytime treats to kick off Halloween fun in three Santa Barbara locations before the sun goes down Thursday.

Thousands of excited kids will be carrying bags they hope to fill with candy from stops in three separate districts on the South Coast.

Downtown Santa Barbara shops and restaurants will have staff members out front to meet the children and give out treats.   Last year many businesses had creative decorations and employees in costumes taking part in the activity.

The event is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Joining in will be businesses at the Paseo Nuevo Mall.   They will have treats and a  Monster Mash Dance Party across from Paseo Nuevo Cinemas.  Guest services near Panda Express will also have Halloween swag.

Milpas  street business owners will also have decorations up and buckets of candy ready for children.

A large banner is hanging over the street announcing the event.

It takes place from Canon Perdido to Carpinteria street from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.   

Participating businesses will have balloons out front.  The event is coordinated by Milpas businesses and the Santa Barbara Eastside Society.

Santa Barbara's Coast Village Road will also take part.   It will be converted to "Ghost Village Road." 

The Coast Village Association says the event will stretch from the Montecito Country Mart on Hot Springs Road to Olive Mill.   It will last from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

In 2018, kids were joined in costume by their parents and pets.

The Olive Mill Plaza just down a driveway off Coast Village Road will have a special Dia de los Muertos display,  fire engines, and CPR demonstrations.     

Richie's Barber Shop will have substitute treats for kids who can not have sugar.

Here's the Scoop will have a costume contest and serve up Worms 'N Dirt gelato.

Lifestyle / Santa Barbara- S County

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.