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Halloween Santa Barbara Style
updated: Oct 29, 2011, 9:30 AM

The Urban Hikers, Peter Hartmann & Stacey Wright

This week we took a break from our quest to walk all 256 miles of public streets within the city limits of Santa Barbara, and instead took a couple of extra laps around a handful of neighborhoods to see what our neighbors were scaring up in the way of home decorations this Halloween.

Once we got started snapping pictures, we had a hard time controlling our "shutter finger". As a result, we have hundreds of photos, which we've pared down to our top choices. Ed and his dedicated staff have decided the best way to showcase these spooky, creepy, funny, elegant and oft time "over the top" displays is by way of a photo gallery and we agree. Our categories are loosely defined, but this is what you can expect to see...

Dressed up houses...

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Hanging and crawling stuff...

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Witches who go bump in the night…

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Ghoulish graveyards…

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Harvest happy...

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Random stuff...

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And then there's a guy we met putting up his pirate display. His name is Don, and there's no doubt in our minds that his alter ego is Captain Jack Sparrow. He starts each October first, adorning his Mesa home with all things Pirates of the Caribbean. It's a crazy good homage to the Captain Jack and his cohorts, and definitely worth a trip to the intersection of Mohawk and Carlton to check out. Don welcomes all Halloween revelers, and will be all decked out in full Captain Jack Sparrow garb that night. But if your Halloween plans will keep you away from the Mesa, go by ahead of time and take a look...if you go after dark, you also catch a glimpse of the light show he'll have in full tilt mode on Halloween.

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As always, we encourage you to get out on foot, wander the streets of Santa Barbara, take an urban hike of your own, and see what your neighbors are up to. There's a surprise around every corner.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 227648 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 09:41 AM

Where can we look to see all the pictures?


 COMMENT 227662 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 10:14 AM

Really cool efforts, I love the spider house and the mesa pirate ship. Complete with cannons.


 COMMENT 227679 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 10:41 AM

I don't understand, I thought there would be galleries with more pictures? I don't see any links...


 COMMENT 227739 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 01:11 PM

Such artistry, such humor. Witch-splat one of the best!! It's good to see the dog statue dressed up, and the cool black kitty.


 COMMENT 227760 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 02:11 PM

Thank you for adding the link to the photo gallery. I know that pirate house on the Mesa and it is really cool on Halloween night. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean don't miss it.


 COMMENT 227789 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 05:07 PM

Why not post the locations/addresses where some of these are shot (so we can go by and see them for ourselves).


 CEES agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-29 11:09 PM

The pirate house is fun to see in daylight and after dark. All the lights have been going at night for the last week, so you can stop by before Halloween and avoid the crowds.


 COMMENT 227843P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-30 06:36 AM

Is there a list of addresses somewhere? I would love to see some of these. Thank you for sharing.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-30 06:47 AM

Halloween is such a fun holiday, glad to see so many getting into the "spirit". As a kid I got as excited about trick or treating as I did Christmas. Thanks for the pictures!


 COMMENT 227855 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-30 06:54 AM

I have to say that you've missed some real gems on the westside near Harding School.


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