From Halloween festivities to Thanksgiving feasts, experiencing the fall season in Southern California is like no other place. There is no need for those heavy jackets and mittens, just grab a scarf and a pair of flip flops when heading out to enjoy the many fall events, Halloween festivities, Día de los Muertos celebrationshotel deals and seasonal specials being offered in and around Santa Monica.


10th Annual Monster Bash
October 27, 7:00pm to midnight
Join Meals on Wheels West for Monster Bash, an adult costume party with casino games, drinks, food stations and silent auction benefiting Meals On Wheels West and funding the delivery of healthy hot lunches to homebound clients in our neighborhood. The event will take place at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Fang Bang Halloween Event at ONYX
October 27-28, 9:00pm to 2:00am
Come to Hotel Shangri-La’s rooftop bar, ONYX, on Thursday, October 27 for a Fang Bang Halloween Event! There will be music featuring DJ Meikee Magnetic, Azalea Jeanette and DJ Jose Shuton. With special hosts Tarik Tannir, NYXX, Asia Ray and Alicia Vigil. Come in your best costume and you can win fun prizes like a one night stay at Hotel Shangri-La.

Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
October 29, 6:30pm
Start practicing your zombie walk! The 4th annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl returns on Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 29! Join the undead for a chilling bar crawl in the heart of Santa Monica, with spooky food and drink specials all night at participating locations from the Pier to the Promenade.

All Night Horrorthon at the Aero Theatre
October 29, 7:30pm
Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s eleventh annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises. Ticket includes all-night snacks and coffee. No vouchers. Visit the link to see the lineup of horror movies. One thing we promise, it is sure to be gruesome!

Halloween Bash at The Craftsman
October 29-30, 9pm to 1am
The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen’s presents its annual Halloween Bash this Saturday, October 29th! Relive the 80s and 90s with dance and rock hits by DJ Cool Whip, watch scary movies on the big screen, and enjoy food and drink specials! Be in your best costume as The Craftsman will be giving out four prizes! No cover

Main Street Howl-o-ween
October 30, 1-6pm
The Main Street BIA Event Committee is organizing a family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) Halloween event for Sunday, October 30 and will feature a costume contest for dogs and a “Pup Crawl.”

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El Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 27, 6-8pm
The Santa Monica High School Roberts Art Gallery will be holding a special El Día de los Muertos Exhibition. The exhibition will include art work from Santa Monica High School, John Adams Middle School, Grant Elementary and Pico Youth and Family Center students.

Day of the Dead: The Mole Class at The Gourmandise School
October 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Celebrate the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead with Chef John Pitblado’s Mole Menu. Learn how to make delicious recipes including jicama salad, pan del muerto, Mexican hot chocolate and more.

Día de los Muertos at Woodlawn Cemetery
October 30, 12-4pm
The City of Santa Monica presents its 5th annual Día de los Muertos. The family-friendly event focuses on the traditions that are part of this celebration of life and death. Starting with an opening procession and ceremonial blessing led by Ketzaliztli dancers, the event features traditional Mexican music and Day of the Dead inspired folk tales, myths, and personal stories. Craft workshops include offerings for loved ones who have passed, calavera masks and more. There will also be a special guest appearance by La Catrina, the satirical and elegant female skeleton. Fresh tamales, tacos, pan de muerto and aquas frescas will be available for purchase.

Sugar Skull Decorating 
November 2, 4-5pm
Bring your little ones to the Fairview Branch Library for a fun sugar skull decorating activity! Decorate and learn about sugar skulls, a traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used to celebrate Day of the Dead. This is a limited space event; free tickets are available 30 minutes before the program. For more information, contact the Fairview Branch Library at 310-458-8681.

Día de Muertos: Documentary & Discussion
November 2, 6:30pm
Celebrate Día de Muertos by watching a documentary about this Mexican holiday, a celebration of life, and partaking in a discussion afterward. This program is bilingual and open to all ages. The event will be held at the Santa Monica Main Public Library.

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Front Porch Cinema on the Pier
September 30-October 28, 6pm to 9pm
Unwind on the front porch of California after a long week. We’ve got films, food, drinks & fun each Friday night this Fall. Oh, and the movies are really good too, and free! There are even old-timey lawn chairs for rent that melt away the stress of the week while you relax and enjoy the ocean breeze.

All You Can Carry Pumpkin Patch
October 26, 8:30am to 1pm
Come out for the all you can carry pumpkin patch at the Wednesday Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market from 8:30am to 1:00pm (or until the pumpkins are gone). Costumes encouraged. For $5, you can take home as many pumpkins as you can carry down a 25-foot runway. Strategically stack and balance all the pumpkins you can carry – put them in your teeth, or balance them on your head (no help from friends, and no equipment please!) then carry them to the end of the 25 foot long pumpkin patch lane and they are yours!

November to January
Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to this idyllic seaside city. Past events have included Santa Monica Tree Lighting and Santa Parade, Holiday Movie Night, Menorah Lightings and more. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s Winterlit events.

ICE at Santa Monica
November 3, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. A great location to celebrate the holidays, ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private event cabana, enjoy a first date or sign up for skate lessons. Join the fun and visit Downtown Santa Monica this season to experience ICE.

Thanksgiving 101 at The Gourmandise School
November 19, 10am to 1:30pm
Welcome to the holiday training class that will last you a lifetime. You’ll master hosting techniques that will make the holidays easier and more delicious. Learn how to make oven roasted Thanksgiving turkey, dried fruit dressing, cranberry sauce, pineapple chutney, stuffed turkey breast and more.

5th Annual Bake & Take Thanksgiving Pies at The Gourmandise School
November 23, 10am to 2pm; 3pm to 7pm
Break out the pie tins and join us to learn how to make (and take) two full-sized pies for your Thanksgiving table. You can bring your own ceramic, glass or metal tin (let us know if you need a disposable tin, we’ll have it for you) to class and leave with your holiday dessert of a classic apple pie and a blueberry lattice pie.

Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
December 2, 5pm to 9pm
Find wonderful gifts, have your photos taken with Santa, listen to live music, indulge in great food and drinks! This is a fun night for all!

Main Street Holiday Party
December, Date TBA
Join Main Street Santa Monica in a festive night! Stroll Main Street and hop from shop to shop for goodies and good times. There will be music, Santa, a tree lighting and a candlelight walk, all part of the family festive fun on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Pico Holiday Hop
December, Date TBA
Spread some holiday cheer at Holiday Hop Along Pico held in December. Join us for refreshments, entertainment, shopping specials, and much more! Look for the red bows at businesses for holiday specials. We will also be accepting donations of canned goods for Westside Food Bank.

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Come check out 1212’s Happy Hour special during all NFL games. Valid September 11-January 31, 2017.

Ann’s Flowers
10% off your purchase. Valid June 1-October 31, 2016.

Belcampo Meat Co.
This week marks the launch of Offal-tober 2016 – Belcampo’s month-long celebration of offal featuring a menu of mouthwatering Head-to-Tail Snacks and 25% off offal items from any Belcampo butcher shop. In honor of Offal-tober, Belcampo crafted an Offal-centric menu spotlighting some of the healthiest, most sustainable (not to mention delicious!) cuts of meat that often get overlooked. Highlights off the Head to Tail Snacks menu, available exclusively at the Santa Monica restaurant location all month long, include: Chicken Liver Pate, Sizzling Sisig, Lamb Heart Tartar, Chicken Heart Skewers, Poutine with Dirty Gravy and more. Valid October 1-November 1, 2016.

Enjoy a 10% off visitor savings certificate when you present your ID at Forty Carrots, Level 2 (see certificate in-store for details and restrictions).Valid June 2-December 31, 2016.

Brambila Salon
Brambila Salon is offering a special Brambila Babes Membership price of four blow outs for $149 a month (regularly $240). Membership is a minimum of six months. Valid September 20-December 31, 2016.

Breeze Bike Share
Breeze Bike Share is giving a special 10% off discount on new monthly and annual memberships in support of Eat2Give and Buy Local, Give Local Week. Stop by participating Eat2Give restaurants on October 15, 2016 to pick up your discount card! Discount is good for your first month or year, after which you will be charged at the usual rate of $25 or $99, respectively. Valid October 15-22, 2016.

Charlie Kabob
Free appetizers or salads with the purchase of any Kabob Entrees. Valid October 3-31, 2016.

Co-opportunity Natural Foods
October is Co+op Month! Become a Co+op member and save $5 (when we waive the joining fee) and receive $5 off on your first shop as a new Co+op Member! In addition, you’ll receive a free Co+op bag with a new member coupon book, Community Connections local business savings, and a Co+op biography book while supplies last. Valid October 1-31, 2016.

The Craftsman Bar and Kitchen
Enjoy Monday Night Football with The Craftsman’s beer and burger special (includes the Craftsman Beach Burger and a Pabst Blue Ribbon Draft) for $8. Available during game time until 10pm. Valid October 5, 2016-January 25, 2017.

Estate Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy Estate’s special menu of Hamachi crudo with micro rice crisps and avocado puree; grilled jumbo shiitake salad with faro and roasted sesame dressing; Estate cobb salad with gulf shrimp and organic baby greens; the Tlayuda with toasted oaxacan tortilla and spicy ahi tuna tartare; crispy skin salmon with spanish rice and roasted summer squash; and the petit filet mignon with charred asparagus and a choice of horseradish mashed potato or pommes frites. Valid September 19-November 5, 2016.

haleARTS SPACE invites you to the opening reception of their $100 Art Sale on Friday, October 28th, from 5-8pm. Valid October 28-November 9, 2016.

Terrazza at Hotel Casa del Mar
Starting October 5, visitors can celebrate the Spanish cuisine of tapas every Wednesday from 6-9pm, with Spanish wines and traditional dishes prepared by Executive Chef Gemma Gray, such as lobster croquettes, paella, patatas bravas, empanadas, and more! Guests can order 6 tapas for $14, 9 tapas for $19, and 12 tapas for $25. Additionally, Terrazza will feature a selection of Spanish meats and cheeses, including Jamón Ibérico. Travel through and taste from the various wine regions of Spain, including Parés Baltà Mas Petit 2014 – an organic cabernet franc and Grenache blend and Dido La Universal 2014 – a red blend with hints of dry herbs. Wines by the glass will be from $12-$16, or enjoy a flight of four wines for $20. Valid October 5-26, 2016.

Inner Light Manual Therapy
Inner Light Manual Therapy is offering a 20% off special on massage therapy services and advanced bodywork services, including deep tissue, sports and Swedish massage. Inner Light also offers a unique form of manual therapy called Structural Integration. Valid October 1-November 30, 2016.

Lotus Integrative Medicine
Receive 20% off a 90-minute comprehensive initial acupuncture visit (regular cost is $225). May potentially include a custom made Chinese herbal formula at an additional fee. Valid October 1-December 31, 2016.

Paint:Lab is holding a special Thanksgiving Art camp for ages 6-12 years old and 13-16 years old. See website for prices. Valid November 21-25, 2016 (except Thursday the 24th).

Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours
Pedal or Not Electric Bike Tours is offering $10 off per rider on an electric bicycle guided tour. Valid September 15-November 21, 2016.

Santa Monica Main Visitor Information Center
Take 30% off your entire purchase during Buy Local, Give Local Week only at the Santa Monica Visitor Information Center on Main Street. See website for center hours. Valid October 15-22, 2016.

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Places introduces its Shop & Explore Package: explore all that Santa Monica has to offer with a complimentary package check at the concierge. The Shop & Wine Down Package lets you relax with a visit to the Tikkun Holistic Spa and wine at Venokado’s Wine & Gifts. Plus you’ll receive a Tory Burch canvas logo tote, a Visitor Rewards Card with over $750 in savings, concierge services, valet parking and so much more! Valid October 4-December 31,2016.

Starline Tours
Enjoy $15 off on the Malibu Stars Homes Tour (tour S4) during the week only (no weekends). Additionally, take $10 off on selected daily tours including the Grand Tour of LA (tour SGT), the Hollywood Movie Stars Homes Tour (tour SHS), and the LA & Hollywood Tours (tour SCT). All tours are walk-in only, no hotel pick up. Discount may not be used with any other discount, offer, prior purchase or exchange or refund. Reservation is strongly recommended. Valid September 19-December 20, 2016.

Wexler’s Deli
Wexler’s Deli will be serving Latkes for the holidays. Visit their Santa Monica location to try their new menu item. Valid December 25, 2016-January 1, 2017.

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Hotel Deals

Palihouse Santa Monica
Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast served in the lobby on Saturdays and Sundays. Valid June 18-December 31, 2016, 7 to 10:30am.

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