By Raiza Giorgi

The streets weren’t filled with the typical Halloween festivities like street fair in Santa Ynez or the annual Solvang Parks and Rec Haunted House, but families in the Santa Ynez Valley still got to celebrate the holiday by other means. 

Students at Santa Ynez Elementary School got to trick or treat in a creative way with teachers sending candy down chutes into their bags. 

Over at Solvang Elementary School there wasn’t the big Halloween parade down Copenhagen Drive as past years, but some of the older kids read Halloween theme books to younger students and the kindergarten class got to have a pumpkin patch. 

There were still trick-or-treaters and some families gathered in small groups to host parties. Crossroads Church and the SYV Presbyterian Church hosted a trunk-or-treat event.

Buellton Rec did a reverse trick-or-treat and handed out goodies to kids in the Buellton neighborhoods. Also in Buellton, the Quick and Clean Car Wash on Highway 246 hosted a Haunted Car Wash, scaring people as they went through. 

The Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce hosted a drive-in movie night on Halloween, showing “Casper.” (Look for the upcoming drive-in movie night of “Croods” in Buellton Nov. 20!)

However you celebrated Halloween, hope you all got some good candy and memories! Enjoy this photo gallery!