From pirates to princesses to super heroes and villains, all sorts of interesting characters will fill the streets this weekend for Halloween.
Ruth Cooper, owner of Just Kidding, which sells Halloween costumes, has seen a parade of children and adults carefully selecting their Halloween alter-egos.
"Vampires are always popular. Pirates are still hanging in there from last year's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' for guys and girls," Cooper said.
Vampire costumes attract children because of the teeth, Cooper said.
"Some kids come in here knowing exactly what they want to be. The ones who are lost always go for the teeth," she said. "Kids are funny, they'll go back and forth and back and forth, until they find something."
Other popular choices in her store include fairies, sorcerers and Renaissance costumes, Cooper said.
According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the No.1 children's costume is Spiderman, with a princess costume coming in second. Witches and vampires came in third and fourth.
The survey also said Halloween remains the second-biggest decorating holiday of the year.
The Solvang and Buellton recreation departments are certainly going all out with their 11th Annual Solvang and Buellton Recreation Haunted House with the theme "Abandoned, a deep descent into the dark, underground realm of the unknown."
The Haunted House will take place 6-9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Solvang Theaterfest. Cost is $3 a person.
Trunk or Treating will also take place outside on Sunday. Children will have the opportunity to go from car to car for treats.
In Santa Ynez, a Halloween Street party will take place 6-9 p.m. Sunday on Sagunto Street between Edison and Faraday streets. The event will feature music, a bounce house, slide and obstacle course, food booths, arts and crafts and businesses will hand out treats. Scarecrows on Parade will be held noon-7 p.m. that day at Pitts & Bachmann, 1090 Edison St. A costume contest will also be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard next to Brent and Jeff's Flooring.
A Halloween Open House and Alzheimer's Fund Raiser will be held 2-5 p.m. today at the Buellton Veterinary Clinic, 914 W. Highway 246 in Buellton. There will be a pet costume contest, treats for pets and people and a giveaway for the Alzheimer's Memory Walk.
Travel Connections and Social Club will host "Another Addams Family Mystery" at 8 p.m. Friday at the Union Hotel and Victorian Mansion, 362 Bell St., in Los Alamos. The event involves a mystery dinner and a stage show that involves the audience. For cost and information, call 344-2744.
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