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A couple of new Halloween-related events debut in Santa Barbara this weekend, and there are several other treats for both kids and adults.

'Trunk or Treat'

Imagine a tailgate party meets trick-or-treating. That’s the novel idea behind “Trunk or Treat,” a new Halloween event at Santa Barbara City College on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in parking lot 2C, adjacent to La Playa Field on Loma Alta Drive.

Kids aged 12 and under go from car to car, each decorated in a Halloween theme, and receive treats from the student-athletes in the Athletics Department, which sponsors the event.

A photo booth and games are also offered.

It’s all free! Kids in costume also receive free admission to the men’s soccer team game against Allan Hancock that night, starting at 7. (

Double feature

Saturday night brings another new event, also at City College -- a free Halloween Movie Night -- on the West Campus lawn.

Families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch two family-friendly Halloween movies screened outdoors.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with free pizza, drinks, cookies and popcorn.

The Disney Channel’s 1998 movie “Halloweentown” starts at 7 p.m.

Debbie Reynolds is grandmother to three preteens, who don’t know she is a witch and that she lives in magical Halloweentown. You guessed it: They all go there and have an adventure.

Then, at 8:30 p.m., is the 1988 cult classic “Beetlejuice,” starring Michael Keaton in the title role, with Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis,and Winona Ryder.

Beetlejuice is a rambunctious spirit in a haunted house. Tim Burton directs. ‘Nuf said.

Hilarity and insanity ensue. The film may not be appropriate for little ones. Free parking.

Double 'Dia' 

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Dia del los Muertos falls around Halloween but this “Day of the Dead” actually celebrates life, and honors the memories of those who have left us. In spite of the name, it is a colorful, life-affirming holiday, celebrated in central and southern Mexico.

On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Casa de la Guerra, families make traditional skeleton masks, decorate sugar skulls, design traditional tissue paper marigolds and create holiday block prints.

Enjoy customary refreshments, including pan de muerto (light sugary bread) and Mexican hot chocolate. Admission is free. (965-0093,

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Dia de los Muertos festival, also on Sunday, features live music by Conjunto Jardin and Mariachi Sol Huasteco and traditional dancing by Quetzalcoatl.

Kids love the art activities and traditional Mexican refreshments.

Don’t miss the display of traditional altars made by school and community groups. The free fun is from 1 to 4 p.m. (963-4364,

Trick or treat

On Tuesday, Halloween, costumed kids can trick or treat from merchants along State Street, on “Ghost Village Road” (Montecito’s Coast Village Road) or at Goleta’s Calle Real Center (between Fairview and Patterson) from 3 to 6 p.m. La Cumbre Plaza merchants hand out treats from 4 to 6 p.m.

Julia McHugh can be reached at