Isla Vista hosts exclusive Halloween fun

UCSB, students, & community organize

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - If you're looking for some Halloween fun don't come to Isla Vista, it's locals-only.

Local law enforcement, UC Santa Barbara school officials, students, and community members have embarked on a plan to ensure a "Hometown Halloween."

The hope is to dissuade out-of-town visitors from coming to Isla Vista by organizing campus and community events.

The Associated Students Programs Board will put on a major concert in the Events Center on campus for UCSB students only on Saturday, Oct 27.

Other special events slated for Halloween Weekend both on and in Isla Vista include roller skating, film screenings, and a men's soccer game against Cal Poly at Harder Stadium.

“Students have changed the culture of celebrating Halloween over the past few years by creating fun UCSB-only events,” said Katya Armistead, assistant vice chancellor and dean of student life.

“These alternative events provide opportunities for UCSB students to celebrate and socialize in an organized and safe environment. Students are demonstrating their pride in their campus and their community by supporting the alternative Halloween weekend’s UCSB Students-only events.”

Don't try sneaking into the "Hometown Halloween"; no overnight guests are allowed in any of the UC Santa Barbara residence halls and university-owned apartments from 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct 29.

Don't try parking in at UCSB, or Isla Vista, or the neighboring communities either. Parking restrictions have been set up for the Weekend before Halloween starting Friday, October 26. Only vehicles with valid permits will be allowed to park on campus between Friday and Sunday, October 28. For more information on campus parking restrictions, click here.

Don't think about parking in surrounding communities in Goleta; there are parking restrictions there too.

Don't try driving in either. Police roadblocks have will be in place at seven intersections in Isla Vista between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, Oct 25, Saturday, Oct 27, and Wednesday, Oct 31. The blockades will prevent vehicle access to the 6500-6800 blocks of Del Playa, Sabado Tarde, and Trigo roads.

If you are lucky enough to be apart of the exclusive "Hometown Party," a festival ordinance prohibiting amplified music at residences will be in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day between Thursday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 4.

To make sure everyone has a safe Halloween, volunteers will be in Isla Vista to act as liaisons between the community and law enforcement. There will also be an emergency first aid tent for the public in front of the I.V. Theatre from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct 26, through Saturday, Oct 27.

For more information on this "Hometown Halloween," click here.

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