Museum of the Macabre 2023

Thank you to the many community members who joined us for the 7th annual Museum of the Macabre! You can peruse photos from the event here.

Come in costume and imbibe cauldron-concocted cocktails while exploring the chasms of the world beneath our feet. The seventh annual Museum of the Macabre will be bigger than ever with freakish festivities and special exhibits outdoors and inside the Museum’s galleries. This year’s tricks and treats will unearth the mysteries of the underground:

  • Costume contest (see below for details)
  • Outdoor movie screening of Tremors from Westside Video
  • Natural dyes with mushrooms
  • Freakish features including mysterious fossils, creepy crawlies, magnificent minerals, fascinating fungi, and more
  • Admission to the new exhibit Underground: Unearthing Unseen Worlds
  • Treats for sale including Areperia 831Adobo2Go, Discretion Brewing, and curated cocktails
  • Many other shocking examples of nature’s dark side…
  • Explore photos from last year’s event here.

$15 Members | $25 General

21+ | Admission includes one free drink ticket.
Online presale discounts end October 27.
$30 at the door. Space is limited.

Saturday, October 28, 2023
6-9 p.m.

Online sales have closed. Tickets available at the door for $30.


  • Dress on theme for a chance to win a costume prize! This year’s theme is THE UNDERGROUND (think creepy crawlies, caves, mushrooms, earthquakes, landfills…)
  • Costumes should not be obstructive or offensive in nature.
  • Costumes should not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.


  • The event will occur at Tyrrell Park and inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
  • Limited number of tickets available and online presale discounts end October 27.
  • Please follow local guidelines for COVID safety at the time of the event.
  • The Museum and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Park festivities will be on both level and slanted grass. The movie and costume contest will occur in the amphitheater behind the Museum where there are steps to enter. Both will be visible from the grass above.
  • Please leave your pets at home. Trained service animals are permitted.
  • Review more details on our Accessibility page.
  • Email events@santacruzmuseum.org with any question, help with registration, or accommodation requests.

Thank you to our partners!