PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ghost Village Road Trick or Treat Benefits Direct Relief for Hurricane Victims

The newly reconstituted Coast Village Association is proud to support the upcoming annual trick-or-treat event, Ghost Village Road, on October 31 from 3 to 6 pm.

According to CVA President Bob Ludwick, the Ghost Village Road event has been going on for at least 30 years. “We expect it to be a fun and popular event, and we intend to make it as safe as possible,” Ludwick says. “Coast Village merchants can’t wait to see the kids in their costumes!”

With all of the natural disasters happening in our country and the world right now, the newly reconstituted organization decided to ask the community to give back to those in need while enjoying Halloween. “So this year, for Ghost Village Road, we are going to do a fundraiser for Direct Relief International to show our Santa Barbara spirit,” per Ludwick.

There will be several ‘donation stations’ along with Trick or Treat route. Volunteers at the donation station will be UCSB students from Phi Lambda Ro, a newly formed sorority at UCSB nicknamed ‘Las Rosas’, who focus on children in our community. Parents are encouraged to bring cash or checks made out to DRI and drop them in the donation stations to help with Hurricane Relief in the south and in Puerto Rico. The goal is to raise $3,100 for DRI, on the 31st.

The donation stations are:
Montecito Country Mart
Los Arroyos
Calcagno & Hamilton (near the Honor Bar)
Jeanine’s Bakery
Giovanni’s / Scoop

To see what Direct Relief International is all about, visit

Also volunteering for the event are the City of Santa Barbara’s Police Explorers, a program for youth aged 14-21 that are interested in a career in law enforcement. The program is run by SBPD Officers Kerr and Gutierrez.

The Coast Village Association is looking forward to greeting all the Halloweeners on on Ghost Village Road!

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