Halloween is a week away, and UC Santa Barbara is already embarking on plans aimed at ensuring another safe and locals-only celebration.
It’s a campuswide effort with UCSB students again taking a lead role, working together to dissuade out-of-town visitors and provide alternative events for their peers.
As it has done the past three years, the Associated Students Program Board will put on a major concert at the Events Center, bringing a big-name act at a small ticket price, with attendance allowed only for UCSB students. This year’s headliner is the French DJ known as Tchami.
Students also are a driving force in the many other special events and efforts planned on campus and in Isla Vista for the weekend, from roller skating to film screenings (including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at midnight Friday, Oct. 27) to the student-created, student-staffed UCIV, which sends volunteers into Isla Vista to act as liaisons between the community and law enforcement.
“As Halloween has continued to become a more local event it also has become less attractive to out-of-towners,” said Katya Armistead, UCSB’s dean of student life, “And the role the students play in helping make that happen cannot be over-emphasized. Students are taking more pride in their campus and are respecting their community, and that’s demonstrated in their efforts to create and support so many alternative, UCSB student-only activities.”
As in years past, no overnight guests will be allowed in any of the UCSB residence halls and university-owned apartments from 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 29.
Also as in years past, a number of restrictions will be in place at UCSB, in Isla Vista and in the neighboring community. On campus, parking will be restricted between 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and again from 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Only vehicles with valid permits will be allowed to park on campus during these times. The restrictions will cease between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to allow for normal business operations. Daily permits will expire at midnight Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.
In addition, roadblocks will be in place at six intersections in Isla Vista between 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Nov. 1. The blockades will prevent vehicle access to the 6500-6800 blocks of Del Playa, Sabado Tarde and Trigo roads.
As has been the case in previous years, some campus parking locations will be subject to closure and limited access to support enhanced safety and security measures. Checkpoints also will be in place on all roads entering campus, and unauthorized vehicles will be denied access. More information is available via UCSB Transportation and Parking Services.
Further, the festival ordinance prohibiting amplified music at residences will be in place from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day between Thursday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Nov. 1. Emergency first aid for the public will be available in front of the I.V. Theater from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28.
In other restrictions, out-of-town visitors will not be permitted to park in local Goleta neighborhoods or in area public lots, such as those at Camino Real Marketplace, Girsh Park, K-Mart, University Village Plaza, Fairview Center or Calle Real Center. Cars parked in violation will be towed.