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Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Wheel Lights Up for Halloween

Published on October 30, 2019

Pacific Park To Display 90-Foot Tall, High-Flying Ghoulish Ghost On Its Ferris Wheel For Halloween

If you visit the beach in Santa Monica this Halloween you might see a spooky ghost fly across the 90ft face of the Pacific Wheel. The Ferris wheel’s 174K LEDs will be all dressed up for Halloween; the Pacific Wheel may appear as an orange ghost, a green Frankenstein monster or a smiling vampire. The seasonal light program will repeat nightly all week long, through Dia de los Muertos, and the weekend following Halloween.


This special lighting event will begin on Friday, October 26th and run through Sunday, November 3rd. The lights can be seen from dusk until 11:30 PM each evening. If you are unable to make it out to the Santa Monica Pier this week, you can always view the Wheel’s light programs on our live-streaming web cams.

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.


The Ferris wheel’s light programs can be seen nightly lighting the waters around the Santa Monica Pier and are regularly featured in news broadcasts across the country. Pacific Park accepts special lighting requests from the public as part of a sponsorship arrangement with the Park. Because of the large volume of these requests, not all submissions can be met, and the Park no longer offers pro bono lighting requests. To learn more about these and other opportunities to partner with Pacific Park, please visit