Thriller event poster with red and yellow lettering on purple background, and photo of people dressed in zombie costumes dancing at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens.

Get Scary for Charity: Thriller practice has begun.

World Dance for Humanity has hosted Santa Barbara’s Thriller since 2010, joining thousands of zombies around the world who rise from the ground at the same moment in time, casting away inhibitions to create a spooktacular community experience. 

Everyone is invited to Get Scary for Charity at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 28 and during 10 days of flashmobs, including the Avocado Festival and Day of the Dead in Carpinteria, Boo at the Zoo, Ghost Village Road, and Los Olivos Day in the Country. 

No dance experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Practices are 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Oak Park and 9:45 a.m. Saturdays at Chase Palm Park soccer field.

Funds raised through event sponsors and dancer donations go to the Rwanda Education Fund, which is enabling 293 students to attend school; and to the Downtown & Westside Boys and Girls Clubs so low-income children in the local community can take part in after-school activities.

World Dance offers low-cost classes six days a week and provides humanitarian aid year-round — volunteering locally, working with vulnerable communities in Rwanda, and bringing emergency aid to their partners in Ukraine.

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