Celebrate Halloween Around the Bay Area
Calabash Gourd Fest – Enjoy educational presentations and demonstrations, make-and-take crafts, art gourds and more. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 7-8. 9am-5pm. FREE. Uesugi Farm, 14485 Monterey Road, San Martin.
Creep Crawly Trick-or-Treat – Wear your costume and trick-or-treat at local businesses. Sun., Oct. 29. 4-7pm. FREE. Downtown Campbell.
Fall Festival – Celebrate in the children's alley with games, a train and a scarecrow contest. Also enjoy music, food, wine tasting and a classic car show. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 7-8. 10am-5pm. FREE. Downtown Los Altos, south parking plaza between San Antonio and First streets. 650-948-1455.
Glass Pumpkin Festival – Stroll through thousands of hand-blown glass pumpkins and see artisans working on-site. Fri., Oct. 6. 4-8pm. Sat., Oct. 7. 10am-8pm. Sun., Oct. 8. 10am-6pm. FREE. Park Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose. .
Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival – Enormous gourds on display, pumpkin-flavored everything, a pumpkin parade, music, art and more can be found at this 47th annual festival. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 14-15. 9am-5pm. FREE. Downtown Half Moon Bay, Main Street. .
Halloween Celebration and Family Art Day – Seasonal art projects and activities, plus snacks and sweets. Costumes encouraged. Thu., Oct. 26. 6-8pm. FREE. Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara. 408-247-3754..
Halloween Hoopla Parade and Trick-or-Treat – Put on a costume and parade through downtown. The festivities include crafts, live entertainment and carnival games. Sat., Oct. 28. 11am-2pm. FREE. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive, Menlo Park.
Harvest Faire & Steam Festival – Welcome fall with scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letterpresses, printing presses and more. Sun., Oct. 1. 9am-5pm. $10 parking, admission FREE. Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton..
Harvest Festival – Food, square dancing, petting zoo, pumpkin bowling and more. Sat., Oct. 7. 10am-3pm. Parking $6, admission FREE. Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Road, San Jose. .
Halloween Party – Wear your costume and travel the enchanted trail, collecting treats and encountering wacky characters along the way. Then enjoy hot cider, goodies and entertainment. Ages 4-12. Registration required. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 27-28. Three times: 6:30-8:30pm, 6:45-8:45pm and 7:15-9pm. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650.
Heritage Harvest Festival – See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations; listen to music; make crafts and participate in harvest-time activities. Sat., Oct. 21. 11am-4pm. FREE. Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz.
Howl-o-Ween Family Sleepover – Enjoy the zoo after dark with trick-or-treating, live animal encounters and breakfast the next morning. Bring your tent to sleep in the Crooked Meadow or indoors in the Learning Lodge. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 28-29. 6pm-10am. $63. Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose.
Little Pumpkin Party – Enjoy a low-key, old-fashioned pumpkin party. Pick some pumpkins, press fresh apple cider, plump the scarecrows with straw and meet the Autumn Garden Fairy. Registration required. Ages 1-4. Sun., Oct. 22. 1-3:30pm. $15. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Marine Masquerade – Dress up if you wish; be a seal or a fish. Come for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, a shipwreck story, costume parade, music and more. Fri., Oct. 27. 6-8pm. $8 adults, $6 kids, 2 and under FREE. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz. .
Mommy & Me and Daddies, Too – Entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin decorating and Halloween photos. Wear your costume and trick or treat The Row. Tue., Oct. 24. 10am-12pm. FREE. Park Valencia, 377 Santana Row, San Jose. 408-551-4611. .
Pumpkins in the Park – This is a harvest fair with a strong environmental education component. Activities include a pumpkin patch, costume swap, costume parade, hay bale maze, food and more. Sat., Oct. 14. 10am-4pm. FREE. Guadalupe River Park, Woz Way and San Carlos, San Jose.
Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off – See enormous gourds compete for the grand prize. Mon., Oct. 9. 7-11am. FREE. IDES Grounds, 735 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650-726-9652.
Spooky Times – Explore haunted barns, try your hand at creepy crafts and meet the residents of the Farm - sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs and Luna the cow. Sat., Oct. 28. 10am-3pm. $7 per person, $5 with costume, kids under 1 FREE. Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Los Altos. 650-903-6430.
Thomas & Percy's Halloween Party – Join Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy for a 20-minute train ride, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, pick-a-pumpkin and cookie decorating. Tickets times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Oct. 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. $24. Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton.
Trick or Treat on the Avenue – Head to downtown Willow Glen for trick-or-treating. Tue., Oct. 31. Session 1: 11am-12:30pm (toddlers, preschoolers and kids in strollers). Session 2: 3-4:30pm (school-aged kids in costume). FREE. Downtown Willow Glen, Lincoln Ave. between Minnesota and Willow, San Jose.
Wildlife and Harvest Festival – Pumpkin patch, photo booth, carnival games, animal visits from McClellan Ranch Preserve and live music. Costumes are encouraged. Sat., Oct. 21. 11am-3pm. FREE. Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino. .
Fairfax Halloween Parade and Festivities – This parade usually attracts approximately 500 costumed kids and adults. There are plenty of treats for kids along the way. Tue., Oct. 31. 5pm. FREE. The parade winds along Broadway and then Bolinas Road, ending at the Haunted Grove in Bolinas Park. 415-453-1618.
Halloween Festival – A spooky time is guaranteed with participating retailers and a lot of Halloween activities for the kids. Tue., Oct. 31. 3:30-5:30pm. FREE. Pacheco Plaza Shopping Center, 366 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 415-883-4648.
Halloween Scream on the Green – This event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Novato Business Association’s Safe Trick-or-Treat Event. Activities include a chamber of horrors, haunted house, costume contest, live music and entertainment, artist booths, children’s play area and food and beverages. Fri., Oct. 27, 6-9pm.; Sat., Oct. 28, 10am-4pm. FREE. Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green complex, Novato. 800-897-1164.
Goblin Jamboree – This annual Halloween festival features pony rides, petting zoos, bounce houses, hay mazes, train rides, face painting and live music. Sat., Oct. 21 and Sun., Oct. 22. 10am-4pm. $17.95. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 415-339-3936.
Graveyard Stroll – This program uncovers one of Marin’s most interesting but little-known cemeteries. Bring a flashlight and a treat bag. Hot chocolate and snacks provided. Sat., Oct. 28. 7-8:30pm. FREE. Marin County Parks Lucas Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael. 415-473-2055.
Art With Elizabeth: Halloween Witches and Cats – Join local author/illustrator Elizabeth Martin for an arts and crafts afternoon making Halloween witches and cats. Thu., Oct. 19. 4-5pm. FREE. North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Ave. 415-355-5626. .
Halloween Costume Swap – Bring in clean, gently used costumes to swap for others. People are also welcome to simply donate costumes without accepting another one. Bring in costumes to donate any time this month. Swap is Sat., Oct. 14. 2-4pm. FREE. Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St. 415-355-5600.
Halloween Hoopla – This event features interactive performances and games for children under 10 and their adults and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch. The program culminates with a costume parade. Sun., Oct. 29. 12-2pm. FREE. Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets. 415-543-1718.
Presidio Pumpkin Carving Workshop – Create your own Halloween Jack-o-Lantern. Tools and pumpkins are provided while supplies last. Bring your own stencils and stickers. Food is available for purchase. Sat., Oct. 21. 12-5pm. FREE but registration is required. Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St. 415-561-2704.
San Francisco Dungeon – Take a 60-minute journey with thrills, laughs and interactive stories involving the Chinatown Plague, Escape from Alcatraz and more. Sun.-Thurs., 11am-7pm. Fri.-Sat., 10am-8pm. Through Nov. 5. $15.99-19.99. Fisherman’s Wharf, 145 Jefferson St. 855-753-9999.
Supernatural Halloween – Put on a costume and go trick-or-treating among animals. There will also be dancing, face painting, magic shows, giant pumpkin carving, crafts, photo booths, food and drink. Sat., Oct. 28. 6:30-9pm. $50 adults, $35 children. California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive. 415-379-8000.
Halloween Family Concert – The orchestra will come in costume to this concert and you should, too. Kids can tour the orchestra. Check website for details on the program. Sun., Oct. 29. 3pm. $30 in advance for adults ($35 at the door) and $15 for children. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. 650-366-6872.
Halloween Hoopla Parade and Trick-or-Treat – Put on a Halloween costume and parade through downtown. The festivities include crafts, live entertainment and carnival games. Sat., Oct. 28. 11am-2pm. FREE. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive, Menlo Park. 650-330-2220.
Halloween Hunt – Little ghosts and goblins and their adults are invited to trick-or-treat in downtown San Mateo. Sat., Oct. 28. 1-3:30pm. FREE. 650-342-5520.
Boo at the Zoo – Come to this annual Halloween event to join the costume parade, ride the spooky Boo Train, get your face painted, collect yummy treats, make treats for the animals and see how they celebrate Halloween. Oct. 28-29. 10am-3pm. $22 ages 15-64, $18 ages 2-14 and seniors, members and under 2 FREE. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9525.
Boo Bash – Bay Street’s Center Plaza will host free Halloween festivities for the whole family including pumpkin decorating, a Monster Mash dance performance, treats and a costume parade for people and dogs. Sun., Oct. 29. 11am-2pm. FREE. Bay Street Emeryville, 5616 Bay St. 510-655-4002.
Jack o’ Lantern Jamboree – Put on a costume and head to Children's Fairyland for an extravaganza with rides, parades, goodie bags and treat stations for kids, pirate school, special performances and more. Oct. 28-29. 10am-5pm. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-238-6876.
Contra Costa County
Spooktacular Celebration – Attend ghoulish superhero-style festivities with arts and crafts, games, face painting, trick-or-treating and other fall fun for ages 1-9. Preregister online (no walk-ins). Thu., Oct. 26. 4-5:30pm and 6-7:30pm. $6-7. Danville Community Center, 420 Front St. 925-314-3400.
Trick or Treat Walnut Creek – Goblins, superheroes, princesses and witches are invited grab their favorite candy bags and creep through downtown Walnut Creek to collect Halloween treats from participating businesses. Fri., Oct. 27. 2-5pm. FREE. Starting location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 N. Civic Drive. 925-933-6778.
Munchkin Masquerade – Children in costume will parade through the Jelly Belly factory led by Mr. Jelly Belly and Kelly the Clown, and the first 300 children will receive treats. Come early for the Halloween breakfast and stay for a factory tour. Sat., Oct. 28. 9:30-11:30am. FREE. Jelly Belly Visitor Center, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield. 707-399-2390.