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Halloween Events in the East Bay

There are many ways to get your trick-or-treat on this year. Here are a few of them.

Halloween is fast approaching! After you put the final touches on your child's costume (and your own), head on out to these events.

And don't forget to submit your costume photos to Diablo's Hallowen Costume Contest for a chance to win.


The adults-only Monster Ball (formely "Monster Bash") returns to the USS Hornet. This year features the Santana tribute band Cocktail Monkeys & Zebop!, a costume contest with a $500 cash prize, a haunted tour, and more. So, leave the kids at home and have some costumed fun of your own.

USS Hornet Museum. October 26, 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. $30-$35. uss-hornet.org/calendar/halloween.


Hear spooky tales about the history of Benicia on a ghost walk led by a paranomal investigator. Each tour lasts two hours, depending on what you encounter along the way!

Benicia. Oct. 18, 19, 25, & 26, 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Please reserve space ahead of time by calling (707) 745-9791. $25. beniciamainstreet.org/ghost-walk.


Come dressed and ready to trick-or-treat at the eerie Halloween Trick or Treat Bonanza in downtown Concord. Along the way, vote for the best scarecrow in town.

Downtown Concord. October 31, 3-5 p.m. Free admission. ci.concord.ca.us.

DanvilleDanville's Monster Mash.

Celebrate the Town of Danville’s 11th annual children’s fall festival, “Monster Mash.” The special ingredients inside the black cauldron of fun include face-painting, arts and crafts, games, and trick-or treating.

Danville Community Center (420 Front St.). October 25, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required (no walk-ins, please). Register at danvillerecguide.com or call (925) 324-3400.

Or, get crafty at the 22nd Fall Crafts Festival. The day kicks off with a Halloween parade at 10 a.m., followed by a glass pumpkin patch, a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, and exquisite art displayed for sale. All the while, street corner musicians will infuse the creative atmosphere.

Downtown Danville (Hartz Ave.). October 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission and parking. jbergman@danville.ca.gov.  

You can also check out Monster's U Mid-Day Madness, featuring mini-pumpking decorating, mummy and daddy wrap game, a costume contest, Plaza trick-or-treating, and entertainment by Radio Disney.

Blackhawk Plaza. October 22, 2-3 p.m. Free. shopblackhawkplaza.com/center_events.html.


Stop by the fifth annual Downtown Halloween Carnival in Livermore. Enjoy carnival games, a costume contest, and surprise entertainment.

Downtown Livermore (22 South L St.). October 26, 1-5 p.m. Free. livermoredowntown.com.

Or, visit the cornfield maze and pumpkin patch at G & M Farms. Explore the maze (it's different every year), and pick a pumpkin from a field of choices.

G & M Farms (Exit Isabel Ave. from I-580 in Livermore, then turn left on Airway Boulevard. Farm is on the right.). $7-$10; kids 5 and under free. gmfarms.com/mazeandpatch.php.


A one-and-a-half hour walking tour led by Central Valley Paranormal to discover Martinez's hidden past.

Main Street Martinez (649 Main St. Ste. 106). Oct. 25, check-in begins at 7:45 p.m. No kids under 12, please. mainstreetmartinez.org.

OaklandOakland Zoo meerkats get into the spirit.

Dress up as your favorite princess, goblin, or zoo animal, and stroll to the thrilling “Boo at the Zoo” event. Co-hosted by the Bay Area Science Festival, the two-day Halloween and science-themed adventure will include a scavenger hunt for goodies, carousel rides, and visits to the Wildlife Theatre.

Oakland Zoo (977 Golf Links Rd.). October 26-27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $11.75 for kids; $15.75 adults. oaklandzoo.org.


From zombies and gatekeepers to crazy surgeons, Orinda Theatre Square’s Haunted House will have it all. Don’t forget to bring canned and dry goods to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Orinda Theatre Square (2 Orinda Theatre Square). October 26-30, 6-8 p.m. $2. Parking is free Saturday and Sunday. orindatheatresquare.com.


Sample a variety of local beer and food pairings at shops and get festive with your favorite Halloween costume at the Halloween Brew Crawl in Downtown Pleasanton. Participating breweries include: Miller Coors, Firestone Walker, Gordon Biersch, and many more.

Downtown Pleasanton. October 26. 5-8 p.m. $30-$35 (Tickets can be purchased at Main Street Brewery, Redcoats Pub, and Studio Seven Arts.). events@pleasantondowntown.net.

Or, get your scream on at the Pirates of Emerson haunted theme park. Check out four haunted houses, two mazes, a bumpkin patch, and more.

Alameda County Fairgrounds (corner of Bernal Ave. and Valley Ave.). $25. piratesofemerson.com.

Walnut Creek

Join Walnut Creek for some spooky, memorable fun by trick-or-treating at Broadway Plaza. Fill your treat bag full of Halloween goodies at participating stores.

Broadway Plaza (1275 Broadway Plaza). October 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. broadwayplaza.com/events.

Or, take the kids to meet noctural animals, creepy crawlers, and other not-so-scary animals. Bats, owls, spiders, snakes, and more will be there to get them into the spirit. 

Lindsay Wildlife Museum (1931 First Ave.). October 26-27/30-31, 12-4 p.m. (925) 627-2913 or wildlife-museum.org.