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East Bay Halloween Calendar

From haunted houses to fall craft festivals, here is a roundup of spook-tacular fall events for all ages.

Whether you celebrate the season by adorning yourself in spooky witch attire, bedecking your porch with glowing orange gourds and sticky spider webs, or sipping a pumpkin spice latte beside a crackling fire, you can be sure to find a way to honor the ghosts and ghouls that creep out of the shadows on this most hallowed of holidays.

We’ve collected the best of what the East Bay has to offer this Halloween—and we promise not to spare you even the goriest of details.

Ghost Golf Miniature Golf


Mini golf meets haunted house in this unique attraction. Make your way through 18 holes in a spookily immersive environment … if you dare. $7-10. Ghost Golf Concord, 4383 Clayton Rd., Concord, (925) 521-1913, ghostgolfconcord.com. Open Sun.-Mon. and Wed.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Witches Night Out

Witches Night Out Downtown Martini Tasting

October 7, 6-9 p.m.

Livermore bartenders bust out their cauldrons on this eve to showcase their most potent potions–err, cocktails–at Witches Night Out Downtown Martini Tasting. Wear a  costume to win prizes and gift certificates. $35 in advance; tickets sell out quickly. Downtown Livermore, (925) 373-1795, eventbrite.com/e/2015-witches-night-out-tickets-18057554632. 

Ghost Walk 2015

October 16, 17, 23, and 24; 6-8 p.m.

Take a tour of Pleasanton’s most haunted sites with a ghost as your tour guide. This annual event has drawn the paranormal-curious for more than 10 years. Costumes are encouraged. $13-18. Museum on Main, 603 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 462-2766, museumonmain.org/ghost-walk.html.

Courtesy of the City of Dublin

Dublin Harvest Fair

October 17, 1-4 p.m.

Celebrate the season the old-fashioned way at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums. With bluegrass playing in the background, take tours of the spooky barns and cemetery, and peruse local vendors selling their wares. Purchase a “Hands-on-History” pass for $5, to try your hand at churning butter, making apple pie, washing on a washboard, and more. Entry is free. Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin, (925) 556-4508, dublin.ca.gov/index.aspx?nid=1560.

Benicia Zombie Brew Crawl

October 17, 2-6 p.m.

Sip the season—and calm your nerves from ghostly frights—at the Benicia Zombie Brew Crawl. On this night, zombies trade their usual fare of brains for beers, and stroll the streets sampling brews from more than 20 local craft breweries. $25-$35. Benicia Main Street, (707) 745-9791, beniciamainstreet.org.

Sinister Soiree: Fire and Frights

October 17, 8-10 p.m.

Seeking an unconventional Halloween celebration? Look no further than the Chabot Space and Science Center, where an evening of fire, science, and art is planned. Come in costume to get your first drink free. $15. Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., (510)-336-7300, chabotspace.org/after-dark.htm.

Danville Fall Craft Festival

October 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

With more than 200 art booths, a parade, carnival games, trick-or-treating, and the ever-popular Glass Pumpkin Patch, the Danville Fall Craft Festival has something for everyone. Downtown Danville, (925) 837-4400, danvilleareachamber.com.

Share the Magic

October 23, 7-10 p.m.

Calling all budding magicians! You don’t need a wand or a spell book to perform magic. Watch a kid-friendly professional magic show and try your hand at a few tricks at Share the Magic in Pleasant Hill, sponsored by the Society of Magicians.  $10. Perera Pavilion, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr., apm.activecommunities.com/pleasanthillrecreation/Activity_Search/18136.

Lafayette Reservoir Run

October 25, 8 a.m.

Come run, come all! Build up an appetite for all those Halloween sweets by participating in a two-mile fun run, 5k, 10k, or family bicycle ride, all of which take place on the streets on Downtown Lafayette. A music-filled “healthy lifestyles” fair will be held afterward at the parking lot on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. $22-$25. Mt. Diablo Boulevard, between First Street and Moraga Road, Lafayette, lafayettechamber.org/events/reservoir-run/.

Moraga Harvest Festival

October 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Shop for organic produce at the annual Harvest Festival, which takes place at the Moraga Farmers’ Market. Enjoy a costume parade and contest, pumpkin decorating, and games, and be sure to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin for a prize. Free. Moraga Road at Moraga Way, (925) 465-4690, cafarmersmkts.com.

Howl-ooo-ween! / by Paul Hara

Howl-ooo-ween! Trick or Treat with the Animals

October 29, 5:30-8 p.m.

Trick-or-treat among tarantulas and owls. Lindsay Wildlife Experience makes your “wild”-est dreams come true at its “Howl-ooo-ween!” event. Come in costume for story time, activities with animals, treats, and a photo booth. Food trucks will dot the parking lot for more sophisticated tastes. $8-12. Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 First Ave., , (925) 627-2913, wildlife-museum.org.

Acorn Adventures

October 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

While you wait for darkness to fall and the spooky festivities to start, learn about oak trees and acorns at this pre-Trick or Treat event for children. Free. Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., (925) 973-3284, sanramon.ca.gov.

Bewitching Fun

October 31, 3-5 p.m.

Set aside your shopping list and head to Alamo Plaza Shopping Center for trick-or-treating, face painting, train rides, balloon art, and more. Free. Alamo Plaza Shopping Center, Alamo, alamoplazashoppingcenter.com.

Costume Parade and Trick-or-Treating

October 31, 4-6 p.m.

Head downtown for a kid-friendly costume parade full of contests and trick-or-treating opportunities. Don’t miss the Todos Santos Scarecrow contest winner. Free. Todos Santos Plaza, Concord, ci.concord.ca.us.