Check out our list of great Halloween events happening around the Bay Area.
Albany / Berkeley
Wear your best costume to Halloween on Solano this year! There will be adult and kid categories with a cash grand prize and great second place prizes. Enjoy pizza, drinks, face painting and more.October 31 from 5-8 p.m. Free. 1245 Solano at Masonic in Albany (Ray’s Pumpkin Patch). Visit solonoave.org for more information.
Come to the UC Berkeley Choral Ensembles Halloween Show and enjoy spooktacular performances by the UC Men's and Women's Chorale, UC Men's Octet, California Golden Overtones, Noteworthy, Cal Jazz Choir, and Perfect Fifth.October 30 at 8 p.m. Performances will be in 155 Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley. For more information, call (510) 642-3880 or visit events.berkeley.edu.
Meet at Endeavor Hall in downtown Clayton for the Annual Ghost Walk and check out the most haunted places around Clayton.October 31 from 7:30–10 p.m. Endeavor hall is located at 6008 Center St. in Clayton. For more information contact Richard Taylor at (925) 672-6171.
Waterworld in Concord will be hosting the third annual GYRO’S Fear Factory—a spectacular spooky night filled with 3D gaming, stage shows and live guest DJ’s every evening. Enter the first ever 4D haunted house and walk through spooky dark attractions filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters.October 9-12, 16-29, 23-26, 30 through November 1. General admission is $23.99, and a fright pass is $33.99. Free parking. Waterworld is located at 1950 Waterworld Parkway, Concord. For tickets, visit 3dfearfactory.com/haunts/
Bring the kids in their Halloween finest to trick-or-treat and parade around Todos Santos Plaza in Concord. Enjoy entertainment for the whole family, and the Mayor’s Mongrel Mash—the special Halloween costume judging contest for the dogs! All costume judging will take place after the parade.October 25 from noon-2 p.m. Free. Todos Santos Plaza is located at Willow Pass Rd. and Grant St. in Concord. Visit concordfirst.org for more information.
Enjoy fall fun at the Danville Children's Fall Fest with arts and crafts, face painting, games and trick-or-treating. Pre-registration required.October 23 from 4-7p.m. Event will take place at the Danville Community Center, 420 Front Street in Danville. Visit the city’s website at ci.danville.ca.us for more information, or call (925) 314-3400
Celebrate the 18th annual Danville Fall Crafts Fair in downtown Danville and enjoy jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, painting, glasswork and more wonderful handmade goods. There will also be a kids Halloween costume parade, (make sure to dress up!) entertainment throughout, great food and great beverages.October 24 – 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The fair will be at Hartz Avenue between Diablo Rd. & Hartz Way in downtown Danville. Call (925) 837-4400, or visit mlaproductions.com for more information.
Shake your tail feather at the Blackhawk Auto Museum’s 13th Annual Halloween party hosted by 101.7 KKIQ and 92.1 KKDV. Be sure to work up an appetite, because Scott’s Seafood is catering and pouring drinks, making this one party you don’t want to miss!
October 30 from 8pm to 1am. Visit blackhawkautomuseum.com for event details.
The Radio Disney Road Crew rolls into Blackhawk Plaza for a daytime Halloween party. Their “spooktacular” Halloween celebration includes “bewitching” entertainment, a costume parade and trick-or-treating throughout the plaza.October 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the playground in Blackhawk Plaza, blackhawkplaza.com.
Half Moon Bay
The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its fall harvest with the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. View enormous weigh-off champion pumpkins, enjoy three stages of smashing entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, and fun for the entire family.October 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will take place on Main Street between Miramontes and Spruce Streets in Half Moon Bay. For more information call the info line at (650) 726-9652 or visit miramarevents.com
Orchard Nursery in Lafayette is hosting a bag of tricks this month! Enjoy fall planting and decorating workshops, farm animals, scarecrows, pumpkins, music, and family fun each weekend through Halloween!
If fear of tainted candy or unsafe motorists has you second-guessing Halloween, head over to The Stratford at Countrywood Senior Living Community. With over 60 doorbells to ring, you can help brighten the day for senior residents, who dress up for the occasion and enjoy the youthful energy.October 31 from 3–5 p.m. Stratford at Countrywood, Lafayette. For more information, call 925-932-9910.
Instead of gorging yourself on candy, why not save the calories for an award-winning meal? Chevalier, which was recently honored with a Michelin Bib Gourmand award, is offering a Halloween prix fixe menu. For just $45, you can enjoy fall flavors like butternut squash soup, lamb stew and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.October 31, available from 5–10 p.m. Located at 960 Moraga Rd. For more information or reservations, visit chevalierrestauarant.com or call (925) 385-0793.
The Dell'Osso Family offers fun for everyone on Halloween with their enormous corn maze, pumpkin patch, a 3D haunted house and much more. Check out the pumpkin blaster—this thing can shoot mini pumpkins at 90 miles per hour! There will also be a cool 3D haunted house, free hay bale rides and much, much more.This event starts late September and goes until October 31. Times will be 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (last entry at gate is 8 p.m.) 501 Manthey Road Map in Lathrop, off Interstate Highway 5. For ticket Info call (209) 982-0833, or visit pumpkinmaze.com
This year at the annual Haunted Harvest Festival, adventure (if you dare) into the Goblyn’s Glen at Oak Meadow Park. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy a moonlit ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. Adults can enjoy a goblin makeover, and for the kids there will be trick or treating and a carousel. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun for everyone.Opening night is on October 9, and will be open each week through October 31. Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 6- 9 p.m. 233 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos. Visit experienceshadowhills.com for more information and tickets.
Livermore’s 23rd Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is a fun event for families with little ones in the 5th grade & under. Dress up in your Halloween finest for a costume contest, participate in the screaming contest and enjoy candy, games, and more.October 28 from 4-7p.m. Free. Parking will be available at the free Livermore Valley Center Parking Structure, located at 2350 Railroad Ave. For more information, call (925) 373-1795 or visit LivermoreDowntown.com
The six-acre G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a Tri-Valley classic. Thanks to "Anonymous" for the reminder! Open from October 3-October 31. Gmfarms.comMartinez
Who says Halloween can’t be refined? If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical horror flick, the Willows Theatre Company is performing The Texas Chainsaw Musical based on Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein.
Visit willowstheatre.com for performances. Tickets $25, $30 for the “Splatter Zone!”
Sunday October 11, 2pm – 6pm. 2100 Donald Dr., or visit www.oktoberfestmoraga.com
Think you missed Oktoberfest? Think again! Catch family fun, live music, Bavarian dancers, Waltzing, games and activities, sidewalk chalk murals, yodeling contest, abundant food and drink, and more at the Hacienda de las Flores!
The Chabot Space Center presents ‘“10000” A Skyline Party Among the Stars.’ Let the kids wear their costumes a day early and enjoy live music, a costume contest, spooky beverages, views of the cosmos and a special haunt jaunt crawl of things that go bump in the night with the Galaxy Explorers. Kids of all ages welcome.October 30 from 7–11 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $8 for members. 10000 Skyline Blvd in Oakland. For tickets call the box office at (510) 336-7373, or visit chabotspace.org for more information.
Head to Pleasant Hill for the Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA annual Boo Night For Children and Families for a safe and exciting Halloween party. Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, picture galleries, Halloween bag decorating, a cakewalk, games, and much more.October 27 from 5– 8 p.m. Free. 350 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill For more information contact Nancy Gunter at (925) 687-8900 or visit mdrymca.org.
Cohn-Stone studios presents the Glass Pumpkin Harvest in Richmond. Purchase unique, hand-blown glass pumpkins created by Molly Stone and Michael Cohn, and watch live glass-blowing demonstrations.This event will happen for three weekends in October, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and the 31. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. This event will be at Cohn-Stone studios, 560 S. 31st St. in Richmond. Call (510) 234-9690 or visit cohnstone.com for more information.
The 27th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Presents “Halloween Dance Party” by Marco Benevento at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Take an exhilarating glimpse into the future of jazz keyboards with Marco Benevento as he mixes pedals, amplifiers, rejiggered electronic toys and sundry effects into his music.October 31 at 9 p.m. $25. 701 Mission Street in San Francisco. For more information, call the Yerba Buena Center at (415) 978-2787
If you dare, make your way over to Cellar360 in Ghiradelli Square for a Halloween murder mystery party. Each guest will be provided an identity and clues—coming in costume is encouraged! Mingle, enjoy food and wine, and try to solve the crime. Prizes will be awarded.October 31 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. $40. Ghirardelli Square is at 900 N Point St., # 100. For information and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 265-5103
California’s Great America is haunted! The park’s second annual Halloween Haunt will include five spine-tingling haunted mazes, four themed scare zones, a themed attraction, and more. Don’t forget the rides—they will be going until midnight as well.October 2-31 and 25, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. – Midnight. 4701 Great America Pkwy in Santa Clara. Visit cagreatamerica.com for ticketing information and more.
Have a safe Halloween and trick or treat with the little ones on the Santa Cruz wharf. Treats for the kids will be provided at wharf businesses—but only if you are in costume!October 31 from 4 – 6 p.m. Free. The wharf is located at Pacific Avenue at Beach Street in Santa Cruz. Call (831) 420-5273 or email email@example.com for more information on this event.
Fright Fest is here again at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom! Have a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling haunted mazes. Plus—experience all your favorite rides in the dark. There will also be special trick-or-treat stations just for kids.Fright fest will happen October 2 through November 1 on Fridays and Sundays. 1001 Fairgrounds Dr. in Vallejo. Check sixflags.com for more information as the event approaches.
The kiddies will love showing off their costumes and getting a jump start on the evening’s trick or treating at Walnut Creek’s annual Downtown Halloween trick or treat event through local retail shops! Adult costumes welcome, too!
October 30, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., walnutcreekdowntown.com
Broadway Plaza is also getting in on the action, with a community trick or treat event for children. Participating retailers give out candy and other treats in what’s advertised as a “safe and sane” event – which is more than you can say for your household after the sugar rush kicks in.October 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m. while supplies last, www.broadwayplaza.com