Costume parties, spooky houses and treats, treats, treats! Halloween is almost here but the festivities are already underway across the Bay Area. If you’re not quite costume ready yet don’t worry. Check out a native plant sale, attend a mini maker faire or skip to the beat at a community music party. Either way, this weekend is chock full of treats.

The leaves are turning red, brown, and orange which means it’s time for a Country Fall Festival! Today, all of our little partners need to grab their gear and head on over to the Hoedown! No country festival is complete without fun games, activities, and music. 

Country Fall Festival

San Francisco

Carve a Pumpkin at the Presidio
Create your own spooky, funny or totally original Halloween décor. At this Presidio workshop basic tools and pumpkins are provided to create your masterpiece. Kids are welcome to bring other embellishments, such as stencils and stickers. Food is available for purchase. Registration is required; visit Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Improvise at this Jazz Concert
Your little’s ears are sure to love the sound of big bands at the new SFJAZZ center. These pint-sized concerts are affordably priced for families and a great way to introduce jazz to kids in a beautiful, inspired setting. South, the restaurant at SFJazz, will be serving Saturday brunch. The matinee is followed by an interactive workshop limited to 50 participants and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign ups take place at a table in the lobby on the day of the concert. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Get Making at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire
At the 7th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire you and the kiddos will be dazzled by more than 150 inspirational local makers and their projects. Rockets, robots, urban farming, bicycle, crafts, and more! Make, build, hack, play, sew, tinker, connect, learn! Save a few bones by buying your tickets in advance. Sun. Event details.


Tune in for Community Music Party
Think of Community Music Day as an annual musical carnival for people of all ages. Festivities include a music petting zoo of sorts where kids, even the tiniest of toddlers, can try out a range of instruments. Don’t miss a beat and join Crowden, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus and east Bay Music Together for a fun, food and music filled day. Sun. Event details.

Take Your Green Thumb to this Native Plant Sale
The Friends of Sausal Creek’s annual native plant sale and nursery open house will include more than 80 species native to California available for purchase. Native plant experts will be available all day to help shoppers pick appropriate plants for their specific planting areas. This year’s theme is native pollinators. There will be live music, free face painting and crafts for all ages. Sun. Event details.


Get Scissor Happy with Karl Johnson
Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at The Reading Bug to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome including the squirmy ones. These are the perfect holiday gift! Karl’s work has been featured in over 30 magazines including The O List in Oprah Magazine, People, and Elle Decor. He also has a large celebrity following and has created silhouettes for Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore. Sat. Event details.

Hunt for Treasure at Gamble Garden
Ahoy, and get ready for a good old fashioned Halloween adventure at Gamble Garden. Kids can go on a Halloween treasure hunt through the gardens. Look for the X, it marks the spot at the final treasure hunt stop with a magic show. There will be pirates, treats and lots of fun, matey! Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Welcome Fall at the Alamaden Harvest Festival
At the 9th Annual Almaden Harvest Festival join the community in celebrating local artists, tasty food and lots of fun. Kids can pick a pumpkin from the patch, get spooked in a haunted house and enjoy story time with the library. Children are welcome to come in costume. Sat. Event details.

Explore a Mysterious and Beautiful House by Candlelight
Tour the rambling mansion at night with only the moonlight, flickering candlelight, and your imagination to light your way through the rooms and halls on this all new, spooky tour. Advance tickets are highly recommended. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Go boo for treats and a movie in Tiburon
Trick or Treat down Tiburon’s Main Street with downtown merchants. This bash is free event to allow families to get treats in a safe environment. It begins with a downtown merchant trick-or-treat starting at the Tiburon Fountain on Main Street from 5-7pm. Participants will follow streets lined with illuminated jack-o-lanterns (carved by the community) all the way to Belvedere Park for a Halloween Movie-in-the-Park “Hotel Transylvania” beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free but participants are asked to bring a carved pumpkin to help light the path, lights are provided. Sat. Event details.

Get your Costume on for this Party
Corte Madera Larkspur Mom’s Club is hosting its annual BOO-FEST! Halloween Costume party. The festivities include dinner and drinks, arts and crafts, a bouncy house and slide, games and, of course, tricks and treats. The party ends with a magic show. Sat. Event details.

What kinds of treats are you hoping for this weekend? Share it with us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers