It’s Halloween weekend! If you’re planning your martian (or zombie) attack on the streets, be sure and check out this guide to trick-or-treat hoods around the bay. And for even more Halloween-themed events, check out this monster list of things to do with your little goblins. This weekend also marks Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and plenty of other happenings including trains, fort building, and wacky performance art. Keep your capes on for this one. You’ll need ’em! Photo credit: Carnaval.com via Flickr Creative Commons
Mayhem Mansion at Haas Lilienthal House
The Haas-Lilienthal House’s Halloween events offer visitors a chance to tour this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian in the dark! On Halloween night the house is transformed into a Mayhem Mansion complete with a Hall of Horrors, and a “Spookeasy” for a drink (for kids 8 and up). Then on Sat., Nov. 1, the house is stripped of its super-creepy vibe and becomes a safe adventure for kids of all ages–perfect for your little ones! Fri., 7-10 p.m., Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m. San Francisco. $15-$18/adult; $12/child 8-17; $8/child 2-8; children 23 mos. and under are free. All ages, but note the Halloween night event is for 8 and up only. Event details.
Boo-gie Down Dance Party at the AAACC
The African American Art and Culture Complex hosts Halloween Tots Boo-gie Down Dance Party, a safe Halloween environment for kiddos of all ages (and groovin’ grown ups.) There will be music, goodies, and dancing to music by a live DJ. Fri., 2-5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Day of Flights at House of Air
Burn off the Halloween sugar rush at House of Air’s Dia de los Vuelos (Day of Flights), a Mexican-inspired celebration of the new Kid’s Court! Enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a costume contest, raffles, a photo booth, and a chance to try out the Training Grounds with a free jump into the airbag. Kids who come in costume will get a free pair of jump socks! Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Francisco. $16 to jump; all other activities are free; 3 and up. Event details.
Family Gallery Adventures at Contemporary Jewish Museum
Listen to stories, take a closer look at art, and draw in mini take-home sketchbooks during this family fun-time with guided activities in the gallery. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adult; children 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Is the Hacienda haunted? Come find out while learning the history of the birthplace of Oakland. There’ll be candy for children young and old and a stage to show off your costumes, including pets! Fri., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Halloween Party at the YMCA
The Downtown Berkeley YMCA Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganza is a safe event where you can bring the littles to trick-or-treat, play games, show off their costumes and more. You’ll be done in time for dinner (or more trick-or-treating!) Fri., 3:30-6 p.m. Berkeley. $5/family. All Ages. Event details.
Halloween Party at Modern Recess
Halloween is over but the fun has just begun! Bring your little devils to a spooktacular Kids Night Out Halloween (after) Party complete with a costume contest, games, crafts, snacks, and a viewing of Hocus Pocus! Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m. San Ramon. $20/child. All Ages. Event details.
Halloween Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Keep those capes on and scrub away those chocolate stains (or not) and head to Playland for a Halloween Costume Weekend. Don’t forget to explore the Dark Mystery exhibition and check out Playland’s 5000-year-old mummy! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. El Cerrito. $15/adult; $10/child. All Ages. Event details.
Serramonte Center Spook Parade and Trick-or-Treat
Serramonte Center and the Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce are hosting a festive afternoon of Halloween tricks and treats! Indoor trick-or-treating where participating Serramonte Center stores will dole out the sweets to costumed children. Plus a costume contest for kids 12 and under. This is a great indoor trick-or-treating to get kids geared up for a long night, and perfect for your little ones whose bedtime isn’t long after dark. Fri., 3-5:30 p.m. Daly City. Free. 0-12. Event details.
What’s better than story time? Storytime with a ukulele! Bring the kids to the Belmont Public Library for an unconventional story time with ukulele music. Aloha! Sat., 10:30 a.m. Belmont. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Waffle Bar at Mullins Bar & Grill
Two words: waffle bar. Drive down to Half Moon Bay and enjoy chef made-to-order waffles with an array of gourmet toppings. And you don’t even have to do the dishes. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Half Moon Bay. $7/waffle. All Ages. Event details.
Safe Trick-or-Treat in Willow Glen
In San Jose’s Willow Glen area, the merchants along Lincoln Ave. between Minnesota and Willow host a trick-or-treat session during the day (on Halloween). Babes-in-arms/strollers; toddlers, and preschoolers can head over from 11 a.m. -noon and the school aged crowd can trick-or-treat from 3-4 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Dia de los Muertos at San Jose Museum of Art
The SJMA is hosting a community day in honor of the Dia de los Muertos holiday. Bring your bundles of joy to a day of crafting, sugar skull decorating, live entertainment, and cultural celebrations both traditional and new. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
South Bay Historical Railroad Society Fall Open House
Marvel at two museum quality railroad displays, countless railroad artifacts, hang out in the historic tower to spot a real train zooming by, and learn all about railroads from the members and the extensive railroad library. Plus you can get lunch at the all day lunch counter and grab a few cool items at the Company Store. Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Santa Clara. $5/adult; children 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Day of the Dead at the CDM
Join the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose in celebrating this skulltastic holiday with performances, storytelling and special art activities for your littles to enjoy. Sun., noon-4 p.m. San Jose. $12; babies 12 mos. and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Halloween Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch
The ranch will reveal some special tricks and treats like making costumes with recycled materials, taking a spooky tour of the garden, investigating worm compost, and cooking up some warm treats in our outdoor kitchen. Honor el Día de los Muertos with a fun hike to bone grove. Costume wearing is encouraged and welcomed! Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Muir Beach. $30; children 24 mos. and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Day of the Dead at Mill Valley Community Center
Decorate sugar skulls, enjoy Day of the Dead inspired face painting, and create your own memory box: bring a photo and small item to represent the person you are remembering. Be sure and check out the Dia de los Muertos art on exhibit too. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
San Rafael’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Dance on over to San Rafael to enjoy cultural performances, family art activities, and more. The Bay Area Discovery Museum will team up with the even coordinators to host art workshops, plus there will be face-painting and a spirited procession. Sat., 4-9 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mummenschanz at the Marin Center
Bring the fam to the Marin Center for a performance by the Swiss group Mummenschanz. Kids will love the combo of theater, miming, acting and dancing. Watch as they turn ordinary materials like toilet paper, foam, and recycled junk into balloons, giant slinkies, and strange creatures who find themselves in amusing situations, Mummenschanz keeps the audience smiling from ear to ear. Sun., 3-5 p.m. San Rafael. $20-$60. All Ages. Event details.
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