Best for Animal Lovers: Boo at the Zoo

Maybe you’ve got a tot whose bedtime is 7pm or your fam wants to get your trick or treating in on the weekend instead of Thursday night. Either way, the Bay Area is brimming with daytime trick or treating events perfect for the little ghouls in your life. From trick or treating at the zoo to spooktacular events in some of our favorite neighborhoods, here are our picks for the best places to get your trick or treat on during daylight hours.

Oct. 26: Trick or Treat at Strawberry Village
Don your costumes (Fido too) at head to Mill Valley’s Strawberry Village where you’ll trick or treat from store to store and then march in a parade at 5pm. Donations are welcome with proceeds going to the Milo Foundation, a non-profit pet rescue sanctuary. 4pm-6pm. Click here for event details.

Oct. 26: East Bay SPCA Trick or Treat
The animals of the Dublin SPCA will have many tricks to share, but costumed kids can fill their goody bags here, too. Upon arrival your kids will be presented with a stuffed dog or cat. After, go to different booths to learn about animal care and responsibility. 2pm-4pm.

Oct. 26: Family Halloween Festival at Randall Museum
Come in costume and explore the Twilight Forest. Carve a pumpkin and make spooky crafts. In addition to games and trick-or-treating, there will also be live musical entertainment and a special Halloween performance by the Alphabet Rockers and the Honey Tones. 10am-2pm. Click here for event details.


photo credit: The Randall Museum Facebook page

Oct. 26-27: Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Fairyland
Princesses and pirates will fit right in, but every character is welcome in Fairyland’s costume parades (yes, plural). At this traditional Oakland event, kids trick-or-treat from station to station, mingling among the park’s costumed characters and enjoying special performances along the way. Get unlimited access to the rides, score goody bags and jump around in the bouncy house–there’s even a bouncy house just for the tots. 10am-4pm. Click here for event details.

Oct. 26-27: Halloween Costume Party at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Show off your outfits before heading out to trick-or-treat and win special prizes at Playland’s Halloween Costume Party. 10am-5pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 26-27: Boo at the Zoo
The San Francisco Zoo transforms into a magical Halloween wonderland for their annual Boo at the Zoo event. Come dressed in costume to seek out candy treat stations located throughout the Zoo, make a Halloween themed craft to take home, stop in to see the brand new bug exhibit, walk the haunted nature trail, and watch in amazement as the Zoo animals chow down on tasty Halloween pumpkin treats. All the activities are free with paid Zoo admission.11am-4pm. Click here for SF Zoo details.


photo credit: May Woon via SF Zoo

Oct. 27: Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat in Japantown
Get your Halloween trick-or-treat on at The Japan Center Malls, the heart of Japantown, for a Spooktacular Halloween Party. Creepy crafts, bouncy house, face painting and tattoos (temporary, of course) and trick-or-treating in the East and West malls. Noon-4pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 27: Blossom Halloween Carnival
Jump-start your Halloween with Blossom Birth Services hosts its 19th annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Blossom Halloween Carnival. Trick-or-treat along California Avenue where participating businesses will be ready to dole out the goods, enjoy carnival games, a costume contest judged by the Mayor of Palo Alto, Halloween photos, live music from Andy Z and a host of other spooky-fun toddler and kid activities. 10am-2pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 27: Hayes Valley Trick or Treat Parade at Seesaw
Get on your favorite costumes and trick-or-treat with through Hayes  Valley gathering sweets and healthy treats. Gather at seesaw for snacks and spooky music. 2pm-5pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 31: Hallo-Safe Trick or Treating at the Bayfair Mall
Treat your kids to an afternoon of Hallo-Safe Trick-or-Treating fun. Kids will receive a free treat bag and are invited to go trick-or-treating, at participating Bayfair Center stores, which will hand out candies to costumed children. 4pm-6pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 31: Safe Trick or Treat in Morgan Hill
Join local families and stroll the streets of downtown Morgan Hill. Closed to traffic so kids can trick-or-treat at local businesses, who provide candy. It’s a great and safe way to enjoy Halloween. 5pm-7pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 31: Halloween Stroll on Fillmore Street
Wrap the kiddos up in thier spookiest and their sparkliest and hit up the merhcants along Fillmore Street for some extra treats. Pets in costumes are encouraged, and there’s even a little trick for the parents: wine for the grown up monsters! 4pm-7pm. Click here for event details. 

Oct. 31: Serramonte Center 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 wil dole out the sweets to costumed children. 3:30pm-7:30pm. Click here for event details. 

Did we miss one of your fave trick-or-treating daytime events? Let us know!

–Renee Macalino Rutledge