Get geared up as Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you have a tiny tutu-wearing ballerina this year or some spectacular superheroes, there are loads of events around the Bay Area where your kiddos can don their costumes and get in the spooky spirit. From trick-or-treating at your local mall to riding the rails with Thomas the Tank Engine, our Halloween events list has got the perfect event for you!
photo: Kate Loweth
HallowScreen at Disney Family Museum
Who better to host kid-friendly Halloween fun than the Walt Disney Family Museum? This year, they’ll be getting into the spirit by showing some classic, short animated films, featuring Mickey, Pluto and Mr. Toad. All October. Mon., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sun. at 1 p.m., Sat. at 4 p.m. Presidio. $10 adults, $8 students and kids. All ages. Event details.
The California Academy of Sciences is opening its doors to trick-or-treaters for the evening, and inviting families to check out some spooky specimens. Roaming magicians will add to the ambiance, as will giant pumpkin carving, face painting, and animal demonstrations. The museum will provide reusable trick-or-treat bags. Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. $50/adults, $35/children over 1 (VIP Packages available for additional cost with 5 p.m. admission.) Event details.
The Haas-Lilienthal House’s Halloween events offer visitors a chance to tour this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian in the dark! The gorgeous house is transformed into a Mayhem Mansion complete with a Hall of Horrors, and a “Spookeasy” for a drink. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, 7-10 p.m. Pacific Heights. $20/adult and kids 13+; $15/child 8-12 advance; Limited tickets at door. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Trick-or-Treat at Bayfair Mall
Treat your kids to an afternoon of Hallo-Safe Trick-or-Treating fun. The fun starts with a costume parade and scream contest at Center Court. From there, 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. Perfect for little toddlers and kids of all ages. Oct. 31, 4–6 p.m. San Leandro. Free. Ages 13 and under. Event details.
We Rock the Spectrum’s Halloween Party
Head to this East Bay climbing gym for some seriously but only-sorta-spooky fun. Dress up in your awesome Halloween costumes and enter to win a costume contest, dance, climb, play games and decorate pumpkins. Plus trick-or-treating, face painting, arts & crafts and more. Oct. 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Berkeley. $15/child; $12/additional siblings. 0–12. Event details.
Happy Creepy Halloween at Lawrence Hall
Participate in Halloween-themed activities at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Meet some of the slimiest, scaliest, and hairiest creatures you’ll ever see, launch pumpkin catapults and much more science-y spooky fun! Oct. 27 & 28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Berkeley. $12 /adult; $10/child 3-18; children 2 and under are free (includes museum admission). All ages. Event details.
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Hillsdale Halloween Spooktacular
Take the party inside on Halloween and trick-or-treat at the stores at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Not only will the little ones get the traditional helping of candy, the center is also offering slime making, cookie decorating and goulish games. Oct. 31, 4-5:30 p.m. San Mateo. Free. Ages 12 and under. Event details.
photo: Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Winchester Mystery House: Halloween Candlelight Tour
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. Oct. 13-15, 18-22 & 25-31, 8:30-11:30 p.m. (tours are one hour). $20-$49. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Spellbound: A Celebration of Books and Make-Believe
Join Children’s Discovery Museum in celebrating the season of make-believe through the fun of dress-up and the joy of reading. Don your costume and take part in the “all treats, no tricks” bash featuring healthy treat stations, science magic and a book giveaway. Oct. 31. 6-8:30 p.m. San Jose. $20 non-members, $5 members. All ages. Event details.
photo: Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Bay Area Discovery Museum goes all-out for Halloween with its annual Goblin Jamboree. Families are encouraged to dress up while exploring a ghastly amount of perfectly-spooky activities: hay mazes, train rides, witch races, and pony rides, just to name a few. Oct. 21-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sausalito. $17.95 non-members, $14.95 members (VIP early access passes are available). Kids up to age 10. Event details.
Tam Valley Haunted House
TCSD presents is pleased to present their annual Tam Valley Haunted House with this year’s theme of Summon the Reaper! Dare to enter into a world of your worst nightmares and see if you can survive from one terrifying room to the next. The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Not Scary for children under 8 with all the lights on and a fun tour of the different areas; 5-6:30 p.m. Scary for children over 9; Closed 6:30-7:30 p.m. to feed the volunteer monsters then back open 7:30-9 p.m. for a truly horrifying experience. Oct. 20-22. 3:30–9 p.m. (Children under 8 recommended to attend between 3:30-4:30 p.m.). Mill Valley. $6. All ages. Event details.
Where will you take your little ghouls to get their trick-or-treat fix? Let us know below!
—Kate Loweth, Melissa Bouse and Amber Guetebier
featured image: Brittany Randolph via flickr