The pumpkins are out, the costumes are planned and the Halloween season is here! Head on over to pumpkin headquarters in Half Moon Bay for the annual festival and then cruise on down to Santa Cruz for a day riding the rails with Thomas. All aboard for a weekend of fun!

photo: Miramar Events 

San Francisco

Undiscovered SF: Filipino Night Market
Enjoy emerging artists and merchants right in the heart of San Francisco’s new cultural district—SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District! Sat. Event details

Color Your World: A Children’s Musical
In this fun family musical, Natalia moves to a new neighborhood and must leave her friends and familiar life behind. Her days are empty until she meets Gigi and the Colors. With their help, Natalia realizes the importance of imagination, working together and never losing heart. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Fri.-Sun. Event details

25th Annual Dias De Los Muertos Community Celebration
Craft activities, tasty food, dance groups, live music, colorful ofrendas and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Celebrate this special two-day Días de los Muertos extravaganza with our newest exhibition ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of Days of the Dead and learn about Chicano activists who introduced Días de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful pumpkin season with a special weekend filled with four stages of blockbuster entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Parade, harvest-inspired crafts and home-style foods. Farmer Mike will sculpt a monster pumpkin, plus there will be an opportunity to take photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, enter into pie-eating and costume contests, and so much more. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Wildlife & Harvest Day
Celebrate the harvest season and learn about local birds, nature, ecology and wildlife. Over a dozen nature-oriented organizations will provide live animals demonstrations, educational presentations, free hands-on activities, an early morning bird walk, nestbox and bird feeder construction, face painting, and more. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party
Make lasting family memories! Take a real train ride with Thomas, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, explore the Imagination Station, see authentic engines and enjoy tons of other activities for hours of fun. Sat.-Sun. Event details

La Fuente
Celebrate the diverse families that have lived at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch from the past, present and future. This family event is open to all ages and includes cultural performances, local community presentations and kid-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Goblin Jamboree
Hoist the anchor and cruise on over to BADM for the longest-running Halloween festival in Marin! BADM will transform into a family-friendly spooky spectacular that will get everyone in the Halloween spirit. Take a seat at a Slime Banquet in the captain’s quarters, show off your creativity during Treasure Chest Design, or make waves in Ocean Experiments. This annual museum fundraiser is the perfect way to kick-off your family’s Halloween celebrations in style. Don’t forget your costume! Sat.-Sun. Event details

Fall Harvest at Slide Ranch
Mingle with the herd of goats and sheep and milk our five lovely does. Feed the flocks of chickens, ducks and turkeys and enjoy their squawks, quacks and gobbles. Observe the buzzing bee hives and step into a beekeeping suit. It all happens at this annual event. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth