You can almost smell the candy wrappers in the air; there are tons of Halloween events in this week’s calendar, and even some non-Halloween events. The last Sunday Streets is this weekend, along with the main concert of the Tricycle Music Fest on the steps of the library (swing by our booth for a kiddie tricycle tattoo). Looking for some indoor fun? Hit up the Premier of Animals United in 3D at the Castro Theatre. Or check out the East Bay Baby & Kids Fair for freebies and info on kid services offered in the community.   And now, on to the candy.


Halloween Spooktakular, Redwood City
Ooo, what’s that voice on the wind? Did you hear something in the hall? Have you got the creeps yet? Well, bring them over to the Halloween Spooktakular at Redwood City where kids can play carnival games and lose themselves in the Monster Maze, if they dare! Don those costumes for the costume parade at 1:30 p.m. Sat., 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., Redwood City, $5/child (ages infant – 10 only). Event details.

Halloween Fun Fest, San Mateo
Bring your little Batmans, Spidermans, fairy princesses and whatever over to the Halloween Fun Fest for some free good times. Find your perfect pumpkin in the patch and play some games or do some Halloween crafts. Don’t forget your sacks for the fill-‘er-up portion of the day. But make sure they eat all that candy post-bouncy house (eww!). Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., San Mateo, free (drive in through the US Bank parking lot). Event details.


San Francisco

And you thought Stern Grove was scary during festival season—wait until you see it dressed up for Halloween. Hay rides and haunted houses abound, and that’s just what you can see lurking in the trees! Your family can also enjoy jumpy houses, carnival rides, games and food stands. Fri., 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., San Francisco, $8/person. Event details.

SuperNatural Masquerade
Break those costumes out for more good times late night at the Cal Academy where you can trick-or-treat your way through the museum at SuperNatural Masquerade. Includes scavenger hunts, magic shows, and other activities. Fri., 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., San Francisco (regular price: $50/adult and $35/child, discounted price $40/adult and $28/child with promo code). Event details.

Harvest Festival and Artisan Crafts Fair
Playmates Cooperative Nursery School has been handling tots for 60 years and that’s a lot of handling. So they’re having a traffic-stopping party. It will be bigger and better than ever before as they are also closing off the street! Support the school by coming out for the festival and fair which will include all that great party fare like live music, crafts and games, a beer and wine garden, large jumpy house, and outside food vendors from local restaurants. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., San Francisco, free entrance/separate fees for some activities and food. Event details.


Halloween Carnival
Join the Twin Cities’ folks for their annual non-scary Halloween Carnival. A great place for your littlest littles who are maybe a little adverse to, say, zombies, spiders, and headless horsemen. The carnival includes a cakewalk, bouncy house, crafts, and games. Come in costume! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Corte Madera, free. Event details.

Family Explorers Bay Sail
Set sail on the seven… er, one sea (more of a bay, really) with the Headlands Institute and Call of the Sea. On this 2 ½ hour cruise, your family can hoist the mizenmast, sing chanteys, and learn a bit about bay ecology while taking in some awesome views. Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sausalito, $25/person. Event details.

Psst…Marin moms, Stretch the Imagination in Corte Madera is now a Reggio Emilia-based preschool and accepting Fall applications. Check out the Open House on Saturday for more details.

East Bay

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
Bring your bright ideas and thinking caps over to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Highlighting some urban homesteading’s finest endeavors, the Maker Faire will get those creative juices flowing. Next thing you know, you’ll be knitting all your holiday gifts. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Oakland, $15/adult, $10/child. Event details.

Family Extravaganza @ MOCHA
If you haven’t done your pumpkins yet, what better place to carve them up than an art museum? Come by MOCHA and turn those gourds into “Good!”  MOCHA: Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Oakland, $8/child. Event details.