This weekend kicks of tons of Halloween events around the Bay Area so now is the time to bust out that costume (and your accompanying face mask). There’s something spooky in the air and we are here for it!

The CDC has specific recommendations in place for Halloween 2020. We have updated our information to the best of our knowledge, but as we’ve learned in 2020, changes can happen at the last minute, so please check with your local city and county to get the most up-to-date info. on what is allowed in your area. Even if you can’t trick-or-treat, there are lots of fun ways to celebrate with the kids

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The Golden Gate Park Observation Wheel Is Open
Book your 12-minute ride in one of the 36 fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, which each seat six people. Reservations are required. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Halloween Food Drive-Thru Spooktacular
Wear your costumes and prepare to be spooked with family-friendly haunted surprises and activities all while staying inside your car. From pumpkin and ghost-themed candy apples to black and orange cotton candy, the Halloween Fair Food Drive-Thru Spooktacular will have it all! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Sloth-oween at the SF Zoo
You’re invited to come dressed in Halloween costumes (and masks!) to celebrate Sloth-oween at the zoo! Enjoy a self-guided walk around the zoo to find our five sloth-themed haunted houses, including “Franken-sloth’s Fort,” where you will learn some creepy facts about sloths. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Boo at the Oakland Zoo
Grab a program as you enter the Zoo and follow the clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt to find all the costumed pink flamingos hidden throughout the Zoo. Instead of trick or treating in the Zoo this year, they are  handing out pre-stuffed goodie bags to all children. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Goblin Jamboree
Hoist the anchor and cruise on over to BADM transformed into a family-friendly spooky spectacular that will get everyone in the Halloween spirit! Goblin Jamboree has been reimagined into a week-long celebration packed with spooky programs and frightful delights. Reservations required. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Bill’s Backyard Is Open at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose will open Bill’s Backyard, the museum’s half-acre outdoor play space, with a three-day a week schedule every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the foreseeable future. Reservations are required for the two play sessions per day: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., with an hour cleaning break between sessions. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play a Round of Mini Golf
Head to downtown Walnut Creek for some putt putt. The 18-hole course is open Tuesday-Sunday. Event details.

CuriOdyssey’s Autumn Nights Festival
Celebrate the spirit of Halloween every Friday and Saturday night in October at CuriOdyssey’s Autumn Nights, a glowing harvest festival for families! Dance to spooky music and explore a land of creepy and fun jack-o-lanterns. Meet animals up-close and see them enjoy Halloween-themed wildlife enrichment. Fri.-Sat. Event details

Zoppe Italian Family Circus Drive-In
The Zoppé Italian Family Circus welcomes guests into a classic drive-in style event for their 2020 performance. For 2020, Zoppé brings a show timely referred to as “The Show Must Go On”. This one-ring circus honors the best history of their 178 year old Old-World Italian tradition and stars Nino the Clown, along with many other thrilling acts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Pumpkin Patch & Petting Zoo Are Open
Head to Lemos Farm this weekend for some autumnal fun! Advance-purchase admission tickets are required and available online. Purchase either a morning or afternoon pass. Pick your pumpkin, ride the train and meet the animals. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Aquarium of the Bay Is Reopening
PIER 39’s Aquarium will be opening with limited hours and timed tickets so purchase yours online before you go. Plan your visit today. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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