This weekend is literally all about Halloween and we totally aren’t mad about it. Head up to Marin for a farmer’s market costume contest and then down to San Jose for trick-or-treating at the Winchester Mystery House. It’s going to be a spooky-good time!


San Francisco

Scaregrove returns to Stern Grove for a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, carnival rides, food for sale, live entertainment and more! $10 per person; children under 2 years old are free. Fri. Event details

Family Halloween Day
Randall Museum’s annual Family Halloween Day is back at the renovated museum on Corona Heights! The whole space will be filled with spooky, but not scary, delights for the Halloween season. Come in costume and join in the fun. Explore new areas of the museum for unexpected surprises while enjoying familiar favorites like Creepy Crafts, Ghoulish Games, Trick-or-Treating, Live Music & Entertainment, Pumpkin Carving and more. Sat. Event details

East Bay

Trick-or-Treat with the Animals
Come in costume and play games at the Arachnid Arcade, be frightened by some taxidermy in the “creepidermy” room and meet a mad scientist. Every child will receive their very own Lindsay Wildlife Howl-ooo-ween trick-or-treat bag. From meeting some not-so-scary animals, spooky story time and face painting to making crafts, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. Come hungry, because a food truck will be at Lindsay starting at 5 p.m. Fri. Event details

Fairyland’s Jack O’Lantern Jamboree
More delightful than frightful, more kooky than spooky—there’s no better place for family-friendly fall fun and games than Fairyland’s Jack O’Lantern Jamboree. Now in its 38th year, this annual Halloween-time tradition brings families in costumes to come enjoy a full roster of autumnal activities including goody bags, treat stations and bouncy jumpers for big and little kids. Sat.-Sun. Event details


Zoppe Family Circus
The Zoppé Italian Family Circus welcomes guests into an authentic one-ring circus tent, in Red Morton Park in Redwood City to see a special show honoring women. This one-ring circus honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition and stars Nino the Clown, along with many other thrilling, mostly women-based acts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Zoo Family Day
Join the Palo Alto Art Center for a free Zoo Family Day featuring a wide range of live animals from the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, animal-themed art-making projects, baby sign language story time and sing along, a scavenger hunt, a traditional lion dance, and pet adoption sign ups. Sun. Event details

South Bay

Trick-or-Treat Trail at the Winchester Mystery House
Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to the Winchester Mystery House for a family friendly trick-or-treat trail! Visitors will wind their way through the gardens of Sarah Winchester’s property in search of candy, tricks and treats from caretakers of the Estate. There will also be games, bouncy houses and additional family-friendly activities at the end of the trail. Sat. Event details

Haunt History Park
With History Park decorated for the season, children get to experience the fun of trick-or-treating in a small town atmosphere, while safely walking down the streets of History Park or riding the historic trolley. Cultural partners at History Park celebrate and share their perspective of the season in their own, unique way. Sun. Event details

North Bay

Tam Valley Haunted House
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: 3-4:30 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Halloween Festival at the Farmer’s Market
Meet at the Farmers Market on for the annual Halloween Festival! There will be costume contests for kids and dogs, with a special appearance from Hugo, the Mart Mascot! Plus—guess the weight of the giant pumpkin for a prize, plus fun and games galore! Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth