Halloween is in the air! Gear up for the spookiest of holidays with pumpkin festivals, a monster bash and a haunted railroad—if you dare!

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San Francisco

Family Halloween Day
Randall Museum’s annual Family Halloween Day is back at the newly 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 and entertainment, pumpkin carving and more. Sat. Event details

Scaregrove returns to Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard) for a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and live entertainment. Fri. Event details

East Bay

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree
Come to Children’s Fairyland in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with rides, parades and goody bags. Pint-sized pirates will enjoy pirate school, balloon twisting and special performances. Arts and crafts will also be available. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Family Sundown SPOOKfari
Grab your tent, bring your family and get ready for an eerie overnight experience at Oakland Zoo! Take a trick-or-treat night tour through the zoo, make Halloween enrichment for the animals, meet creepy, crawly animals up close and more. This year’s program also includes a special, spooky evening performance in the Wildlife Theater. All participants are welcome to stay for the Boo at the Zoo festivities the following morning. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Haunted Railroad at Ardenwood
The Haunted Railroad takes your family on a spooky (not scary) train ride through the haunted forest at Ardenwood. This ride is designed for families with children under 12. Actors play cowboys, pirates, a witch and others; with colorful Halloween inflatables in between scenes (nothing will jump out or frighten young children). Fri.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Milpitas Pumpkins in the Park
This returning favorite treats you and the entire family to a frightfully fun afternoon. Break in your costumes as you enjoy the ghoulishly good time we have planned for you with a petting zoo, train rides, balloon animals and more. Sat. Event details

Grimms Hollow: The Shadow Circus
Grimm’s Hollow, in association with the Moreland Education Foundation, invites children and adults to join in for the latest fun-filled, spooky attraction that encourages visitors to enjoy the pumpkin patch, shop onsite artisans and make wizardly crafts while you wait to venture into the realm of magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Monster Bash
It’s a spooky, fun time at the Monster Bash! Throw on your costumes and come trick-or-treat at the crafty “Haunted Houses”, participate in games and arts and crafts and end the event with a race for pumpkin seeds during the Giant Pumpkin Seed Hunt.  Following the Monster Bash, march on down to Castro Street for the Central Business Association’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat event. Sat. Event details

Shoreline Lake Pumpkin Splash
Enjoy the pumpkin patch surrounded by hay bales on a beautiful lake setting. Visitors who come dressed up also have a chance to win a raffle ticket for an all-day boating pass. Along with locally grown pumpkins, there will be craft activities for children, a bounce house, boating passes, pumpkin painting and pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, an old-fashioned bake sale and many photo opportunities. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Halloween Family Farm Day
Family Farm Days are exciting four-hour programs featuring a wide variety of activities related to the day’s theme. Discover Slide Ranch’s feathered, furry and wooly friends with your whole family. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth