Hooray, Halloween weekend is finally here! While we might not get to party with all of our crew this year, this weekend is still going to be totally epic. There are movie nights, parties at the zoo, spooky haunted houses and more. Find your fun below!

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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Halowe’en Flashlight Tours at the Winchester Mystery House
Hallowe’en Is Not Cancelled at the Winchester Mystery House, but it does look a little different this year! The Hallowe’en Flashlight Tour is a self-guided evening tour that allows brave guests to explore the dark halls of the mansion while hearing unnerving stories of the home’s haunted history. It is a rare chance to glimpse one of the world’s most alleged haunted mansions at night…all alone! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Halloween Jam at Children’s Fairyland
More delightful than frightful, more kooky than spooky​, the festivities will be a little different this year, but Children’s Fairyland will still have plenty of decked-out sets to wow your little ones.​ Kids can march in a physically-distanced Monster Mash Parade and collect their own special surprise treat at the end! Parades happen twice daily, after each session. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Dinner, Drive-In Movie & Halloween Parade
Par 3 at Poplar Creek is hosting a safe and fun Halloween event in the great outdoors!  With Dinner & Parade or the Drive-In, Dine-Out & Parade experience—there are two great ways to celebrate. The festivities start at 5 p.m. with a kids costume parade and at 6 p.m. the Drive-In Movie begins with a showing of the blockbuster hit Goosebumps 2 – A Haunted Halloween. Sat. Event details

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

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

—Kate Loweth

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