It’s Halloween weekend which means plenty of spooky fun, but the Bay Area also boasts a host of fun that is costume-optional. From skeleton dances to kayaking voyages to free day at one of SF’s favorite museums, this weekend you calendar will look anything but scary.

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San Francisco

Tiny Tot Trick-or-Treat & Parade
Get those costumes on early to celebrate Halloween with the littles. Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, games and a tiny-tot parade down Chestnut Street to trick-or-treat the local merchants. Fri., 10 a.m.–noon. Marina. Free. 0-5. Event details.

Halloween at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market
Put on your costumes join CUESA and the Ferry Building in celebrating the fall harvest. Get heirloom pumpkins and apples, healthy holiday snacks, and locally made sweets for Halloween entertaining at the Farmers Market. Bring your kids in costume to visit the CUESA Info Booth for a special treat, and enjoy pumpkin decorating, face painting and music. Sat., 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Ferry Plaza/Embarcadero. Free. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Magic Show at the Buddy Club
Get some fun in before your trick-or-treating and head to the Buddy Club to see an amazing Halloween magic show unlike any other. See magicians and mentalist perform mesmerizing acts. Sat., 2-3 p.m. Noe Valley. $10. All ages. Event details.

Free First Sunday at Asian Art Museum
Spend your Sunday at the Asian Art Museum. Part of Target’s First Free Sunday program, the museum is open, totally free, and totally awesome. In addition to touring the regular galleries and exhibits there will be storytelling sessions throughout the day, architecture tours, and even a family friendly yoga class! Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Halloween Carnival
Bring the whole family down to the Albany Community Center for games, activities, cookie decorating, and prizes galore! It’s sure to be a scary good time for all. Prizes awarded to everyone that arrives in costume. Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Albany. Free. All ages. Event details.

Boo! Barks, Brews + Bites
Pets and their humans are invited to enjoy a Halloween celebration on the Oakland waterfront with tricks, treats, frights and delights. Paw painting for pups, a pet psychic, pooch photo booths, bobbing for bones, people & pooch crafts, pumpkin decorating, doggy treats, pet tricks, a pet costume contest and more! Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Creepy Crawlies at the Shoreline
From snakes to butterflies to mysterious underwater friends, meet some creepy crawly animals at the shoreline for some Halloween fun. Sat., 11 a.m.–noon. Hayward. $5. 6 and up. Event details.

Celebration of Mind, Halloween Edition
For puzzle and game-loving kids, the Celebration of the Mind, Halloween edition is just the trick. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, dress them as a Lewis Carroll character and head over to celebrate math. Kids will love the Bottle Blastoff, the Weird 3D Objects display, and all of the games and toys that marry wonder, math and magic. Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Mountain View Monster Bash
Celebrate Halloween with your family, friends and neighbors at the Mountain View Monster Bash! An outdoor showing of The Boxtrolls (bring your blankets and low back chairs) will be featured along with Halloween games, music and light refreshments. Movie will start at approx. 6:30 p.m. Come in costume! Fri., 5–8 p.m. Mountain View. Free. All ages. Event details.

Redwood City’s Dia de Los Muertos
Honor the dead with a parade and party in downtown Redwood City and help raise funds for the library! With plenty of kids activities, food, music, vendors, and crafts this event could go all night (but it won’t). The San Mateo County History Museum will hold an altar contest, and a traditional procession beginning just after 6 p.m. Sun., 5 p.m. Downtown Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Down By the Bay 5k and Tot Trot
Get dressed in your Halloween best one more time and head to Baylands Park in Sunnyvale for spooktacular costume fun runs! Runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome! After you cross the finish line head to the Family Activities area for refreshments, games and more. All proceeds benefit the Mt. View Parent Nursery School. Sun., 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunnyvale. $12-$35. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Disney Winnie the Pooh Kids
Your little honey bears will love this production just for them of Disney Winnie the Pooh KIDS, based on the A.A. Milne characters and the Disney animated film. Delight in Pooh’s search for honey, meet his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl as they work together to rescue Christopher Robin. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. San Jose. $6-$15. All ages. Event details.

Trick-or-Treat Willow Glen
In San Jose’s Willow Glen area, the merchants along Lincoln Ave. between Minnesota and Willow host a trick-or-treat session during the day. Babes-in-arms/strollers; toddlers, and preschoolers can head over from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and the school aged crowd can trick-or-treat from 3-4:30 p.m. Fri.. 30, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 3–4:30 p.m.  San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown Morgan Hill Safe Trick-or-Treat
Join local families and stroll the streets of downtown Morgan Hill. Closed to traffic so kids can trick-or-treat at local businesses, who provide candy. It’s a great and safe way to enjoy Halloween. Sat., 5–7 p.m. Morgan Hill. 0–12.Event details.

Thomas & Percy’s Halloween Party
This weekend is your last chance to attend the party. Kiddos can wear their Halloween costumes, play Thomas- and Percy-themed activities, including the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy. Plus meet  Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, and enjoy art & crafts, storytelling and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Felton. $20-$24; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Halloween Fun at the Marin Country Mart
The Marin Country Mart is hosting a totally awesome two-day Halloween party and all your little pumpkins are invited. On Fri., Oct. 30 kids can dress up and go trick-or-treating at local merchants. There will be a costume contest at 4 p.m. And on Halloween day, don’t miss the Pup Parade at 11 a.m. where pooches with the best outfits will win prizes for their owners. And the Farmer’s Market will feature Halloween activities from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. including caramel apple making, pony rides, apple pressing, face painting, Halloween arts and crafts and more. Fri., 4-6 p.m. & Sat., 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Sausalito
Nobody does Halloween like the town of Sausalito. Join the community for a haunted house at City Hall, a firefighter’s BBQ at the Johnson St. Firehouse, a parade down Caledonia St.(6 p.m.), trick-or-treating at Robin Sweeny Park and even a dog costume contest. It’s a howling good time. Sat., 4:15-7 p.m. Sausalito. Free. Haunted house costs $5/person. All ages. Event details.

Kayak Voyage
Join Ranger staff in exploring the beautiful White House Pool area where Lagunitas Creek meets Tomales Bay.Get a historic overview of the area, discuss the wildlife and learn about current conservation efforts, all while kayaking the beautiful estuary. Bring wa ter and your own kayak; some snacks and water provided. Sun., noon-3 p.m. Pt. Reyes Station. Free. All ages. Event details.

Further North
FUNtazmagoria at CMSC
Enjoy a fun-filled day of fall festivities at the newly opened Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s FUNtazmagoria! Let your child explore and play, participate in a costume parade, witness a “Pumpkin Plop,” watch a pumpkin carving demo, plus art projects, face painting and a creepy, crawl-able cardboard maze. Sat., 10 a.m.–1;30 p.m. Santa Rosa. $10. 0-10. Event details.

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