Finally, it’s candy time! The pumpkins, the costumes, the horror, the hyper! It all comes alive this weekend. Gather in Yerba Buena Gardens for their annual Halloween Walk. And check out Fairyland’s Jack o’ Lantern Jamboree for unlimited rides, treats, and tricks. At Tanforan’s Costume Parade and Contest, best dressed can win mall gift cards! It’s all Halloween, all the time in this weekend’s newsletter. Get dressed and get spooky.
PS – If the weather is decent, take advantage of the free pony rides at the all new Marin Country Mart Farmer’s Market.
Halloween Events, Berkeley
Lace up your Halloween boots for a Halloween Hike in Tilden Park. Part treasure hunt, part ghost stories, the kids will love to learn as they tread lightly in deep, dark forest. Then, take a ride on the Scary-Go-Round as the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round duds out in its best Halloween gear. At the UC Botanical Garden, walk the Halloween parade then hear creepy stories in a forest full of witches. It’s a scare a minute! Hike: Sat., 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Berkeley, free. Event details. Scary-Go-Round: Fri. – Sun., 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Berkeley, $2/ride. Botanical Garden: Sun., 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Berkeley, $10/person, $8/members, $3/additional child/family. Event details.
Piedmont Halloween Events
With gradations in horror, check out Piedmont’s Haunted House at the day and time that suits your littles. For ages 3 – 6, Wednesday’s “Lights On” option is supposed to be best. From there, things get creepier and creepier until Friday night’s “Darkness Reigns.” On Saturday, stroll Piedmont Ave. as part of their annual Halloween parade, then trip up to Mountain View Cemetery for the Pumpkin Festival with bouncy houses, clowns, hay-bale tunnels, and face painting. The fun is scary good in Piedmont this weekend. Haunted House: Weds. – Fri., times vary, Piedmont, $5/person. Event details. Parade: Sat., starts at 11 a.m., Piedmont, free. Event details. Festival: Sat., 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., Piedmont, free. Event details.
Halloween Happenings and Hoopla
San Mateo and Menlo Park are having some awesome Halloween parties. San Mateo’s Halloween Happenings promises a costume contest, games, and a haunted house. And in Menlo Park, check out their Halloween Hoopla with a parade, trick or treating, and arts and crafts. Big fun, big time! San Mateo: Sun., 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., San Mateo, haunted house $1. Event details. Menlo Park: Sat., 11:45 a.m., Menlo Park, free. Event details.
Gamble Garden Haunted House
Ooo, nothing says spooky like a haunted mansion. Check out the Gamble Garden haunted house, chock full of ghosts, goblins, and witches. But be sure to bring your big boys and girls—the haunted house is suitable for ages 4 and up. Younger kids can come earlier in the day before the lights go out. Fri., 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Palo Alto, $10/member, $15/non-member. Event details.
Randall Museum Halloween
Bring your little witches and weirdoes for more good time fun at the Randall. The museum hosts a Halloween perfectly suited for the tots with games, crafts, and pumpkin carving. Promising not to be too spooky or too sweet, this Halloween will be a party for the family. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, $3/suggested donation. Event details.
Halloween Carnivals, San Francisco
The carnivals at the Stonestown YMCA and the Richmond District Neighborhood Center promise to be a scare and a score, candy-wise. Get over to Stonestown for bouncy houses, candy, crafts, prizes, pumpkins, and games. And visit the Richmond district for cupcake decorating, crafts, fortune-telling, and trick or treating. Back at the fun bus; this is your stop! Stonestown: Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., San Francisco, $5/child, 2 and under free. Event details. Richmond: Sun., 12:00 – 3:30 p.m., San Francisco, free. Event details.
Halloween Carnival and Faire
The Strawberry Rec Center kicks off your Halloween weekend with their faire for the littles. Bring your 1 – 5s for candy, games, and prizes. Then, if there’s a little more bounce to your ounce, come by Marinwood’s Halloween Carnival with bouncy houses, face-painting, candy apples, and pumpkins to decorate. Don’t forget your costumes; you’ll want a disguise when you’re caught with your hand in the candy bag. Strawberry: Fri., 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Mill Valley, $8/child. Event details. Marinwood: Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Marin, $10 at door. Event details.
Haunted Pirate Manor
Yikes! What’s that sailing across the Seven Seas? It be the Haunted Pirate Manor at Falkirk. From cultural to creepy, Falkirk celebrates Halloween with ghouls from the deep. Come see who’s still residing in Davy Jones’s locker. If you dare.Thurs. – Sun., 6:30 – 12:00 a.m., (Oct. 28 closure 10:30 p.m.) San Rafael, $10/person. purchase tickets in advance on-line for discount. Event details.