Finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for! Get the kids in costume and get ready for all of that candy, candy, candy! If your littles are feeling more spooky than sweet, dress warmly and take a walk through the haunted Presidio, or head up to Crockett and take a room at the Zombie Hotel. Check out the nautical spirits on the “Grey Ghost” and teach them to boogie. The Exploratorium breaks in with some Halloween science and creeps (Note to parents: the cash bar opens at 5:00 p.m. Trick or treat!). For a ‘Wicked’ good time, Zeum is celebrating all things Oz on Saturday with a costume contest and free carousel rides. And if you’re up north, drop by Coppola Winery for some fun at their Halloween Carnival. If it weren’t billed as a party for kids, we’d hope FFC himself would turn up and show “Apocalypse Now”. “The horror… the horror…”
Marin & North Bay
EXPLORE: Tomales Bay
A 13-mile long finger of water jutting inland, Tomales Bay provides a calm, quiet haven an hour north of San Francisco, where the water’s often warm enough to swim and the local bounty makes for perfect picnics. Pile the fam in the car and make the drive north for a peaceful day trip or weekender. Read More.
Tree Frogs Tidepool
Join Tree Frog Treks for this look into the tidepools at Duxbury Reef in Bolinas. Full of sea life that will awe and interest your kids, take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a guided tour into these little worlds. Sun., Nov. 1, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Duxbury Reef, Bolinas; ages 4 and up only, $25/person
The Littlest Ghosts
Bring your tiny tots by Yerba Buena Gardens for the 9th Annual Gardens Halloween Costume Walk. With games, live music, and trick or treating at the local merchants (Beard Papa!), this is sure to be one of the best walks in the park your kids take. They might not even mind the stroller! Sat., Oct. 31, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Music for the Dead
The SF Symphony has just the thing for those sugar blues—a little “pick me up” music that is sure to wake the dead. Join the Dia de los Muertos festivities at Davies Hall and catch the concert as well as refreshments and arts and crafts. Sun., Nov. 1, pre-concert activities start at 1:00 p.m., Davies Hall, San Francisco; see website for ticket prices.
Put the “wee” back in Halloween
Habitot does Halloween just right for the pre-school set with mini-golf, ghost kites, and scary stories. Bring your not-quite-ready-for-prime-time players over (in costume) to Habitot for some daytime Halloween fun. Sat., Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Habitot, Berkeley, general admission $8.50/person
Black Cats and Devil Dogs
Really, all manner of animals are sure to be on hand when your kids trick or treat Oakland’s SPCA. Visit these fur goblins and the fun just around the corner—there’ll be candy scavenger hunts, games, and arts and crafts. Not to mention, of course, cold, wet noses, tail wagging, and some under-the-chin scratching and tummy rubs. Sat., Oct. 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., East Bay SPCA, Oakland