Halloween is almost here! It is the perfect time to take the family out for some harvest fun and visit pumpkin patches, apple picking, fall festivals and more. And because Halloween falls on the middle of the week, that means you’ve got the whole weekend before to celebrate the highlight of the fall season. To find fun Halloween events in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Red Tricycle’s events calendar for a full run down on family-friendly activities in the Bay Area.

 1. Pumpkin Patches in the San Francisco Bay Area
Pumpkin patches are magical because they combine all the smells, tastes, sounds, and sites of the season in one place the entire family can enjoy. Here’s a selection of pumpkin patches from across the Bay Area, where you’re sure to meet the future Jack-o-Lantern of your nightmares!

2. Start a Halloween “Boo Bag” Tradition
Haven’t heard of “Boo Bags”? It’s the Halloween craze that’s sweeping the nation–one neighborhood at a time. Check out the details on how you can get in on this boo-tastic tradition and start making your own boo bags for your friends and neighbors this Halloween.

3. Halloween Night Hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area
Designed with the family in mind, these slightly spooky hiking trails will get your little ones to explore parks and open spaces after sunset to learn about creatures that go bump and swoop in the dark.

4. Harvest Season Happenings in the Bay Area
Corn mazes, hay rides, and pumpkins, oh my! The Bay Area sure knows how to celebrate the Harvest season right. All of these events are kid-friendly, and many include music, games, parades and more!

5. Costume Shops in the Bay Area
Haven’t yet picked out the perfect costume? Don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas on where to shop for an awesome Halloween costume for your little one in the Bay Area.

6. 10 Halloween Tricks for Gluten or Allergy Suffering Kids
Does your child suffer from gluten or food allergies? From candy-swaps and toy barters, to collecting for a cause and candy experiments, here are 10 of our favorite tricks to help your little one enjoy some Halloween Treats.

7. Autumn Hikes
Let’s be honest, with the influx of candy you’re about to consume, a little hike will do your body good! Plus, fall is a great time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors. There are lots of great places to explore, many of them less crowded because of the off-season. We’ve dug up 10 of the best spots in the Bay Area to take a stroll so take a look!

8. Where to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Bay Area
Fall in the the Bay Area is making its much anticipated arrival. The Bay Area offers some great spots to kick piles of colorful leaves, pluck autumn fruits off their orchards and watch big leaf maples don yellow colors with the season.

9. Spooky (And Thrilling) Haunted Houses
While we can’t say you’ll meet any ghostly apparitions at any of these haunted locations, they sure are spooky enough to give you and your kids a spine-tingling good time. Just the stories you’ll hear about these haunted houses will be enough to give the kids a thrill long after they’ve left the property.

10. 70 Things to Do With Kids in San Francisco This Fall
And if you’re still lacking ideas on what to do this Halloween and fall season, then take a gander at our list compiled by the Red Tricycle editors for 70 things to keep your kids happy, busy, and entertained during the always-wonderful autumn in the Bay Area.

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