There will be no shortage of tricks or treats this weekend! Kids can do some early trick-or-treating at the Spooktacular Halloween Party, and before the Munchkin Masquerade Parade. Little ones in costumes can choose their own pumpkins, and explore a hay-bale tunnel at the 7th Annual Pumpkin Festival. And ghosts will make excellent hosts at the Halloween Haunted House!

San Francisco

Spooktacular Halloween Party
Kids can get sweets while trick-or-treating, and have a great time playing games. There will also be a bounce house, arts and crafts, face painting and temporary tattoos. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

JamBand Family Festival
This popular festival will feature the music of local favorite and nationally acclaimed Charity and the JamBand, along with Hullabaloo and a Halloween party.  The mosh pit will be hoppin’ and jumpin’…guaranteed. Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

7th Annual Pumpkin Festival
At the end of Piedmont Avenue the cemetery will be changed into a pumpkin patch meadow. Kids will choose a pumpkin, and enjoy bounce houses, a hay-bale tunnel, face painting and arts & crafts. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Munchkin Masquerade Parade
Kids will enjoy trick or treating from vendor to vendor. There will also be music and story time demos throughout the event. And it will all be capped off with the parade, where the kids get to march around in their costumes! Sun., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Walnut Creek. Free. Ages 0-10.  Event details.


Harvest Festival
There will be events and activities for all ages in a gorgeous landscape with views of the Bay. Kids will like the obstacle course, cupcake walk, pumpkin game, bounce house and tractor rides! Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Annual Trick-or-Treat Day
Kids will have the exciting opportunity to fill up their bags with treats and goodies from all participating Town Center merchants. All kids will be given complimentary trick-or-treat bags, while supplies last. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.


Halloween Spooktacular
Kids will be thrilled by the carnival games, will show off their Halloween costumes in a parade and explore their way through the mysterious Monster Maze. They can also create festive fall crafts and indulge in Transylvanian Treats! Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Redwood City. $5 per child. All ages. Event details.

Halloween Haunted House
The witches and goblins will appear live at Gamble Garden Mansion ready to meet everyone! The volunteer witches will be ready to lead games and activities at this safe Halloween venue. Costumes are encouraged! Sun., 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Palo Alto. $15 per non-member. $10 per member. Ages 4-10. Event details.

What is your family planning to do this weekend? Let us know below!

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Lynn Chung-Tran & the 7th Annual Pumpkin Festival