It’s scary how many Halloween events there are! Things get a little spooky at the Supernatural Halloween Party in San Francisco. And you can always come join the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree in Oakland. Add a sweet note to the weekend with treats from the Marin Country Mart Halloween Carnival in Larkspur.

San Francisco

JAMband’s October  Halloween Bash!
Our final show in the series features a Costume Parade, followed by the award-winning, dance-inspiring, groovy family rock and roll of Charity and the JAMband. Enjoy Park Chalet BBQ and beverages while you sing your hearts out and rock your socks off on the grassy lawn…in costume this time! Sun., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm San Francisco.  All ages. Event details.

Supernatural Halloween Party
Trick-or-treat your way through the Academy of Science at night, among “spook-tacular” animals, creepy specimens, and more. This fun-filled evening for all ages includes a costume parade, a live performance by the Crunchy Frog band, fanciful face painting by local Cirque du Soleil-style artists, a complimentary kid-friendly dinner, beverages, and ghoulishly good hands-on family fun. Proceeds from this special event help to support the Academy’s educational outreach activities. Sat., 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. San Francisco. $50/adults, $35/kids (0-17). All ages. Event details.

Cirque Du Soleil TOTEM
Get ready ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Cirque du Soleil TOTEM returns to the Bay Area this Fall with its latest big top show! The mind-boggling show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve onstage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Now get ready to grab your kiddos and dive into the magical world of TOTEM. Wed., 8:00 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

East Bay

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree
With more treats than tricks, this fun event just for kiddos will surely entertain your little ones. There will be face painting, balloon twisting, parades, goodie bags, treat stations, costume parades, unlimited rides, free giveaways, and the spooktacular Old West Junction Ghost Town!  No passes of any kind will be accepted. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Oakland. $5/members. $10/non-members. All ages. Event details.

Sunvalley Trick-or-Treating
Put candy on your shopping list this Halloween! Sunvalley Shopping Center will be hosting two hours of Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and State Farm will provide Sunvalley with 1,000 trick-or-treat bags. You can pick yours up at Guest Services, or select children’s stores at the mall. Mon.,  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Concord. Free. All ages. Event details.


Strawberry Rec Halloween Faire
Come in costume to celebrate All-Hallows-Eve with other wizards, witches, ferries, astronauts, and cartoon characters. Play carnival games, go in the jumpy house, enjoy the candy and prize hunt, and participate in the costume parade!  Fri., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. $8/child. Ages 0 – 6. Event details.

Marin Country Mart Halloween Carnival
Enjoy ghost storytelling, music by Tim Cain, face painting, a Halloween puppet show, and costume parade. Kids and parents can enter the pumpkin carving contest, too! Bring carved pumpkins to the big tent by 10:00 am that morning. There will also be Halloween crafts, treat bag making, pumpkin decorating, a hay maze, and cake and ice cream for all. Treat yourself to a fun day! Sat., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.


Slither & Squeak at CuriOdyssey
Discover the science behind the spooky things you see at Halloween! Museum educators will expose haunted house tricks of the trade, and reveal how those creepy, scary things happen. Wear your costume and meet nocturnal animals, experiment hands-on with spooky science, and take part in science-inspired trick-or-treating! Food will be available to purchase from local food trucks! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fri.,  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  San Mateo. See website for pricing.  All ages. Event details.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin Live Show
Watch a fascinating, live theatre performance based on the book by Laura Numeroff, If You Give a Moose a Muffin! If a big, hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. Has this ever happened at your house? In this hilarious sequel to The Magik Theatre’s 2009 runaway hit If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Sun., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Redwood City. $20/adult, $15/child. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Fairy Tale Wanderer’s Way
The lovely grounds of the East Bay Waldorf School will be transformed into a magical world of fairy tales and gentle spirits. An angel will guide you along pumpkin-lit paths as you discover a delightful array of storytellers, fanciful creatures, and ethereal music. Small treasures will be offered to your children along the way. Guided group tours leave every 10 minutes from 5:30 pm – 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required; please call 510-223-3570 x 2101 for a time slot. Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. El Sobrante. $5/general. 2 and under, free. Ages 0 – 10. Event details.

Green Halloween at Adobe Pumpkin Farm
Adobe Pumpkin Farm is a thirty acre farm full of family-friendly fun, including animals, tractor rides, a corn maze, haunted barn, shops, and food vendors. You can cut your own flowers, and of course there are plenty of pumpkins for all!  Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Petaluma. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman