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10 Best Not-So-Scary Halloween Events For Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area

Published Oct 1, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Get in the Halloween spirit this year by taking the family to these spookiest events! Here's the top kid friendly Halloween events in the Bay Area for 2019.

It is never too early to start planning for spooktacular times, and this October there are so many exciting events from face painting, pumpkin carving, spooky houses, and trick-or-treating! 

Spend your weekends getting in the Halloween spirit. Any of these events will do the trick.

1. ZOOtoberfest - San Francisco

Go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens!

When: Every weekend in October 
Where: San Francisco Zoo

2. Goblin Jamboree - Sausalito

Don your best costumes and celebrate Halloween at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree. This is an annual festival for children and families. There will be a cauldron of spooky themed programs and activities to entertain your entire family.

When: Saturday & Sunday October 19-20, 10am-4:30pm
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum
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3. The Great Pumpkin Fest - Santa Clara

The Great Pumpkin Fest includes Halloween activities for kids and the entire family. Kids 12 and under can wear their costumes and Trick-or-Treat with the PEANUTS Gang, race through a hay maze, decorate mini pumpkins, color PEANUTS pictures, dance in a foam pit and more.

When: Select weekends from September 28 to November 3
Where: California's Great America
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4. Halloween Hoopla Parade & Spooky Carnival - Menlo Park

Come in costume and participate in the parade to Fremont Park. Participants will receive a bag to trick-or-treat through Downtown Menlo Park at participating stores. Fremont Park will also host carnival games, crafts, and magic show from 11am to 2pm.

When: Saturday October 26
Where: Parade from Menlo Park to Fremont Park

5. SuperNatural Halloween - San Francisco

Grab your favorite costume and have yourself a ghoulishly good time as you trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among spooktacular animals and spine-tingling specimens! There will be magic shows, face painting, crafts, dancing, pumpkin carving, and much much more.

When: Saturday October 26, 5pm-9pm
Where: California Academy of Sciences

6. Howl-ooo-ween - Walnut Creek

Trick or treat with the animals at Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s most popular event! Show up in costume and enjoy face painting, a costume parade, spooky story time, and the Arachnid Arcade, followed by a visit to some of the resident animals. This year's event features a Mad Scientist room!

When: Thursday October 25th, 2018 5:30pm-8pm
Where: Lindsay Wildlife Museum
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7. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Halloween Hoopla - San Francisco

Enjoy interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their parents, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch display! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween costumes.

When: Sunday October 27 from Noon-2pm
Where: Children's Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens
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8. Monster Bash - Mountain View

Everyone is invited to this free family event! With great crafts, games, prizes, and more, be sure to throw on your best costumes and bring your whole family and friends for a scary good time. Kids can trick-or-treat in the Haunted House and search for treats in the Great Pumpkin Seed Hunt. 

When: Saturday October 26 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Pioneer Park
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9. Boo at the Zoo - Oakland

Stroll the Zoo in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train and join the dance party. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket.

When: Weekend of October 26-27 from 10am-3pm
Where: Oakland Zoo
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10. The Pumpkin Train - Los Gatos

The train runs through the pumpkin patch at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. Pick from a variety of locally grown pumpkins; then enjoy evening rides on the train and carousel!

When: Fridays through Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm during the last three weekends of October
Where: Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad
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Looking for more Halloween Events in the Bay Area? You can visit our popular Halloween Events page.

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