Family Halloween Events & Fall Festivals in Marin & the Bay Area

October 20, 2015

Halloween Girls in Witch CostumesHalloween is one of our favorite holidays, and there's so much family fun to be had at this time of year. Find the Halloween event or fall festival that's right for you! We'll keep updating our list of events for Marin and beyond as we find more this fall. If you have an event you'd like to see added to the list, please contact us.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday and Sunday, October 24–25, 11 am–5 pm
    The 9th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway, which was famous for its pumpkin patch. In addition to pumpkins and fall decorative items for sale, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a giant straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under; free for Sonoma County Regional Parks members. Parking for non-members is $7. School field trips may be scheduled on October 9–10 and 15–17 from 9 am–3 pm. For more info, call (707) 565-2041 or visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 23–25

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Nightmares"! Dare to enter into a world of your worst nightmares and see if you can survive from one terrifying room to the next! The Haunted House has three different tours: 3:30–4:30 pm Not Scary, for children under 8 with all the lights on and a fun tour of the different areas; 5-6:30 pm Scary, for children over 9; closed 6:30–7:30 pm to feed the volunteer monsters then back open 7:30–9 pm for a truly horrifying experience. Cost: $5 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 23, 4-6 pm

    Bring your children to the Community Center Parking Lot for a fun, safe and community Halloween event!Face painting, Naughty Dawg Food Truck, Treating, Games & more! Free admission. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    October 23-25, 4 and 6:30 pm

    It's a spooktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Magic Mike as amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3 to 103. Two performances. Cost: $9 general, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Carnival
    Twin Cities Community Preschool, Corte Madera
    Saturday, October 24, 10 am–2 pm

    The Twin Cities Community Preschool presents a non-scary Halloween carnival for preschool through elementary aged children. Activities include games, photo booth and arts and crafts. There will also be food available. Free admission; game tickets for sale. Location: 56 Mohawk Avenue in Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green Faire
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for the first Scream on the Green Faire weekend in Downtown Novato. Activities include: Safe trick-or-treating downtown on Saturday from 11am–1 pm, a haunted house, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, live music, children's play area, and food and beverages. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mountain School Apple Faire
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, October 24, 10 am-1 pm
    Fun activities include: carnival games, prizes, puppet show, Fairy-Gnome maze, kid-friendly crafts. Food offerings include gourmet sandwiches from Farm House Local restaurant, Apple home-baked treats and a cake/pie raffle. All ages welcome but created with ages 3-7 in mind. Location: 50 El Camino Drive, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Free Junior Chef Class: Halloween Party!
    Williams-Sonoma, Corte Madera
    Saturday, October 24, 10 am

    Calling all ghosts and goblins! Let’s throw a party and serve some bewitching treats. We’ll make cheesy crackers, popcorn balls and Halloween cookies that you can decorate as you please. Suitable for ages 5–13. Call the store to reserve your spot (415) 924-6799. Location: The Village at Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, October 24, 11 am–2 pm

    The Downtown Novato Business Association will host its annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event along Grant Avenue in downtown Novato. Every year this Halloween event is popular with kids and their parents. Businesses along Grant Avenue will give out candy and there will be a variety of other fun activities at various locations downtown. This is a fun event for the entire family. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Riding Club presents: Horse Hallow
    Marin Headlands, Fort Barry
    Saturday, October 24, 11 am-4 pm
    This free community event is for the entire family. Horse around with the PRC stabels for hands-on Halloween festivities. Activities include: bean bag toss, kids costume contest, arts and crafts, Paint the Horses from 11:30 am-2:30 pm, and a BBQ at the stables from 12-3 pm. There will be a special spectator even at Horse Hallow Areana 2:30-3:30 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Saint Raphael School Halloween Festival and Haunted house
    San Rafael
    Saturday, October 24, noon-4 pm

    Games, food and a haunted house. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 454-4455 or visit their website.
  • Trick or Treat on Fourth Street
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, October 24, 1–3 pm

    Costumed children enjoy treats from downtown merchants, a San Rafael tradition. Come to the City Plaza on Fourth Street between Lootens and A street for a trick or treat bag and enjoy visitng our participating merchants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes!
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 24, 2–10 pm

    The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music, and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their jack-o-lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. $10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner. Bring your favorite plate of food if you would like to take part in the potluck. Admission: $20 per person and $15 for farm members. Includes pumpkin. Purchase tickets here. Location: 3796 I Street, Ext, Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765-1202 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Ghost Craft
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 24, 2-3 pm

    Join us for a family Halloween craft program. Learn how to make a scary mini ghost; using cheesecloth, glue and spray starch. Let your inner spook come out! Children 5 and under must have adult supervision. If you have any questions about this free program, please call the Library at 415-473-6058. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427, San Rafael. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Strawberry Village Trick-or-Treat and Dog Costume Parade
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, October 24, 3-6 pm

    Free trick-or-treating for kids at participating stores. Pet costume contest and parade at 5 pm. To benefit Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue. Register your pet at Woodlands Pet Food & Treats now through Oct. 24. For more info, visit their website.
  • Graveyard Stroll
    Lucas Valley Field, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 24, 7–9:30 pm

    Join rangers for a head start on Halloween! Experience this one-of-a kind program that uncovers one of Marin’s most interesting but little known cemeteries. All treats (and tricks) are free. This event is ideal for all ages. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight, and treat bag. Hot chocolate and snacks provided. Heavy rain will cancel the event. Questions: Contact Supervising Ranger Craig Solin at (415) 473-2816. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, October 25, 10 am–5 pm

    This month, the Marine Mammal Center celebrates Halloween with a creepy collection of stories about the animals that live in the deepest parts of the ocean! Learn how elephant seals can dive to 5,000 feet and stay underwater for two hours at a time without imploding (!), find out how a sperm whale searches for its nemesis, the mysterious giant squid, and discover more about spooky looking animals like the Vampire Squid and Goblin Shark. Free admission. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • WOW! Jumping Jacks Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 25, 11 am–12:30 pm

    Come in costume to celebrate All Hallows Eve with other wizards, witches, fairies, astronauts, and cartoon characters. Play carnival games, bounce in the jump house, enjoy the candy and prize hunt and costume parade! Fee: $8 per child; no charge for adults. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jeepers Jack-O-Lanterns
    Paradise Beach Park, TIburon
    Sunday, October 25, 11 am–1 pm

    Join ranger staff at Paradise Beach Park in carving your own spooky Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween! A limited amount of pumpkins will be available (or you’re welcome to bring your own). This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. We will provide supplies, smocks, and healthy snacks. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Park entrance is waived for participants.Questions: Contact Ranger Sarah Burkhart at Meet at the fishing pier. Park entrance is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Town Center's Trick-or-Treat Day for Kids
    Town Center Corte Madera
    Sunday, October 25,  noon–3 pm

    Calling all witches, ghosts, princesses and superheroes! The Center will come alive with laughter and fun for kids who will be able to fill their treat bags with special goodies provided by participating Town Center merchants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make a Sugar Skull Halloween Cake
    Cake Art, San Rafael,
    Sunday, October 25, 1–3 pm

    Cast an enchanting spell on your family and friends with this spooky Halloween treat. First fill, stack and decorate a two layer cake using delicious chocolate fudge icing and specialty Halloween candies. Then add a chilling touch on top of your cake with a sugar skull lantern. Then, add a tea light underneath to light up your sugar skull. Cider and cookies will be served. All ages welcome. Cost: $55. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Storytime for Ages 3-6
    Corte Madera Library
    Wednesday, October 28 at 11 am

    Bring the kiddos (ages 3-6) for some spooky stories and fun. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Movie: Monster University
    Sausalito Library, Edgewater Room
    Wednesday, October 28, 3 pm

    This movie is for kids of all ages. Come and enjoy Pixar's Monsters University. Free. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spooky Stories
    Corte Madera Library
    Wednesday, October 28, 7 – 7:30pm

    For ages 4 and up, a special storytime of spooky stories. Wear a costume! (Please leave little ones safe at home). Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Magician Timothy James
    Belvedere-Tiburon Libary
    Thursday, October 29, 4 pm

    Marvel at the magical skills of magician Timothy James. For ages 5 and up. For more info about this library event, please visit their website.
  • Goblin's Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat
    San Anselmo
    Thursday, October 29, 5–7 pm

    Put on your costume and trick-or-treat on San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and Tamalpais. For more info, visit their website.
  • Monster Mash
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Thursday, October 29, 6 – 8pm

    Come release your inner spook at the Civic Center Library’s first Monster Mash Family Halloween celebration. You can wear your favorite costume or your regular daytime disguise, but bring your dancing shoes. Music will be provided by Goodtime DJ, Mark Power. Free. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive # 427, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make an Edible Halloween Haunted House
    Cake Art, San Rafael
    Friday, October 30, 6:30–8 pm 

    Trick or Treat! Get ready for Halloween by decorating a Chocolate Cookie Dough house! Construct white chocolate and fondant ghosts and skeletons. ‘Landscape’ your yard with cookie crumb graves, fondant gravestones, candy bones. Light your house using tea lights. Come for a thrilling, chilling time as we decorate while listening to eerie music amongst lighted pumpkins and candles! Cider and cookies will be served. Great parent/child (one house) class. All ages welcome. $50.00 Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, October 31, 9 am-2 pm

    Bring the kiddos for an old-fashioned Halloween Festival. Activities include: kids music, make your own caramel apples, face painting, pony rides, crafts, and an organic pumpkin patch. Dress up your pup for the pup parade at 11 am at George. Location: across from the Larkspur ferry terminal. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating Event
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, October 31, noon-3 pm

    Participating retailers will hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 31 from 12-3 pm. Look for a decal on the window of each store to see if they have candy! For more info, visit their website.
  • Pirate Halloween Party
    Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 31, 2 seatings: noon and 3 pm

    Thar "Fancy Scallywag!" be Pirates in th' House. Put on your best Pirate gear, br'n your crew an' come th' Falkirk. Event includes a "pirate feast" with real pirates, treasure hunt, individual treasures, and Halloween tricks and treats! Tickets: Tickets are $18.00 per child and $20.00 per adult. Make reservations by calling 1-800-838-3006 24 hours/7 days a week, or Brown Paper Tickets here. Location: 1408 Mission Avenue at "E" Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Bash
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, October 31, 12-4 pm

    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games, with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival.
    This event is the perfect mix of technology, creativity and Halloween celebration. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, October 31, 1-3 pm

    Please join us for a not-so-scary Halloween and Fall celebration filled with ghoulish games, spooky crafts, and awesome treats! Free. Location: 164 Donahue Street, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • 10th Annual Harvest & Halloween Carnival
    Francis Ford Coppola Winery
    Saturday, October 31, 11 am-2 pm

    Join us for a day of game-playing, costume-wearing fun. Tickets are just $10 per child (ages 14 & under). Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Valley Fire Fund. Purchase tickets here. Location: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. For more info, call (707) 857-1471 or visit their website.

  • Cascada de Flores: Celebrate All Souls' Day!
    Novato Library
    Saturday, October 31, 11-11:30 am

    Celebrate All Souls' Day with music, dancing and laughter! Festeja Dia de Muertos con musica! Free. Location: 1720 Novato. Blvd., Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Saturday, October 31, 3–5:30 pm

    Join over 60 participating downtown Petaluma merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12. Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time  as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Haunted House 
    Game Room, Sausalito City Hall 
    Saturday, October 31, 4:15–8 pm

    Come see what spooky terrors lurk in this year’s inception of the annual Sausalito Haunted House. They’re dying… to meet you! Haunted House schedule: child-friendly 4:15–5 pm and full haunt from 6:15–8 pm. Cost: $3 per person or $5 per family suggested donation. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Lane
    Caledonia Street & Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito
    , October 31, 5:45–8 pm

    Kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume for a Halloween Parade and for some trick-or-treating. Parade begins at fire station (at 333 Johnson and Caledonia) Come on down to the Sausalito City Hall, located at Caledonia and Litho Streets in Sausalito for a spooky time. For more info, visit their website.

Other Bay Area Events

  • SuperNatural Halloween 2015
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, October 23, 5–9 pm

    Grab your costume and have yourself a ghoulishly great time trick-or-treating your way through the Academy at night, among spooky skulls and spine-tingling specimens! Early admission for benefactors at 5 pm; general admission at 6:30 pm. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • MiniMakers Felt Mask Workshop
    Social Print Studios, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 24, 10 am-1 pm

    Kids can create super-cool felt woodland animal masks — perfect for a Halloween costume, play time, or just to hang on your wall and admire! This project is best suited to children ages 5-8; each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the workshop. Tickets are for purchase here; your ticket price includes a 3 hour workshop, all crafting materials, food and beverages, individual gift bags for adults and children, and entry into Land of Nod giveaways.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 10 am-3 pm

    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. Event included with regular Zoo admission. Parking Fee: $9.00 for non-members. Free for members. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Pumpkin Carving Festival
    Main Post Lawn, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25 from 12-5 pm

    Come on out to the Presidio's Main Parade Ground to create your very own pumpkin masterpiece! Free pumpkins from Arata Pumpkin Farm in Half Moon Bay will be provided - limit one pumpkin per registrant. Basic tools for carving will be on hand. Bring your own stencils, and stickers. Staff and volunteers will be available to help the little ones decorate and make spooky paper chains. Food will be available for purchase.This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. One pumpkin per registrant. Register here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo 2015
    San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 11 am-4 pm

    Boo at the Zoo is coming up October 24-25! Make plans to join us for a "not-too-spooky" Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the Zoo and see the animals enjoy pumpkin treats. Get your monster mash on at the special Halloween themed Baby Loves Disco dance party at the Playground and take a trip through the Haunted Nature Trail to celebrate! All activities are free with paid San Francisco Zoo admission. Don't forget, Members get in free every day. For questions, please call 415-753-7080 or visit their website. 
  • Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland

    Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, 10 am–5 pm
    Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with unlimited rides, a parade, goody bags for kids, arts and crafts, pirate school, clowns and magicians, and much more. Cost: $10 per person ($5 for members). For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Halloween with Charity and the JAMband
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 25, 3–5 pm

    This free family concert for all ages features dancing in disguise, a costume parade, and, of course, some candy. Make sure you wear a costume you can really move in. Grown-ups are encouraged to dress up, too. Charity and the JAMband will perform at 4 pm. No reservations necessary. For more info, visit their website. 
  • Spooky Sleepover Family Overnight
    San Francisco Zoo
    October 24, 5:30 pm to October 25, 10 am
    This unique sleepover event is filled with fun family-friendly activities. Set up camp in the zoo, enjoy a pizza dinner, then meet with a zookeeper and take guided nighttime tours before heading back to the campsite for more fun before bedtime. In the morning you’ll wake to the sounds of the zoo before enjoying continental breakfast. Finish off the Spooky Sleepover with an early morning tour as the animals wake up for the day. You're invited to continue the fun during the annual, all-day Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo! For families with children 6 and up. For more info, visit their website.
  • 15th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 31, noon–1:30 pm

    The 15th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. Led by the ever-popular Unique Derique, the program features live music from Venezuelan Music Project, roaming shenanigans from Pi Clowns, mysterious palm reader Madam Z, crafting with Trash Mash-Up and the Children’s Creativity Museum. Join the annual Mummy Wrap and more games. Bring your camera for the Ghoulish Photo Booth! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery. For more info, visit their website.

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