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

October 14, 2014

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

  • Family Musical: The Addams Family
    6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa
    October 16-31, various times

    It’s going to be anything but a normal night. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a young man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Location: 52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 523-4185 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 24, 4–7:30 pm

    It's a sppoktacular time for the whole family! Kick off the evening with some lively music. Then... thrills and chills with Zappo the Musician as amazes us with his Halloween magic show. It's a 45-minute show for goblins ages 3 to 103. Cost: $9 general, free for kids 3 and under. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center Parking Lot
    Friday, October 24, 5-6:30 pm

    Various City Departments, local business and service organizations will be on site to show off their creativity and pass out treats to trick-or-treaters of all ages. Costumes are encouraged! Marin Theater Company will present a special Halloween inspired performance. Let's Eat Grill Stop Food Truck will be on site from 3:30pm-6:30pm cooking up yummy grub for sale. Contact Mill Valley Recreation for more details 415-383-1370 or recreate@cityofmillvalley.org. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.
  • Novato Horsemans Haunted House
    Novato Horsemen, Novato
    October 24, 25 & 26, 5-9 pm

    There will be free family fun for all ages: a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more...  Admission for haunted house is $5 per person. Location: 600 Bugeia Lane-off Atherton in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make an Edible Halloween Haunted House
    Cake Art, San Rafael
    Friday, October 24, 6:30–8 pm

    Trick or Treat! Get ready for Halloween by decorating an edible chocolate cookie dough house. Decorate the yard with fondant gravestones, candy bones, marshmallow ghosts, and white chocolate skeletons. Learn how to make stained glass candy windows and light your house from inside using tea lights. Come for a thrilling, chilling time as we decorate while listening to eerie music. Cider and cookies will be served. Costumes encouraged for a really fun night! All ages welcome. Cost: $50. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, October 25, 9 am-1 pm

    Bring the family out for some fun at the fall Halloween Festival. There is an organic pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, apple pressing, pony rides, crafts and more... Costume swap from 9 am-1 pm (bring one, get one), kids music from 9:30-10:30 am and a pup costume parade at George Pet Store at 11 am. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green Faire
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 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.
  • Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, October 25, 11 am–1 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.
  • Sugarloaf Haunted Jubilee
    Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
    Saturday, October 25, 11 am-3 pm

    Join us to celebrate the coming of Fall with our festive Haunted Jubilee. This event is free. We’ll have a straw-bale fort and a haunted hike on the history and creatures of Sugarloaf run by our volunteers and local high school students! Also available is our newly created quest hike, pumpkin carving, music from the Adam Traum Trio band, local food and beverages, and a raffle featuring some amazing local prizes. please e-mail sugarloaf@sonomaecologycenter.org if you plan to attend. Location: 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Halloween Bash at Bon Air
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, October 25, noon–4 pm

    A mashup of Halloween and makers, celebrating community-made arcade games (started at the Mini Maker Faire in September), with free trick-or-treating and a food drive. Part of the Bay Area Science Festival. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick or Treat on Fourth Street
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, October 25, 1-2:30 pm

    Every year, the Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (BID) hosts a free and safe Trick or Treating experience for kids on Fourth Street in Downtown San Rafael, starting at San Rafael City Plaza . In addition, there will be a Haunted House at Saint Raphael's School located in Downtown at 1100 Fifth Avenue. The Haunted House, designed for all ages, will be spooking kids from 11-3pm. Stop by and play games or make a craft before the trick or treating begins. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Party For Teens
    Novato Library
    Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2–4 pm

    Do you enjoy dressing up as your favorite anime, sci–fi, or other fictional character? Do you want to test drive your Halloween costume? Then come to the Novato Library's Halloween party for kids in grades 6 to 12! Costume contest, games, food, and fun. Dress up not required. Event will be held in library atrium, weather permitting; otherwise it will happen in the community room. Walk-ups OK, but signup is recommended because space is limited. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard. for more info call (415) 473-2050 or visit their website.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes!
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 25, 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 Haunt
    Belvedere Community Center
    Saturday, October 25, 4-8:30 pm

    Fun for the whole family. Activities include: Haunted house, music, food, jump house, face painting, scares, laughs, magic show, and more. Family friendly carnival from 4-6 pm and haunted house from 7-8:30 pm (for ages 13 and up). All event tickets will be sold at the event. No pre-sale tickets available. Location: 600 Ned's Way, Tiburon. For more info, call 415-435-4355 or visit their website.
  • Sausalito Haunted House
    Game Room, City Hall
    Saturday, October 25, 5–7 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 5–5:30 pm and full haunt from 6–7 pm. Cost: $3 per person or $5 per family suggested donation. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Graveyard Stroll: Halloween Adventure in Lucas Valley
    Lucas Valley, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 25, 6–7:30 pm

    Join rangers for a head start on Halloween! Experience our one-of-a kind program that uncovers one of Marin’s most interesting, but little known cemeteries. All treats (and tricks) are free. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a flashlight and treat bag. Questions: Contact Ranger Christin Lopez at (415) 473-2816 or Clopez@marincounty.org. More info: (415) 507-2816 or visit their website.
  • Jeepers Jack-O-Lanterns
    Paradise Beach Park, TIburon
    Sunday, October 26, 10 am–noon

    Join rangers at Paradise Beach Park  carving your own spooky Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween! This event is best for ages 7 and up. A limited amount of pumpkins will be available (otherwise, you are more than welcome to bring your own), and festive, healthy snacks will be provided. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact Ranger Sarah Burkhart at SBurkhart@marincounty.org. Meet at the fishing pier. Park entrance is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Town Center's Annual Trick or Treat Day for Kids
    Town Center Corte Madera
    Sunday, October 26, noon–3 pm

    Calling all witches, ghosts, princesses and superheroes! I 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. Whether you’re in costume or not, Town Center will hand out complimentary trick-or-treat bags (while supplies last.) This annual trick-or-treat day offers families a safe and enjoyable place to spend the day leading up to Halloween night. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make a Sugar Skull Halloween Cake
    Cake Art, San Rafael,
    Sunday, October 26, 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: $50. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
  • WOW! Jumping Jacks Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District
    Sunday, October 26, 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.
  • Marine Science Sunday: Creatures of the Deep
    Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, October 26, 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.
  • Camp Creepy!
    Marin YMCA
    Sunday, October 26, 3:30–6:00 pm

    Join us as we transform the Marin Y into a haunted house! We will also have a dodge ball room, arts and crafts, a balloon room, face painting, games, a jump house, and food. Don’t forget to wear a costume! For ages 2–12.Fee: wristbands are available for $12. Location: 1500 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Silly and Spooky Pajama Storytime
    Novato Library
    Tuesday, October 28, 6–6:30 pm

    Come to the library for some not-too-scary stories, songs, and dancing! Wear your jammies or try out your costume. Location: 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato. For more info, call (415) 473-2050 or visit their website.
  • Annual Scary Tuesday
    Novato Youth Center
    Tuesday, October 28, 6-8:30 pm

    A ghoulishly fun evening, with gourmet food, costumes, raffle and more! Get ready to laugh with Comedian Milt Abel, and for brave diners take a chilling tour through our spooky Haunted House! Ticket prices: $55/person or $100/pair. Purchase tickets here. Location: Novato Youth Center gym, 680 Wilson Avenue in Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Storytime & Craft
    Corte Madera Library
    Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 – 4 pm

    Bring the kiddos for some Halloween Storytime and crafts for ages 5 and up. Location: 707 Meadowsweet, Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make-a-Mask Craft-ernoon
    Sausalito Library, Edgewater Room
    Wednesday, October 29, 3-4:30 pm

    Lion, princess, butterfly, ghost....what do you want to be? Come make masks with us! We'll provide all the supplies, you provide the imagination. Ages 4 and up. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.
  • Goblin's Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat
    San Anselmo
    Wednesday, 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.
  • Halloween Stories with Phil Sheridan
    Sausalito Library, Council Chambers
    Thursday, October 30, 3:45 pm

    Phil Sheridan is back to share his favorite Halloween stories and tales. Best for ages 4–7. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. For more info, call (415) 289-4121 or visit their website.
  • Magician Timothy James
    Belvedere-Tiburon Libary
    Thursday, October 30, 4 pm

    Marvel at the magical skills of magician Timothy James. For ages 5 and up. Find out more about magician Timothy James here. For more info about this library event, please visit their website.
  • Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Lane
    Sausalito City Hall
    Friday, 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. There will also be a haunted house at in the game room at City Hall from 6:15–8 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Friday, 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.
  • Santa Venetia's 6th Annual Halloween Party
    San Rafael
    Friday, October 31, 5:30- 9 pm

    Join us for our 5th Annual Halloween Block Party on Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow). Adrian Way (between Mabry and Meadow) will be closed to all traffic for this event. Explore a Haunted Cemetery, check out what the witches are brewing in the Witches Kitchen and check out our local house band playing your favorite Halloween tunes, not to mention the San Rafael Fire Department will be bring their best Fire Truck and of course Trick-or-Treating! There is even rumor that Darth Vader will battle all Jedi-in-Training... This is a fun event for the whole family. This event is FREE thanks to the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association. Location: Santa Venetia 94903: Adrian Way between Meadow and Mabry.

Other Bay Area Events

  • SuperNatural Halloween 2014
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, October 24, 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! Purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Happy Creepy Halloween
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday, October 25, 10 am–5 pm

    Kids of all ages can participate in Halloween-themed engineering activities with a haunted robot developed by UC Berkeley's Pioneers in Engineering (PiE). Design and build your own robot in a special Halloween-themed Design Quest engineering station, then test which items your robot can drop into the Witches' Cauldron (11 am–3 pm). From gooey eyeballs to skeletons, which spooky items will you and your robot find in the witches' brew? Free with admission. Location: 1 Centennial Drive, Berekely. For more info, call (510) 642-5132 or visit their website.
  • Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland

    Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 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
    Sunday, October 25, 3–5 pm
    Park Chalet, San Francisco

    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. 
  • Boo at the Zoo—San Francisco Zoo
    October 25 and 26 , 11 am–3 pm
    Bring your family to Boo at the Zoo for incredible thrills and chills! Roam the Zoo in search of candy, see special animal enrichment, create take-home crafts, take your picture with Casper the Friendly Ghost and much more. All activities are free with paid San Francisco Zoo admission: Kids wearing costumes get $1 off admission. Members get in free every day. For more info, visit their website.
  • 14th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 26, noon–1:30 pm

    The 14th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults. Led by the ever-popular Unique Derique, the Hoopla features dancing to music by Chelle! & Friends, eco-friendly crafts courtesy of Trash Mash-Up, a mad scientist in the spooky graveyard, roving antics from the Pi Clowns, candy bag decorating with the Children’s Creativity Museum, and palm reading from the mysterious Madame Z. Bring your camera for the Ghoulish Photo Booth, and take a memento home! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone shows off their Halloween finery. For more info, visit their website.
  • 4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat
    Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
    Sunday, 1-5 pm

    Join us for some good old-fashioned free fun when the Japan Center Malls hosts a Spooktacular Halloween Party complete with mall-wide trick for treating and games, decorations, bouncy house, arts and crafts, face painting & removable tattoos. Children in costume will be able to trick or treat in East and West Malls and to visit participating retailers for candy and surprises. Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Friday, October 31, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Come to our not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Treats and prizes. Come in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info call (510) 647-1111 or visit their website.
  • Exploratorium Family Halloween
    San Francisco
    Friday, October 31, noon-4 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of frightful, family-friendly fun and a bit of scary science. Sneak through a cemetery of dead science ideas, lend a hand to giant insects, or have a close encounter with reptiles that slither and creep. All ages welcome; costumes encouraged! Included with museum admission. Location: Pier 15, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street
    Berkeley
    Friday, October 31, 2-5 pm

    Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street on Halloween
    Fourth Street invites all costumed kids to trick or treat on the street. Activities include: facepainting, photo booth, live music and more. For more info, visit their website.

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