Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area

October 19, 2017

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. Find a variety of family-friendly Halloween events 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.

Note that many events, including the annual Tolay Fall Festival, have been cancelled due to the Sonoma wildfire emergency.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • The Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show
    Fairfax Library
    Thursday, October 19, 3–3:45 pm
    Surprise! It's a magic show full of Halloween fun for all ages with Mike Della Penna. Bring your ghosts, goblins, superheroes and fairies as tricks reign over treats in this silly, laughter-filled show. Free. Location: 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. Event website.
  • Halloween Family Workshop
    Makerspace Media Studio, Novato
    Saturday, October 21, 10 am–noon

    Drop-in anytime from 10-12pm for a fun hands-on family workshop making spooky creations. $5 per family suggested donation. Makers under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Makers over the age of 14 are welcome too! Location: 931 C Street, at South Novato Library, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Cornerstone Harvest Pumpkin Patch Festival
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    Saturday & Sunday, October 21–22, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun, fall festivities at Cornerstone's first annual Harvest Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Activities include: pumpkin patch, lawn games, face painting + games for the kiddos by Popo The Clown, food for purchase, live music and more. Location: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Corte Madera Larkspur Mothers Club Halloween Boo-Fest
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, October 21, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Grab your mask, a wand, or broom and join CMLMC for a frightfully fabulous, fun-filled event with other families from our local community. Admission: $40 per family/at door for CMLMC members, $50 per family/at door for non-members. There is a $10 discount if you purchase tickets before 10/19. All-inclusive event (including food and adult beverages!). Please bring cash to pay at door. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Mothers Club Fall Carnival
    Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 21, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the entire family to the annual Fall Carnival! This event is open to all. Admission is FREE, with tickets available for purchase that can be used for a variety of games, amusements and concessions. Location: 800 Riesling Rd, Petaluma. For more info, visit their Facebook page.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22, 10 am–4 pm
    Bring the whole family in costume to explore all the fun at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree Family Fundraiser. Experience the museum as it’s transformed into a spooktacular Halloween wonderland complete with Witches and Wizards school, pony rides, petting zoo, kid-sized hay maze, live entertainment, and more. Tickets available at the door. Admission: $17.95 general, $14.95 members, free for children under 6 months. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    October 20 & 21, 27 & 28, 7–10 pm

    Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 20–22

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Summon the Reaper". 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: $6 per person. Location: 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail & Boo Bash
    Main Street, Tiburon & Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, October 21, 5–9 pm

    Trick or treat down Tiburon's Main Street with our downtown merchants from 5–7 pm. Follow the pumpkin-lit trail all the way to the Belvedere Park for a Halloween carnival and Halloween movie in the park from 6–9 pm; movie begins at 7 pm. Bring your carved pumpkins prior to the event to be a part of the pumpkins lining the streets from Tiburon to Belvedere! The goal is to have 500 carved pumpkins. Event website.
  • Movie at the Pocket Park: Hocus Pocus
    Pocket Park, Novato
    Saturday, October 21, 6:30 pm

    Get excited for Halloween and bring your low back lawn chairs and comfy blankets to Pocket Park for a Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus! Movie takes place rain or shine. Free. Location: 950 Seventh Street, Novato (behind Novato Gymnastics Center). Event website
  • Goblins' Spooktacular
    San Anselmo
    Thursday, October 26th, 5:00 pm

    Dress in your most boo-tiful Halloween costume and join us for some traditional small town fun. This event is for those 0 to 7 years old! Merchants and volunteers will be standing along San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and Tamalpais to hand out goodies. At fire station #19 on San Anselmo Avenue, there will be cookies and juice! This is a fun, town-wide trick or treating event! WANTED!! Volunteers in kid-friendly costumes to help hand out goodies to the children. Location: San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and the Fire Station. For more info, visit their website.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 27, 4:30–6:30 pm

    Bring your children to the Community Center Parking Lot for a fun, safe and community Halloween event! Face painting, food truck, treating, games & more! Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Scream on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, October 27, 5:30–9 pm & Saturday, October 28, 9 am–4 pm

    Scream on the Green Fall Faire runs in conjunction with the Downtown Novato Business Association’s Safe Trick-or-Treat event. Activities will include “Chamber of Horrors”, haunted house, costume contest, live music and entertainment, artisan booths, children’s play area and food and beverages. (Friday evening haunted house only.) Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and Novato City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spooky Spaghetti Bingo
    Corte Madera Rec Center
    October 27, 6–9 pm

    Enjoy a buffet-style spaghetti dinner from 6 to 7, then Bingo for prizes until 9! Fun for the whole family! $15 per person admission includes 3 Bingo cards. For more info, call (415) 927-5072 or visit their website.
  • 3rd Annual Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, October 28, 1–3 pm
    Please join Marin City Library for our 3rd Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Party filled with ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and terrible treats! Free. Location: 164 Donahue Street, Marin City. For more info, call (415) 332-6158 or visit their website.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 28, 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. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend. Free pumpkin with admission. Cost: $20 per person, children 6 and under are free. You can also purchase a $10 BBQ plate too. Location: 3796 I Street, Ext, Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765-1202 or visit their website.
  • Graveyard Stroll
    Lucas Valley Field, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 28, 7–8:30 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Boos, Bones and Walking with the Dead
    Safari West, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, October 28, 10 am

    Join us in celebrating Halloween at Safari West and trick-or-treat through our new skeletal exhibit designed by our Osteology Team! With tricks and treats, pumpkins and skulls, bats and bones, the Safari West Halloween Spectacular is an event the whole family can enjoy together! Includes all the Spirited Halloween Fun plus a Hauntingly Tasty Taco Bar! Cost: Adults $50; Children (4-12) $25. Reserve your spot here. To make reservations, please call (707) 566-3667,  email reservations@safariwest.com, or book online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Safe Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, October 28, 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.
  • Halloween Festival
    Saint Raphael School, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 28, 12–4 pm
    Bring the family for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, a haunted house, and frightening food. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Event website.
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 29, 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! Admission: $8 per child; free for adults. For more info, visit their website.
  • LEGO Haunted House Workshop
    Play-Well Marin, San Anselmo
    Monday, October 30, 3–5 pm
    This Halloween season, join Play-Well TEKnologies for a LEGO Haunted House workshop! Participants will have time to engineer their own trap then they will see if their LEGO Minifigure to go through. Can you make it out of the haunted house without getting scared! Fee: $20. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Tuesday, 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.
  • Halloween Festival
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Tuesday, October 31, 3:30–5:30 pm
    Trick-or-treaters welcome, live DJ dance party, games, face painting, balloon animals, prizes, pet costume show and contest. For more info, visit their website.
  • Sausalito Haunted House 
    Game Room, Sausalito City Hall 
    Tuesday, 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: $5 per person or $20 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
    Tuesday
    , 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 the Station 1 firehouse (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.
  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Through October 31

    Every weekend in October, 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. Jump in the bounce house, challenge your friends to a friendly game of ring toss and use our festive Harvest Hallow setting for photo ops – all free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! For kids AND adults, SF Zoo’s “Zoo Brew Haus” at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. For more info, visit their website.

Other Bay Area and Northern California Events

  • Fright Fest
    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo
    September 23–October 31, hours vary

    It's a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. For more info, visit their website.
  • Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1

    Welcome fall at Roaring Camp Railroads in the Santa Cruz Mountains with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold steam-powered line shafts, player pianos, letterpresses, printing presses and more! Admission is free for the whole family and children with a steam train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from the Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain. Event website.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday October 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 22 & 23, 28 & 29

    Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy for a 20-minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Activities include temporary tattoos, Face Painting, Story Telling, Videos, Train Play Tables, small pumpkins for little ones, cookie decorating, photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a Thomas store, and live entertainment. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans! Event website.
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, October 14 and 15, 9 am–5 pm

    The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling haunted house, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest), Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands, the Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, and more. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Pumpkin Carving Workshop
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday, October 21, noon–5 pm

    Create your own Halloween décor! Basic tools and pumpkins are provided while supplies la. Bring your own stencils and stickers. Food is available for purchase. Free, but registration required. Location: Main Parade Ground, Presidio of San Francisco. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 10 am–3 pm

    Stroll the Oakland 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. For more info, visit their website.
  • Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland

    Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 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 ($5 members). For more info, visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 11 am–4 pm

    Come to the San Francisco Zoo for a not-too-spooky Halloween family festival where you can trick-or-treat around the zoo and see the animals enjoy pumpkin treats. Take a trip through the Haunted Nature Trail, trick-or-treat, enjoy Halloween crafts, and take in the last weekend of ZOOtoberfest. All activities are free with admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween at Ghirardelli Square
    Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 28, noon–4 pm

    Ghirardelli Square will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 28 from noon to 4 pm in the West Plaza with free children’s activities like balloon art, caricatures, face painting, magic, music, trick-or-treating from store to store, and more! There will also be free pumpkin decorating for the first 100 guests who pop-in at the Maker Studio, located in the Lower Plaza. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2017
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 28, 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. Tickets: $50 adults, $35 kids. For more info and tickets, visit their website.
  • Family Sundown SPOOKfari
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, October 28, 5 pm–Sunday, October 29, 10 am

    Grab your tent, bring your family, and get ready for an eerie overnight experience at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner and a trick-or-treat night tour through the Children’s Zoo. Make Jack-o-Lantern enrichment treats for the animals, and meet live, creepy, crawly animals up close! Before bedtime be mystified by the Magic of Gerald Joseph followed by some Ghost S'mores to finish the night. Wake-up in the morning (if you dared to fall asleep) to the sounds of animals and a hot breakfast. Watch the animals enjoy the pumpkins you worked on and stay for our Boo at the Zoo festivities! Tickets: $90 per person; $80 members. Reservations required. For more info, visit their website.
  • 6th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat
    Japantown, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 29, 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, and 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.
  • 17th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 29, noon–2 pm

    The 17th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Halloween with Charity and the JAMband
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 29, 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. Location: 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.