Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area

September 26, 2016

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
The first Pumpkin Patch Harvest Faire takes place October 1 and 2 at Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch  

Fall is one of our favorite times of year, and there's so much family fun to be found in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. Find family Halloween event 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

  • Pumpkin Patch Harvest Faire
    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 10 am–6 pm

    Opening weekend at the Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch will feature the first-ever Pumpkin Patch Harvest Festival, featuring a variety of local artists and artisans with hand made arts and cradfts, wearables, homemade preserves, candles, and soaps, and of course all the usual pumpkin patch fun and festivities. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Event website.
  • Halloween Harvest Festival
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    Friday, October 14, 5–7 pm

    Come to Marinwood Community Center for its annual Halloween Harvest Festival for children 12 and under. Activities include carnival games, pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, trick-or-treat bag decorating, caramel apples, and a bounce house. Tickets: $10 advance or $15 at the door for kids ages 2 to 12; adults free. Food available for purchase. Event website.
  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
    Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 11 am–5 pm
    The 10th 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.
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 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: $16.95 general, $13.95 members, free for children under 6 months. For more info, visit their website.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 21–23

    The theme for TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House is "Aftershock"—after the Big One, anything can happen. 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 22, 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 movie in the park (Hocus Pocus, weather permitting) 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.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 28, 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.
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 28, 4:30–6:30 pm

    Bring your children to the Community Center Parking Lot for a fun, safe and community Halloween event! Enjoy face painting, food truck, games, and more! Free admission. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Make an Edible Halloween Haunted House
    Cake Art, San Rafael
    Friday, October 28, 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. Great parent/child class. All ages welcome. Cost: $60. Location: 1512 5th Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, call (415) 456-7773 or visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, October 29, 10 am–4 pm

    Bring the entire family for the Scream on the Green Halloween spectacular in Downtown Novato. Activities include safe trick-or-treating downtown on from 11 am–2 pm, a haunted house, games, and more. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and Novato City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • Safe Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, October 29, 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.
  • Jeepers Jack-O-Lanterns
    McNears Beach Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 29, 11 am–1 pm

    Join ranger staff at McNears 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. Meet at the snack bar. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pirate Halloween Party
    Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 29, 2 seatings: noon & 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 $20 per child and $22.50 per adult. Make reservations by calling (800) 838-3006 or visiting Brown Paper Tickets. Location: 1408 Mission Avenue at E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 29, 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. Details for the 2016 event TBA. 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 29, 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 Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 30, 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.
  • Kids' Costume Contest & Trick-or-Treating
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Sunday, October 30, 1 pm

    Bring the kiddos for a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin decorating at Marin Country Mart. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Monday, October 31, noon–1 pm & 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 
    Monday, 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
    , 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

  • Harvest Faire & Steam Festival
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2

    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 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30

    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 15 and 16, 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, festival-label wine. and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Admission is free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Pumpkin Carving Festival
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, noon–5 pm

    Create your own Halloween décor! Basic tools and pumpkins are provided. 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.
  • Spooky Sleepover Family Overnight
    San Francisco Zoo
    October 22, 5:30 pm to October 23, 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. For families with children 6 and up. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2016
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Friday, 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.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, 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 29 & 30, 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 29 & 30, 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, and enjoy Halloween crafts. All activities are free with admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • 15th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 30, noon–1:30 pm

    The 16th 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 30, 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.