Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area

October 24, 2016

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin PatchHalloween 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.

Marin and Sonoma Events

  • The Amazing Maze
    Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
    October 1–30

    Children experience the joys and surprises of black light in this glow-in-the-dark hay maze. In this special exhibit, children are challenged to navigate a 150-bale hay maze—complete with tunnels, netting, and a slide—all under black light! In addition to the winding maze, there is a glow-in-the-dark dress-up station with white clothes and accessories for kids to try on, as well as a fluorescent Shoot-A-Hoop game. (Note: The hay used in our maze is seed-free rice straw.) Admisson applies. Location: 557 McReynolds Road, Fort Baker, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Spooky Sound Stories with Trombonist Andy Strain
    San Anselmo Library, Counsel Chambers
    Wednesday, October 26, 3–3:45 pm
    Get in the Halloween spirit with scary stories presented by two talented musicians. Andy Strain is a professional trombonist and educator and Aaron is a master percussionist. Location: 110 Tunstead Ave, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.
  • Creepy & Crawly! Traveling Reptile Show
    Larkspur Library
    Thursday, October 27, 4 pm

    Creepies, crawlies and other critters are visiting Larkspur Library on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 pm. Come see lizards, chameleons, and other reptiles up close and personal! The East Bay Vivarium’s Traveling Reptile Program is a fun and educational program that teaches all about the evolution and adaptation of these fascinating creatures. Please call 415-927-5005 for more information or to RSVP. Best for families with children ages four and older. Event website.
  • Monster Mash Dance
    Civic Center Library, San Rafael
    Thursday, October 27, 6–8 pm

    Join us for our 2nd annual 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. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. If you have any questions, please call the Library at 415-473-6058. Location: 3501 Civic Center Drive, #427. For more info, visit their website.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    October 28 & 29, 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.
  • Halloween Music and Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 28, 4–5 pm

    Thrills and chills await us a s Timothy James amazes us with his Halloween magic show. Our magician combines comedy, audience participation and amazing magic to create a spooktacular 45 minutes 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
    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.
  • It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
    Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
    Friday, October 28, 6–8:30 pm

    Bring your blanket and pick a spot on the ball field for a night of ghoulish fun and Halloween festivities. Movie starts at dusk on the inflatable big screen. Meet Snoopy and the Peanuts gang, enjoy Halloween crafts and trivia games, and follow the trick-or-treat trail. Free popcorn and "witches brew". Costumes encouraged. At Schulz Complex Ball Field on Hardies Lane across from Snoopy's Home Ice. 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.
  • Halloween Boos, Bones and Walking with the Dead
    Safari West, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, October 29, 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 or email reservations@safariwest.com. You can also book online here. 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.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating Event
    The Village Corte Madera
    Saturday, October 29, 11 am–3 pm

    Bon Air’s Halloween Bash will offer center wide trick-or-treating at shops and restaurants, pumpkin decorating, face painting, balloon twisting, live music, sidewalk specials and more. Four-legged friends can get in on the fun as well by entering the pet parade and pet contest sponsored by Woodland Pets. A pet caricature artist will also be on hand to do sketches of pets. Families are encouraged to trick-or-treat so others can eat – bring non-perishable food donations to the Center in exchange for a trick-or-treat bag and help feed those less fortunate this holiday season. Bins will be set up around the center to collect the donations, which will be distributed through the Marin Food Bank.
     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.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 29, 12–3 pm

    Participating retailers will hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 29 from 12-3 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • Presidio Riding Club presents: Horse Hallow
    Marin Headlands, Fort Barry
    October 29, Saturday, noon–5 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, and a BBQ at the stables. For more info, visit their website.
  • Pup Parade & Costume
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, October 29, 1 pm at George

    In the event of rain, the Pup Parade and Costume Contest will be held under the big tent. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not So Scary Halloween Party
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, October 29, 1–3 pm

    Please join us for a NOT SO SCARY Halloween celebration filled with ghoulish games, spooky crafts and awesome treats! Location:  164 Donahue Street, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • DOGtoberfest
    Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
    Saturday, October 29, 3–6 pm

    Strawberry Village will host its 2nd Annual DOGtoberfest featuring interactive pet related activities and resources for pet lovers and their four-legged family friends. Festivities will include free pet photos, pet sketch artist, animal rescue organizations and adoptions, police K-9 unit and more! Plus, there will be a Howl’oween Pet Costume Contest as well as free Center-wide trick or treating for kids and their families.Children accompanied by parents are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat at participating merchants between 3-6pm. They can pick up a trick-or-treat bag in the Piazza, located near Woodlands Pet Food & Treats (while supplies last) and go on a hunt for fun, games and goodies provided by participating Strawberry Village stores. For more info, visit their website.
  • Dr. Egret's Haunted Center of Fright
    Corte Madera Rec Center
    October 29–31, 3:30–9 pm

    Three fun and scary haunted houses: Little Ghouls from 3:30–6 pm, $1 per person, Witching Hour from 6–7:30 pm, $3 per person and Mummies & Deadies from 7:30–9 pm, $5 per person. This haunted house is put on by the Corte Mader Parks & Rec. For more info, call (415) 927-5072 or visit their website.
  • LEGO Halloween Workshops & Movie Night
    Play-Well Marin
    Saturday, October 29 (various times)

    Bring the kiddos in costume to one or all of the LEGO Halloween Workshops: Creepy Crawlers 12:30–2 pm and Spooktacular Haunted Houses 3–4:30 pm. Sign up online here. Also, from 5–7 pm is a free showing of Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom! Costumes are encourages. Sign-up online for movie night here.
  • 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. 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. Purchase tickets here. Location: 3796 I Street, Ext, Petaluma. For more info, call (707) 765-1202 or visit their website.
  • 8th Annual Santa Venetia Halloween Party
    Santa Venetia Neighborhood, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 29, 5:30–8:30 pm

    Featured as one of the top places to Trick-or-Treat in Marin County. Come check out what is brewing in the Witches Kitchen, wander though the Spooky Graveyard, explore the Haunted Yard, groove to our local band and check out our Massacre Disco and Game House. Not to mention there will be lots of trick-or-treating.  The SRFD will be there too with the fire truck for all to check out. Location: Adrian Way between Meadow and Mabry will be closed off to all through traffic from 10am-10pm on October 29, 2016.
  • Costumer Campfire Program
    Sonoma Barracks, Downtown Sonoma
    Saturday, October 29, 6 pm

    Draw near ye ghosts and goblins! Kids and adults are encouraged to come in costume at the Barracks Courtyard for some campfire fun with a spooky nature talk, songs and, of course, a marshmallow roast. All ages, free of charge. Location: Downtown Sonoma, 36 E. Spain Street. For more info, 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.
  • Not Too Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Sunday, October 30, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Come to our not-too-spooky celebration for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Museum will be transformed into a Halloween playground. Play miniature golf in the garden graveyard, paint miniature pumpkins in the Art Studio, and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Come in costume!
  • Halloween Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Sunday, October 30, 10 am–noon

    Decorate A Spook-tacular Cookie Creation to Celebrate Halloween! Pricing includes 2 cookies (choice of beginner set (ghost, pumpkin) or advanced set (skull, owl), decorations & icing. 
    All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $40.00 gift certificate from teeny cake!Details:  $10 in advance, $15 on the day of (limited supply on hand for drop-ins). Reserve your spot now. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd. Novato. 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
    Monday
    , 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

  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    October 1–31

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presidio Community Y Halloween Block Party
    San Francisco
    Friday, October 28, 5:30–7:30 pm
    Bring your favorite ghouls, goblins, and ghostbusters to the Presidio Y Main Post gym for carnival games and treats. This year's theme is "Block Party," as in LEGO blocks, which will surely draw the crowds to activities like LEGO mask decorating, pin the head on the LEGO, and a LEGO race. Other activity stations include pumpkin decorating, face painting, bean bag toss, and a photo booth. Sugared-up kiddos can get the wiggles out in the obstacle course and bounce houses. When hunger strikes, choose from baked goods, pretzels, decorate-your-own Rice Krispy treats, and Ybike smoothies, blended using pedal power. To satisfy larger appetites, a food truck will be parked outside the gym, serving-up grilled cheese and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Purchase tickets to pay for food and activities before the event at the Y's front desk. For more info, 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.
  • Halloween Fun at Ghirardelli Square
    San Francisco
    Sunday, October 30, noon–4 pm

    Ghirardelli Square will be celebrating Halloween in the West Plaza with free children’s activities like face painting, balloon art, caricatures, a magician, and trick-or-treating from participating stores. Additionally, Ghirardelli Square’s newest tenant, Little Artistas, the San Francisco-based arts, crafts, and language studio for kids, will be crafting little monsters. For more info, visit their website.
  • Family Halloween at Fort Point
    Fort Point National Historic Site, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 30, 1–6 pm

    'Tis the season to explore the shadowy corners, howling winds, and creaking doors of Fort Point National Historic Site. This family-friendly afternoon is scare-free, but full of global Halloween traditions, including 19th-century historic re-enactors wandering the halls, Day of the Dead sugar skulls, face painting, s'mores, food trucks, and candlelight tours. Free. Location: Long Avenue and Marine Drive, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.
  • 5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat
    Japantown, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 30, 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.
  • 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.
  • 11th Annual Harvest & Halloween Carnival
    Francis Ford Coppola Winery,
    Geyserville
    Sunday, October 30, 11 am–2 pm

    Join us for a day of game-playing, costume-wearing fun. Tickets are just $12 per child (ages 14 and under). Limited tickets. Purchase tickets here. Location: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. For more info, call (707) 857-1471 or visit their website.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fourth Street
    Berkeley
    Monday, October 31, 2–5 pm

    Berkeley's 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.