Marin Weekend Family Fun for October 27–29

October 27, 2017

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Halloween weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Friday, October 27

  • Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
    Santa Rosa
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am

    Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch offers eight acres of pumpkins, a huge seven-acre corn maze, kiddy corn mazes, hay and sunflower mazes, jack-o-lantern tether ball, tire swings, a 10-bale-high hay pyramid, a huge jumpy pillow, pedal trike races, a corn play box, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Location: 5157 Stony Point Road (at Rohnert Park Expressway). For more info, visit their website.
  • The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch
    Spring Hill Jersey Farm, Petaluma
    Friday–Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

    Pick your own organic pumpkin, dig for potatoes, take a tractor ride, visit farm animals, taste homemade ice cream and Spring Hill cheese, milk a cow, and get lost in the hay maze. Peter Pumpkin Patch also offers fresh fruits and vegetables and picnic baskets. Activities are free and so is the parking. This is a wonderful and fun pumpkin patch on a real working farm. Location: 4235 Spring Hill Road (off Bodega Ave.). For more info, call (707) 762-3446 or visit their website.
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–6 pm

    Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch offers a wide variety of certified organic pumpkins spread out in an expansive meadow on the farm. Kids activities: jumpy houses, inflatable slide, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, farm animals to visit, a climbing wall, and face painting. Some of these attractions have an admission fee, and some are available only on weekends and select days. Shaded seating area with picnic tables, so you can relax and take in the scenery, listen to some great live music, and even eat lunch. If you arrive hungry, Big Jim's BBQ is on hand on weekends. Tim Cain performs on Sunday from 11 am to noon. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. For more info, visit their website.
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch
    550 Stony Point Road
    Friday & Saturday, 10 am–10 pm, Sunday, 10 am–6 pm
    Over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds, as well as a 4-acre Amazing Corn Maze (admission $6, 5 and under free; $9 on Friday and Saturday nights 6–10 pm), farm animals, a zip line, weekend pony rides, face painting, jumpy houses and inflatables, food vendors, covered snack area, and more. Some of these attractions have an admission fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch
    Petaluma
    Friday 1–9 pm, Saturday, 10 am–9 pm, Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Find the perfect pumpkin in McClelland's three-acre organic pumpkin field. Free admission includes pumpkin patch, petting farm animals (including cows, goats, and chickens), and watching cows being milked in the parlor. There's also a hay maze, kids' haunted hay house, hay rides, bounce houses, and u-pick squash, and the new Haunted Forest, as well as a farm store and a food cart serving organic grilled cheese sandwiches, organic milkshakes, organic popcorn, and espresso drinks. Read our review here.
  • Godmothers Pumpkin Patch
    St. Vincent's, Marinwood
    Friday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    This long-time favorite pumpkin patch at St. Vincent's near Marinwood offers a variety of pumpkins as well as attractions and activities like bounce houses, a hay pile, face painting, snack shack, and a picnic area. Groups welcome. Read our review of St. Vincent's Pumpkin Patch. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Magic Show
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, 4 pm

    Thrills and chills await 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, 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: Haunted House
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, 5:30–9 pm

    Get a preview of Scream on the Green Friday evening at the haunted house. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and Novato City Hall complex. For more info, visit their website.
  • It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
    Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
    Friday, 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.
  • Spooky Spaghetti Bingo
    Corte Madera Rec Center
    Friday, 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.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7–10 pm

    Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission: $5 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • San Marin High School Music presents The Addams Family
    San Marin High School, Novato
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm

    Celebrate the Halloween season with the creepiest family around, The Addams Family! San Marin Students bring the Addams family to life but with a twist. Audiences will enjoy a unique and immersive theater experience sure to entertain. This show might be considered PG-13 so please consider this when bringing children. Tickets: $15 general, $5 students and children, $25 VIP. For more info and tickets, visit their website.

Saturday, October 28

  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 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, paint miniature pumpkins in the Art Studio, and fly paper ghosts in the Wind Tunnel. Visit the witches’ apothecary in the grocery store. Come celebrate with us by coming in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. For more info, visit their website.
  • North Bay Science Discovery Day
    Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am–4 pm

    This event is designed to inspire children and raise awareness of the importance of STEM in everyday life. This free event features local organizations like Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Aquarium of the Bay, California State Parks, the Marin County Free Library, Kaiser Permanente, Marinovators, the Pacific Coast Air Museum, Play-Well TEKnologies, and many many more. Plan on staying all day to experience all the fun! Free admission and parking. Location: 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more info, visit their website.
  • Marin Treks Haunted House of Reptiles!
    Marin Treks, Novato
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Come and celebrate 10 years with a Haunted House of Reptiles. Children Pre-K thru 5th grade, please wear your Halloween costume if you'd like. Kids 6th thru 12th graders are invited to be Creepy and Spooky Characters in the Haunted House!  No RSVP required-just stop by for home haunting fun. Great raffle prizes too.Admission: $10 per child, parents are free ($2 from each admission will go to the fire relief fund).  Location: 1559 S. Novato Blvd., Suite H, Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • Open House & Pumpkin Patch
    Greenwood School, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Greenwood School invites you and your family to attend their community Kindergarten Open House. Children can explore our pumpkin patch and enjoy live music. Free childcare for children ages 3 and above with advance reservation (415) 388-0495. Registration required: register online here. Location: 17 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Festival
    Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
    Saturday, 10 am–2 pm

    Meet us at the Mart for a Halloween Festival filled with fun, treats, and spooks! Enter the costume contest for kids or dogs at 10:30am, join the scavenger h(a)unt at 11:30 am, and guess the weight of our three giant pumpkins for a prize ... plus more! Stop by to find out what we have in store for you this Halloween. For more info, visit their website.
  • Scream on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Saturday, 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.
  • Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland

    Saturday & Sunday, 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.
  • Annual Pumpkin Patch & Train Festival
    Western Railway Museum, Suisun City
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Get your Halloween pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, test your strength with the pumpkin launcher, explore our huge hay bale fortress, and enjoy a train ride too. Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. Doors open at 9:30 -- The first electric express train leaves at 10:00 AM with departures every half-hour until 4pm. Cost: adults $14, children (2–14 yrs) $10 and seniors $12. For more info, visit their website.
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 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.
  • Samurai Pumpkin Patch
    142 Redwood Avenue Parking Lot, Corte Madera
    Saturday, 10 am–noon

    Warm up with the pumpkin obstacle course and come test your wooden sword skills. Split, slice, dice and have a mighty good time. All ages welcome. Kids get priority. The event will continue until pumpkins run out. For more info, visit their website.
  • Happy Creepy Hall-oween
    Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
    Saturday & Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    Start your Halloween early and celebrate all weekend long during Happy Creepy Hall-oween. From pumpkin lifts in the Ingenuity Lab to giant trebuchet demonstrations with UC Berkeley’s Pioneers in Engineering program, you’re sure to find the perfect way to celebrate with science. Free with paid admission. For more info, visit their website.
  • Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10:30 am–1 pm

    Mill Valley Recreation joins the joyful celebration of dearly departed family, friends, and pets during the Mexican festival Day of the Dead. Join in the celebration by participating in several free activities, decorating sugar skulls, getting your face painted, and creating memory boxes. All ages are welcome! Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • Safe Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, 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.
  • MALT Day at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Saturday, 11 am–3 pm
    Pick an organic pumpkin, taste local cider, and make homemade butter with the kids! Beautiful Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, part of the MALT-protected Lafranchi Ranch, sets the scene for this fun family day. Tim Cain will perform at 11 am. Free. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square). Free. For more info, visit their website.
  • Bon Air's Halloween Bash
    Bon Air Center, Greenbrae
    Saturday, 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.
  • Boo at the Zoo 2017
    San Francisco Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, 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.
  • Creative Family Fun: Dia de los Muertos Masks
    Presidio Officers Club, San Francisco
    Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend!
    Come get creative during Dia de Los Muertos mask-making and learn all about the Presidio’s connection to Mexico. Registration not required, but preferred. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween at Howarth
    Howarth Park, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 11:30 am, 12:45 & 2 pm

    Children ages 12 and under will trick-or-treat through the park at treat stations hosted by local Santa Rosa businesses and organizations and can then enjoy Howarth Park's many other attractions. Cost: $6 basic pass includes trick-or-treating and access to the Fun Zone; $15 deluxe pass includes same as basic plus a train, carousel, and 1-lap pony rides. This event usually sells out to register in advance. Location: 630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. For more info and to register, visit their website.
  • Halloween at the Village
    The Village at Corte Madera
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Participating retailers will hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters on Saturday from noon–3 pm.
    Look for strolling costumed characters who will have treats to pass out as well. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween at Ghirardelli Square
    Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
    Saturday, 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.
  • Trick-or-Treat on Fourth Street
    Downtown San Rafael
    Saturday, 1–3 pm

    The 33rd annual Downtown San Rafael Trick or Treat event is a festive Halloween celebration along the 4th Street corridor. Families are invited to bring their children to trick or treat in our participating downtown shops, live music and more. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Saturday & Sunday, 1 & 2:30 pm

    Decorate a spook-tacular cookie creation to celebrate Halloween! Pricing includes 2 cookies with choice of beginner (ghost, pumpkin) or advanced (skull, owl) set, decorations and icing. Cost
    : $10 advance, $15 day-of (limited supply on hand for drop-ins). Reserve your spot now. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd. Novato. For more info, visit their website.
  • 3rd Annual Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party
    Marin City Library
    Saturday, 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.
  • DOGtoberfest
    Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
    Saturday, 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. 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 stores. For more info, visit their website.
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2017
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, 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.
  • 9th Annual Santa Venetia Halloween Party
    Santa Venetia Neighborhood, San Rafael
    Saturday, 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 a local band and check out the 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, San Rafael.
  • Graveyard Stroll
    Lucas Valley Field, San Rafael
    Saturday, 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.
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Godmothers Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House (see Friday for details).

Sunday, October 29

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
  • Nature for Kids: Indian Tree
    Novato
    Sunday, 10 am–1 pm
    We’ll head up the hill and visit several different forest habitats. We’ll go through one area that is completely shaded by bay trees, then we’ll walk up an oak covered hill, and finally end up in a little grove of redwoods. Along the way we’ll talk about these different habitats and the different kinds of animals that live in each place. Remember to bring lunch. High fire danger cancels. For more info, visit their website.
  • Not Too Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley

    Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
    Come to a 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! For more info, visit their website. 
  • Funtazmagoria!
    Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    Don’t miss our annual celebration of all things creepy and fun! Spook-tacular activities will include a Pumpkin Plop, Mad Scientist Laboratory, Glow-in-the-Dark art, and more. Costumes encouraged for kids and grownups! Admission will be free to families currently displaced by the recent fires.Location: 1835 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. For more info, call (707) 546-4069 or visit their Facebook page.
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, 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.
  • Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Sunday, noon–2 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.
  • Trick-or-Treat at the Town Center
    Corte Madera Town Center
    Sunday, 12–3 pm

    Bring the kids in costume to trick-or-treat at the Town Center. Goodies provided by participating merchants. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halloween Fun at Ghirardelli Square
    San Francisco
    Sunday, 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.
  • 2nd Annual Fort Point Family Halloween Celebration
    Fort Point National Historic Site, San Francisco

    Sunday, 1–5:30 pm
    This is 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: 19th century historic re-enactors wandering the halls; Create Day of the Dead sugar skulls; Face painting; S'mores; Food trucks; candlelight tours; and 4:30 pm kids' costume parade. For more info, visit their website.
  • 6th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat
    Japantown, 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, 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, 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.
  • Peter Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Godmothers Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Petaluma Pumpkin Patch (see Friday for details).
  • Dr. Egret's Haunted Center of Fright (see Saturday for details).
  • Boo at the Zoo SF (see Saturday for details).
  • Annual Pumpkin Patch & Train Festival (see Saturday for details).
  • Boo at the Zoo Oakland (see Saturday for details).