Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers

October 10, 2017

Tolay Fall Festival

Halloween with really little kids is kind of a mixed bag. On one hand, they usually love the costumes and the candy. On the other, the spooky parts of the holiday can sometimes be scary and older kids can be intimidating. We've chosen eight fun and not-too-spooky Halloween events from across the Bay Area that are perfect for little ones. You can find even more family fun for this fall in our Halloween event guide, too.

Note that the annual Tolay Fall Festival has been cancelled due to the Sonoma wildfire emergency.

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 preschooler 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.

MALT Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Nicasio Valley Farms
Sunday, October 15, 10 am–4 pm
Bring the kids to this Marin Agricultural Land Trust-protected farm in Nicasio for pumpkin picking, pony rides, hay rides and mazes, music, delicious food, activities, farm animals, farm stand, and bouncy house, and slide. Pick an organic pumpkin, taste local cider and treats, and let the kids go crazy with crafts at MALT Day! Tim Cain will perform at 11 am. Location: 5300 Nicasio Valley Road (1/4 mile north of Nicasio square). Free admission. For more info, visit their website.

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.

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 local families. Fun includes bounce houses and an animal show. Admission: $40 per family at the door for CMLMC members, $50 per family for non-members. All-inclusive event (including food and adult beverages!). Please bring cash to pay at door. 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 the kiddos 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
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 a haunted house, costume contest, live music and entertainment, artisan booths, children’s play area and food and beverages. Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and Novato City Hall complex. 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.