Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, but this year COVID-19 will definitely change how we celebrate. While many beloved Halloween events have been canceled for 2020, there are still quite a few fun family happenings in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area both in-person (with social distancing, of course) and virtual. 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.
In-Person Halloween Events
- Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular
Marin Center, San Rafael
October 23–November 1
Treat yourself at the Marin Center Halloween Fair Food Drive-Thru Spooktacular. From October 23 to November 1, the Spooktacular will be open from 4–9 pm on weekdays and 11 am–9 pm on weekends. Wear your costumes and prepare to be spooked with family-friendly haunted surprises and activities all while staying inside your car. From pumpkin and ghost-themed candy apples to black and orange cotton candy, the Halloween Fair Food Drive-Thru Spooktacular will have it all! Event details
- Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Celebrate the Halloween season at BADM! Goblin Jamboree has been reimagined into a week-long celebration packed with spooky programs and frightful delights. Capacity is very limited for these special themed days. Advanced ticket reservations are required. All visitors will reserve tickets for a 2.5 hour timeslot and must depart at the end of their timeslot. Goblin Jamboree is rain or shine. Reserve your tickets now.
- Boo at the Zoo
October 24–31, 10 am–4 pm
This year, Boo at the Zoo will take place over an entire week to eliminate crowding and keep everyone safe. Grab a program as you enter the zoo and follow the clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt to find all the costumed pink flamingos hidden throughout the zoo. Instead of trick or treating in the zoo this year, they will be safely handing out pre-stuffed goodie bags to all children. Zoo admission applies; advance tickets required. Event details
San Francisco Zoo
October 24–November 1, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
You're invited to come dressed in Halloween costumes (and masks!) to celebrate Sloth-oween from October 24 - November 1! Enjoy a self-guided walk around the zoo to find our five sloth-themed haunted houses, including “Franken-sloth’s Fort,” where you will learn some creepy facts about sloths. Advance reservations are required. Event details.
- Fairyland’s Halloween Jam
Children's Fairyland, Oakland
October 28–November 1
More delightful than frightful, more kooky than spooky, join us for Halloween Jam – five days of fall fun at Fairyland! Our festivities will be a little different this year, but we’ll still have decked-out sets to wow your little ones. Kids can march in our physically-distanced Monster Mash Parade and collect their own special surprise treat at the end! Admission: Guests age 1 to 100: $8 (limited-time reduced rate), Guests under age 1: FREE. Purchase tickets here.
- Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
Strawberry Recreation Center
Thursday, October 29, 3–5 pm
Join Strawberry Recreation District for some socially distanced Halloween fun at their drive-thru trick-or-treat event. Free prizes and candy. Wear your costume! Everyone must remain in their cars. Event details.
- Halloween at Cornerstone Sonoma
Friday–Saturday, October 30 & 31, 12–5 pm
Cornerstone Gardens is the perfect place to celebrate a socially distanced Halloween for the whole family. Come explore our grounds anew and visit our garden for a Halloween photo-op. Socially distanced candy stations will be available for the kids, tasty Fall themed cocktails for the adults, and food for all; there's something for everyone! Reserve your spot today!
- Marinwood Drive-Thru Trick or Treat
Marinwood Community Center parking lot, San Rafael
Friday, October 30, 3–5 pm
Families are invited to drive-thru Marinwood's Trick or Treat event for fun Halloween goodies and candy at the Community Center parking lot. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume! All participants must remain in their vehicle (no walk up service) and wear proper face coverings. More info here.
- Spooky Street Drive-Thru Halloween *Sold Out (you can be added to wait list)
Mill Valley Community Center
Friday, October 30, 3–6:30 pm
Bring the kiddos to the Community Center parking lot where you'll drive through the "Spooky Street" where businesses will decorate their (socially distant) parking space (or trunk) in fun and engaging ways. Advance reservations required.
- Creepy Critters Live Animal Demo
Conservatory of Flowers
Friday, October 30, 6–7 pm
Take a close look, if you dare, of the creepy crawly critters that live in tropical climates. In this Halloween edition, join Audra Barrios of Things that Creep as she introduces you to herpetology, the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians. During this class, you will meet three unique species of geckos, including the New Caledonian Giant Gecko, the largest gecko in the world! This event is recommended for children, but suitable for all ages. Class also includes a virtual tour and scavenger hunt. For an additional cost, bring the Conservatory into your home with our new at-home kits. Conservatory @ Home: Tenacious Tillandsia includes your very own Air Plant, hands-on activities, a hand lens, and a Conservatory pin. Cost: $18 for general admission, 20% off more members. Reserve your spot here.
- Drive- or Walk-Thru Trick-or-Treat
San Marin High School, Novato
Saturday, October 31, 11 am–1 pm
Students from San Marin High's leadership class will hold a drive- or walk-thru Halloween trick-or-treat event for kids in the football field parking lot. Students in costume will hand out candy on trays. Enter on the side of the lot closest to Kaiser.
- Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
Pini Ace Hardware, Novato
Saturday, October 31, 2–4:30 pm
Drive-thru behind Pini Hardware in Novato for pre-packed goodie bags and Halloween crafts to take home. Don't forget your spooky face mask! Event details
Online Halloween Events
- Virtual Boo-tacular Bingo
San Rafeal Parks & Rec
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 pm
It’s Wacky Wednesday “Halloween” BINGO! Join San Rafael Recreation on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm for some spine tingling games of BINGO! This will be a family friendly game for all ages – just for fun bingo. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people playing and if players are adults or youth. We will send you a bingo board, and an invitation along with a secret pass code to get in on the game via ZOOM no later than Tuesday, October 27th. Then, put on your costume, paint your face or grab a “crazy” hat or glasses and join us for a frightfully good time! (Please nothing too scary.)
- Storytime Science for Kids: The Halloween Episode
Wednesday, October 28, 1 pm
Join the Exploratorium for Storytime Science — a storybook read-aloud followed by a simple related activity geared toward very young children. This episode is about Halloween, but it's also about sounds — all of them fun, and one a little spooky! Join in as the Exploratorium's own Vivian Altmann reads Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, illustrated by Scott Campbell. Then, try three slightly spooky activities together: Head Harp, the Creaking Door, and the Haunted Rice. Event details.
Halloween Storytime at Home
Mill Valley Library
Thursday, October 29
Join Librarian Lauren for a fun, special and not-too-scary Halloween-themed Storytime At Home. You will hear songs, rhymes and stories all about this fun Halloween holiday. The Mill Valley Library posts a new Storytime at Home every Thursday on their YouTube channel.
- How to Draw Peanuts Halloween
Charles M. Schulz, Museum
Thursday, October 29, 4–5 pm
Celebrate Halloween with the Peanuts Gang by learning to draw Charlie Brown in his bedsheet ghost costume, Lucy in her witches hat and mask, Snoopy as the WW1 Flying Ace, and maybe, if you are sincere enough, even the Great Pumpkin! Atlanta-based cartoonist Robert W. Pope will share live step-by-step drawing instruction during this spooktacular online event. Cost: Non-member $15, Member $10. Pre-registration required. Event details.
- The Walt Disney Family Museum's Virtual "Happy Haunts Tour"
Friday, October 30, 5:30–6:30 pm
Join The Walt Disney Family Museum on Friday, October 30 for Happy Haunts Tour: The Disney Villains and Haunted Mansion. This webinar includes a tour of the museum’s galleries – highlighting the production of The Skeleton Dance (1929) and the conception of the prominent cinematic villains from Walt Disney’s animation career – and more details about the highly-anticipated opening of the Haunted Mansion attraction in Disneyland Park. Tickets $10 members/$12 non-members.
Spooky Science Show
Chabot Space and Science Center
Friday, October 30, 7:00–8:00 pm
Scientists! Join us on Facebook Live for our variety show all about spooky science. Tune in for exciting science demos led by our Galaxy Explorers, learn how to make your own Halloween candy and witches brew and hear scientific explanations for things that go bump in the night. Science is so fun… it’s scary! Free.
Presidio Sports Basement's Virtual Halloween 5K
Friday, October 30 thru Sunday, November 1
Friday, October 30 thru Sunday, November 1, join Presidio Sports Basement and Boys + Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) for the a "Virtual" Halloween 5K, 10K, and Kids 1 Mile – a very special (and spooky!) race to raise funds for one of Sports Basement’s oldest and dearest partners. You can run from anywhere – 100% of registration fees, sponsorships, and donations go to BGCSF. Register here.
Count Frankula's Halloween Stream
Virtual–Mill Valley Library
Saturday, October 31, 10 am
On Halloween, tune in as Count Frankula (who bears a striking resemblance to Librarian Franklin Walther) presents more Halloween stories, songs, rhymes, and jokes. Join us live at 10:00am or watch on-demand later in the day at the Library's YouTube ... or is that BooTube? channel.
Virtual LEGO Haunted House Workshops
Saturday, October 31, 10 am, 11 am & 1 pm
Create your own epic LEGO Haunted House with one of the three workshops via Zoom. Students will explore their creative boundaries and learn new building techniques while creating haunted houses with sinister traps and other spooky decorations using pieces from their own LEGO collection. Cost: $18 per workshop. Register for one of the 3 workshops: 10 am, 11 am & 1 pm.
- Sunrise Boo Jam with Megan Schoenbohm
Saturday, October 31, 8:30–9:30 am
Gather the kiddos for a morning Sunrise Boo Jam on Halloween morning with family entertainer, Megan Schoenbohm. Join her on her Facebook live page here. Free but donations welcome.
- Halloween Hoopla
Saturday, October 31, 11–11:30 am
Yerba Buena Center's 20th annual Halloween Hoopla goes online! This year’s free virtual program features interactive performances and fun for kids under 10 and their adults, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch display. Event details.
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