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Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area

Halloween events Marin

Halloween 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

  • Tolay Fall Festival
    Tolay Lake Regional Park
    Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma

    October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
    The 11th annual Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at Tolay Lake Regional Park off Lakeville Highway. 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. Event details
  • Halloween House Workshops
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    October 19 & 21, Friday, 9:30–10:30 am & Sunday, 3–4 pm

    Work together on building a Hansel & Gretel-style gingerbread house and decorating with Halloween candy and spooky shapes. Costumes welcome! Cost: $40 per house - includes admission for one child and one adult and free for Grandparent Circle Members. Pre-registration required or call 510-647-1111 ×14. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Novato Horsemen Haunted House
    600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
    October 19 & 20, 26 & 27, 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. Event details
  • Goblin Jamboree Fundraiser
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 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. Event details
  • Charity and the JAMband Family Concert!
    Pomeroy Rec Center, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 20, 11 am-1 pm

    Full Band Show! Pumpkin Patch, too! Bring a picnic and stay awhile! Parking is easy. Suggested donation $9/person; no one turned away. Location: 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco. Event details.
  • Pumpkins on Pikes
    Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma
    Saturday, October 20 & 27, 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. Location: 3796 I Street, Ext, Petaluma. Event details
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail & Boo Bash
    Main Street, Tiburon & Belvedere Community Park
    Saturday, October 20, 4:30–9 pm

    Trick or treat down Tiburon's Main Street with our downtown merchants from 4:30–6:30 pm. Follow the pumpkin-lit trail all the way to the Belvedere Park for a Halloween carnival and Halloween movie in the park from 6:30–9 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 details
  • The Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show
    Novato City Hall
    Saturday, October 20, 6–7 pm

    It's a magic show full of Halloween fun appropriate for all ages! Bring your ghosts and goblins, your superheroes and your fairies as tricks reign over treats in this silly, fun, laughter-filled show. Free. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Event details
  • MALT Day at the Pumpkin Patch
    Nicasio Valley Farms
    Sunday, October 21, 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. Event details
  • Petaluma Mothers Club Fall Carnival
    Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
    Sunday, October 21, 10 am–1 pm

    Bring the entire family to the annual Fall Carnival! This event is open to all. Admission is free, with tickets available for purchase that can be used for a variety of games, amusements and concessions. Location: 800 Riesling Rd, Petaluma. Event details
  • Sunday Special: A Gentle Halloween with Silly Goose and Val
    Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room
    October 21, Sunday, 11–11:45 am

    Families will laugh and sing, hoot and holler with Silly Goose and her human friend Val. From songs like “Halloween,” that deals with friends wearing masks and pretending to be frightening, to “Ghostie Pie,” about the ghost who is afraid of Halloween, children will walk, jump, hop to the Haunted House; dance with skeletons, witches, pumpkins, and goblins; and help one little ghost learn who to boo! Location: 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Tam Valley Haunted House
    Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
    Friday–Sunday, October 26–28

    TCSD's annual Tam Valley Haunted House celebrates a decade of scary fun! 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. Event details
  • Trunk or Treat at the Center
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Friday, October 26, 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, and more! Free. Event details
  • Halloween Scream on the Green
    Downtown Novato
    Friday, October 26, 5:30–9 pm & Saturday, October 27, 10 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 haunted house, costume contest, live music and entertainment, artisan booths, children’s play area and food and beverages. (Friday evening haunted house only.) Location: Sherman Avenue and the Civic Green and Novato City Hall complex. Event details
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
    Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa
    Friday, October 26, 6–8:30 pm

    Join us for crafts, a trick-or-treat trail, food and lots of family fun! There will be two movies will be shown on the big outdoor screen. Children of all ages are welcome. Attendance is free. There will be a Public Skate Session at the Arena from 7:30 - 9 PM with regular admission and skate rental ticket prices. Location: 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
  • Spooky Spaghetti Bingo
    Corte Madera Rec Center
    October 26, 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. Event details
  • Halloween Spook-tacular
    Safari West, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, October 27, 10 am

    Each attendee of this annual event receives a “Wild Card” and a chance to explore the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Explore the trail and fill out your Wild Card as you learn about amazing animal adaptations. Once completed, visit the Safari West Pumpkin Patch and redeem your card for a special prize. While you’re at the pumpkin patch, you can also purchase a pumpkin for yourself, or to donate to one of our animals! Money spent will be donated to the  Vulture Conservation Foundation who work to protect some of the world’s most amazing and least appreciated birds. Cost: Adults $50; Children (4-12) $25. Reservations required. Event details.
  • Little Folkies Family Band Halloween Concert
    Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley
    Saturday, October 27, 10:30 am (doors open at 10 am)

    Join us at our spooky and super fun Halloween concert at Sweetwater Music Hall! Doors at 10:00 AM, show begins at 10:30 AM. This concert features Irena Eide, and the amazing Little Folkies Family Band, singing and playing old-time and bluegrass tunes and songs from our Fall Collection! Tickets: $17 Advance/ $19 Day of the event (plus fees). Purchase tickets here.
  • Pixie Park Halloween Social
    Saturday, October 27, 10 am–noon
    Get on your costume and come enjoy treats, activities, and the annual Halloween parade at Pixie Park! Location: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. Event details.
  • Jeepers Jack-o-Lanterns
    Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
    Saturday, October 27, 11 am–1 pm

    Join ranger staff at Paradise Beach Park in carving your own spooky Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween! A limited amount of pumpkins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (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. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Event details
  • Safe Trick-or-Treat Downtown Novato
    Grant Avenue, Novato
    Saturday, October 27, 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 Festival
    Saint Raphael School, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 27, noon–4 pm

    Bring the family for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, a haunted house, and frightening food. Bring canned food for the needy and receive 2 free tickets for games. Location: 1100 5th Avenue, San Rafael. Event details
  • Spooky Poekie Party
    Mill Valley
    Saturday, October 27, noon–5 pm

    Spooky House, Mysterious Food, Things to Make Everywhere! Come to our interactive, hands-on Spooky House and make spooky projects. Regular drop-in rates apply during the party. Free unlimited Spooky House visits when dropping in for 2 hours or more. Cost: $10 per person for one 20 minute Spooky House visit without drop-in. Note: be prepared for a short wait if you’re just coming for the Spooky House. Location: 247 Shoreline Avenue, Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Holloween Cookie Decorating
    teeny cake, Novato
    Saturday, October 27, 1–3 pm

    Decorate A Spook-tacular Cookie Creation to Celebrate Halloween!  Come in anytime between 1–3 pm, get your cookie and decorate.  Cost: $6 in advance plus service fee. All ticket sales are final for this event. Get your tickets online here. Location: 7400 Redwood Blvd., #101, Novato. Event details.
  • Downtown San Rafael Trick-or-Treat
    Fourth Street, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 27, 1–3 pm

    Come to the 34th Annual Downtown San Rafael Trick-or-Treat event, a FREE festive Halloween celebration along the 4th Street corridor.  The day's festivities include trick or treating in the participating downtown shops, free candy bags in City Plaza, and live music. Event details
  • Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
    Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
    Sunday, October 28, 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, visit the witches' apothecary in the grocery store, scoop up spooky ducks in the waterplay area and paint miniature pumpkins in the Art Studio! Come celebrate with us by coming in costume! Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
  • Halloween Party
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, October 27, 1–3 pm

    The Teen Advisory Board is hosting a fun Halloween party! Enjoy crafts, games, treats, and face painting. Costumes are encouraged (there might be prizes…)! This program is for children and teens of all ages. Drop-in event; no registration required. Location: 1100 E Street, Downtown San Rafael. Event details.
  • Annual Corte Madera Larkspur Mothers Club Halloween Boo-Fest
    Corte Madera Community Center
    Saturday, October 27, 3:30–6:30 pm

    Grab your mask, a wand, or broom and join CMLMC for a frightfully fabulous, fun-filled event with other families from our local community. Admission: $40 per family at door for CMLMC members, $50 per family at door for non-members. There is a $10 discount if you purchase advance tickets before October 19. All-inclusive event (including food and adult beverages!). Event details
  • Costume Campfire Family Program
    Sonoma State Historic Park, Sonoma Valley
    Saturday, October 27, 5:30–6:30 pm

    It is that time of year again for our “special” campfire event. Kids are invited to come in costume for a HOWLING good time. The focus is on nature and the season of fall along with Halloween songs and a spooky marshmallow roast!! No charge for this event. Location: 5729, 20 East Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma Square. Event details.
  • 10th Annual Santa Venetia Halloween Party
    Santa Venetia Neighborhood, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 27, 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.
  • Halloween Activities & Graveyard Stroll
    Lucas Valley Field, San Rafael
    Saturday, October 27, 7–8:30 pm

    Join the Open Space rangers for a fun and spooky evening at the Lucas Valley Field Office. Our Graveyard Stroll which will include both scary and less scary routes. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and treat bag. We’ll provide all related supplies. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain will cancel. Event details
  • Halloween Faire
    Strawberry Recreation District 
    Sunday, October 28, 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! Admission: $9 per child; free for adults. Event details
  • Goblins' Spooktacular
    San Anselmo
    October 30, 5–7 pm

    Dress in your most boo-tiful Halloween costume and join us for some traditional small town fun. This event is for those 0 to 7 years old! Merchants and volunteers will be standing along San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and Tamalpais to hand out goodies. At fire station #19 on San Anselmo Avenue, there will be cookies and juice! This is a fun, town-wide trick or treating event! WANTED!! Volunteers in kid-friendly costumes to help hand out goodies to the children. Location: San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and the Fire Station. Event details
  • Halloween Festival
    Pacheco Plaza, Novato
    Wednesday, October 31, 4–6 pm

    Trick-or-treaters welcome, live DJ dance party, games, face painting, balloon animals, prizes, pet costume show and contest. Event details
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
    Downtown Petaluma
    Wednesday, October 31, 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. Event details
  • Sausalito Haunted House 
    Game Room, Sausalito City Hall 
    Wednesday, 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 4:15–5:15 pm and full terror mode from 6:15–8 pm. Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family suggested donation. Location: 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. Event details
  • Halloween Sausalito
    Caledonia Street & Robin Sweeny Park, Sausalito
    , October 31, 4:30–8 pm

    Kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume for a Halloween Parade and for some trick-or-treating. Parade begins at the Station 1 firehouse (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. There will also be a firefighters' BBQ and a dog costume contest. Event details

San Francisco & Bay Area Events

  • ZOOtoberFest
    San Francisco Zoo
    Weekends through October 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. During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. Event details
  • Fright Fest
    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo
    September 23–October 31, hours vary

    It's a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily haunting rituals. Event details
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
    Saturday & Sunday October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28

    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 details
  • Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Historic Main Street, Half Moon Bay
    Saturday & Sunday, October 13 and 14, 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, and more. Admission is free. Event details
  • Boo at the Zoo
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 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. Event details
  • Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
    Children's Fairyland, Oakland

    Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, 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 27 & 28, 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, enjoy Halloween crafts, and more. All activities are free with admission. Event details
  • SuperNatural Halloween 2018
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    Saturday, October 27, 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: $55 adults, $40 kids. Event details
  • Family Sundown SPOOKfari
    Oakland Zoo
    Saturday, October 27, 5 pm–Sunday, October 28, 10 am

    Grab your tent, bring your family, and get ready for an eerie overnight experience at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner and a trick-or-treat night tour through the Children’s Zoo. Make Jack-o-Lantern enrichment treats for the animals, and meet live, creepy, crawly animals up close! Before bedtime be mystified by the Magic of Gerald Joseph followed by some Ghost S'mores to finish the night. Wake-up in the morning (if you dared to fall asleep) to the sounds of animals and a hot breakfast. Watch the animals enjoy the pumpkins you worked on and stay for our Boo at the Zoo festivities! Tickets: $95 per person; $80 members. Reservations required. Event details
  • 18th Annual Halloween Hoopla
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 28, noon–2 pm

    The 18th 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. Event details
  • Celebrate Halloween with Charity and the JAMband
    Park Chalet, San Francisco
    Sunday, October 28, 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.

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