Family Halloween Events in Marin & the Bay Area
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 Halloween Events
- Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Lake Regional Park
Lakeville Highway at Cannon Lane, Petaluma
Saturday & Sunday, October 19–20, 11 am–5 pm
The Tolay Fall Festival takes place over two long weekends in October at the site of the old Cardoza Ranch off Lakeville Highway. In addition to pumpkins, attractions and activities include a Native American village, the Nighttime Creatures Barn with Creepy Crawly Critters Room, nature hikes, a straw maze, a hands-on children's area and kiddie corral, and hay rides. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Parking $7. Event website.
- Novato Horsemen Haunted House
600 Bugeia Lane, Novato
October 18 & 19, 25 & 26, 7–10 pm
Bring the kids out for a night of scare and fun at the Novato Horseman Haunted House in Novato. Admission is $6 per person. Event details.
- Halloween 5K
Sports Basement, Presidio SF
Saturday, October 19, 9 am
Have you heard? We're putting on our very own 5K, and in classic SB fashion, we're going all out! This is no everyday 3.1 mile run; there'll be a costume contest, a kids-only 1 mile run, and a spoooooky after party featuring food trucks, music, games and more! Best of all, 100% of proceeds from this event will go to support Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Location: 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco. Tickets: $10 for kids-only 1 mile run, $25 for 5K Run/Walk Youth - Ages 5-18 and $40 for 5K Run/Walk Adult. Register online here. Location: Crissy Field, San Francisco. Event details.
- Pumpkins on Pikes
Tara Firma Farm, Petaluma
Saturday, October 19 & 26, 2–10 pm
Come on out to the farm for Halloween fun with pumpkin carving, live music, dancing, BBQ ($15/$10 per plate), and more. Put your jack-o-lantern on a pike in the corn field and at sundown it will be lit along with all the others! Admission is $25 or $20 for farm members and includes a pumpkin. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Event website.
- Trick-or-Treat Trail & Boo Bash
Main Street, Tiburon & Belvedere Community Park
Saturday, October 19, 4:30–6:30 pm
Trick or treat down Tiburon's Main Street with downtown merchants. Event details
- The Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic Show
Novato City Hall
Saturday, October 19, 6 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 from Mike Della Penna. Free. Location: 901 Sherman Avenue, Novato. Event details
- Tam Valley Haunted House
Tam Valley Community Center, Mill Valley
Friday–Sunday, October 25–27
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 25, 4–6 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
Friday, October 25, 5:30–9 pm & Saturday, October 26, 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 25, 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. Location: 1667 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa. Event details.
Spooky Spaghetti Bingo
Corte Madera Rec Center
Friday, October 25, 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.
- Movie and Craft Drop Off Date Night
Little Tree Studios, San Anselmo
Friday, October 25, 6–9 pm
Come drop off your Little Artist for our Movie Night Friday. We will have a small craft, watch the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, and eat pizza and fresh popped popcorn! Little Artists will make a dancing skeleton puppet. Please bring cozy clothes and pillows to curl up with during the show. We will serve pizza and popcorn. Cost: $50. Location: 14 Ross Avenue, San Anselmo. Event details
- Halloween Festival–Costume Contest for Kids & Dogs
Marin Country Mart, Larkpur Landing
Saturday, October 26, 11 am
We will be holding our usual costume contest for kids & dogs (meet Hugo, the Mart Mascot!!) at 11 am. plus guess the weight of the giant pumpkin for a prize! Face painting, pony rides, crafts, make your own caramel apples, and pumpkin patch fun await for you & yours all day long! Event details.
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
Fridays & Saturdays, October 25–November 10, 2 pm and 7 pm (times vary on weekends)
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Fun the the entire family! Tickets: $15–$35. Purchase tickets here. Location: 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. Event details.
Paradise Beach Park, Tiburon
Saturday, October 26, 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 26, 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.
Trick-or-Treat on 4th Street
Downtown San Rafael
Saturday, October 26, 1–3 pm
Bring your little ones in costume for treats from participating merchants all up and down Fourth Street, Downtown from Lincoln to the West End Village, look for the poster and balloons. Event details.
Costume Campfire Program
Sonoma Barracks, Downtown Sonoma
Saturday, October 26, 6 pm
Join us for our annual costume campfire program in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard. Bring the kids for some fun, seasonal talk, spooky campfire songs and a ghostly marshmallow roast. All ages welcome. Free of charge. Location: 98 E Spain Street, Downtown Sonoma. Event details.
Halloween Activities & Graveyard Stroll
Lucas Valley Field, San Rafael
Saturday, October 26, 7–9:30 pm
Join the Open Space rangers for a fun and spooky evening at the Lucas Valley Field Office. At 7 pm stop on by to check out the One Tam Roving Ranger with its activities and scientific specimens. All About Owls will also have some ambassadors on hand to see up close and learn fascinating facts about. There will also be a viewing of "A Silent Legacy" which is a documentary on the history of the Lucas Valley Grave Yard and old County Farm and Hospital Site. At 7:30 we’ll begin our Self-Guided Graveyard Stroll which will include both scary and less scary routes; along the way you’ll find informational signs. After your tour collect a bag of candy or hang out at the S'more making station. Rain will cancel. Event details.
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Sunday, October 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Fun, treats, and prizes at our Not-Too-Spooky Halloween! Not-Too-Spooky decorations will start going up in mid-October and stay through Halloween. Excavate bugs from frozen monster hands. Paint miniature pumpkins, while supplies last. Come play with pumpkin slime. Play miniature golf in the Toddler Garden tombstone graveyard. Visit the Witches Apothecary in the grocery store for some Not-Too-Spooky sensory play. Pizza lunch $1.50 kid slices. Museum admission applies. Location: 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. Event details.
Petaluma Mothers Club Fall Carnival
Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma
Sunday, October 27, 10 am–1 pm
Bring the entire family to the annual Fall Carnival! Free admission, with tickets available for purchase that can be used for a variety of games, amusements and concessions. Location: 800 Riesling Rd, Petaluma. Event details
- Halloween Faire
Strawberry Recreation District
Sunday, October 27, 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: $9 per child; no charge for adults. Event website.
- Goblins' Spooktacular
Wednesday 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 water! This is a fun, town-wide trick or treating event! Location: San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland and the Fire Station. Event details
- Halloween Sausalito
Thursday, October 31, 4:15–7 pm
Halloween fun for the entire family. Child-friendly haunted house, parade and trick-or-treat, dog costume contest, Firefighter BBQ and more... Event details.
- Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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) at 6 pm sharp. 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 Halloween Events
San Francisco Zoo
Weekends through October 27
Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from over 1,000 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. 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 fall-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
Through November 2, 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 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27
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 19 and 20, 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
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 10 am–3 pm
Stroll the Zoo in costume and follow the clues on your program to fill your Trick or Treat bag full of yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, participate in hands-on Halloween themed activities, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. New this year: in an effort to reduce and reuse, bring your favorite bucket, bag, or pillow case to collect your treats and showcase your Halloween spirit! Don't have a bag? Decorate a paper grocery bag, cut the top off an old milk jug and add eyes for a spooky ghost bucket, or even upcycle an old t-shirt to make a trick-eco-treat bag! Event details
- Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Children’s Fairyland
Children's Fairyland, Oakland
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 10 am–5 pm
Dress-up your family in costumes and come enjoy a full roster of autumnal activities from 10 to 5 each day, including goody bags, treat stations and bouncy jumpers for big and little kids. Plus, pirate school, parades, unlimited rides, hands-on arts and crafts, balloon twisting, live performances, puppet shows, and lots more! Cost: $12; $6 members. For more info, visit their website.
- Boo at the Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27, 11 am–4 pm
Dress up in costume for one of San Francisco Zoo & Garden’s most popular family Halloween events! Trick-or-treat at multiple stations throughout the zoo and watch animals gobble up gourds and enjoy Halloween-themed enrichment treats during the Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp. Dress up in costume and participate and watch the Costume Parade and Contest with judges choosing winners in several different categories. Have a creepy, crawly critter adventure at the Insect Zoo, teaming with more than a thousand multi-legged bugs. All activities are free with admission. Event details
- SuperNatural Halloween 2018
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Saturday, October 26, 5–9 pm
Explore the Academy at night and have a spine-chillingly good time with our scientists, specimens, and 40,000 live animals! Show your Halloween spirit and come in costume for fanciful, family-friendly fun—and, of course, trick-or-treating. Early admission for benefactors at 5 pm; general admission at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $55 adults ($50 members), $40 kids ($35 members). Event details
- Family Sundown SPOOKfari
Saturday, October 26, 5 pm–Sunday, October 27, 10 am
Grab your tent, bring your family, and get ready for an eerie overnight experience at Oakland Zoo! Take a trick-or-treat night tour through the zoo, make Halloween enrichment for the animals, meet creepy, crawly animals up close, and more! This year’s program also includes a special, spooky campfire song session with Andy Z! All participants are welcome to stay for Boo at the Zoo festivities the following morning. Tickets: $95 per person; $80 members. Reservations required. Event details
- Not-Too-Spooky Halloween
Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley
Sunday, October 27, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Fun, treats, and prizes at our Not-Too-Spooky Halloween! Not-Too-Spooky decorations will start going up in mid-October and stay through Halloween. Come show us your costume anytime! Art Studio: Excavate bugs from frozen monster hands. Paint miniature pumpkins, while supplies last. Come play with pumpkin slime. Museum: Play miniature golf in the Toddler Garden tombstone graveyard. Visit the Witches Apothecary in the grocery store for some Not-Too-Spooky sensory play. Pizza lunch: $1.50 kid slices. Free with museum admission. Event details
- Charity and the JAMband Family Concert!
Park Chalet Coastal Beer Garden, San Francisco
Sunday, October 27, 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: 1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. Event details.
- 19th Annual Halloween Hoopla
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco
Sunday, October 27, noon–2 pm
The 19th 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
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