Bay Area Halloween Events Guide

Despite continuing concerns surrounding COVID-19, many are still trying to make the best of a difficult situation for the Halloween holiday by holding safe and socially-distanced (and in some cases virtual) Halloween events. We've compiled a list below of the events we've come across throughout the Bay Area to help you celebrate the spooky season.

Berkeley: Halloween Fun on Fourth

  • Drive by at dusk for a magical light show along Fourth Street.
  • Enter your kids' costume photos online for a special prize.
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Dublin: Picnic Flix Halloween Drive-In Edition

  • Drive-in viewing of Hocus Pocus in the Dublin Iceland parking lot.
  • Prizes for most-spirited vehicles.
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Mountain View: Monster Bash

  • Plaza Haunt at Pioneer Park and Civic Center Plaza, featuring spook-tacular displays, boo-tiful photo stops and startling décor.
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Oakland: Halloween Jam at Children's Fairyland

  • Monster Mash Parade at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with special treats for kids at end of parade.
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Oakland: Meow and Howl-o-ween Drive-Thru

  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 8323 Baldwin Street
  • Kids and pets can stop by and say Howl-O to East Bay SPCA animals and enjoy some sweet treats.
  • Second location in Dublin at 4651 Gleason Drive.
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Pleasanton: Halloween Boo-Bash

  • Two drive-in movies at the Alameda County Fairgrounds
  • 5:45 p.m. movie: Hotel Transylvania
  • 8:30 p.m. movie: Sleepy Hollow
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Pleasanton: Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park

  • Located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this year's haunted park has transitioned to a drive-thru experience.
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Redwood City: Trunk or Treat Drive Boo

  • 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Decorated cars and tricked-out trunks, I Spy game and treat bag.
  • Reservation required.
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San Francisco: Sloth-o-ween at SF Zoo

  • Guests are encouraged to show up in their Halloween costumes for a self-guided walk around the zoo. Features five sloth-themed haunted houses.
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San Jose: Dead Time Dreams Haunted Attractions

  • 7:30 p.m. at Tully Road and Capitol Expressway.
  • Immersive open air fright walk through Horror Alley.
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San Mateo: Halloween at Par 3

  • 5 p.m. kids' costume parade along golf course plus goodie bags.
  • 6 p.m. drive-in movie: Goosebumps 2
  • 9:30 p.m. drive-in movie: Halloween
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San Rafael: Spooktacular Drive-Thru

  • $10 admission per car
  • 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at 10 Avenue of the Flags
  • Fair food faves, Halloween goodies and more courtesy of the Marin County Fair.
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Sonoma: Halloween at Cornerstone

  • 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Candy stations for kids and fall-themed cocktails for adults at this wine country marketplace and art-inspired garden.
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Walnut Creek: ALOE-ween at the Garden

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Pumpkin scavenger hunt in the garden, free Halloween professional digital portraits and more at Ruth Bancroft Garden.
  • Food Drive supporting the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano – bring non-perishable/canned food items.
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Woodside: Howl at the Moon at Filoli Gardens

  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Come in costume and bring a flashlight as you tour the gardens.
  • Join in a scavenger hunt and other spooky findings.
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Virtual: DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites

  • 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. online event
  • Halloween-themed, canine-centric celebration of canine friends and heroes.
  • Fun canine activity demonstrations, costume contest, get a pupdate from San Jose Sharks puppy Finn and more.
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Virtual: Halloween Hoopla

  • 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Interactive performances for kids.
  • Online costume parade.
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Virtual: Once in a Blue Moon Halloween Telescope Viewing

  • 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. via Facebook Live on the Chabot Space and Science Center page
  • Join the live stream for a rare blue moon viewing. This will be the first Blue Moon on Halloween since 1944.
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