{510} Halloween Guide for East Bay Kids

Bay Area Discovery Museum goblin-jamboree

Thanks to Bay Area Discovery Museum for sponsoring our Halloween Guide this year. The Goblin Jamboree they host is a fabulous addition to our round-up of things to do with kids on Halloween!

Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and outings where Jedi Knights and Cleopatra will be more than welcomed.

Pre-Halloween events

A costume swap at Color Me Mine in Alameda is already happening. When you drop off your costume (during business hours from now until October 11th), you will receive a Free Studio Time Coupon and a Costume Voucher. You will bring back the Costume Voucher on Saturday, October 11th, between 6pm and 8pm and pick out your costume. Details here.

Craft session at Michael’s Craft Stores (Emeryville and Pinole) invite parents to put their kids in a Halloween-themed craft activity for $2 while they shop the store. Drop-in between 10 am and 11:30 on Saturdays: Make a paper doll mummy on Saturday, October 11; a paper Frankenstein mask on Saturday, October 18; decorate a Trick Or Treat tote bag on Saturday, October 25. (Read our review of Michael’s stores drop-in crafts.)

October Toddler Ramble at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. Focus on creatures like snakes, spiders, and bats. You’ll see: they’re not so scary! Friday, October 17th and Friday October 24 at 10:30 am.

Movies in the Park: The Addams Family at Redwood Heights Rec Center Fun starts at 6 and film starts around 7.  Friday night, October 17.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Halloween Event

Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree.  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, live entertainment and much more.Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $16 (Museum members $13). Children under 6 months free. Details are here>

Baby’s First Halloween Event at ToysRUs/BabiesRUs. Saturday, October 18 from 10-11 am at all stores. Details here.

Family Halloween Story Time for 3-7 year olds at North Berkeley library on Wednesday, October 22 from 3.30 to 4 pm.

Haunted House in Alameda at the South Shore Center put on by Alameda Teens for kids 5+ on October 24. Details.

Grandparent/Grandchild Gretel Candy Houses Workshops at Habitot on Friday, October 24 • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Grandparents and grandchildren will build and decorate a Hansel & Gretel-style Halloween house. Costumes welcome! This event is FREE to Grandparent Circle Charter Members. $29/Child for other grandparent circle members. Registration required at habitotreservations@lmi.net or call 510-647-1111 ×14.

Halloween Cookie Decorating – In this free Junior Chef class at William Sonoma at Bay Street, kids will be decorating delicious Halloween cookies with spooky and fun designs. Suitable for ages 5-13, kids are welcome to preview their costume! 9.30 am on Saturday, October 25.

Family Fun Night at Bladium. Saturday, October 25, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. $15 per person | $50 for a family of four | children under 4 y/o are FREE!

Parent’s Night Out Halloween Party at Bay Island Gymnastics from 5 to 8:30 PM. $40 for gym members; $45 for non-members. $5 sibling discount. Call 510.533.3939 to reserve a spot.  Dinner for kids is provided.

Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito and Bay Street: 11 am Halloween-themed story time on Saturday the 25th will include treats and a reading of Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat.

Boo at the Zoo is when the Oakland Zoo invites you to trick or treat on October 25th and October 26th. Kids in costumes get free train rides. Also features spooky boo train, costume parade, face painting, and crafts.

Boo at the Zoo (SF Zoo) Also October 25 and 26, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Save $1 on admission with costume, treat stations throughout the Zoo, Casper the Friendly Ghost will be on hand for photos, puppet shows, magic shows, bounce houses, and crafting tables.

Halloween activities at Lawrence Hall of Science: Meet scaly, slimy animals during regular museum hours all weekend (Oct 25 + 26) and design a robot that can drop things into a witches cauldron from 11 to 3 on Saturday the 25th.

Piedmont Pumpkin Festival with Piedmont Avenue parade into Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday October 25 at noon.

Skeletonfest at the Richmond Art Center invites kids to participate in all kinds of arts and crafts with skeleton and Day of the Dead themes on Saturday the 25th.

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland on Saturday and Sunday invites costumed kids to pick up treats and partake in parades while they visit the park. Price is $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

Pumpkin Patch Dash Race on Sunday, October 26th in the morning location coming soon – in past years this event has been at MLK Track or Grove Park. Kids can win prizes from Berkeley Rec. Face painting and other amusements will be on hand. Click through for race times for each age group.

Rock out to a costumed kids’ band at Ashkenaz in Berkeley as part of their Silly Sundays concert series on Sunday the 27th.

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos craft session at the South Branch of the Berkeley public library will take place after school on October 29th for kids 6+


Day-of events

Free Baby Booooot Camp Class at Lake Temescal at 9:30 am on the morning of Halloween. See details >

Solano Avenue Trick or Treating will go from 3-5 on Halloween.  A costume contest will wrap up the event at the Albany YMCA at 921 Kains.

Temescal merchants open their doors to trick or treaters from 4 to 6 pm.

Berkeley’s Fourth Street Shops. Merchants giving out candy/toys. Participating merchants will have pumpkin at their door. Want Scary Hair?Keter Salon professionals will give you scary hair to match your outfit! Face Painting; Pumpkin Painting at The Pasta Shop; Costume Contest at The Ark Toys. Festivities begin at 2 pm.

Eat at Chipotle for $3 after 4 pm on Halloween day. Special offer extended only to customers in costume, and proceeds from discounted food go to their foundation for sustainable agriculture.

Hilltop Mall trick or treating from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Halloween Day at participating merchants throughout the mall. For children in costume, 13 years or younger. (No masks, please!)

Harvest Festival at James Kenney community center in Berkeley invites families to a mini-Halloween carnival during the afternoon.

Thrills and Chills Haunted House (FREE) at MLK Jr Youth Services Center at Grove Park in Berkeley is for kids 5 and up on Halloween day.

Halloween Community Parade at San Pablo Park starts at 4:30 pm. Meet up at the community center.

Bay Street mall in Emeryville from 6pm-7:00pm and face painting and balloon making from 5pm-7pm in the Bay Street Plaza.

 This Halloween Guide for Bay Area Kids was sponsored by the Bay Area Discovery Museum, one of our favorite outings for families.

Photos courtesy of Bay Area Discovery Museum

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  1. says

    East Bay Moms’ Halloween Stroller Walk & Potluck Lunch takes place on Friday, October 25 at 10:00am at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.
    We’ll walk a one-hour loop through this beautiful, historic cemetery; the paved pathways include some hills. Directions: From Hwy. 13, take the Thornhill Dr./Moraga Ave. exit and go west on Moraga Ave. to Pleasant Valley Ave. and turn right. Proceed one short block to Piedmont Ave, and turn right. Proceed to the end of Piedmont Ave., enter the cemetery and park near the fountain. Bring a blanket (no tables), your own drinks and a lunch dish to share for our annual Halloween Potluck. East Moms will provide paper goods. Costumes encouraged!

  2. Lisa Tsering says

    Thanks for this. I was hoping to go to Piedmont’s awesome haunted house run by the city, but I found out that they are taking a year off as they evidently do every 10 years!

  3. Holly says

    Does anyone know if the Russell Street Halloween is happening this year? I have not seen a mention of it anywhere. Thanks!