Thanks to Berkeley’s Fourth Street for sponsoring our Halloween Activities Guide this year.
Are 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. Calling all members of the PAW Patrol. October has so many opportunities for children to wear costumes and collect treats.
The 😱 denotes an event that is probably too scary for little ones but might work well for the older kids in the family.
Fourth Street Trick or Treat and Halloween Fest
Put on your masks and costumes and head to Delaware at Fourth Street on Halloween afternoon for an adorable tot-friendly family event with merchant trick-or-treating, face painters, scary hair styling, art booth, live music, a bubble show, and the most fun happening before twilight.
Calendar of Kid-Friendly East Bay Halloween Events
Saturday, October 8, 20222:30 pm - 3:15 pm: Not-So-Scary Halloween Magic, Oakland
Tuesday, October 11, 20223:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Halloween Crafternoons, Berkeley
Saturday, October 15, 202211:00 am - 4:00 pm: Berkeley Harvest Festival, Berkeley
Sunday, October 16, 202210:00 am - 11:30 am: Mummy and Me Fun Fest, Concord
11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Harvest Festival, Albany
Tuesday, October 18, 20223:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Halloween Crafternoons, Berkeley
Saturday, October 22, 202211:00 am - 3:00 pm: EcoFest, Walnut Creek
Sunday, October 23, 20222:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Halloween Spooktacular, Fremont
Tuesday, October 25, 20223:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Halloween Crafternoons, Berkeley
Friday, October 28, 20222:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Downtown WC Trick or Treat, Walnut Creek
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Trunk-Or-Treat, Walnut Creek
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Ghost Stories @ Grove Street Park, Berkeley
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Lafayette Trick or Treat Street, Lafayette
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Teen Haunted House (5 years and up), Alameda
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Not-Too-Scary Haunted Trail, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, October 29, 202210:00 am - 2:00 pm: Family Halloween Day, San Francisco
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Trick or Treat on the Farm, San Ramon
11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, Martinez
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Halloween Family Fest, Alameda
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Family Fun Hour: Halloween Trash Monster, Alameda
Halloween & Seasonal Events for East Bay Kids
These incredible, seasonal celebrations happen throughout October. Pick a few favorites and make plans for more Halloween-y fun.
Boo at the Zoo (Oakland Zoo)
Fridays through Sundays from October 22 – October 31. From 10 am to 4 pm, enjoy a kid-friendly Halloween- and animal-themed event at Boo at the Zoo with a self-guided scavenger hunt and treats. Winners of a costume contest will receive tickets to Glowfari later this year. Website to buy advance tickets >
Halloween Jam (Children’s Fairyland)
October 21 – October 30, kids can enjoy a seasonal boo-tiful Fairyland with decked-out sets and rides with a scavenger hunt and crafts. The event starts at 10 am and runs until 4 pm. No costume? No problem! $18 for all people over age one. More about Fairyland Halloween Jam >
😱 Fear Overload Scream Park (San Leandro)
Various Days September 30 – November 5. Not recommended for children under 12, Fear Overload offers two over-the-top haunted house attractions at Bayfair Center. Tickets are about $20 to $33 each. Website >
Boo-tacular @ Chuck E. Cheese (multiple)
All October. Come to Chuck E. Cheese in costume and enjoy extra game play with promo code, candy drops, and some slimy thematic food items. Nearby locations in Hayward, Newark, Concord, and Pinole. More details >
Spooktacular Lake Chabot Queen Tour (Oakland)
Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 23, and Oct 30. Narrated one-hour Lake Chabot tour with some spooky twists. $10 for adults, $6 for kids. Treat bags are available for an extra charge. Website >
Boo Bash at Hip Hop (Hayward)
October 15 and 29. Hosted at an indoor bounce house play center, kids are invited to join a night of pumpkin decorating, crafts, and play. Arrive in costume to add another layer of fun. For children ages 3-11, plus an accompanying adult. $25. Learn more >
Floating Pumpkin Patches
In a fun way to take advantage of our mild East Bay climate, local swimming pools are transformed into pumpkin patches. Swim and splash your way to selecting a floating pumpkin that you can take home. Young children may need to be accompanied by a registered adult.
- Pleasant Hill Floating Pumpkin Patch. October 9. Once you pick your pumpkin from the pool, give it a face at the pumpkin decorating station on deck. Register by noon on October 7. $15-$18 per person.
- El Cerrito Pumpkin Splash. October 14. Enjoy hot chocolate, games, and giveaways on the pool deck, plus swim with the pumpkins. Two sessions: 3:30 pm or 5:30 pm. For families of all ages. Drop-ins are welcome but are subject to capacity limits. $11-14 per person; kids under 1 are free.
- Berkeley Floating Pumpkin Patch. October 22. Enjoy fun activities, swim time in West Campus Pool, and go home with a pumpkin of your own. Ghoulish attire is welcome on the pool deck, and proper swimming attire is required for floating. Two sessions: 1-3 pm and 4-6 pm. Advanced registration is required. $10-$12 per person.
- Dublin Wave Floating Pumpkin Patch. October 22. Taking place in the Natatorium at The Wave, kids swim to choose their own pumpkin, then decorate it. Games and fun on the pool deck. Register by October 20. $20-$24 per swimmer; $2 for spectators.
- Hayward Plunge Floating Pumpkin Patch & Public Swim. October 29. There will be a floating pumpkin patch, decorating station, and giveaways for the top decorated pumpkins. Registration is required. $7 per person.
- Alameda Pumpkin Patch Pool Party. October 30. Take a dip in the floating pumpkin patch at Alameda’s Emma Hood Swim Center. Participants will enjoy crafts, games, swim time, and a pumpkin to bring home. Choose from five time slots between 10 am and 6 pm. Registration is required and begins October 7. $13 per person.
RSVP or Tickets Needed – One Day Halloween Events
Build a Scarecrow Workshop (Oakland)
October 1. Create a life-sized scarecrow for Halloween as a family. On-site teachers will provide supplies and guidance, and families bring ideas and discarded clothes for the scarecrow. Tickets start at $50 for a group. Register in advance >
Costume Swap & Free Play (Alameda)
October 21. A favorite among parents, Swings and Wings hosts their annual Costume Swap. Drop off a costume prior to October 21 to obtain a token for 2 hours of free play. Then return to scan the costume swap collection and enjoy some free play during the event. Required some planning, but free to join and no RSVP needed. Learn more >
Howl-ooo-ween (Lindsay Wildlife Experience)
October 27. Dress in costume and join the ghoulishly good time at Lindsay Wildlife. Featuring the not-so-spooky animal ambassadors, a Mad Scientist, carnival-style games and more. Tickets go on sale on October 10 and range from $10-$18 each. Website >
Pumpkin Decorating (Walnut Creek)
October 29. Come decorate pumpkins, take photos and visit with the goats at Borges Ranch. Supplies provided. Registration includes a pumpkin and a goodie bag. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. $40 per registrant. Learn more >
Halloween Activities Worth the Drive for East Bay Families
Only you know whether you’ll get the joy from your journey if you go a little further afield, but here are some cool ideas for families that don’t mind a bit of a drive.
Goblin Jamboree (Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito)
October 22 – October 30 (closed Monday & Tuesday). Advanced tickets for Goblin Jamboree are required for a 2.5-hour time slot of spooky-but-not-scary delights and the usual hands-on play museum goodness. $25 per person, members $20. Reserve your spot >
Thomas & Percy’s Halloween Party (Roaring Camp, Felton)
Weekends, October 16 – October 30. Take the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain. Dress up for Halloween with favorites, Thomas and Percy, for a 20-minute ride with entertainment, crafts, and photo opps. Pick a pumpkin from the town pumpkin patch. Website >
Pumpkin Picking Festival (Rancho Siempre Verde, Pescadero)
Weekends, October 15 – October 30. Admission to the pumpkin festival admits up to six guests (one carload) for 5 pumpkins, 3.5 hours of farm fun activities (swings, slides, tractor rides, wreath-making), one bunch of sunflowers, and a bag of farm-grown apples. Tell ’em 510families sent you for another small pumpkin free. Website >
Orchard Days (Filoli, Woodside)
Weekends, September 24 – October 30. Orchard Days at Filoli is when this large scenic estate and garden celebrates the autumn harvest. Weave through apple trees and grapevines (but no picking, please!), listen to music, sip cider, and enjoy the 7-acre grounds. There’s lots of room to run for children, and Filoli makes a terrific mixed-age outing with grandparents. Website >
Alden Lane Fall Festival (Livermore)
October 15 & 16. Join the fall festival that will get you ready for Halloween. Participate in a scarecrow building contest, make crafts, taste apple cider donuts, learn in gardening classes, purchase pumpkins, and other seasonal fun. Website >
😱 Fright Fest 2022 (Six Flags, Vallejo)
Occasional days from September 24 – October 31. Haunted attractions, tricked-out rides, creepy shows, and scare zones make this event better for big kids, tweens, and teens who want to be thrilled. No costumes are allowed for guests so that you know the zombies sneaking up on you are professionals. About $40 per ticket plus fees. Tickets available here >
Pumpkin Patch Express Train (River Fox Train, West Sacramento)
Weekends throughout October. This 2-hour family-friendly experience includes a one-hour train ride through Yolo County plus a one-hour “festival” of trick-or-treating, crafts, and a pumpkin. Costumes are encouraged. Gem mining is available for an additional fee. Learn more >
Haunted Hangar (Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos)
October 22 – October 31. Come in costume and explore the spookily decorated airplane hangar at the Hiller Aviation Museum (included with museum admission fees) while you tackle the Great Pumpkin scavenger hunt. On weekends there are special kids’ activities like a helicopter pumpkin drop and kids’ carnival. Learn more >
😱 Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park (Pleasanton)
Thursday to Sunday, September 30 – October 31. This haunted theme park is too scary for sensitive young ones but might delight your teens. It runs at night using 6 acres of the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 8. Tickets available here >
This Halloween Guide for Bay Area Kids was sponsored by the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley, one of our favorite Halloween destinations for families.