Thanks to Berkeley’s Fourth Street for sponsoring our Halloween Events Guide this year. Costumed kids are invited to take a photo on the street to receive a mailed prize from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31. Read on to learn about the Halloween light show they have planned.
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.
Halloween events for East Bay Kids
Light Show Drive-Through At Dusk (Fourth Street, Berkeley)
Fourth Street will magically light up for two nights and we can all come see the cool show! Drive by at dusk to see the colors, patterns, and shapes dancing on the buildings.
Location: On Fourth Street between Hearst and Virginia.
When: Friday Oct. 30 & Saturday Oct. 31 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm
Tag your photos #fourthstreetberkeley on social media so that we share the fun!
Halloween Jam (Children’s Fairyland)
October 28 – November 1, kids can march in a physically-distanced Monster Mash Parade and collect their own special surprise treat at the end! Parades happen twice daily, after each session. The morning parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon one begins at 3:30 p.m. No costume? No problem! Get tickets >
Costume Contest in Temescal (Oakland)
Sunday, October 25, the Halloween Costume Contest at It’s Your Move Games will be 12-4pm! Go get a photo taken of your costume and be entered win $50 giftcard to the Temescal business of your choice. Three winners total for Best costume (one per age group: 0-5, 6-12, Teen & Adult).
Halloween at Golfland (Castro Valley)
From now until 11/1, this mini-golf center will be decked out in a Halloween theme, especially after dusk. Reserve your tee time in advance >
Elmwood Halloween Window Scavenger Hunt (College Ave, Berkeley)
From October 10 to November 2, print a scavenger hunt here and walk the strip of stores, finding 28 different letters in the windows to create a Halloween message. Completed game cards will be entered for prizes.
Kid-friendly Drive-In Movie
Oct 31. The Alameda County Fairground will show Hotel Transylvania at 5.45 on Halloween Night for $35 per car.
Solano Avenue Window Scavenger Hunt (Albany)
Key dates are Oct. 19 to Oct. 31. This PDF can be printed or picked up at select stores. Follow the clues to find the QR codes in the windows of Solano and San Pablo destinations. 250 kids will earn goody bags for finishing the hunt!
Harvest in the Hills (Claremont Hotel, Berkeley)
From Oct. 16 through Nov. 1., check out Berkeley’s only Pumpkin Tower. This photo backdrop will be comprised of a hay bale pyramid decorated with pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. “Pin the Spider on the Web” and life-size cutouts will be set up for the perfect seasonal family photo.
Boo 2020 (Six Flags, Vallejo)
On Saturdays and Sundays from October 17 through November 1. A children’s costume parade (masks required), a Halloween-themed dolphin show and sea lion show, and prebagged candy distribution make up this event. No rides or indoor features will be open. Tickets available here >
Halloween Treasure Hunt (Piedmont Parks)
Begins 10/23. Participants will have one week to explore Piedmont parks in order to find the missing clues, solve the puzzle, and collect their prize on Halloween. Piedmont Recreation created this fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt which features puzzles, prizes, simple at home crafts, and a spooky backstory brought to life through pre-recorded videos. Details are here >
Halloween Treat Station (Alameda Landing)
October 10 from 11 am to 1 pm. Stop by a table near Habit Burger to pick up pre-packaged treats for those who are wearing masks.
Socially Distanced Halloween Party (Your Block)
You choose the date and time. DJ Ryan O is offering a special Halloween-themed party package to bring awesome music and energy to your block. Book a date and time of your choosing. Details here >
Niles Canyon Railway Halloween Train Ride (Sunol Depot)
All aboard Oct. 24 at 7 pm. Wear your costumes on this exciting train ride leaving from Sunol Depot. Details >
Halloween Workshop (Cooking Round the World, Oakland)
On Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 pm, this workshop invites kids to cook spooky Halloween treats: Mummy mini-pizzas, Spaghetti and eyeballs, Witches broomsticks. This one-day class includes a cooking demo and a ghostly Halloween story. Details here >
Cookie Decorating (Claremont Hotel, Berkeley)
Saturday, Oct. 24 & 31, at 11 am. Decorate a dozen cookies in seasonal themes –eat as you decorate or take them home. Space is limited; please sign up by purchasing a ticket HERE–one ticket provides you with one dozen cookies to decorate. $25 per dozen, icing, sprinkles, and all the tools you need to create your edible works of art provided.
East Bay SPCA’s Meow & Howl-0-Ween Drive-Thru (Oakland)
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 at 1 pm. Costumed kids (and pups!) can drive by for a fun pupstop and say Howl-O to East Bay SPCA shelter dogs. Candy and non-food treats will be available for kids. Free East Bay SPCA activity book to take home. Plus, optional treats to take home for dogs and cats. Details here >
Howl-O-Ween Pawty (Healthy Spot, Rockridge)
From 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 31, show off your pet’s costume and capture the moment with a pet-friendly photo booth. RSVP here >
Fourth Street’s Halloween Costume Contest for Kids
Let’s see your outfits! Year after year you come up with the best costume creations and we hope you can share your Halloween spirit again with us this year. Come to Fourth Street in costume. Please wear a mask and take a picture at your favorite place on the street then send it via the Fourth Street website. There is a special button on the main page that will tell you how to do it. They will say Happy Halloween and Thank You by sending you a special prize via US mail! One prize per child pictured. Can’t wait to see your creativity!
This Halloween Guide for Bay Area Kids was sponsored by the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley, one of our favorite Halloween outings for families.
Photos courtesy of Fourth Street