Family Halloween Parties & Events in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Halloween is just around the corner and there is plenty of activity around the bay. If you are not amenable to run-of-the-mill trick-or-treating, there are a number of other Halloween events and parties that the whole family will enjoy. There is plenty of family fun on Halloween near everyone this year.

Haunted Depot in Benicia

A normally mild-mannered train station will transform into a spooky depository of ghosts, ghouls, and other frightful transients. This event runs October 17-31. For more information call: 707-745-9791.

Dates: October 17-19, 24-26, 31

Price: Adults: $3 & Kids under 6: $2 (with donation of a canned good). Without donation, Adults: $6 & Kids: $4

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Boo at the Zoo in Oakland

Oaklanders will love parading around in costume at the Oakland Zoo. The zoo holds this annual event every Halloween, and it is a thrill for smaller children. Kids can view zoo animals and collect yummy treats at the same time. But don’t expect to see any animals in costumes, the zoo has strict policies about humanizing animals.

Dates: October 25-26

Price: Kids under 2 and Adults 80+ are free; Kids 2-14 & Seniors: $11.75, Adults 15-64: $15.75; Parking $8

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Halloween Carnival in Livermore

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District is hosting a spooky carnival before Halloween day for children 1-8 years old. Kids can play ghostly basketball, participate in a spooky bean bag toss, be victim to creepy, face painting, and jot through a mini-pumpkin patch.

Date: October 18 – 1-4pm

Price: $8 per child, parents are free

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Ghost Walk at City Hall in San Francisco

Talk of humanly remains, assassinations, an old cemetery, and ghosts are the focus of this special Halloween tour at City Hall. Instead of speil about architecture, city employees will provide chilling details of their run in with paranormal activity, and the hall’s haunted history.

Dates: TBA

Price: Free

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Winchester Mystery House in San Jose

This house is creepy all-year ’round, but Halloween enhances the creep-factor. Sarah Winchester believed in curses, and built the oddities in her mansion to ward off the souls of those killed by her husband’s product, the famed Winchester rifle. On Halloween the Winchester Mystery House holds their Fright Night which includes a haunted tour of the mansion, and a chance to get lost in the haunted maze that is full of creepy characters. Tickets sell fast for special events at the Winchester Mystery House, so buy your tickets in advance.

Date: October 31, 2014

Price: TBA

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Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America in Santa Clara

Head to Santa Clara this Halloween and enjoy costumes and fast rides at Great America. This annual Halloween event includes discombobulating mazes, horrifying scarezones, and terrifying performances (as if the park’s rides weren’t horrifying enough). This event is free for season pass holders. Buy tickets for this popular event ahead of time online.

Date: October 31, 2014

Price: $28.99 (online)

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The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz

Strange phenomenon was discovered at this spot in 1939. Come by the Mystery Spot on Halloween, and be prepared for everything you thought you knew about gravity and science to be put into question. Tickets are cheap at $6, but do sell-out on holidays.

Date: October 31, 2014

Price: $6

Info: Headlands Halloween

Jelly Belly Haunted House in Vallejo

Never been to the famous Jelly Belly factory? Learn the art candy-making with witches and ghouls. What’s even better is this family Halloween tour is free for all.

Date: October 20-31, 2014

Price: Free

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Fright Night in Vallejo

Vallejoans have a great option for family fun on Halloween; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is throwing their annual Halloween bash. Children of all ages will be frightened to death when entering the Nightmare Major, The Boathouse at Blood Lake, Scrapeyard of the Dead, Thunder Road Zombie Invasion, the Lost Souls of Kong, and the Slaughter House of Pig Farms to name just a few of the ghoulish affairs.

halloween parties for kids in the san francisco bay area and santa clara

Date: October

Price: TBD

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