It’s the time of year when Woodside calves are on the mooo-ve looking for Halloween treats. There are plenty of spine tingling events for families and children of all ages from which to choose. Check these out.
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
If you haven’t gotten your pumpkins yet, Pick of the Patch offers several varieties of pumpkins, interactive Pumpkin Patch Tours, bounce houses, slides, retail items (such as carving kits, painting kits, snacks) and a Halloween photograph area. Sunday – Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 9:30pm. 1301 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063 and Sneath Ln & Huntington Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066 or W El Camino Real & Arroyo Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070.
On October 22nd from 4pm to 9pm Fun for all the family including carnival rides, giant inflatables, a haunted house, hay rides and live performances at the Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd, San Francisco. The event is co-sponsored by San Francisco Parks Trust and the Parks and Recreation Department. Admission is $8. Call (415) 831-6800 for more details.
On October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th, from 7:00pm-12:00am, Great America has its Halloween Haunt. It is rated PG 13 and the site warns that it is too intense for young-uns. It has haunted mazes, four themed scare zones, one themed attraction, four live stage shows, plus the park’s collection of thrill rides. Gruesome twosome admission special: two tickets for $54.99. 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. (408) 988-1776
Winchester Mystery House
On October 23rd, 29th, 30th and 31st, enjoy a 65 minute Flashlight Tour of the Winchester Mansion. Wander through 110 rooms of this mysterious mansion with only the moonlight and a souvenir flashlight. Your imagination will go wild while exploring this bewildering maze of rooms. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Admission: $20. Winchester Mystery House, 525 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose (408) 247-2101
Gamble Garden Halloween Haunted House
On October 29th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, witches and goblins will be roaming the gardens and stirring up mischief at the Gamble Garden Center. The witches will create games and activities in which everyone can participate. This event is recommended for trick-or-treaters from 4-10 years old accompanied by an adult. Costumes are welcome, Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Admission: $15. Registration is required. Go to the website here.
Children’s Ghost Train
On October 29th and 30th, the train departs at 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Relive “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” while riding in a vintage railway car through a Redwood forest. Named one of the top 10 Halloween events by USA Today. Costumed actors re-enact scenes form the story while it is narrated during this 75 minute ride. A haunted house, games and costume contest add to the festivities. Admission: $27. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5355 Graham Hill Rd., Felton (831) 335-4484. Tickets can be purchased here.
Rocky Horror Halloween Event
October 30th from 11:59pm to 1:30am, for those late nighters who don’t want to miss the 35th anniversary showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will enjoy this presentation by Barely Legal. Psycho Donuts will be there with some ghoulish treats. There will be a costume contest, fun prizes and deliciously deviant donuts. Camera 3, 288 S. 2nd St, San Jose
On October 30th from 7:30pm to 2:00am, a dance party is held on the USS Hornet. Special kids area is open 7:30pm–10:00pm. There will be haunted tours, costume contests, dancing, haunted hospital and other treats. Live spine chilling music by The Cocktail Monkeys, and DJ Yuma Tripp. Also available flashlight after hours tours. Admission with advance purchase: adults $20 and kids (5-17) $10. USS Hornet, 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, Alameda (510) 521-8448 x282.
On October 30th from 9:30am-5:00pm and October 31st from 11:00am-5:00pm the California Academy of Sciences holds its Supernatural Festival with a costume parade, performances by Velocity Circus, magicians, animal demonstrations, and trick-or-treating. The family fun continues with cockroaches, snakes and other creepy crawly critters during the animal demonstrations and special programs. Come in costume and get a free trick or treat bag. Admission: adults: $29.95 and child (4-11) $19.95; youth (12-17) $24.95. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, (415) 561-0363.
Halloween afternoon at the Exploratorium
On October 31st, from 12:00pm-4:00pm, kids can explore a variety of creatures – giant insects, tarantulas and leeches or perhaps the Garden of Carnivorous Plants. Local artist Irma Ortiz will demonstrate how to handcraft Calaveras, or sugar skulls. There will also be screenings of frightfully fun animations featuring Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, ghosts, & Mickey Mouse. Adults are invited to explore the Graveyard of Dead Science Ideas. Halloween Afternoon at the Exploratorium is included in the regular price of admission to the museum but visitors in full costume will receive of a discount admission: 1$ for kids, 3$ for adults. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco (415) 561-0363.
HallowScreen! And Drop-in Craft Activity
On Halloween, the Walt Disney Family Museum HalloScreen provides a compilation of Disney’s scariest subjects including The Skeleton Dance and other bone chilling shorts at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm on October 31st. There will be drop in Halloween craft activities though out the day (10:00am – 5:00pm) in the Learning Center. Create something spooktacular to bring home. Costumes are encouraged.
Admission: $20. The Museum is located at The Presidio, 104 Montgomery St. San Francisco.