Halloween Costumes & Accessories
Aspire to the ranks of NASA this Halloween with a suit that has an authentic look, is machine washable with sturdy construction, complete with embroidered NASA patches.
Lots of zipper pockets and patches including one that says Commander! Kids & Adult sizes. Did we just give a Halloween Family Costume idea?!
Witchfest 2021 And Fleetwood Macram Concert
A special Samhain celebration for witches and wanderers alike offers a day filled with a host of mystical, magical vendors, tarot readings, henna art and live entertainment. Stay for a music performance presented by Tiny Towns Outdoor Concert Series and the Ivy Room at the outdoor garden stage.
Magickal Marketplace 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30. Free admission. Reservations encouraged. Tiny Towns Concert 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30. $20-$120. Reservations required. Alfresco dining park, 1435 Webster St., Alameda. ivyroom.com
Mexican Heritage Plaza School Of Arts And Culture Present: Avenida De Altares
The fifth annual event will feature an outdoor exhibition of Day of the Dead altars created by local artists. Along with the altar gallery, community members can pay respects to those who have passed on at a public ofrenda area. Attendees are invited to enjoy live music, food vendors and beverage tastings. A concert with La Misa Negra will take place inside the Mexican Heritage Plaza, hosted by the School of Arts and Culture.
5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Free. School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose. schoolofartsandculture.org
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Blind Scream Haunted House: Witch House
Deep in the woods stands a dilapidated old dwelling of which timid folks should steer clear. It is inhabited by three terrible sisters who have poisoned the surrounding land and curse anyone who dares to enter.
7-11 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 28-31 7-10 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24. $25-$35, available online. 98 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa. 707-953-3909. blindscream.com
Oakland: Boo At The Zoo
Address: 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605
Dates: Select days through Oct. 31
- Oakland Zoo’s popular Boo at the Zoo event returns for another year for the whole family to enjoy.
- Some of the event’s features include a self-guided scavenger hunt to find trick-or-treating animals hidden inside the zoo and a costume contest.
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the zoo will not be doing a trick-or-treating activity, but instead they will hand out pre-stuffed goodie bags for all children attending the event.
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Take Care Of The Earth
Our tour begins in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Alameda, which was once the place where seemingly half the East Bay used to visit for Halloween trick-or-treating . Now all the creative energy of decorating seems to be channeled to political and social statements.
These two skeletons in Wake me when this is all over and VOTE T-shirts have signs urging environmental and personal responsibility. Notice the adult skeleton is demonstrating poor mask etiquette, wearing it slightly under the nasal cavity.
Clybourn Manor4336 N Clybourn Ave Burbank Ca
Clybourn Manor invites families to its annual Haunt Extravaganza! The yard of this home is completely transformed for Halloween and is good for all ages. This years festivities are scheduled for Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th and Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
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Rotten Apple 907907 N California St Burbank Ca 91505
Rotten Apple 907 is a family and community-based haunted house experience.This year, Rotten Apple 907 is celebrating their 30th Anniversary, and this years theme is Evil in the London Fog. For many families, a visit here is an annual tradition. Rotten Apple 907 is a non-profit event. Donations are gratefully accepted and in years past have been presented to VBAS . Be sure to check the website for the most current information regarding dates and times.
Local Happenings Include Costume Contests Spooky Movie Screenings And Trick
by Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Weekly
Uploaded: Mon, Oct 25, 2021, 5:09 pmUpdated: Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 11:34 am
There’s plenty to do this year in the days before, during and after Halloween as people look to shake off those COVID-19 blues.
Here’s a list of some of the many fun events on the Midpeninsula for a howl of a good time. Remember, though, to check each event in advance for COVID-19 protocols. Some venues require a vaccination card or proof of a negative test result within 72 hours.
M-A Trick Or Treat Street: Menlo Atherton High School safe Halloween event for children under 12 years old and their families. Games, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and trick-or-treating.
When: Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Halloween Spooktacular: Annual trick-or-treating event in downtown Los Altos for children sends them on a quest to find stores displaying an orange pumpkin. Includes fun games and balloon artist spooky crafts.
When: Oct. 29. Trick-or-treating begins at noon. Halloween fun and games at Veterans Community Plaza set for 2-4 p.m.
Where: Downtown Los Altos.
Trick-Car-Treat drive-thru event: Decorated cars on display. Costumed volunteers will hand out treats and toys to the parade of cars at this free annual event hosted by Bridges Community Church. Participants are invited to wear costumes and are encouraged to wear face coverings.
When: Oct. 29. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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Halloween House Of North Ridgeville
The display features over 30 animatronics with lights and sounds giving you an interactive experience along with 100 feet of webbing made by hand. Additional scary fun items and a haunted garage are put out for everyone to go through on Halloween night. Its inspired by the homeowner’s deceased Mother who was a big Stephen King fan and now has made this display in honor of her. Featured on Cleveland’s Fox 8 News in 2017 and has been in the the local newspapers. When: Nightly during the month of OctoberSunday Thursday: Dark to 10pmFriday and Saturday: Dark to 11pmWhere: 38351 Springdale Dr, North Ridgeville, OH 44039Cost: Free2021 Update: The display will be up for 2021
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Lake Street Halloween
Even before the autumn leaves begin to drop in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can see that as the fog rolls out, the mood for Halloween rolls in. It’s not too early to pull out last year’s boxes from storage and see what else is needed for this year’s Halloween party decorations. There will be no party shortage, as a half moon hangs on 2014’s All Hallows’ Eve, which falls on a Friday night. You’ve got the apples for bobbing games or caramelizing on a stick. The pumpkins are just waiting to be carved and the horror movie selection has been made. Once the costumes are all sorted out, your to-do list of Halloween decorations needs attention, too. These Halloween enthusiast retailers are ready for you!
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Sparky’s Balloons / Sparky’s Fun and Joy115 Clement St.
Halloween is huge at Cliff’s, who has clocked in more than “75 Years of Having It.” Store manager Terry says, “We’ve got the whole deal. Totally gross, gruesome and awesome.” Sure, Halloween-themed plates and napkins are in-store, but there’s more. Depending on how strong of a stomach one has for such things, a Halloween party table can be decorated with lifelike rubber rats, dead cats and even body parts. Hanging cutouts of witches, ghosts, skeletons and skulls will certainly look cool with a chandelier covered in cobwebs. The inventory is flushed out with costumes and accessories galore for a one-stop Halloween shop.
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Halloween Meltdown With John Waters
The two day, all-age-friendly Halloween dance and performance festival, formerly known as the Burger Boogaloo and hosted by the Pope of Trash John Waters, is scheduled to include a costume contest hosted by Shannon and Brontez and live sets from Osees, the Mummies, Losin Streak, the Gories, Seth Bogart, the Sheastie Boys, Naked Roommate, Vaxxines and many others.
Noon-9 p.m. Oct. 16-17. $29-$139. Registration required. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland. halloweenmeltdown.net
Halloween And Da De Los Muertos Market Celebration
Stock up on fall produce and celebrate the harvest season with local farmers and the Mission community. Bring little ones in costume and visit the kids corner for activities and trick-or-treating.
3-7 p.m. Oct. 28. Free admission. Mission Community Market, 22nd Street and Bartlett St., S.F. 415-291-3276. cuesa.org
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Hex Twisting Halloween Book Launch Party
Stop by and stay for a spell to chat with author Diana Rajchel at a release event/book signing for her latest tome Hex Twisting: CounterMagick Spells for the Irritated Witch.
6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Reservations encouraged. Martunis, 4 Valencia St., S.F. 415-241-0205. bit.ly/halloweenbookparty
Hoot N Howl: Night Critters Of The Laguna
A Halloween-themed exploration of nocturnal creatures near the environmental center. Listen for and learn about owls, use a black light to discover nocturnal insects and arachnids, and watch bats leave their barn to catch insects after sunset. Programming is geared toward families with young children.
5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Free, registration required. Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa. 707-527-9277. sonomaopenspace.org
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Filoli Fall Orchard Days
An autumn visit to the 7-acre gentlemans garden reveals the seasonal change from greens to red and gold, with ripening fruit nearing its harvest peak as nature prepares for wintertime. Walk among apple and grape orchards learn about food production past and present take fall-themed photos treats and arts vendors and live music from 1-3 p.m. each day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Oct. 31, and on Oct. 11 in commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Day. $15-$25. Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. 650-364-8300. filoli.org
Curiodysseys Pumpkin Days Harvest Celebration
An autumn festival with Halloween-themed science experiments, live animal ambassadors, a pumpkin patch, jack-o-lanterns and more. Costumes are highly encouraged.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through October. Included with museum admission. Reservations required. CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. curiodyssey.org
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Summer St East Bridgewater
Gilles Bolduc usually only decorates for Christmas, but last year, he and his family decided to go all out for Halloween.
Originally, they were trying to switch up the decorations every week, but that got overwhelming. So this year, they put up a large display at the beginning of October and are keeping it up for the month.
“It’s just kind of to make people happy, right?” he said. “I mean you want other people to go by and hopefully put a smile on their face.”
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Halloween Hoopla
Featuring performances by Unique Derique, the Caterpillar Puppets and Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers ghoulish crafts tables sponsored by the Mexican Museum, the Museum of African Diaspora and Childrens Creativity Museum and free rides on the LeRoy King Carousel from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The events grand finale is an annual Halloween costume parade in the garden that completes a spooky fun day geared towards kids under 10 and their parents.
Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. Yerba Buena Gardens Childrens Garden, 799 Howard St., S.F. 415-543-1718. ybgfestival.org
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The Haunted Garden At Camron
A family-friendly celebration is scheduled to showcase Halloween and fall-themed arts and crafts activities lawn games live entertainment food trucks a Haunted Manor Boutique access to the Morbid Desire exhibition and more. A VIP ticket option offers a private reception with refreshments, and an artist-led discussion and art demonstration/workshop with teaching artist Evelyn Orantes focused on traditional Dia de los Muertos altar elements.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31. Free-$30. Registration required. Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. 510-510-874-7802. cshouse.org
Oakland: Halloween Jam At Children’s Fairyland
Address: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Dates: Oct. 22 through Oct. 31
- Looking for a family-friendly event? Then this one is for you.
- Children’s Fairyland annual event returns with live performances and puppet shows that are free with park admission.
Oh my gourd! It’s Halloween Jam time at Oakland’s Fairyland: Ideal for families with kids 8 years or younger. Fridays through Sundays, October 22-31.
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Terror Vault Presents: The Immortal Reckoning
The setting for this fright installation/immersive theater experience is a grand opening of the Blackwell exhibition of rare artifacts related to the occult and supernatural. Be the first to see the most prized acquisition, a legendary tablet and mystical Book of Shadows which claims it can lift the veil between mortal and immortal worlds.
6:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 31. $50-$70. 21 and older. Reservations required. The San Francisco Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F. intothedarksf.com
Haunt On Williams Street
Haunted Haunted Display in Conneaut, Ohio that has been entertaining guests for the past 30 years. Filled with custom made animations and special effects. This display is like no other! Check out their facebook page here. Where: 585 Williams St. Conneaut, OH 44030Cost: FREE, Monetary donations accepted for the Conneaut Food Pantry2021 Update: The display will be up in 2021
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Peninsula Ballet Theater: Hip
A thrilling and chilling dance performance with spooky Halloween characters, including the Wolfman and Frankenstein, set to hip-hop beats from Bay Area DJs. Directed by Stuck Sanders and Alee Martinez, with guest dancers from the Tribe Dance Company and others.
7 p.m. Oct. 29-30 2 p.m. Oct. 30. $30-$40, advance tickets required. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. peninsulaballet.org
All Hallows Eve Haunted Tours At Winchester Mystery House
San Jose |25 S Winchester Blvd. | Sept. 30 Oct. 31 | Tickets start at $64.99
All Hallows Eve features the Lost In The House Tour, an indoor theatrical paranormal investigative adventure, and as an added bonus the family-friendly Jack O Lantern Trail through the Victorian gardens which culminates with an incredible projection-mapped light show that uses the iconic front of the mansion as a canvas. Last updated 10/27/2021
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Cal Performances Presents: Manual Cinemas Frankenstein
Co-commissioned by Cal Performances, the gothic tale conceived by Chicagos Manual Cinema features Mary Shelleys gripping tale performed live as actors join puppeteers onstage, creating an animated film in real time featuring a score performed live by onstage musicians.
3 p.m. Oct. 31. $43-$82, available online. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. 510-642-9988. calperformances.org
The Haunted Shack5112 Maricopa St Torrance Ca
This residence in Torrance is a popular Halloween destination.Families are offered free admission to explore this haunted maze . Since 1997, families have been exploring this annual Halloween tradition and creating fun memories. This year, The Haunted Shack will continue to monitor state guidelines for outdoor venues, and they expect to operate a maze with some modifications. Additionally, The Haunted Shack asks visitors to donate at least two non-perishable food items which will be given to a local food pantry. Be sure to check the website for the most current information regarding dates and times.
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The Gardens At Lake Merritt Autumn Lights Festival
The annual benefit event for the nonprofit Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt offers an outdoor exhibition of locally produced illuminated art throughout the 7-acre East Bay garden complex. It is also scheduled to include a kids fun zone, live entertainment, a beer garden, vendors and more.
6-11 p.m. Oct. 14-16. $7-$25, under 5 free. Registration recommended. Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. gardensatlakemerritt.org
Goblin Jamboree At The Discovery Museum
The annual Halloween event at the Sausalito kids museum begins Oct. 23, with a sponsor breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. which will include snacks, goodie bags, a mimosa bar and more for an additional fee. Reservations required. The main event is scheduled to feature a hay maze and mountain a dance party live entertainment arts and crafts activities for younger kids and more. Costumes are encouraged, though Halloween masks will not be accepted as replacement for face coverings.
9 a.m. and noon Oct. 23-24 and 27-31. $20-$25 per 2.5 hour time slot. Reservations required. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. bayareadiscoverymuseum.org
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Terror Vaults The Immortal Reckoning In Sfs Old 1874 Mint
San Francisco | 88 Fifth St. | Sep. 24 Nov. 5 | $65
This is your chance to explore the historic 1874 San Francisco Mint after dark and check out their brand new experience the thrilling grand opening of the Blackwells exhibition of rare artifacts related to the occult and supernatural. This is a fully theatrical, immersive haunted show. It has a complete storyline combining elements of theater, 4D effects, and haunted mazes. Vist the Fang Bang Vampire Bar, which is free to the public, with character interaction and ambiance. Last updated 10/27/2021
Matfield St West Bridgewater
David Johnson, 64, has been decorating seriously for Halloween for over 30 years.
“I just like Halloween. I like the kids dressing up and coming around getting candy,” he said. “It’s always been fun. It was always my favorite holiday when I was a kid carrying a big pillow sack around.”
Johnson said people particularly like the skeleton he has posed with a toilet.
“I think it just puts a smile on people’s faces. I don’t really do it for myself,” he said.
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