The Bay Area's Spookiest Halloween Attractions 2021

Bay Area Things to do for Halloween 2021

Looking for some spooky things to get into this weekend in the Bay Area? It's not too late to make your plans, there are so many ways to celebrate Halloween throughout the Bay Area!  

Did you know that the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that US consumers will drop $10B+ on costumes, candies, and decorations for Halloween 2021?!   You better get in on this action before there isn’t any merch left!!

Here's a list below of some of the best attractions to trick, treat, or be spooked this coming Halloween - there even some great family friendly events going on! 

Silicon Valley

Winchester Mystery House Hallows’ Eve: Now through Oct. 31, 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. Featuring the Lost in the House Tour, an indoor theatrical paranormal investigative adventure, and a family-friendly Jack O’ Lantern Trail through the Victorian gardens. $30-$70. https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/all-hallows-eve

Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America:  Now through Oct. 31, at California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Experience terrifying scare mazes, spooky shows and frightening themed zones packed with monsters at every turn. Plus: Halloween activities such as circus acts, live music, festive lights and haunting décor with spooky classics like Killer Clown Town, Tooth Fairy and Backwoods will return this year. Head to Orleans Place for a voodoo dance party Tickets start at $34. cagreatamerica.com/events/haunt 

Día de los Muertos at Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose – Honor the lives of departed ancestors and loved ones at this annual celebration. Oct. 23. All day. $14-15, under 1 free. 180 Woz Way, San Jose. cdm.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-7/?instance_id=8860.

History Park’s Halloween Light Show – Every weekend evening during the month of October History Park will transform into a haunted, family-friendly Halloween party from 5-9 p.m. The event will include a light show projected on the front of the Pacific Hotel. There will also be photo opportunities, a unique pumpkin patch and food. History Park will also have trick-or-treating, a costume contest, crafts and more on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-10. 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. historysanjose.org.

Annual Community Fall Festival – Via Services will present this free fall celebration featuring a costume contest, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food and drinks, games and more. Oct. 9. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There is no parking at the festival site. Free shuttle service will be available from: 12100 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino. viaservices.org/news-events.

Monster Mash – This is a kid-friendly Halloween bash for parents and children 12 years old and under. Come dressed in your favorite costume and spend the evening playing games, trick-or-treating and making spooky crafts. There is a discount if you register online. Oct. 29. 7-8:30 p.m. $10-17. Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. cupertino.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/14930/19?curm=10&cury=2021.

CuriOdyssey Pumpkin Days: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. Explore Halloween-themed science experiments, animal ambassadors and a pumpkin patch. $13-$16. curiodyssey.org/exhibits-events/pumpkin-days/

San Francisco County:

Terror Vault – Through October at 88 5th St, Soma, San Francisco, take a trip to the haunting San Francisco Mint and into the dark where spook searchers are sure to get their fix in these immersive atmospheres including The Immortal Reckoning, Fang Bang Vampire Bar, and the Terror Ball. 

Halloween Hoopla – This annual Yerba Buena Gardens Halloween celebration features fun performances and activities for kids under 10 and their adults. The Hoopla grand finale is the costume parade. Performances will include The Unique Derique, Caterpillar Puppets and the Alphabet Rockers. Oct. 30. 12-2 p.m. Free. 799 Howard St. 415-543-1718. ybgfestival.org/event/halloween-hoopla-2021.

Randall Museum Family Halloween Day – Come in costume and enjoy the Halloween fun. There will be creepy crafts, ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, live music and entertainment, pumpkin carving and more. The event will be held outdoors. Oct. 30. There will be two timed ticketed entries: 10-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. FREE. 199 Museum Way. eventbrite.com/e/randall-museum-family-halloween-day-tickets

Super Natural – Explore the California Academy of Sciences at night in your favorite costume. The event includes family fun with science, specimens and, of course, trick-or-treating. There will also be activities in the gardens and Living Roof. Oct. 22. Early admission for those with VIP packages is 5 p.m.; general admission is 6:30-9 p.m. $40-60. 55 Music Concourse Drive. 415-379-8000. calacademy.org/supernatural.

Boo at the Zoo Featuring "Sloth-oween" -- Celebrate a family-friendly Halloween at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens' Boo at the Zoo. This year features "Sloth-oween," a self-guided, sloth-themed stroll around the zoo's haunted gardens. Guests must make reservation in advance to attend. Younger guests can participate in a costume contest with prizes awarded for Best Costume, Best Family Costume and Best Animal Costume. Oct. 23-24 and 30-31. Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway. sfzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo-featuring-sloth-oween/.

Ferry Building Halloween -- The Ferry Building will have Halloween fun including a kid's activity station and scavenger hunt. They can make crafts or go on a scavenger hunt for hidden items around the building shops to win a candy prize. There will also be artistic live pumpkin carving on the Ferry Building's South Plaza as well as a festive photo booth and circus performers. Oct. 31. Ferry Building, San Francisco. ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/happenings/.

Peninsula

Haunted Hanger – Enjoy a kids’ Halloween carnival and the Helicopter Pumpkin Drop at the Hiller Aviation Museum Haunted Hanger. Come in your best costume. Oct. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Kids’ Carnival and Paint-a-Plane. Oct. 30, 5-6:30 p.m.: festival and Helicopter Pumpkin Drop. Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: festival and Helicopter Pumpkin Drop. $11-18, 4 and under free. 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0200. hiller.org/event/halloween-haunted-hangar-2.

Pumpkin Days – CuriOdyssey is celebrating the spirit of Autumn during October with a harvest celebration for families. Festivities include Halloween-themed science experiments, animal ambassadors, a pumpkin patch, jack-o-lanterns and more. Wear a costume. Oct. 1-31, Wednesdays-Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12.95-15.95. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. curiodyssey.org/exhibits-events/pumpkin-days.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh Off – The 48th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off will take place Oct. 11 despite the pumpkin festival being cancelled. This year organizers are upping the ante. The top prize has been increased to $9 a pound (from $7 a pound). The event will be held from 7-11 a.m. The event will be held at IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. visithalfmoonbay.org/events/safeway-world-championship-pumpkin-weigh-0

San Mateo Harvest Festival – Enjoy arts and crafts, handmade gifts, kids’ activities, food, entertainers and more. Nov. 12-14. Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-9, 12 and under free. San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. harvestfestival.com.

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