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Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Halloween Events in the Bay Area - for Kids

Here are some fun ideas to celebrate Halloween in the Bay area:
Halloween Hangar Haunt and Pumpkin Drop at Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos)
Hiller's annual Halloween extravaganza! Come in costume and explore the Museum's Gallery - you'll find hidden haunts and ghoulish surprises amidst your favorite exhibits. Build a creepy craft, join the games in our Aerial Carnival, and add a special Halloween greeting for on our witch's flying pumpkin. The excitement concludes daily as the witch takes to the skies by helicopter to send her pumpkin plummeting to a smashing conclusion. Candy, prizes and spooky surprises make this Hangar Haunt an extra-special occasion for ghosts and goblins of all.
When: Saturday, October 30 (3-6 p.m. - pumpkin drop at 6)
Sunday, October 31 (1-4 p.m. - pumpkin drop at 4).
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos
Cost: Free with admission - kids under 4 are free.
Info: more here


Aquarium of the Bay
Children who come to the Aquarium in costume get free admission, when accompanied by an adult.  Pick up a freaky fish facts scavenger hunt to take with you through the Aquarium, helping you get even more up close and personal with more than 20,000 denizens of the deep. 

When: Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Where: Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco (Embarcadero at Beach Street - Pier 39)
Cost: Kids free with costume. Adults $16.95.


Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito) - Annual Goblin Jamboree
Come in costume, and see the museum transformed into a haunted wonderland complete with games, attractions, and live entertainment. Enroll in the witches' school, take a train or pony ride, visit the petting zoo andenjoy a full brew of games, activities and live entertainment. See the schedule here.

When: Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17, 2001
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito
Tickets: available at the door. All activities are included. Members $13; General $15. Children under age 1 are free.


Michael's Arts and Crafts - Halloween crafts at the store. 
--October 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -  Duck Tape Costume Demo
-- October 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Great Pumpkin Event (purchase craft pumpkin)
-- October 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Wilton Halloween Treats Demo
-- October 22, 3 p.m to  8:45 p.m. - Crop Night ($5 RSVP spot)
-- October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Boo-tiful T-shirt Make-It, Take It (purchase t-shirt)
-- October 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Free Halloween Glow Explosion Make-It Take It
-- October 24, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. - Free Make-It Take-It Bead Event
-- October 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Free Halloween Glow Explosion Make-It Take It
-- October 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Free Halloween Quick & Easy Costumes Make-It Take-It
-- October 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Free Halloween Mask Make-It Take-It
-- October 29, 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Halloween Treat Bag Make-It Take-It (purchase bag)
-- October 29, 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.: Bead Night ($5 RSVP spot)
-- October 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free Family Halloween Event

Find a Michael's near you - look Find a Store link at the top right.

Through Halloween, on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays in October from 7 p.m. to midnight, you can experience 6 haunted mazes, 4 themed scare zones, 4 head-turning live stage shows, plus the park's rides. This isn't for the young kids.

Halloween Haunt is a special ticketed event and requires a separate ticket. Admission to Great America's Halloween Haunt is $20 for season pass holders. Kids must be 13+. Online you can get discounted tickets to Halloween Haunt at Great America - 2 tickets for $55. Otherwise, tickets sold at the park are $40. You can get a Boofet dinner for $13, which also gets you into the Haunt a few minutes earlier.



I love this festival! Kids can carve pumpkins, watch teh giant pumpkin weigh in contest, watch master carvers, jump in bounce houses and more. Read my review of past Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festivals here. Here's the schedule of events for the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.


Ride the spooky boo train (free if you wear a costume). Enter the costume parade. See how the animals celebrate Halloween. Bring a teddy bear for a teddy-bear check-up.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31
Time: 10-3
Cost: Free with admission


Walk the Haunted Nature Trail, explore your way out of the Rainforest Maze Adventure, trick-or-treat throughout the Zoo and more. Check out Puppet Art Theater and Witch Hazelnut's spooky stories, make some scary crafts and even see some "creepy" critters during this "spook"tacular event. Plus, you won't want to miss seeing the Zoo's animals enjoy some special treats of their own during the Pumpkin "Stomp 'n Chomp." No rubber masks please, Too scary for the animals!

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31
Time: 10-4
Cost: Free with admission



Free KidsWorld event in October to celebrate Halloween! Kids come in costume and enjoy games, crafts, learning and more! Sponsored by Grandpa Kevin's Pumpkin Patch located in the Target parking lot.
When: Tuesday, October 19th
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Spook Parade and Costume Contest

Bring the family for a Spook Parade and Costume Contest. Contestants are children 12 and under. Prizes and more - get photos with Beetlejuice, candy, prizes and more! 
When: Saturday, October 30
Time:  2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Halloween fun including indoor trick-or-treating at participating Serramonte stores. Participating stores will have balloons in front of their store signifying they'll distribute candy. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Sunday, October 31
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.



Participating stores will hand out treats to costumed children ages 12 and under. Kids will also enjoy Halloween themed special events including juggling, balloon twisting, cookie decorating with Mrs. Field’s and spooky science with Mad Science of the Bay Area, as well as performances from Capt’n Jack Spareribs and Comedy Magician Timothy James.

When: Sunday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Hillsdale Shopping Center, 60 31st Avenue, San Mateo
Cost: Free

I'll do some updates as time goes on, but tis list is certainly not complete. Please add events you know about to the comments section, and check out Travel is More Fun with Kids' list for more events and resources.

1 comment:

  1. There is also a list of Sonoma County Halloween events here: http://sonomaonthecheap.com/2010/10/sonoma-county-halloween-events-2010/

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