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Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween in the Bay Area 2011

SAN FRANCISCO

STERN GROVE'S "SCAREGROVE"
When: Friday, October 28 from 4-9
What: Haunted house, hay rides, arts & crafts, inflatables, carnival rides
Cost: $8/person - all inclusive
Who: the whole family


SUPERNATURAL HALLOWEEN 2011
What: Celebrate with the creepy-crawlies, including trick-or-treating, face painting, dancing, costume parade,  photo booth, movie in the planetarium, food and drinks and more
Where: California Academy of Sciences, SF
When: Saturday 10/29 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Who: everyone
Cost: adults $50 ($45/adult member), kids 17 and under $35 ($30/child member). And anything over $30 is tax-deductible



PENINSULA


GREAT AMERICA - SNOOPY'S COSTUME PARTY
What: Great America's kid Halloween party. Planet Snoopy is transformed into Planet Spooky, and kids can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat with Snoopy and the gang. This is not a scary event (unless your kids are freaked out by giant versions of the Peanuts characters, which to be honest, I am). Oh, and if you're scout, there's a special scout trick-or-treating event with special pricing on Oct. 22.
When: weekends in October, from noon to 4
Cost: free with park admission
Who: kids 12 and under
More info: here


CURIODYSSEY - SLITHER AND SQUEAK
When: Friday, October 28, 6-8pm
What: Slither & Squeak (Discover the science behind the spooky things you see at Halloween! Museum educators will expose haunted house tricks of the trade and reveal to visitors how those creepy, scary things happen. Wear your costume and meet CuriOdyssey’s nocturnal animals, experiment hands-on with spooky science, and take part in science-inspired trick-or-treating. Food will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks. Everyone will receive a sweet treat for attending the event
Tickets: limited, must purchase in advance Here
Cost: $5-$15 (free for those under age 2)
More info: here
Where: CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Dr., San Mateo


HILLER AVIATION HAUNTED HANGER
What: Halloween event and helicopter pumpkin drop (crafts, exhibits, carnival, candy, prizes)
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10/29 & 10/30 from 11-2 (pumpkin drop is at 2)
Where: Hillier Aviation Museum in San Carlos
Cost: free with museum admission
Who: everyone
More infohere

SERRAMONTE CENTER EVENTS
DOG COSTUME CONTEST
What: Dog Costume Contest
When: Saturday, October 22 10-1 (registration) 2-4 (contest)
Cost: Free
Who: Pets in costume
Where: Serramonte and Gellert Blvd, Daly City
More info: here

SERRAMONTE KIDS CLUB HALLOWEEN PARTY
When: October 18 from 5:30-6:30
Where: Serramonte and Gellert Blvd, Daly City
Who: 12 and under
More info: here

SERRAMONTE SPOOK PARADE AND COSTUME CONTEST
When: October 31 from 3:00-6:00
Where: Serramonte and Gellert Blvd, Daly City
Who: 12 and under
More info: here


HILLSDALE SHOPPING CENTER
What: Trick-or-treating, costume parade, face painting, balloon animals, pirate show, slime booth, cookie decorating and crafts
Where: Hillsdale Mall, 60 31st Avenue, San Mateo
When: Monday, 10/31 from 5-7 p.m. (trick-or-treating is 5-6, while supplies last)
More info: Here
Cost: Free

HALF MOON BAY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
What: street fair, crafts, pumpkin weighing contest, pumpkin carving contest, etc.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10/15 & 10/16, 9-5
Where: downtown Half Moon Bay
Cost: Free
More info: here

MARIN


GOBLIN JAMBOREE
What: Goblin Jamboree - entertainment, pony rides, games, activities, make witch's potion, petting zoo and more
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10/15 and 10/16 from 10-4
Cost: $15 ($13 for members)
More info: here

EAST BAY


JACK O'LANTERN JAMBOREE
What: Rides, parades, goody bags, treats, crafts, jumpy houses, pirate school, balloon animals, clowns and more
Where: Children's Fairyland, Oakland
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10/29 & 10/30
Cost: $10 ($5/members)
More info: here

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
What: Bellavente Woodwind Quintet - spooky and adventurous music - family fun!
Where: Freight & Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley
When: Monday, October 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for kids 12 and under. For all others, $8.50 in advance, $10.50 at the door
More info: here


I posted a big list of SF Bay Halloween events last year, and many are occurring this year, though you'll need to check out the updated dates and details using links. I didn't have time to do a complete overhaul of the list this year.

Michael's Arts and Crafts - has lots of craft events this month

Trick or Treating in the Bay Area - Red Tricycle has a great posting about where to go

Red Tricycle has a list of Halloween activities here.

Frog Mom: Fantastic Halloween Events for Families: 2011 Edition

PlayPlanIt.com list of Halloween events

Boo at the Bay Area Zoos - by Travel is More Fun with Kids

I'll update this list as time goes on.

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