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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween 2012 Bay Area - What to do with the Kids


Halloween is coming up. And if your kids are anything like mine, they've been talking about it since school began. Here's a list of activities to consider. Please add your favorites to the list!

SAN FRANCISCO

SUPERNATURAL HALLOWEEN 2011
What: Celebrate with the creepy-crawlies, including trick-or-treating, face painting, dancing, costume parade,  photo booth, stiltwalkers, magicians, live music, animal shows, pumpkin carving demonstartions, planetarium show, food and drinks and more
Where: California Academy of Sciences, SF
When: Saturday 10/27 from 5-9:30 p.m.
Who: everyone
Cost: adults $50 ($45/adult member), kids 17 and under $35 ($30/child member). Kids one and younger are free. And anything over $30 is tax-deductible
More info: here


STERN GROVE'S "SCAREGROVE"
When: Saturday, October 27 from 3-9
What: Haunted house, hay rides, arts & crafts, inflatables, carnival rides
Cost: $8/person - all inclusive
Who: the whole family
More infoScaregrove (note, I was not able to find info on the site)


WATSON ADVENTURES SCAVENGER HUNTWhatWatson Adventures scavenger hunt. You and your teammates will search for answers to tricky questions and remarkable things. No prior knowledge required.

·       Hunts for HalloweenThe Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt explores the dark side of art at the de Young Museum (Oct 27 & 28)
·       Foodie HuntsThe Munch Around Chinatown and North Beach Scavenger Hunt treats taste buds to an exotic adventure (Nov 17)
·       Family HuntsThe Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Legion of Honor takes young wizards on a field trip to track down serpents, unusual creatures, swords and more (Oct 13 & Dec 15)

Price: $20/person, not including venue admission.

BOO AT THE ZOO
What: Lots of activities including candy stations, programs on bats, take-home crafts, Halloween puppet shows, haunted nature trails, animal feedings, and critter encounters.
When: October 27 & 28, 10-4
Cost: free with paid zoo admission
Who: anyone
WhereSan Francisco Zoo
More Info: Costumes are fine, but no rubber masks so you don't scare the animals.

DOG COSTUME CONTEST
What: Enter your dog in a costume contest
When: Sunday, October 28. 10 a.m. registration, 2:00 contest
WhereSerramonte Center, Daly City
Cost: free
More info: Win a $300 Serramonte shopping spree

INDOOR TRICK OR TREATING/COSTUME CONTEST
What: Shopping mall trick-or-treating and costume contest
When: Wednesday, October 31; 3:30-5:30 costume contest, 5:30-7:30 trick-or-treating at participating stores
WhereSerramonte Center, Daly City
Cost: free
More info: costume contest is for kids 12 and under

7-D ZOMBIE MOVIE EXPERIENCE
What: Premier of Zombies, "the most advanced film attraction in the world and the first of its kind in North America. Guests can experience the thrill of a roller coaster and the excitement of interacting with the film itself, all without leaving their seat in the state of the art digital theater featuring surround sound, 3D effects and the newest in laser technology." You get to shoot zombies with lasers, while competing against others.
Where: Pier 39
Cost: $15/person
More info: here

PENINSULA

GREAT AMERICA - SNOOPY EVENTS
WhatGreat America has a number of kid-friendly Halloween activities, including Snoopy's Costume Party where kids can 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). They have a "foam-tastic pumpkin patch" which does look like fun. There's a talking plastic pumpkin, and a few of the rides have been transformed into scarier versions of what they already are, which means they added some cobwebs and spiders to them.  Peanuts Spooktacular is their Peanuts show, with the gang dressed up in costume. 
When: weekends in October through October 28
Cost: free with park admission; $25.99-$42.99
Who: kids 12 and under
More infohere

WhatGreat America Halloween Haunt. For the older kids, there are 7 haunted mazes, 3 sinister stage shows, 3 themed scare zones, 1 twisted attraction plus rides.
When: September 28-October 28; 7 p.m.to midnight
Cost: $25.99-$42.99


CURIODYSSEY - SLITHER AND SQUEAK
When: Friday, October 28, 6-8pm
What: Slither and 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: $10-$18 (free for those under age 2)
More infohere
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, October 27 from 10-4:30 (pumpkin drop is at 12:15)
Where: Hillier Aviation Museum in San Carlos
Cost: free with museum admission
Who: everyone
More infohere

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: Wednesday, 10/31 from 5-7 p.m. (trick-or-treating is 5-6, while supplies last, special events 6-7)
More info: Here
Cost: Free

MARIN
Check Ronnie's Awesome List for October. It's now Halloween specific, but there are tons of Marin events.

HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE  
What: Spooky, weird sea science, including whale bone graveyard, touch/feel animal skulls, Halloween trivia. Docent-led tours at 11, 1 and 3.
Where: Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito
When: Saturday, October 28 from 10-5
Cost: free
More info: Special treat if you show up in costume.

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, 10/27 and 27
Cost: $10 ($5/members)
More infohere

Haunted houses - on Red Tricycle

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

PlayPlanIt.com list of Halloween events

SFKids.com has a great list of activities.

ABCLocal has a good list too.

I'll update this list as time goes on.

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