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👻 Fun and Freaky Family Halloween Events in California

Fun and Freaky Family Halloween Events in California

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Fall is here, which means spooky season has officially arrived! From spooky mazes to more family-friendly ones, we’ve compiled a list below of events in the Bay Area to help you celebrate this Halloween season!

Berkeley: Floating Pumpkin Patch at West Campus Pool

Address: 2100 Browning St, Berkeley, CA 94702

Time and Date: Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • The City of Berkeley is hosting it’s second annual floating pumpkin patch.
  • The event will feature acivites, swimming.
  • Organizers said “ghoulish attire” is allowed on the pool deck, but added that proper swimming attire is required for floating.

Newark: Fear Overload Scream Park

Address: 2086 Newpark Mall, Newark, CA 94560

Dates: Select nights from Sept 29. through Nov. 5

    • The annual Halloween attraction has returned in Newark.
    • This Halloween attraction offers walk-throughs that will be filled with scares and the return of their trained actors in costume to scare the guests.

Oakland: Boo at the Zoo

Oakland Boo at the Zoo

Address: 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605

Dates: Oct. 1 through Oct. 29


      • Oakland Zoo’s popular Boo at the Zoo event returns for another year for the whole family to enjoy.
      • The event features a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt and a costume contest.
      • Oakland: Halloween Jam at Children’s FairylandAddress: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

        Dates: Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29


        • Looking for a family-friendly event? Then, this one is for you.
        • Children’s Fairyland annual event will feature rides, a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts stations.

Pleasanton: Pirates of Emerson Haunted Theme Park

Address: Valley Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Dates: Select nights from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31


  • Located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, the annual Halloween haunted park has returned.
  • This event will feature haunted attractions for people to scream their heads off!

Santa Clara: California Great America’s Tricks and Treats

Address: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Dates: Select nights through Oct. 28

  • California’s Great America’s family-friendly “Tricks and Treats” event has returned for another year.
  • Theme Park officials said the event will feature shows, interactive characters, seasonal treats and candy.

San Jose: Unhinged: Housewarming at Winchester Mystery House

FP Unhinged Housewarming at Winchester Mystery House

Address: 525 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA

Dates: Select nights through Oct. 31


  • The famous Winchester Mystery House will be hosting their own Halloween attraction.
  • Officials said their haunt through the mansion will include multiple routes.

Vallejo: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Fright Fest

Address: 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo, CA 94589

Dates: Select nights through Oct. 29


  • Six Flags’ annual Halloween event returns for another year.
  • The event will feature haunted attractions, scare zones, entertainment shows and Halloween themed rides.

Behold your guide to FRIGHT 👻 Fright Fest Starts TONIGHT!

— Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (@sixflagsDK) September 23, 2023

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