East Bay Halloween Events List 2014:
October is filled with spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, harvesting corn, hot cider, falling leaves and one of the most magical evenings of the year – Halloween!
Kids love to be festive and dress up in a different character. I have provided for you a list of fun-filled, local, family events that are available to you in Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.
There are many fall festivals, Día de los Muertos celebrations and seasonal activities that will brighten and excite your Fall season!
10/30: Howl-oween Dog Parade
Alamo Pet Store, 170-A Alamo Plaza
Enter your dog at in the parade at 2:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit the “Dogs of Danville” to help defray the cost of obtaining and caring for local police dogs.
There will be a kids’ costume contest, vendor booths, games and photos. Cost to let your dog parade is $10 in advance or $15 at event or at www.alamopetstore.com. Info: 925-838-3828.
10/20-21: Danville Fall Craft Festival
Downtown Danville, Hartz and Prospect, Danville
Children’s Halloween parade, “safe trick-or-treating” with participating merchants, 200 artisan booths, children’s games and a popular Glass Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE! 925-837-4400, www.danvilleareachamber.com.
10/26: Children’s Fall Festival
Danville Community Center, 420 Front St., Danville
An evening of arts and crafts, carnival games, face painting and trick-or-treating. Children encouraged to wear costumes. Pre-registration required. 3:30–7 p.m., FREE! 925-314-3400, www.danville.ca.gov.
10/22: Pumpkin Jubilee Harvest Festival
Danville Livery & Mercantile
Runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids and families are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. There will be live music, pumpkin-carving demos, pumpkin giveaways, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, magic shows and arts and crafts, 440 Sycamore Valley Road. Info: www.danvillelivery.com.
10/22-23: Danville Fall Crafts Festival
The family-friendly fest is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with a children’s Halloween costume parade at 10 a.m. Oct. 22. Safe trick-or-treating both days. More than 200 art and craft exhibitors, music, food, fine wines and microbrews. FREE! Info: 925-837-4400.
10/23: Ghosts of Autos Past
Enjoy stories of classic cars like the Mercedes-Benz Tri-Wheeler, as told by Karl Benz, 3-5 p.m. 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. Free with museum admission. Info: 925-736-2277.
10/23: Halloween Fun at East Bay SPCA
East Bay SPCA
Kids trick or treat from 1-3 p.m. Events include a scavenger hunt for candy, games, arts and crafts and animal visits. Costumes are encouraged. FREE! Children must be accompanied by an adult, 4651 Gleason Drive. Free. Info: 925-479-9670, www.eastbayspca.org.
10/27: East Bay SPCA Trick or Treat
East Bay SPCA
Bring costumed kids for trick-or-treating, games, crafts and a scavenger search. The animals will be waiting with their tricks. 1–3 p.m., FREE! 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin, 925-479-9670, www.eastbayspca.org.
10/27: 4th Annual Downtown Halloween Carnival
Carnival booths and arts and crafts. A $5 pass gives kids 5 and under access to scream contest, surprise fun at Flag Pole Plaza and the costume contest. 1–5 p.m., $5 for activities, FREE! 925-373-1795, www.livermoredowntown.com.
Oct. 1-31: G&M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch
487 East Airway
Tackle the 6-acre cornfield maze then hop on the cow train, ride a pony, purchase decorative gourds and fresh produce and visit the farm animals. 2–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat.–Sun. free entry, $7–$10 maze. 925-447-FARM, www.gmfarms.com.
10/20: Dancing with the Stars: Orionids Meteor Shower
Del Valle Regional Park
Yearly starshow viewed from the top of a hill. Bring flashlights, blankets, jackets, warm beverages and fascination for the cosmos. 8:30–10 p.m., FREE! Intersection of Del Valle and Mendenhall roads, www.ebparks.org.
10/22: Halloween Carnival
Robert Livermore Community
The carnival runs 1-4 p.m. Activities including jumpys, a lollipop tree, soccer kick, obstacle course, face painting, bowling and mini basketball. Everyone receives a goody bag and mini pumpkin. The carnival is for ages 2-9, 4444 East Ave. Tickets are $7 per child, free for parents. Info: 925-373-5700.
10/29: Scary Stories at the Haunted Hobbit Tree
Sycamore Grove Park
Brave souls will take a half-mile walk through the park to the scariest tree in town at 7-9 p.m. There they will be treated to scary stories and a witch’s brew. Bring a scary tale to tell if you like. Costumes are welcome. Appropriate for age 4 and up, 1051 Wetmore Road. Registration is $8. Info: www.larpd.dst.ca.us 925-373-5700.
10/27: Fall Scavenger Hunt
Museum on Main
Main Street makes an exciting location for a fall scavenger hunt. Dress the kids in costume to get into the Halloween spirit. 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 603 Main St. FREE! www.pleasantondowntown.net.
10/6: Beginning Fly Casting
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area
National champion tournament caster teaches knot tying, roll casting, equipment selection, fly rod set up and more. Ages 15 and over. Registration required. 8 a.m.–12 p.m., $60–$66. 2500 Stanley Blvd. 510-544-3230, www.ebparks.org.
Fridays & Saturdays before Halloween: Ghost Walk
Museum on Main
Meet the ghosts of Pleasanton’s past 6-8 p.m. Let the spirits guide you on this haunted tour of the things that go bump in the night. Costumes are encouraged. Tours depart every 30 minutes from the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Tours take about two hours. Tickets are $18 adults, $13 children 12 and under. Info: 925-462-2766.
10/28: Halloween at Alviso Adobe Community Park
Alviso Adobe Community Park
Join naturalist Eric Nichols 7-8:30 p.m. on a walk around the park to learn about and view some nocturnal animals including spiders, snakes and frogs. The tour ends with Halloween crafts, at 3465 Old Foothill Road. Admission is $5 residents and $7 nonresidents. Info: www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/community/calendar
10/28: Halloween Fun Night
Pleasanton Tennis Complex
Tennis buffs of all ages came come in costume to tour the Haunted Hallway of Horror, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Treats and tennis games are available for all age groups and skill levels. Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue. FREE! Info: 925-931-3446.
Touch of Health Spa
Enjoy a fun time for dogs and their owners with activities including a dog costume contest, beer, wine and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Valley Humane Society. 6-9pm, 377 St. Mary’s St. Tickets are $25 at Murphy’s Paw and the VHS. Info: 925-426-8646.
Through October: Pirates of Emerson
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave
The Pirates of Emerson present haunted house, a corn maze and more for Halloween. From 7-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, until midnight Oct. 29. Tickets are $10-$30, depending on the activity. Parking is $8. Not recommended for kids under 13. Info: 510-657-2121.
10/29: Storytime with the Farmer- Pumpkin Patch open all month
Forest Home Farms Historic Park
Children and their caregivers gather for stories, songs, Halloween crafting and a visit to the pumpkin patch. Pre-registration required. 10–11 a.m., $5–$6. 19953 San Ramon Valley Road, San Ramon, 925-973-3284 www.sanramon.ca.gov.