We’re thrilled to bring you an epic round of activities to make this your best Halloween yet. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a party, a haunted house, kids’ activities, or a little of everything. Read on to get inspired.
1. Trick-or-treat on the beach at the Great HauntWay
The Great Highway’s massive Halloween block party, affectionately called the Great HauntWay, is gearing up for the ultimate trick-or-treating experience for kids and families. Take the kids or sign up to run a trick-or-treating booth on the Great Highway between Judah and Taraval.
2. Get spooky with these hauntingly beautiful Halloween concerts by candlelight
The extremely popular concert series known simply as Candlelight is turning heads right now in San Francisco! This month, Candlelight will host some gorgeous Halloween-themed concerts in an intimate environment surrounded by hundreds of luminous candles. Get ready for classical versions of “Thriller,” the Stranger Things theme, the Psycho theme, the Ghostbusters theme, “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and many more.
- Oct. 13 – Candlelight: Friday the 13th Special – Favorite Halloween movie themes at St. Ignatius Church
- Oct. 26, 27 – Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics at St. Ignatius Church
3. NightLife on Elm Street at the California Academy of Sciences
The Academy’s requisite spooky NightLife takes place at the end of October. This Halloween-themed NightLife event features performances by Oaklash and delicious handcrafted cocktails by Denizen Rum, Fiero Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and WhistlePig Whiskey,
4. Enjoy a wild night out at SF’s best Halloween parties
Halloween weekend will be here before we know it and SF is brimming with Halloween events in every corner of the city. Pumpkin patches and haunted houses are lovely but if you’re looking to throw on a costume, join a bar crawl and dance the night away then this list is for you.
5. Go trick-or-treating at the Ferry Building
The Ferry Building will put on a family-friendly trick-or-treating event with kids’ activities, cooking demos, trick-or-treating, and a movie night, courtesy of Foodwise and the Ferry Building Marketplace.
6. Crawloween pub crawl
Oct. 27, 28, 31
CrawlSF’s highly-anticipated Crawloween is an absolutely unforgettable spooky time. Put together your best costume and get ready to join over 10,000 crawlers at over 25 participating bars, with hop-on, hop-off party buses running through the entire route.
7. Check out the trick-or-treat market at Crane Cove Park
There’s a new recurring market in town and we’re loving its waterfront location and fun vendors. The Park Market will come to Crane Cove Park in the Dogpatch every month through November with a different theme for each rendition. Read on for all the details. Oct. 28 is the trick-or-treat rendition with Halloween activities and crafts.
A family-friendly Halloween experience with themed family-friendly activities and a movie screening of Elemental. RSVP in advance and be sure to show up at the beginning because the events and treats are first-come, first-served.
9. Test your bravery at some local haunted houses and attractions
Apple picking and hot chocolate are all good and well, but if you’re looking for something a bit spookier you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up some of the best haunted houses in the Bay, from the family-friendly to the downright terrifying. Here are a few of our favorites, but be sure to see the rest of the list here.
- Fear Overload Scream Park in Newark
- Unhinged: Housewarming at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose
- Tricks and Treats at Great America in Santa Clara
10. Explore the haunted side of San Francisco
Do you know about the spirits that haunt our historic city? Consider taking a tour this month to get in touch with SF’s spooky side:
Learn about the haunted Victorian homes of Pacific Heights, the haunted trees of abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant, the Chambers Mansion poltergeists, and more. This special Halloween version led by Christian Cagigal will take you looking for ghosts yourself!
Here’s another SF ghost tour that takes you through Chinatown alleyways and the old Gold Rush district with your own ghost hunting equipment! Learn about forgotten graves, notorious brothels, and the underground “Shanghai” tunnels.
See our breakdown of the most haunted spots in the city, including Alcatraz, Stow Lake, the Queen Anne Hotel, and more.
11. Pick the perfect pumpkin at a local patch
We’re lucky to live right near Half Moon Bay, the pumpkin capital of the world! Whether you’re looking for family activities with kids or getting ahead of your Halloween decorating, these excellent Bay Area farms and pumpkin patches have got you covered. See the full list here.
- Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay
- Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch in San Francisco
- Piedmont Ave Pumpkin Patch in Oakland
12. Put together an unforgettable Halloween look at these local costume shops
SF residents love any excuse to throw on a costume and hit the streets, so it’s no surprise that we also have a treasure trove of vintage, thrift, and costume shops, where you can find the perfect Halloween look. See the full list of costume shops here.
If you want to ditch the flimsy action hero costume and really turn heads, this is the place to go. They have a jaw-dropping amount of era and genre-specific outfits for rent that will make you the envy of any party you attend.
Piedmont Boutique specializes in disco-party wear, drag queen regalia, and classic Burning Man fashions. Imagine floor-to-ceiling displays of pink faux fur bikinis, silver sequin shorts, neon green wigs and so much more.
Decades of Fashion prides itself on “100 years of fashion,” stretching from the 1890s to the 1980s. Whether your costume dreams include Gatsby-era garb or a hippie chic look, they probably have exactly what you’re looking for.
13. Stock up on delicious fall treats at these SF eateries
It’s hard to deny that the fall season brings some of the best flavors on the calendar. We’re talking pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and every scent that you want wafting through your kitchen. Well, that fact is certainly not lost on San Francisco’s bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops, because they are busy churning out an epic lineup of delicious treats. See the full roundup here.
14. Watch scary movies under the stars at The Cut Outdoor Cinema
There’s a new outdoor cinema in town, and it’s not going anywhere! The Cut Outdoor Cinema opened last year at The Crossing at East Cut in Downtown SF. As the Bay’s first year-round outdoor cinema, it’s promising some amazing weekend movie nights featuring everything from cult classics to local indie films on a jumbo LED screen.
15. Keep an eye out for 2023 renditions of favorite Halloween events
We loved these spooky events last year — check back as we update with details for 2023.
- Halloween Haunt at the Golden Mile on JFK Drive – A family-friendly Halloween event with decorations and seasonal attractions
- Castro Family Halloween – Go trick-or-treating, enjoy Drag Queen Storytime and performances, and a cast your vote at a pet costume contest
- After Dark at the Exploratorium – Halloween event is still TBA for these Thursday night festivities