From cute to creepy, Halloween in the 650 brings spooky events for everyone.
From pet parades to cemetery tours, a costumed symphony concert and pumpkins being dropped from the sky via helicopter, here’s a list of upcoming Halloween events that go above and beyond the usual trick-or-treating.
The Stanford Theatre
The vintage movie palace offers old-school chills with the creepy double features “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948) and “The Mummy’s Hand” (1941) showing Oct. 27 and “The Black Cat” (1934) and “The Mummy” (1931) showing Oct. 28-29, part of the theater’s “Universal Pictures: Horror and more” program running through Nov. 26.
Showtimes vary. The Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $5-$7.
Jack O Jaunt
The city of Palo Alto hosts a pumpkin-carving competition and display in which members of the community can vote for the scariest, cutest and most creative jack o’lanterns. Registration for the competition is full, but visitors can come see the display and cast their votes.
Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lytton Plaza, University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto.
Halloween Party with Neon Velvet
Redwood City’s Club Fox celebrates Halloween with band Neon Velvet and a costume party.
Oct. 27, doors at 8 p.m. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City.
Magician Mike Della Penna’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Show
Magician Mike Della Penna offers a humorous magic show.
Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Half Moon Bay Library; also at the Millbrae Library Oct. 30.
Goblin Walk, San Carlos
Costumed kids 7 and under can trick or treat in downtown San Carlos from merchants displaying a Goblin Walk sign.
Oct. 27, 4-5:30 p.m., Laurel Street from San Carlos Avenue to Arroyo Avenue, San Carlos.
Halloween at the JMZ
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo hosts a Halloween party at which families can trick or treat at the zoo, enjoy animal encounters and more.
Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m., Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
‘Terror Tales to Thrill and Chill’
Library staff will dress up and read spooky Victorian stories, including Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.” Recommended for ages 12+.
Oct. 27, 5 p.m., South San Francisco Grand Library, 306 Walnut Ave., South San Francisco.
Kids Night Out: Chills and Thrills
Children ages 5-10 are invited to a night of Halloween fun and refreshments, hosted by the City of Redwood City.
Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m., Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
Kepler’s Halloween Party
Kepler’s Books is throwing a 21+ Halloween party featuring tarot readings, refreshments, macabre readings and a literary-themed costume contest.
Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Domini Hoskins Black History Museum Halloween Party
Games and raffles, NFL alumni players, food and more are planned for this party supporting the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum and its annual toy drive. Bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or children’s book.
Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m., Domini Hoskins Black History Museum, 890 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City.
Trunk or Treat Belmont
The City of Belmont hosts a free trunk-or-treating event in the park.
Oct. 27, 5:30-7 p.m., Twin Pines Park, 1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont.
2023 Halloween Concert at Stanford
The Stanford Wind Symphony and Stanford Jazz Orchestra present their annual Halloween concert, which includes selections from “Wicked” and a costume contest (winner gets to conduct the final piece!).
Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Pure Nightclub hosts its annual Halloween dance party event, featuring multiple DJs.
Oct. 27, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Pure Nightclub, 146 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale.
Molly O’s Halloween Party and Costume Contest
Downtown San Carlos Irish pub Molly O’s hosts their first Halloween party, complete with specialty cocktails, a costume contest with prizes and DJs playing all night.
Oct. 27, starting at 10 p.m., Molly O’s, 1163 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Harmony Werks presents screenings of the cult favorite, featuring a live cast accompanying the movie.
Oct. 27-28, 8 p.m. at The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Suite A, Mountain View.
Halloween Tour of Union Cemetery
Learn some gruesome and grisly local stories from the past on a spooky tour of the historic Union Cemetery.
Oct. 28, 10 a.m., Union Cemetery, 316 Woodside Road, Redwood City.
Halloween Hoopla Parade
Participants can parade through downtown Menlo Park and trick or treat from local merchants, then engage in Halloween activities at Fremont Park.
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive; Fremont Park, Menlo Park.
Monster Dash and Bash 5K
Mission College’s Monster Dash and Bash raises funds (and fun) for student scholarships with a 5K, costume contest, beer garden and more.
Oct. 28, registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara.
Tricks and Treats at Great America
California’s Great America hosts “spooky, gross and weird” fun in the Land of Tricks and charming autumn nostalgia in the Land of Treats. Admission includes both Halloween-themed areas.
Through Oct. 28, California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.
Monster Bash – Mountain View
Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park hosts a fall festival of fun and games, including an “ooey gooey zone.”
Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rengstorff Park, Mountain View.
Halloween Trick or Treat & Pet Costume Contest
Furry friends are invited to enter the Hallo-Ween Pet Costume Contest. Prizes and treats for both human and non-human celebrants will be given.
Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rancho Shopping Center, Foothill Expressway and Springer Road, Los Altos.
Halloween Spooktacular Foster City
Foster City’s Halloween event will include a magic show, costume contest and trick-or-treat activities.
Oct. 28, starting at 11 a.m., Leo Ryan Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City.
‘Boo’s on B Street
Carnival games, face painting, pumpkin contests and trick-or-treating, among other activities, are on the schedule for downtown San Mateo’s Halloween event.
Oct. 28, 2-5 p.m., B Street, San Mateo.
DogHood Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest
The DogHood app and the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce host a parade and costume contest for pooches.
Oct. 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Wildwood Park, 20764 4th St., Saratoga.
Pacifica hosts a haunted house and Halloween carnival.
Oct.28, 5-9 p.m., Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica.
Monster Mash – Cupertino
The City of Cupertino’s annual Halloween event includes costumes, crafts and games.
Oct. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino.
BraveMaker’s third annual costume party and fundraiser
Local arts nonprofit BraveMaker hosts its third annual costume party and fundraiser, featuring a costume contest, film screenings and a DJ.
Oct. 28, 7-11 p.m., Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 600 Bair Island Road, Redwood City.
Broo-ery Halloween Party
Blue Oak Brewing hosts its annual “broo-ery” bash with costume contests for dogs and humans and Scary Spice Stout.
Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m., Blue Oak Brewing, 815 Cherry Lane, San Carlos.
Apple Jack’s Halloween Party
La Honda dive bar Apple Jack’s hosts its annual Halloween party with cocktails, beer, a costume contest and a live band.
Oct. 28, check their Instagram page for start time, Apple Jack’s Inn, 8790 La Honda Road, La Honda.
Halloween Pre-Game at Taplands
Taplands, a bottle shop, brewery and taproom in Santa Clara, hosts pre-gaming festivities before Halloween parties in the evening. Stop by for Halloween-themed craft beers and music, a costume contest with prizes and a food truck. Open until midnight.
Oct. 28, check their Instagram page for start time, Taplands, 1171 Homestead Road, Santa Clara.
Hidden Tap and Barrel Halloween Party
For one night, Hidden Tap and Barrel will offer buy one, get one for $5 beers and happy hour prices, plus free pizza for the first 50 guests and $5 draft beers for the next 200. All guests will be entered into a raffle for a Soundbar.
Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to midnight, Hidden Tap and Barrel, 900 Middlefield Road Suite A, Redwood City.
Fibbar Magees Halloween Costume Party
The Sunnyvale Irish pub encourages guests to dress in their scariest costumes, with cash prizes awarded for best costumes.
Oct. 28, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fibbar Magees, 156 S Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale.
Peninsula Lively Arts presents “Hip-Hop Halloween,” a family-friendly dance performance with a carnival fun zone before and after each show.
Oct. 28-29, 12:30, 2:30, & 4:30 p.m. performances, PLA’s Studio One Theatre, 1880 South Grant St., San Mateo.
Ghosted By The Bay
The Hilton Garden Inn hosts a costume and dance party for those 21+ (suggested age 35+).
Oct. 28, 6 p.m. to midnight, Hilton Garden Inn, 767 N. Mathilda Ave., Sunnyvale.
Electric Vehicle Frunk or Treat
Acterra hosts a trunk-or-treat event for families in which guests can visit the “frunk,” AKA front trunk, of nine popular EVs, ask questions about each model and take part in a scaEVenger hunt for candy. Halloween attire encouraged.
Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon. California Avenue Farmers Market, 321 California Ave., Palo Alto.
Sunnyvale Pet Parade and Faire
Duo Duo Project hosts the Sunnyvale Pet Parade and Faire in honor of the past and present K-9 officers of Sunnyvale, including a parade, costume contest and talent contest, plus VIP guests.
Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale.
Halloween Terrarium Class
Luludi Living Art Studio hosts a class on building a Halloween terrarium, complete with glass vessel, succulents, pebbles and Halloween accessories.
Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m., Luludi Living Art Studio, 340 N. Ellsworth Ave., San Mateo.
Halloween Party for Kids
A superhero will be the special guest at this event, which also includes a book giveaway and games.
Oct. 29, noon to 2 p.m., Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
Redwood Symphony’s Halloween Family Concert 2023
Redwood Symphony’s annual Halloween Family Concert this year includes selections from “Star Wars,” “Superman” and more. Costumes are encouraged, and kids can get a chance to conduct.
Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Cañada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City.
Halloween Party with The Lance Richards Band
Pioneer Saloon hosts a performance by the Lance Richards Band, including a costume contest.
Oct. 29, 3-7 p.m., Pioneer Saloon, 2925 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Downtown Halloween Costume Pub Crawl
The 14th annual Downtown Burlingame Halloween Costume Pub Crawl features a costume contest, festive drinks and dancing at a variety of downtown Burlingame establishments.
Oct. 29, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., downtown Burlingame.
Paper Lacing Pumpkins
Crafty kids and teens can make laced pumpkins out of simple supplies.
Oct. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Foster City Library, 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City.
Hiller Aviation Museum’s Haunted Hangar
Hiller Aviation Museum’s general admission includes access to its decorated haunted hangar display. Other special activities include a scavenger hunt and helicopter pumpkin drops.
Daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (helicopter pumpkin drop Oct. 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to noon), Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos.
Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch
A corn maze and an obstacle course are among the many attractions at Webb Ranch’s pumpkin patch this year.
Through Oct. 31, Webb Ranch, 2718 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
A BOO-tiful Downtown Halloween
Kids can trick or treat in downtown Los Altos. Look for the orange pumpkin signs.
Oct. 31, noon to 4 p.m., State and Main streets, Los Altos.
Trick or Treat at Town Hall
Los Altos Hills Town Hall is open for trick-or-treaters, and local officials may be encountered.
Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m., Los Altos Hill Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Halloween Cartoon Matinee
Kids can check out some not-so-spooky Halloween cartoons at this drop-in event.
Oct. 31, 3-4:30 p.m., San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos.
3D Printed Skull Decorating
Kids and teens can decorate a 3D printed skull.
Oct. 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road.
Lemos Farm Pumpkin Patch
Lemos Farm’s pumpkin patch, which in addition to pumpkins boasts a haunted house, train, hay and pony rides, and a lot more, runs beyond Halloween and into November.
Through Nov. 19, Lemos Farm, 12320 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay.