2012 Halloween in the South Bay Area: Events for the Kiddos!

I love Halloween!  Here are some events that your children will enjoy around the south bay area.

Pre-Halloween Events

San Jose Pumpkins in the Park October 13th 10AM-4PM. Free event includes Giant Pumpkin Patch, Scarecrow Row, Fresh Apple Cider, Guadalupe River Education, Lots of Free Kid’s Activities &  A Children’s Concert.  Located at Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow.  You can also make a day of it and head into the Children’s Discovery Museum!

Roaring Camp Railroads: Halloween & Harvest Fair (Felton) October 13th & 14th.  Hand Car races, Petting Zoo, Make and Take Scarecrows, Blacksmith demonstrations, Print Shop demonstrations Old fashioned Photos, Farmer John Tractor Rides – (Mini tractors for little ones), Bounce Houses, Gold Panning, Candle making, Old West Medicine Show, and a Free pumpkin w/ child train ticket!  Cost for train tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for children.

Happy Hollow: Fall Fun & Haunt the Hollow (San Jose) Fall Fun is October 13th-31st.  Includes a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch (Pumpkins only $2-$3 a piece!), Two inflatable Fun Houses, Kiddie Carnival area, Special face and pumpkin painting, Fall fun crafts. Special animal shows (October 17, 20, 21, 27, 31), “The Halloween Spooktacular” show by Liberty Dance Company(October 14th), Wear a costume and recieve a special $2 off promotion (does not include Haunt the Hollow, October 28).  Admission to Happy Hollow is 12.95 for ages 2 and up.  Free for under 2.  Happy Hollow has a cute zoo and rides perfect for young children.

Roaring Camp Railroads: Ghost Train  (Felton) October 26th & 27th.  Trains leave at 6:15 & 6:30pm.  Ride the Ghost train through a haunted forest as the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is narrated. Costumed actors reenact scenes from the famous tale on lighted stages along the tracks. A haunted house, games and other activities add to the fun.  Cost is $26 for adults and $20 for children.

California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) Saturday, October 27th 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  Trick-or-treat in a fun, educational and safe environment, Party with larger-than-life stiltwalkers and roaming magicians, Transform into your favorite Academy creature with fanciful face painting, BOOgie to the tunes of the Crunchy Frog Band and enjoy live animal shows, See a giant pumpkin carving demonstration and A Haunted Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium, Participate in ghoulishly good hands-on fun, craft booths, and family-friendly activities for all ages, Capture the night with photoBOOth snapshots, Complimentary beverages for adults and children, Come in costume and get a free trick-or-treat bag! Academy Café will be open for dinner, snacks, and drinks, Proceeds support Academy programs including field trips for 130,000 students annually.  Cost is $50 for non-Member Adult and $35 for non-Member Child.  For members it is $45 and $30.

Santana Row Mommy & Me: Halloween Family Fest (San Jose) October 30th 10AM-12PM.  Cost is Free!  Trick or Treat along the businesses at Santana Row.  This one can get crowded, so I recommend getting there right at 10AM.

Night of Halloween – Safe Trick or Treating!

Downtown Morgan Hill Trick or Treating “Safe Trick or Treat” October 31st 4pm-8pm for ages 12 and under.  Trick or Treat along Downtown Morgan Hill where local businesses will provide candy!  This is a free event.

Santa Cruz Wharf Trick or Treating October 31st from 4-6pm.  Little witches, goblins, and ghosts and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at wharf businesses.  This a Free Event!

Oakridge Mall Trick or Treating  (South San Jose) October 31st at 5:30pm.  Visit participating Westfield Oakridge retailers for indoor Trick or Treating on Halloween night.
A list of participating stores will be available that night at Sears Court.

Pumpkin Patches

Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch (South San Jose) – Open the month of October.  Hours: Sunday-Thursday   9:00am-6:00pm, Friday-Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm.  Free parking & free admission.  Besides the Pumpkins, there is a Hay Ride, Train Ride, Pony Ride and Petting Zoo at additional cost.  There is also a snack shack.

Patch of the Pumpkins  There are multiple locations all over the bay area. Admission is free and hours/activities available (for an extra fee) vary by location.

Uesugi Farms (San Martin) This is my favorite Pumpkin Patch!!  Free admission, $3 parking fee just on the weekends.  Activities include (pricing varies between $2-$8 a person) two trains, two different hayrides, corn mazes, carousel, pumpkin blasters, pony rides and a petting corral.  Plus, a snack shack, entertainment & lots of photo opportunities.

Please feel free to recommend others.  Happy Halloween!!!


About supermama3

I am a working Mom of three beautiful children! They give me a run for my money and bring joy and perspective to my life. I work part time as a Software Engineer. Life is crazy, but we make time for fun & laughter.
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