Halloween Ghost Train. Oct. 24-25 Ride the Ghost train through a haunted forest as the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is narrated at Roaring Camp. Costumed actors reenact scenes from the famous tale on lighted stages along the tracks. Enjoy a haunted house, games and other activities. $20-28. Felton.
Creepy Cupcakes. Oct. 25. Get ready for Halloween as you decorate delicious cupcakes and enjoy a special movie screening. FREE. Cupertino.
Family Night at the Museum. Oct. 25. Come in costume and visit the museum after-hours for a spellbinding celebration of books and make-believe. The evening includes science magic, healthy treat stations, a book giveaway and more. San Jose. $11-12, seniors and children under 1 FREE.
Spooky Slough. Oct. 25. Kids can come in costume to learn about nocturnal wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities, live animals, a twilight trek, games, story time and more at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge. Be prepared for cold weather and bring a reusable bag for trick-or-treating. Children under 13 accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. Alviso. FREE.
Capitola Village Children's Halloween Parade. Oct. 26. Join ghosts, goblins and fairy princesses and enjoy refreshments at the annual Halloween Parade. FREE. Capitola.
San Francisco, Marin & Peninsula
Ukulele Concert. Oct. 24. Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has played the instrument since he was 4. His selections span the music spectrum from jazz, blues, and funk to bluegrass, classical and folk. $30-70. San Rafael.
Halloween Haunts. Oct. 24-25. Wear your costume and travel the enchanted trail, collecting treats and encountering weird and wacky characters along the way. At the end of your journey, enjoy hot cider, delicious goodies and spook-tacularly fun entertainment. For ages 4-12. Registration required. Los Altos Hills. $25.
Wharf Fest. Oct. 25. Celebrate the history and the vibrancy of Fisherman's Wharf. Festival goers will enjoy music and live entertainment, a chowder competition, a chef demonstration, ship tours, street performers, art, fireworks, a movie screening and more. San Francisco. FREE.
Family Halloween Day. Oct. 25. The Randall Museum will be transformed into a Halloween haunt with a gamut of ghoulish games, creepy crafts, tricks & treats and more! Costumed revelers can explore the Twilight Forest, take a stab at pumpkin carving, and enjoy live entertainment. FREE. San Francisco.
Halloween Faire. Oct. 26. Come in costume and celebrate Strawberry Recreation District's Halloween Faire with other wizards, witches, fairies and animal characters. This is the perfect setting to play carnival games, bounce in the jump house and participate in the candy and prize hunt. $8 per child. Mill Valley.
Children’s Fall Fest. Oct. 24. “This is Halloween” is the theme, and festivities include arts and crafts, face painting, games, trick-or-treating and a lot of fall fun. Preregistration online or by phone is required; no walk-ins will be accepted. 3:30-5pm and 5:30-7pm. $5 Danville residents, $6 non-residents. Danville.
Skeletonfest. Oct. 25. Create masks and movable skeletons that capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy traditional, colorful paper cutting and decorate sugar skulls. Be the coolest ghoul in school with a whimsical, screen-printed skeleton T-shirt. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 1-3pm. FREE. Richmond.
Jack O’Lantern Jamboree. Oct. 25-26. Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with unlimited rides, parades, goody bags and treat stations for kids, two jumpers, arts and crafts, pirate school, costumed fairy-tale characters and performances by the Children’s Theatre Program and Storybook Puppet Theater. Oakland.
Boo at the Zoo. Oct. 25-26. Visit the Oakland Zoo's annual Halloween event to stroll the grounds in costume and collect yummy treats. Ride the spooky “boo train” and join the costume parade. Plus, get your face painted, make treats for the animals and see how they celebrate Halloween. Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. 10am-3pm. $15.75 adults, $11.75 ages 2-14, under 2 FREE. Oakland.
Days of the Dead Community Celebration. Oct. 26. The Oakland Museum of California will recognize two decades of its annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration with craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas and ceremonia. Also, visit the special exhibition "Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary" and revisit highlights from the past two decades, as well as new works by local artists on view in the Gallery of California Art. 12-4:30pm. $15 adults, $6 ages 9-17, children under 8 and OMCA members FREE.