Halloween 2020: Drive-Thru Haunted Houses, Outdoor Movie Theatres, Live Music and More

With October 31st landing on a Saturday this year and under the gaze of a full blue moon at night, there’s no reason not to dust off your favorite costumes and dive into the Halloween spirit head first. From staying cozy inside watching classic fright night movies to venturing outside for unique drive-thru experiences and socially distanced outdoor dance parties, there are plenty of in-person and virtual options this year – here is our rolling list of upcoming Halloween events and things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Outdoor Live Music

Dusk to Dawn at The Midway
Outdoor Dining with Croatia Squad
Saturday October 31
3pm
Buy tickets

Hippie Sabotage at Bradley Ranch, Elk Grove
Live Drive-In Concert.
Saturday October 31
6pm – 10pm
Buy tickets

Gareth Emery Halloween Drive-In at SAP Center San Jose
Socially distanced Drive-in DJ performance.
Saturday October 31
6pm – 10pm
RSVP

SOMA Garden SF
Outdoor destination featuring brunch, street food, cocktails and DJs from Temple SF
Every Saturday & Sunday
12pm – 8pm
Reserve a table

Rooftop Sessions with J. Worra at Hotel Via
Costumes encouraged. Dine and dance.
Saturday October 31
1pm – 7pm
Buy Tickets

The Mother Hips Cruise-In Concert at Solano County Fairgrounds
Each vehicle are assigned a 15’x20′ area to park and dance. Full bar and food trucks.
Saturday October 31
7pm – 11pm
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Halloween Dinner and Pink Floyd Laser Light Show (Sonoma)
Ticket includes dinner.
Saturday October 31
5pm – 8:30pm
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Oysters & Champagne Rooftop Brunch Day Party at Hotel Via
Amazing views, upscale socially distanced brunch party.
Sunday November 1
noon – 5pm
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Dance-Free Outdoor Halloween DJ Bash (Oakland)
Spooky hits, drinks and food on the back patio.
Saturday October 31
5pm – 9pm
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Dance-Free Outdoor Halloween DJ Bash (Oakland)
Spooky hits, drinks and food on the back patio.
Saturday October 31
5pm – 9pm
More information

Haunted Houses & Tours

Phantasma: Explore Your Fear!
Outdoor immersive theatrical experience.
Thursday October 15 – Saturday October 31
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Buy Tickets

Pirates of Emerson
Haunted Themed Park, Drive thru event
Now – Nov 1
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Scream Park Museum of Horrors (Sacramento)
Voodoo Bayou, Midnight Asylum and House of Undead walk-throughs at one location
Now – November 13
Buy Tickets

Blue Moon Halloween Sail
Evening sail with views of the San Francisco Skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and more. 12 person capacity.
Buy Tickets

Ghost Tour: Shipwrecks of Point Reyes
Walking tour.
Saturday October 31
10am – 5pm
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Full Moon Cacau Ceremony
Release negative emotions and connect back to your true self under the blue moon.
Saturday October 31
6pm – 7:30pm
Buy Tickets

Movie Night (Indoor/Outdoor)

Princess + Skyhigh Odditorium present: Halloween Drive-In
DJ Sets, Aerial Acrobats, performers, & dancers from the Skyhigh Odditorium Dragonette’s.
Friday October 30 – Saturday October 31
6pm – 10pm
Buy Tickets

Spooktackular Series at AMC Theatres
Family-Friendly Frights
Only $5

Dine-Out and Drive-In Movies in San Mateo
Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, Goosebumps 2, Halloween The Original
Buy tickets

North Bay Drive-In (Novato)
The Live, What We Do in the Shadows
FREE, More information

Cinemark Fright Nights Bay Area
Halloween Classics through November 5
Get tickets

Family Fun

Spooktacular Halloween Food Drive-Thru at Avenue of the Flags Marin
Family-friendly haunted surprises, food and activities all while staying inside your car. Costumes encouraged!
October 23 – November 1
4pm – 9pm on weekdays, 11am – 9pm on weekends

Boo at the Zoo (Oakland)
Pre-stuffed goodie bags for children, costume contest, pink flamingo scavenger hunt.
October 24 – October 31
10am – 4pm
Included with Zoo admission, Buy Tickets

Autumn Nights at CuriOdyssey Science Playground & Zoo
Spooky music, cash bar, jack-o-lanterns, animals, festive lights, costumes encouraged.
Every Friday & Saturday in October
5:30pm – – 7pm, 7pm – 8:30pm
Reservations recommended

Halloween at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Trick-or-treat package, costume contest and more.
Saturday October 31
Noon – 7pm
More information

Meow & Howl-O-Ween Drive-Thru (Dublin and Oakland SPCA)
Costumed kids and pups can drive by to shelter dogs. Activity book, candy and treats.
Saturday October 31
1pm – 3pm
FREE, More information

Halloween Haunted Hangar
Costumes encouraged. Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt.
Saturday October 24 – Sunday November 1
10am – 5pm
More information

Healdsburg Trunk or Treat
Saturday October 31
4pm – 7pm
Register

CF Kids Halloween Drive Thru
See sets from famous Disney/Pixar films, wave to your favorite Disney characters, get candy and prizes.
Sunday October 25
5pm – 8pm
FREE, Register

Trunk or Treat at Martin Luther King Jr Pool in SF
Local vendors, live music, games, and food
Saturday October 31
noon – 4pm
Buy tickets

Virtual Activities

Halloween Hoopla
Interactive performances and fun for kids under 10 and adults, Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch display, online Costume Parade.
Sat October 31
11am – 11:30am
FREE, Register

Don’t Follow the Lights
A virtual immersive dark fantasy adventure
Fri October 23 – Sat October 31
9pm – 10pm
Buy Tickets

DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews +Bites
Interactive virtual event. Participate with your furry friends in costume.
Saturday October 31
3pm – 4pm
More information

Virtual Halloween Contests in October
Post up your images of pumpkins, baked goods, spooky art, people and pet costumes.
More information

“Virtual” Halloween 5K, 10K and Kids 1 Mile
Get dressed up in amazing Halloween costumes and raise some much needed funds.
Friday October 30 – Sunday November 1
Register

The Aquabats! Kooky Spooky! Halloween Party!
Streaming concert.
Friday October 30 – Saturday October 31
Buy tickets

Mr. Bungle – The Night They Came Home
A Virtual Live Concert Experience
Saturday October 31
noon
Buy tickets

See also:

Pumpkin Patches

Terror Vault and Apocalypse: Images from Inside the Haunted San Francisco Mint Building

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