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Halloween San Francisco 2021: Fun Things to Do for All Ages

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: September 8, 2021

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San Francisco is the place to be again for this year's 2021 Halloween celebrations. Whether you are looking to party or for some family friendly events, you will find them all here. 

Highlights this year include several popular ghost tours, more than a dozen 21 and older events, and several museum sponsored events for the kids. You will also find some fun places to go trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and a few other fun activities all weekend long. Other top picks include concerts, theater performances, sporting events, and more.

This year, it falls on a Sunday, so most events are the Friday and Saturday before. You will also find handful of fun events on the holiday itself.

Scroll down to the bottom for additional Halloween events around the SF Bay Area.

Halloween decorations at a house on Divisadero Street in San Francisco.Halloween decorations at a house on Divisadero Street in San Francisco.

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Top 21+ San Francisco Halloween Parties 

This year, you will find dozens of 21 and older Halloween Parties. Most are on Friday and Saturday night at some of San Francisco's largest venues. You'll find smaller events this year than in past years, but there are still plenty of options.

These parties often include music by some of SF and the Bay Area's top DJs, cocktails throughout the night, and a chance to mingle with other Halloween lovers. Almost all require costumes.

>> Full List of the Best 21+ Parties in SF

Ghost Tours in San Francisco

San Francisco is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the US. This makes it the perfect place for fun, yet spooky ghost tours. They range from a visit to one of SF's most ghostly spots, Alcatraz Island, to a walking tour through City Hall. All of them offer chilling stories about the dark events that led to today's mysterious and unusual occurrences. Many run all year long with a few extra special tours just for Halloween.

>> Ghost Tours of San Francisco

Halloween Events for Kids

Enjoy several kid-friendly activities for Halloween 2021. These events fall both on the weekend before and on the big holiday, so you can celebrate both weekends. Highlights this year include the SuperNatural Halloween Event at the California Academy of Sciences and other fun kid-friendly events.

>> Halloween Events for Kids 

Other Fun Events on Halloween Weekend

Here are a few additional events this Halloween in San Francisco!

Theater on Halloween San Francisco

This Halloween you will find  a few theater performances. 

Jesus Christ Superstar: This Broadway musical is the biggest performance this year. It's the story of the last week of Jesus' life as seen through his eyes and the eyes of his disciples. You will find performances on Friday, Saturday (2), and Sunday. Find tickets for all four shows

Interlude: You will also find Interlude on stage at the San Francisco Playhouse. There are performances several times this weekend. 

>> Find additional shows this month in SF

Concerts on Halloween in San Francisco & the Bay Area

You will find dozens of other concerts all weekend long in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Here are just a few of the top shows this weekend:

10/29 - 10/31: Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park. Find tickets.

10/29: James Taylor & Jackson Browne at the Chase Center at 7:30 p.m. Find tickets.

10/30: The Struts at The Fillmore

10/31: Ministry, Helmet & Front Line Assembly at the Warfield

Click the link below for additional shows in SF and around the Bay Area

>> October & Halloween concerts in the SF Bay Area

Sporting Events this Halloween

There are two sports events this weekend in the SF Bay Area.

Saturday, October 28: Golden State Warriors play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 5:30 pm at the Chase Center. Find tickets.

Saturday, October 30: San Jose Sharks take on the Winnipeg Jets at the SAP Center in San Jose at 4 pm. Find tickets.

>> Find additional sports events around the SF Bay Area

Comedy Shows

You will also find some great comedy shows this Halloween in San Francisco. 

10/29 & 10/30: Andrew Santino, three shows at Cobb's Comedy Club

10/29 & 10/20: Jade Catta-Preta, three shows at the Punch Line Comedy Club

10/31: Get It! Game Show at Cobb's Comedy Club

10/31: Ha Ha Halloween Showcase at the Punch Line Comedy Club

>> Find additional comedy shows around SF

Symphony Performances

Head to Davies Symphony Hall the weekend of Halloween San Francisco for a fun night of live music. The show this weekend is Bronfman Plays Beethoven. You will find a show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

>> Find a full schedule of symphony performances in SF

Find Halloween Costumes

If you are looking for the perfect Halloween costume, then check out my list of my five favorite places to shop. You can design your own look or find the perfect pre-made option. All are open year around.

>> 5 Places to Find Costumes in SF

10 Most Haunted SF Places

Would you like to investigate some of SF's most haunted locations? On this list, you will find a list of the most haunted places in San Francisco that are open to the public. This allows you to stop by and investigate these ghostly sightings for yourself!

>> 10 More Haunted SF Locations

Free Walking Tours

Find a variety of free walking tours all weekend long. These tours, given by SF City Guides, give you the chance to learn even more about San Francisco. Top tours include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown.

>> Find out more about these and other tours all around SF

Additional Halloween Events Around the SF Bay Area

East Bay

Some of the best Halloween events in the Bay Area this year are in the East Bay including Oakland. You will find haunted houses, Boo at the Zoo, and plenty of 21+ costume parties.

Here are just a few of my top picks for Halloween events in the Bay Area for 2021.

"Boo at the Zoo" at the Oakland Zoo

One of my favorite Halloween events in Oakland is the daytime event, "Boo at the Zoo" at the Oakland Zoo. It's held over several weekends throughout the month including: 10/8 - 10/10; 10/15 - 10/17; 10/22 - 10/24; & 10/29 - 10/31

The normal price of admission allows you to ride the spooky zoo train, try out treats and if your kid wears a costume, they get a free ride ticket! Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited! 

Attendance is limited and you must purchase tickets in advance. It runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

Halloween Midnight Costume Party Cruise

DJ Bullo and DJ Slappy will entertain you all night long on this midnight cruise leaving from Jack London Square on Friday, the 29th. On this 3-hour party boat, you can enjoy drinks from 2 fully stocked bars, panoramic views, live music, and 2 levels of entertainment and fun.

This riverboat style vessel has two levels and hold only around 150 people. It leaves from 1 Broadway Street near Jack London Square at 10:30pm SHARP. Check in and board early to make sure you don't miss out on the fun!

Fear Overload Haunted House

Voted the scariest haunted house in California, Fear Overload Haunted House includes 2 haunted houses for the price of one. This attraction runs from late September to early November and is not for the faint of heart. 

This event has been featured in Forbes, and on CBS, ABC and Fox, this is a truly serious horror and scream fest. Just to give you an idea of how scary these houses are, pregnant women or people in casts are NOT allowed to enter.

It's located at 15555 E. 14th Street in San Leandro.

Ghosts of Dublin 2021 (Dublin)

What better place to spend Halloween than in a cemetery at night in the quaint city of Dublin? I can't think of one. The "Ghosts of Dublin 2021" tour is without question one of the scarier places to be if you are afraid of ghosts, ghouls or goblins since one never knows who, or what, may pop up from the graves. 

Popcorn and cider are available and tours are from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tours are about one hour long.

This year's dates are October 22 and 23.

South Bay & Peninsula

California's Great America Halloween Haunt

Known as one of the best carnival and ride attractions in Northern California, Great America turns into a scare fest for all. This event runs select nights between September 24 - October 31. 

Featuring 8 mazes, 5 live shows, hundreds of monsters and so much more, this is adventure that can not be missed. 

Reservations are required.

Dead Time Dreams

Dead Time Dreams in San Jose, CA is known for their horrifying mazes and madhouses that scare everyone that enters them. This event runs from October 14 to October 31. This gives you plenty of chances to see how much you can handle this Halloween season. 

There is also the Midway of Terror for you to hang out at before or after going through "The River Styx" and "The Deathworx" adventures. 

The Ultimate Halloween Party: Kiloween

Head over to The Glass House (2 S. Market Street, San Jose) for the best Halloween party of the year. Several DJs will be on hand throughout the evening pumping out party music all night long.

Upscale dress code enforced. The party is on 10/23  and starts at 9 pm and runs until 2 pm

Winchester Mystery House's  Hallows' Eve

This famous haunted house is always spooky and scary, even in the day time, but it becomes especially so when it is Halloween. This year's special event is called Hallows' Eve. At night, you will head through an indoor theatrical investigative paranormal adventure. 

Your ticket also includes the outdoor Jack O'Lantern Trail. 

Tours runs from mid-September and run through October. Tours are available several nights a week.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Harvest Faire

Ride the train to the pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin at Roaring Camp in Felton. 

The Forest Train includes a 75-minute ride with fun activities at the faire such as a Scarecrow Craft Table, Jack-o-Lantern Mask Decorating, Trick-or-Treating and so much more! 

Gilroy Gardens (Gilroy)

Located in the Garlic Capital of the world (isn't that scary enough already?), the Gilroy Gardens are home to numerous Halloween events this season. These include tricking or treating, wacky characters, and other fun Halloween surprises all around Boo Alley! 

It runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 1 - 31. 

North Bay & Wine Country 

Blind Scream Haunted House (Santa Rosa)

Head over to 98 Santa Rosa Plaza for this terrifying Halloween Haunted Houses. 

This year's event is called The Witch House which will take you on a thrilling, yet scary journey. It's home to 3 terrible sisters and each one is more evil than the next! 

It's open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from October 8 - 31.

Goblin Jamboree at BADM (Sausalito)

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is home to the fun for all ages Goblin Jamboree each year. Happening Saturday the 23th through Sunday the 31st, it features pony rids, glow-in-the-dark trains, a broom obstacle course, and so much more for everyone to enjoy. 

There is also a costume contest and live music throughout the event. The Goblin Jamboree has two sessions from 9 am to 11:30 am and 12 pm to 2:30 pm. 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Fright by Night (Vallejo)

There is no place to hide when you enter Fright by Night as the entire theme park is inhabited by ghouls, goblins, and other scary monsters.

Featuring haunted houses, stage shows, and scare zones throughout the park, you and your little ones will be sure to have a great time as you check out the rides and thrills all day, and night, long. This year's event runs from September 25 to October 31.

Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze (Petaluma)

With over 5 acres of home grown pumpkins and corn mazes, you and your little ghouls are sure to enjoy this annual Halloween experience. If you need pumpkins for your own, there are over 50 varieties to choose from including some that are massive!

The maze walls are about 10 feet tall so anyone can try to figure them out. There is a viewing platform in case you want to see the maze and get some help.

They open on Friday, September 24 and and stays open through the holiday. The Pumpkin Patch hours are Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday to Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm.

Halloween Bay Area San Francisco

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