How to do Halloween in Bay Area: 2020 Edition

Well, we made it to Fall, y’all! And you know what that means… It’s ~ spooky season ~. While we can all agree that 2020 has been spooky enough thus far, we think we’re all overdue for the fun kind of spooky this Halloween season. We’re talking haunted walk-throughs, drive-throughs, costume contests, and more all around the Bay. 

Pro tips: 

  • Complete your spooky costume with a matching mask that you’ll be wearing it at all times while out and about with others.
  • Keep your distance from ghouls and ghosts (and humans) wandering the streets Halloween night — at least 6 feet.
  • Cleanse yourself of any spells a witch may have cast on you by washing your hands regularly and keeping sanitizer handy.

Dead Time Dreams Fright Walk

2501 E Tully Rd // San Jose

Not for the faint of heart, Dead Time Dreams really puts the spooky in spooky szn. You’ll be sure to get your fright fix at this haunted walk-through, even with the monsters keeping 6 feet away from you as you stroll down Horror Alley and the Midway of Terror. 


Halloween at the Hiller Aviation Museum

Sat, Oct. 24 & Sun, Oct. 25, Sat, Oct. 31 & Sun, Nov. 1, 10 AM – 5 PM, San Carlos Airport

Visit the Hiller Aviation Museum this October for a frightful treat! Come in costume and see the Gallery decked out in its spooky Halloween decorations.We have adjusted this years Haunted Hangar for social distancing, we have extended the display two weekends and have removed the Helicopter Pumpkin Drop to eliminate crowding and provide all our Halloween guests a safe, contactless, socially distanced, family-friendly place to have some Halloween fun! The kids will enjoy the “Great Pumpkin” Scavenger Hunt.


Bayshore Drive-In Concerts

Bayshore Drive-In // Burlingame

The Bayshore Drive-In Concert series is coming to the Bay featuring live performances by Thundercat, Major Lazer, Marc Rebillet, Shiba San + J.Phlip, R&B Only, and more TBA. Secure tickets and enter to win before they sell out!


Par3’s Dine-out and Drive-in

1700 Coyote Point Dr // San Mateo

What’s more quintessentially Halloween than watching Halloween ON Halloween?! Nothing. Now throw in some delicious food on a socially-distanced patio (or a takeout picnic, if you prefer) and you’re set for a fun Halloween date night. It’s $30 per vehicle and dinner reservations are required if you’re dining out with Par3!


Gareth Emery Drive-In Concert

October 30 – November 1 // SAP Center // San Jose

Gareth Emery is bringing his We’ll Be OK tour to the South Bay in this socially distanced drive-in performance. If you were scared live DJ performances were a thing of the past, fear not. Gareth Emery is here to let you know that everything will be ok. 


Drive-through Trick or Trunk

2520 Mission College Blvd // Santa Clara

Sadly, trick-or-treating isn’t on the agenda this year. Lucky for us, however, we have some creative minds that have come up with a safe alternative — trick or trunking! The idea is essentially the same as trick-or-treating, but it’s decorated car trunks instead of houses/lawns, and you get to play socially-distanced games as you drive through. Oh, and did we mention its free? Sweet!


Halloween Drive-In by Princess & Skyhigh Odditorium

1 W Barrett Ave // Richmond 

Deemed an experience of “terror, wonder, and a whole lot of glitter”, so you already know it’s going to be a blast. This drive-in event will feature DJ sets, aerial acrobats, drag performances, and more on October 30th and 31st! Lewks encouraged. 


Fear Overload’s Museum of Horrors 

15555 E 14th St // San Leandro 

Fear Overload Scream Park is back and as scary as ever. Although this year’s scare-fest will be actor-less, it will feature a new audio storyline as you walk-through to enhance the experience of the Museum of Horrors.


A Nightmare at Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park // North Beach, SF

When’s the last time you joined a pub crawl? Club Urban Diversion Adventures is bringing ’em back this Halloween, but with a twist: face masks are required, social distancing will be enforced, all drinks will be taken to-go and drunk outside, and the group’s capacity will be very limited… Crawl at your own risk. 


Dusk to Dawn at The Midway

October 31 // The Midway, SF

If you’re looking to get down on the spookiest night of the year, look no further than The Midway. With outdoor dining and Croatia Squad, Syd Gris, and more throwing down, you won’t wanna be anywhere else.


Rooftop Sessions with J.Worra 

138 King St // South Beach, SF

Time to eat out and boogie down this Halloween night with lavish dining at Hotel VIA while J.Worra spins the night away. All tables will be spread out to meet SF’s health guidelines and are available for reservation of 2-8 with options for cabanas, fire pits, and sweeping city views. Don’t forget to dress up!


Spooktacular Halloween Food Drive-through 

10 Avenue of the Flags // San Rafael

Think County Fair, but Halloween-themed and experienced right from your car. Marin County Fair is putting on this Halloween festivity for some family-friendly scares, fair food classics, and activities for visitors to enjoy. The event takes place from October 23 to November 1 at the Marin Civic Center. Don’t forget to mark your calendars! 


Cruise-in Concert w/ The Mother Hips & Mad Alchemy 

900 Fairgrounds Dr // Vallejo 

Rock out at the Solano County Fairgrounds this Halloween night with The Mother Hips and Mad Alchemy for a socially-distanced drive-in concert! Costumes are encouraged and masks + social distancing are enforced. 


Pirates of Emerson 

4501 Pleasanton Ave // Pleasanton 

Buckle up and get on board — the Pirates of Emerson are back and they’re taking over the Alameda County Fairgrounds every Thursday – Sunday from October 2 to November 1 for the Bay’s spookiest of drive-throughs. 


DogFest Bay Area: Boo! Bark, Brews + Bites

October 31 // Online Event

Join the pups virtually for an online event benefiting Canine Companions for Independence and co-hosted by Oakland’s Jack London Square! This virtual event is sure to be a blast for humans and canines alike.


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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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