10+ Things to Do for Halloween in San Francisco

Thinking about spending this Halloween in San Francisco? Check out a few of these festive attractions to get you in the holiday spirit.

From tours and parties to special family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Keep in mind that some events may require advance reservations; research the attractions you are interested in to see if you’ll need to purchase tickets before you go.

All of these attractions are great for families with kids, but exercise caution when it comes to the spooky stuff and small children.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


If you visit during the day, Fright Fest is a gently spooky excursion for the little ones, filled with cookie-decorating, Twik or Tweating, and all their favorites rides and other attractions.

If you come around at night, however, you best beware. Everything is turned upside down through deliciously terrifying scare zones, wandering monsters, delightfully themed entertainment, and the creepiest haunted mazes you could imagine.

Getting In: Admission to Fright Fest at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is separately ticketed and is not include with the Go San Francisco® Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

The San Francisco Dungeon

The-San-Francisco-Dungeon-1

If you want to see something truly spooky and horrible this October, head to the San Francisco Dungeon, where the weird and wild of San Francisco’s history come out to play in force.

Wander through several lively exhibits with costumed actors, enjoy amazing recreated historic sites, and be more than a little scared by some of the horrific things going on in these recreations.

Getting In: San Francisco Dungeon tickets are included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

SuperNatural Halloween at California Academy of Sciences

Image credit: California Academy of Sciences.

Image credit: California Academy of Sciences.

This festive family event sees the California Academy of Sciences transformed into a spooky scientific dreamland.

From traditional activities like pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating to extra surprises like face painting and magic shows, this event has everything that makes Halloween special.

Scientists will also be on hand to demonstrate “spooky” scientific phenomenon and to encourage the educational element of the event. It’s bound to be a great time for the whole family!

Getting In: Admission to SuperNatural Halloween is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

General admission to the California Academy of Sciences is included with the Go San Francisco Card.

Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America

Come visit California’s Great America during this truly spooky season of terrors and frights.

There’s so much to enjoy (and be terrified by!) at this attraction, you won’t know what to do first.

Wander through nine mazes and spooky attractions, stumble through three horrifying scare zones, enjoy four live shows, and have a blast on dozens of delightful rides.

Getting In: Admission to Halloween Haunt is only $26 for Go San Francisco Card or Explorer Pass customers. General admission to California’s Great America is included with the Go San Francisco® Card.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at California’s Great America

Pumpkin Fire

This is one for the younger kids at California’s Great America. See Planet Snoopy transformed into the gentle Planet Spooky, where kids 12 and under can trick-or-treat with the whole PEANUTs gang in costume.

Various activities include a fun hay maze, creative pumpkin decorating, a play-in-able pumpkin patch, and the chance to watch talented pumpkin-carvers practice their craft.

A daytime event, this is great for really little ones who aren’t ready for after dark scares.

Planet Snoopy is transformed into Planet Spooky where kids 12 & under can show off their costumes as they trick-or-treat along with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the PEANUTS friends.

Getting In: Admission to The Great Pumpkin Fest is only $26 for Go San Francisco Card or Explorer Pass customers.

Monster Bash & Haunted Hornet

USS Hornet

Visit this historic aircraft carrier under special circumstances – as a guest at their annual Monster Bash!

The USS Hornet will be transformed into a haunted ship, filled with spooky entertainment and festive music. Take the “Haunted Sick Bay” tour and explore some of the creepier areas of this iconic vessel.

Come in costume to be entered into a fun costume contest with a $500 cash prize! There will also be a dedicated Children’s Zone with a festive magician and a kids-only costume contest.

Getting In: Admission the Monster Bash and Haunted Hornet is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco Card. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.

If you’re interested in visiting the USS Hornet on non-spooky times, you can visit the Go San Francisco Card.

Halloween Hoopla

Children’s Creativity Museum

Image credit: Children's Creativity Museum.

Image credit: Children’s Creativity Museum.

The 15th annual Halloween Hoopla at the Children’s Creativity Museum, this popular family event is ideal for kids 10 and under.

Filled with interactive performances, festive displays, and seasonal crafts, the Hoopla is a great way to spend an educational and fun afternoon in the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens.

Everyone will enjoy dancing, funny clowns, palm readings, and even more festive activities. Kids can even design their own trick-or-treat bags!

Getting In: Admission to the Halloween Hoopla is free.

Ghost Tours

Downtown San Francisco

Image credit: San Francisco Ghost Tours Facebook page.

Image credit: San Francisco Ghost Tours Facebook page.

San Francisco has quite the history, and certainly has the ghosts to prove it! There are a wide variety of ghost tours for you to choose from this holiday season, each of which captures something unique about the Bay Area’s haunted happenings.

Take a night tour of Alcatraz and visit one of the eeriest places in America at a particularly eerie time of day!

Or, opt for a Chinatown Ghost Tour for a dose of the Chinese culture and mythology that permeates modern San Franciscan culture.

One of our favorites is the “Haunted Haight” tour, featuring all the spooky supernatural things of the Haight-Ashbury arts district.

Getting In: Haunted San Francisco tours are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go San Francisco Card. For more information about each tour and to purchase tickets, visit the individual tour company sites.

Spooktacular Halloween Party

Japantown Peace Plaza

Image credit: Japan Center Malls.

Image credit: Japan Center Malls.

This free, kid-centric event takes place in one of San Francisco’s most charming public squares.

Kids will be able to enjoy trick-or-treating, festive crafts, and seasonal games, in addition to Halloween décor and artistic displays.

The carnival-like atmosphere continues with additional offerings like a bouncy house, temporary tattoos, and even seasonal face painting. Come in costume!

Getting In: Admission to the Spooktacular Halloween Party is free.

Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch

1620 7th Ave.

Image credit: Clancy's Pumpkin Patch.

Image credit: Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch.

Are you a local looking for a convenient place to pick a few pumpkins, or a visitor trying to celebrate the holiday in a new town?

Either way, Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch should be your go-to stop for all things pumpkin related.

Choose from a wide variety of pumpkins – including some rare varieties not found elsewhere.

Go on a hayride through San Francisco, or explore a hay maze. You can even score some gourds, Indian corn, and apple cider.

Getting In: Admission to Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch is free.

Let’s Recap

So there you have it. Our list of some festive and spooky things to do for Halloween in San Francisco this year.

Remember, a number of these options are available on the Go San Francisco Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Halloween events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Francisco Card.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your mid fall getaway itinerary.

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