October 7, 2019
14 Ways to Have a Ghoulishly Good Time This Halloween
Coming to San Francisco? Whether you're looking for spooky family fun or haunted halloween parties for adults, we’ve got 13 frightful favorites for you to enjoy on Halloween.
- Winchester Mystery House
There will be a lineup of events at the Winchester Mystery House this Halloween season. On Oct. 19, guests can join in on Sarah's Spirited Supper, a Halloween-themed dinner in Sarah's eerie ballroom. Guests of all ages can trick-or-treat through the estate's gardens on Oct. 26 and 27, and the bravest souls can experience Unhinged, the all-new horror experience, open now through Nov. 2.
- Tactile Dome
At the Exploratorium’s legendary Tactile Dome, visitors are never quite sure what's there as they feel their way through twisting passageways, chutes and rooms, guided only by their sense of touch.
- San Francisco Dungeon
Ever wonder if it's possible to communicate with the spirits of the dead? Do long-gone loved ones watch over you? Do the deceased have important messages to deliver from the afterlife? The San Francisco Dungeon will host exclusive séances, allowing visitors a glimpse of the spirits lurking beneath Fisherman's Wharf.
- Boo at the Zoo
Come dressed up in a Halloween costume and trick-or-treat around the San Francisco Zoo on Oct. 26 and 27. Brave the Creepy Crawler Adventure at the Insect Zoo, participate in the costume parade and contest, and check out the popular Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp, where the animals get some tasty pumpkin treats from their keepers.
- Halloween Alive After Five Cruise
Join Hornblower Cruises on Oct. 31 for their Halloween Happy Hour Cruise. Come wearing your best costume and your favorite dancing shoes. Tasty cocktails, delicious appetizers and stunning views make for a frighteningly good time.
- Stern Grove transforms into Scaregrove
On Friday, Oct. 25, from 4-9 p.m., get your Halloween fix at Scaregrove. They'll have tons of activities for the whole family including a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, carnival rides, firedancing, and much more! Admission to Scaregrove is $10 per person; children under 2 are free.
- Monster Bash
This Halloween, have a hauntingly good time aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet during its annual Monster Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. Party-goers will dance the night away to music by Lee Presson & the Nails, and Lost Dog Found. Take a break from the dancing and go on a haunted tour through the Hornet's corridors, and hear the legendary stories of the USS Hornet's past.
- Museum of Ice Cream's Nightmare Before Pinkmas
This might just be the sweetest Halloween event to come to San Francisco! Celebrate this Halloween at the Museum of Ice Cream, where wild costumes and a sweet tooth are highly encouraged. This event is appropriate for all ages, so bring the entire family.
- Super Natural Halloween Party
The creatures come out at night at this Halloween edition of Super Natural at the California Academy of Sciences on Oct. 26. Have a ghoulishly good time as you trick-or-treat around the Academy among 40,000 spine-tingling specimens.
- Halloween Haunt at California's Great America
On select nights between Sept. 27 and Nov. 2, 2019, experience the fright of your life at California's Great America Halloween Haunt. Brave the many nightmares throughout this amusement park. From Killer Clown Town to Madame Marie's Massacre Manor, there will be thrills at every turn.
- Halloween Hoopla
The 19th annual Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, from noon to 2 p.m., will feature interactive performances and games for kids under 10 (and their adults). The Yerba Buena pumpkin patch will return and the program will culminate in a Halloween costume parade.
- San Francisco Ghost Tours
This is not "just a ghost tour". This Halloween, go on Wild SF's night tour of San Francisco's most haunted sites while learning about unexplained deaths, murders, cult leaders, assassins, and much more.
- Into the Dark
New immersive attractions will be at The San Francisco Mint this Halloween. Dare to enter the Terror Vault, a 45-minute tour of horrors, or work in teams to escape the zombie apocalypse.
- Devilishly Frightful Halloween Parties for Adults
For the 21+ crowd, San Francisco has some of the best halloween parties around. Get your spookiest costume and party on at some of these ghostly events:
- Oct. 25: W Hotel Halloween Party at W Hotel
- Oct. 26: Mega Halloween Party at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco
- Oct. 26: A Drop Dead Sexy San Francisco Halloween at Hotel Kabuki
- Oct. 26: San Francisco Masquerade Halloween Yacht Party aboard Cabernet Sauvignon Yacht
- Oct. 26: Nightmare on Van Ness at The Regency Ballroom
- Oct. 30: Brews & Boos: Halloween Movie Nights at Anchor Public Taps
- Oct. 31: Crawloween: San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl 2019 along Polk Street
- Oct. 31: DRAG ME TO HELL: Halloween by a Club Called Rhonda at Virgin Hotels San Francisco