California Halloween Events 2020

Are you ready to track down some fun events for Halloween 2020? We have put together one of the largest calendars of Halloween events in the United States for you. It locates holiday activities for all ages – from kid-friendly children’s activities to adult Halloween parties. We don’t have every event yet, but there are plenty of ideas to get you and your family in the mood for Halloween in California.

Last Major Update:

At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites are still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites have not been updated at all for this year. We leave the links up from previous events so you can check yourself if it hasn't updated yet.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19 (or weather or other conditions). We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!

San Francisco HalloweenSacramento HalloweenLos Angeles HalloweenSan Diego Halloween

2020 Events

Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld - San Diego, CA - Sep 19 to Nov 1, 2020
Live shows, Halloween activities, trick or treating, parade down Sesame Street, celebration for Dia de los Muertos, and more. Bring a reusable bag or bucket from home to collect your treats.

Absolutely Halloween - Santa Monica, CA - Oct 3 to Oct 13, 2020
Every year on Halloween, one person is chosen to save Halloween for one more year. Watch a young girl named Candy learn about life, love, laughter and sugar as she helps costume characters who come to live on a magical adventure to save Halloween.

ScreamFest - Hollywood, CA - Oct 6 to Oct 15, 2020
Screenings are virtual for 2020. Film festival screening horror films old and new. Festival passes and individual tickets will both be available, and screenings are held at TCL Chines 6 Theatres.

Halloween Capers - Whittier, CA - Oct 24, 2020
Trick or treating, costume contest, and more

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival - West Hollywood, CA - Oct 24, 2020
Modification for 2020: Dribe through Trunk ot Treat event at Plummer Park. Experience the sights and sounds of all things Halloween as you drive over to Plummer Park and enjoy a fun and safe way to Trick-or-Treat in your car while maintaining social distancing. Car trunks will be decorated for your viewing pleasure in various Halloween themes at the North Parking located at the intersection of Fountain Avenue and Vista Street. Children will enjoy a pumpkin patch, take-home craft activity kits, swag items, DJ, entertainment, prizes, candy and more. Register online. Normally: Annual youth carnival at West Hollywood Park with entertainment, face painting, caricature artist, balloons, photo booth, costume contests, pumpkin patch, games and more

Happy Harbor Halloween and Pet Parade - San Pedro, CA - Oct 24, 2020
This event will feature a pet costume fashion show and contest, complete with trick-or-treating and a promenade walk. Dress your furry friends up in their best costumes and head to the Downtown Harbor 504 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

Creepy Crawly Halloween Trick or Treat - Campbell, CA - Oct 25, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Candy and other freebies are certainly a big part of this event, but most people come mainly to revel in a community wide costume party in the streets and get some candy as an added bonus.

Carrera de los Muertos - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26 to Nov 1, 2020
Virtual for 2020. 5k that honors Day of the Dead – join friends and family to honor and remember loved ones that have passed in this cultural tradition.

Trick or Treat India Street - San Diego, CA - Oct 30, 2020
Little ones can trick or treat throughout Little Italy in costume to get treats from merchants. Get the map of participating merchants from Piazza della Famiglia.

Trick or Treat and FestiFall - Folsom, CA - Oct 31, 2020
Trick or Treat on Sutter Street, plus jump houses, games, prizes and more from 1-4, entertainment, and Halloween costume contest for kids and pets! Address is for the parking garage.

Crawloween - San Francisco, CA - Oct 31, 2020
Start out at Maye’s for a massive bar crawl with 20+ bars offering $3 beers, cocktails and shots, a free shuttle, and over 6000 partiers! It’s like trick or treating for adults!

San Francisco Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise - San Francisco, CA - Oct 31, 2020
Take off on the Cabernet Sauvignon for a cruise with open bar, 3 decks, 2 DJs all of which make for one amazing masquerade party with amazing views of the city, Alcatraz, and more!

Prohibition Halloween Party - San Francisco, CA - Oct 31, 2020
A Halloween yacht cruise around the bay, with a live DJ cranking the tunes, cash bar, and more, with four decks of fun available on board the San Francisco Belle. Wear your finest Prohibition-era garb

Halloween Hoopla - San Francisco, CA - Oct 31, 2020
Going virtual for 2020. Interactive performances, games, pumpkin patch, and costume parade for kids and their families

Halloween Festivities - Sausalito, CA - Oct 31, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: A whole town’s worth of activities for Halloween! Child friendly (lights on) followed by full terror haunted house, BBQ at the firehouse, Halloween parade and trick or treating, and dog costume contest.

Catalina Island Halloween Parade - Avalon, CA - Oct 31, 2020
The parade down Crescent Ave starts at 4pm – dress up in costume and join in the fun with Island kids and residents.

Halloween Costume Party at El Galleon - Avalon, CA - Oct 31, 2020

Nightmare in the Streets Golf Cart Parade - Avalon, CA - Oct 31, 2020
4-5pm on Casino Way. Contest for best costume, most deck out cart and best family themed costume. Candy bags will be provided

Dia de los Muertos Family Festival - Avalon, CA - Nov 1, 2020
This colorful Mexican celebration of life and death honors family members and friends that are no longer with us. The Día de los Muertos Family Festival has something for all ages: live music, a dance performance, an art project and more. Individuals, families and businesses are encouraged to submit an ofrenda (altar) and/or work of art for a chance to win a prize.

2019 Events

Halloween at Gilroy Gardens - Gilroy, CA - Sep 27 to Nov 2, 2019
The 2020 season at Gilroy Gardens has been canceled and they will remain closed – look for this event to return next year. Normally: Sing and dance, meet and greet the characters from the show, trick-or-treat along the Boo trail, rides like the Boo Train, and more

Brick or Treat Party Nights at Legoland - Carlsbad, CA - Sep 28 to Oct 26, 2019
Saturday nights through October, features live entertainment, character meet and greets, costume contests, treat stations, pumpkin patch build, dance party, and more

Boo at the LA Zoo - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 27, 2019
Boo at the Zoo happens every day in October, with special entertainment and activities on the weekends, and trick or treating on the last two weekends. Daily activities include a spooky stroll with a mini pumpkin patch and photo ops, Animals & You Boo with the opportunity to get up close with the animals, Boo Bird Show and more. Regular zoo admission is required.

Haunted Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 1 to Oct 26, 2019
A month of frightful fun in Little Tokyo, with pumpkin patches, trick or treating, games, movie screenings, walking tours, costume contest and more

Spookomotive Train Ride - Sacramento, CA - Oct 5 to Oct 27, 2019
Hourly departures on weekends in October, with onboard entertainment and Halloween treats that is fun for everyone (and not scary) – the diesel train is crawling with spiders, cobwebs, cornstalks, and its skeleton crew. Riders are encouraged to dress up

Halloween Happenings in Burbank - Burbank, CA - Oct 11 to Oct 31, 2019
Burbank Parks & Rec offer a series of Halloween events, kicking off with a three-day Haunted Adventure at Stough Canyon Park (no children under 6), a Spooky Boo Bash for 55+ at McCambridge Recreation Center and a free Skullyball (glow in the dark volleyball) for middle and high school students at Verdugo Rec Center, both on the 20th. Head to Verdugo Aquatic Facility on the 21st for a floating pumpkin patch, and a Halloween skatefest at Valley State Park on the 26th. Bring your preschooler to McCambridge Rec Center for the Little Pumpkins Tot Party on the 27th (space is limited, registration is required) and the elementary kids for a Halloween Carnival on Halloween. There’s something for everyone this Halloween, so check out the details on the event website.

Spooky Halloween River Cruise - Sacramento, CA - Oct 12 to Oct 27, 2019
Two departures each weekend day – enjoy a one hour yacht cruise on the Sacramento River, enjoying the scenic views of Sacramento while listening to Halloween-themed music as the kids work on Halloween coloring pages and get their face painted. Snacks available for purchase.

Trick or Treating at the Zoo - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2019
Part of the Boo at the Zoo festivities, with trick or treating for the kids in the last two weekends before Halloween. Dress up and collect candy from around the zoo! Other Boo at the Zoo activities will be happening including special events for the weekends. Regular zoo admission is required.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving - Santa Clarita, CA - Oct 19, 2019
The Santa Clarita Aquatics Center has scuba diving teams carving pumpkin masterpieces in the diving pool, plus games, trick or treating and more.

Pugtacular Spooktacular - Torrance, CA - Oct 19, 2019
Pug Nation Rescue is hosting a dog costume contest, vendors, food, photo booth, adoptions, raffles and more.

Halloween Beer Crawl - Gilroy, CA - Oct 19, 2019
21+ bar crawl through downtown Gilroy, with costumes, craft beer, shopping and more!

Non-Sugar Skulls Celebrate Dia de los Muertos - Oakland, CA - Oct 21 to Nov 2, 2019
Come to the Oakland Public Library to make sugar skulls (calaveras) with Model Magic and decorate them. Celebrated at several different branches including the Main Library, West Oakland, 81st Avenue, Cesar E Chavez, and Elmhurst.

Haunted International Ball at the Westin St Francis - San Francisco, CA - Oct 25 to Oct 26, 2019
Four separate rooms with different types of music – don’t miss out, grab your tickets today!

Rio Linda Elverta Rec & Parks Trunk or Treat - Rio Linda, CA - Oct 25, 2019
Enjoy a haunted house, candy, face painting, games, trunk or treat and more!

Halloweenie - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 25, 2019
Freddy & Jason’s Halloweenie returns – come out for a night of dancing, drinking, and photo ops at the Balasco Theater. Benefits GMCLA’s youth outreach programs.

Downtown LA Halloween Club Crawl - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 25 to Nov 2, 2019
Visit multiple venues in downtown Los Angeles for drink specials and no cover charges. Costume contest and more

Hollywood Club Crawl Halloween Party - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 25 to Nov 2, 2019
Visit multiple venues in Hollywood for drink specials and no cover charges. Costume contest and more

911 Halloween Party - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 25, 2019
Annual Halloween party in the Penthouse at Elevate lounge. Costumes preferred but not required.

Treats n Suites Halloween Bash - Carson, CA - Oct 25, 2019
Trick or treating and arts & crafts, costume contest & parade, and hayride, with the opportunity to meet some of the players from the LA Galaxy, LA Chargers, LA Sparks, and LA Kings teams.

W Hotel Halloween Party - San Francisco, CA - Oct 25 to Oct 26, 2019
Three separate dance floors with 7 DJs, dancer, drummers and more

Hustlaball - San Francisco, CA - Oct 25, 2019
This Halloween event is but the warm up for their annual President’s Day weekend party – this event is a gay dance party, with a dance floor, world class DJs, live entertainment, and more

TeenZone Halloween Party and Haunted House - Oakland, CA - Oct 25, 2019
TeenZone at the Main Library comes alive for a Halloween celebration with treats, video games, a photo booth, and haunted house.

A Nightmare on Van Ness - San Francisco, CA - Oct 26, 2019
3 Floors with 4 rooms of music, 7 DJs, and a VIP open bar all night!

XOSO Halloween Pub Crawl - Sacramento, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Registration includes one Deep Eddy drink at check-in, plus drink and food specials at participating bars, and entry into the costume contest.

Halloween Milonga - Sacramento, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Social dance of Argentine Tango with a Halloween twist, including a costume contest – $10 admission includes light refreshments

Monster Dash 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon - Huntington Beach, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Fun run with an open course – and no DNF’s – you can drop down to a lower length at any time. Check in at the tables closest to 54th Place at the start of the beach walk (not along Claremont Ave)

NoHo MonsterBash - North Hollywood, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Great dance floor, eye candy, costume contest, and events going every 30 minutes on the main stage plus two fully stocked bars!

Hollywood Monster Night - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Top DJs, dancers, costume contest, and more

Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos Altars - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26 to Nov 3, 2019
The traditions of Dia de los Muertos are celebrated in Grand Park, with many ways to experience and learn about the holiday. 50 altars and art installations by local artists will be on display, with free lunchtime tours

Haunted Halloween Hunt - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
A clue-solving Halloween adventure – it’s part scavenger hunt, race, and escape game all in one. Teams of two to four players will set out on an adventure around downtown LA, with tricks, treats, challenges, clues, and more.

San Diego WCKD Village - San Diego, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Formerly the Monster Halloween Bash, San Diego’s biggest Halloween & music festival comes to the East Village with four stages of non-stop music, creepy costume contest, body glitter bar, games, fortune tellers, haunted attractions, and more! 21+ event.

Nightmare on Normal Street - San Diego, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Block party with an outdoor dance floor, local DJs, beer garden, food trucks, live entertainment plus a costume contest (including a pet contest). 21+ event, benefits the San Diego LGBT Community Center and Fabulous Hillcrest.

Halloween Family Fun at Balboa Park - San Diego, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Enjoy a fun, safe, and culturally inspired kickoff to your Halloween at Balboa Park, with over two dozen museums and attractions participating to offer crafts, costume contests and parades, and tons of spooky surprises. Learn about Day of the Dead, enjoy live entertainment, play games and more. Participating museums offer free admission to children 12 and under with paying adult.

Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Haunted Apt 503 hosts this party, private to the Ivy Plus Society until 10pm. DJ, food, costume contest, and more

Hollywood Halloween Pub Crawl - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Half a dozen bars with drink specials, and costumes are encouraged!

Halloween Party at Howl - Universal City, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Howl at the Moon Hollywood hosts another Halloween party with drink specials, games, and a costume contest.

Trick or Drink: Los Angeles Bar Crawl - Santa Monica, CA - Oct 26 to Oct 31, 2019
Check in at Britannia Pub to get your wristband and the map of participating bars, then head out for drink specials without a cover!

Halloween at the Hollywood Roosevelt - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
This year’s party will be 80’s inspired and and feature LA’s top DJ’s. Hotel wide party with multiple rooms of music spun by world renowned DJs, table service, plus hotel and VIP packages available.

Haunted W Rooftop - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
W Hollywood hosts an annual party with 2 rooftop areas (both wish amazing views) and 4 DJs, party favors and more!

Sofitel Halloween - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Halloween party at Hotel Sofitel LA, a French-inspired playground

Sea Scare - San Pedro, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Your favorite attractions return, like Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, a party zone, and Skull Alley, all at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

All Night Horrorthon – Aero Theatre - Santa Monica, CA - Oct 26, 2019
All night marathon of horror films, with free between-film food, giveaways, trailers and shorts, special appearances, and more!

Halloween Haunt - Sacramento, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021! Normally: Since 1991, Safetyville USA has hosted an annual Halloween event in their miniature city, with carnival games, a costume parade, safety demonstrations, and trick-or-treat stations!

Fremont Presbyterian Church Trunk or Treat - Sacramento, CA - Oct 26, 2019
A place for kids to trick or treat plus food trucks, games, candy, and bounce houses.

Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade - Sacramento, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Pooches and people head to Marshall Park for a parade and festival with face painting, bounce house, arts & crafts, live music, and more!

Hotel del Coronado Halloween: Hallo-Wine *and* Kids Halloween Party - Coronado, CA - Oct 26, 2019
San Diego’s most famous haunted hotel hosts a party for adults-only once again – dress up and enjoy the spooky surroundings, food & drinks including wine tasting, dancing and more! 21+ event. There is a *separate* event the same night for children, with costumes, trick-or-treating, and dinner – see the website for information and tickets on both events.

Wicked Halloween Ball - San Francisco, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Dress in your best and head to the Spooktacular Mansion for spooky decor including laser, lights, fog, & holograms, plus 2 levels of party including a huge dance floor, 2 full bars, lots of candy and more!

Ocean Avenue Halloween Block Party - San Francisco, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Family friendly fun on Faxon Avenue between Ocean and Demontfort, featuring games and prizes, a DJ, costume contest, photo booth, and more!

A Nightmare on 14th Street - Oakland, CA - Oct 26, 2019
20,000 sq foot complex holds 3 rooms plus an outdoor lounge. Costume contest with $2500 in cash andn prizes!

Halloween Bash - Redding, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Features Vanilla Ice. Iced Out themed Halloween bash, with DJ, drink specials, dancing, costume contest, door prizes and more. 21+

Alvarado Street Brewery Boos and Brews - Monterey, CA - Oct 26, 2019
DJ, silent disco, costume contest with prizes, cocktail specials, beer and more! 21+ event

Trick or Treating in Pacific Grove - Pacific Grove, CA - Oct 26, 2019
Candy, giveaways, music, safety zone, and more – plus the PG Museum of Natural History’s spooky Science Saturday happens in conjunction: Bats, Spiders & Snakes.

Pumpkin Carving and Pinot - Monterey, CA - Oct 27 to Oct 31, 2019
Drink a little wine and carve some pumpkins! $25 admission includes all carving materials, a pumpkin, and a glass of wine

Pooch Parade - Fresno, CA - Oct 27 to Oct 31, 2019
A Haloween event just for dogs and their humans! Parade, canine carnival and costume contest in the former Blockbuster parking lot at Olive & Yosemite. Vendors, beer & bone garden, family entertainment, and more!

Trunk or Treat at the California Automobile Museum - Sacramento, CA - Oct 27, 2019
Likely canceled: the museum is currently in the process of reopening. Check their website closer to Halloween to confirm. Normally: Kiddos can wear their costumes to decorate bags for collecting candy before setting off on an adventure around the museum to discover different stations of candy and spooky stories

Trick-or-Treat in Old Sacramento - Sacramento, CA - Oct 27, 2019
Children and their adults can trick-or-treat in the Old Sacramento Waterfront district from 12-3. Pick up a map at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum. Candy available while supplies last.

Heaven & Hell Halloween - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 30, 2019
One night with two afterlifes – Heaven and Hell

Halloween Festival for DTLA Kids - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Children and their families living and working in Downtown Los Angeles are invited to celebrate Halloween at the annual Halloween Festival in Grand Hope Park at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Families will enjoy hot dogs, face painters, bounce houses, arts and crafts tables, puppet shows, trick-or-treat doors, and more.

Halloween Dance and Costume Contest - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Annual Angelus Plaza Senior Activity Center Halloween dance and costume contest with a DJ, refreshments and more – free event

Trick or Treat at the Museum - Rancho Cordova, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Come to the Sacramento Children’s Museum dressed up in costume for trick-or-treat stations, a costume parade, and museum play! $5/person or donate a children’s book to get in for free! Members are free. 10am-2pm

Halloween Stroll - Vacaville, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Stroll along downtown Vacaville and trick-or-treat with over 45 merchants, play games, enjoy music, dancing from a Thriller flash mob, and more! The first 1000 families will receive a free trick-or-treating bag.

Halloween Community Parade - Berkeley, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Parade around San Pablo Park in your favorite costume, compete in the costume contest, try to keep up in the freeze dance, eat food and get goodie bags! Everyone should wear a costume – even the grown-ups!

Trick or Treating at the Library - Oakland, CA - Oct 31, 2019
Indoor areas of the libraries are still closed – this event is likely canceled for 2020. Look for it’s return in 2021. Normally: Start out in the Children’s Room of the Main Library and walk through the library in your costume! Visit different parts of the library to get treats and learn more about what the library offers!

Day of the Dead Procession and Festival of Alters - San Francisco, CA - Nov 2, 2019

For more Halloween fun in California, check out our pages for these classic fall activities: Haunted HousesPumpkin PatchesGhost Tours

Shop Funtober for Halloween Costumes