Pirates, Hornets, and Screams Galore!
Halloween is such fun, and if you like the horrifyingly scary, or just looking for a fun festive night out, check out this list of great happenings around the Bay!
Halloween Haunt at Great America: 7 p.m.-midnight or 1 a.m. Friday, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. California’s Great America, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Theme park transforms at night with haunted mazes, scary zones, stage shows and rides. $30-$68. www.cagreatamerica.com
Six Flags Fright Fest: Weekends through Oct. 31 (including Fridays through Oct. 27 and Monday and Tuesday Oct. 30-31); Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Times vary, check website. Halloween entertainment, costume contests, kid-themed shows, pumpkin patch, haunted mazes. $44.99. www.sixflags.com
Pirates of Emerson: 7-10 p.m. Oct.19, 22, 26, 29 and 30. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20-21, and Oct. 31. 7 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 21, Oct. 27-28, Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Six haunted attractions: Beneath the Darkness, Trick or Treat, Pirates of Emerson, Farmageddon, The Dark Gauntlet, Terror-Tories. $26-$60. www.piratesofemerson.com
Halloween on the USS Hornet: Events range from family-friendly overnight Oct. 21-22, with trick or treating, scavenger hunt, optional ghost stories (tickets, $75-$100) to Oct. 27 “Ship of Spirits” with paranormal authors (tickets, $65) to Oct. 28 Monster Ball (tickets, $35-$55). USS Hornet Museum, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, Alameda. www.uss-hornet.org
Halloween@Night: 7-10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Oct. 29, Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway.The park will light up with a glow, plus spooky-but-not-too-scary nighttime fun for all ages. $25. www.gilroygardens.org
Benicia’s Haunted Depot: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, 27; noon-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21, 28; noon-4 p.m. Oct. 22, 29 and Halloween. Southern Pacific Railroad Depot will transform into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins and spirits daring the public to pay a visit. $2-$3. 707-745-9791.
Scareco in Newark: Through Oct. 31. Newpark Plaza Shopping Center, 5530 Newpark Mall Road. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; 7-10 p.m. Sundays; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30-31. Admission, $24. www.scarecopro.com
Winchester Mystery House: Oct. 18-22; Oct. 25-31. Located at 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose. On these candlelight tours a demented estate “caretaker” guides you through the 160-room Winchester Mystery House as a spiteful presence pits you between good and evil. Admission, $12-$49. www.winchestermysteryhouse.com
Grimm’s Hollow: Enter the Wizarding World: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20-22, Oct. 27-29, Oct. 31 Stuart Kuramoto and the Moreland Education Foundation have transformed the Moreland Woods, 4835 Doyle Road, San Jose, next to Easterbrook School, into a J.K. Rowling-inspired haunted trail where children can solve riddles and save the world from evil forces. After 8:30 p.m., the family-friendly fun turns ghoulish. Tickets, $10. Facebook.com/grimmshollow
House of Screams: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Center, 1730 Oregon St., Berkeley. Haunted house, music, cotton candy, photo booth, special dance performance to Thriller by the YAP Dance Team. Custom masks must be removed before entering the building. Ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult to enter the Haunted House. www.cityofberkeley.info
Small World Halloween Bash: Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 28, Small World Park family amusement park, 2551 Harbor St., Pittsburg. With rides, magic, juggler, pony rides, face painting, crafts, and a costume parade at 2 p.m. The first 900 children under 10 years old will receive a jack-o-lantern pail. Admission: free-$4. 925-252-4842.
HAUNTED HISTORY Ghost Walk: 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, Historic Railroad Depot, 90 First St., Benicia. Spooky tales on the paranormal history of Benicia are revealed on this interactive Ghost Walk with paranormal experts. Good walking shoes and flashlight are recommended. $25. Reservations: 707-745-9791.
The Missing Arm: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek. Experience a haunted tale of Big Basin’s last lumber mill owner and his fateful encounter with a grizzly bear. A spooky and slightly silly half-mile theatrical guided walk through the redwoods at night. Trail is stroller- and wheelchair-accessible. Bring a flashlight. Parking is $10 per vehicle. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=855
Ghosts of Dublin: 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 27 and 7-11:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, 6600 Donlon Way. Take a flashlight tour through Dublin Pioneer Cemetery with graves dating back to the 1850s. Hear haunting stories of shosts thought to be lurking in Dublin, including news of recent sightings. $7. Registration: www.dublinrecguide.com
Haunted Vacaville Ghost Walk: Check website for available dates and times, Old Town Hall, 618 E. Main St. Discover the dark history of Vacaville as told by historians and paranormal investigators. Visit several haunted locations, conduct a paranormal investigation inside actual jail cells and more. http://bit.ly/2w36OBV
A darker Dickens: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, American Legion Hall, 1504 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. The Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley will present actor Robert Young and “The Darker Side of Dickens.” Victorian or Halloween dress encouraged. Tickets, $20-$25. www.vpa.org
Haunted Pleasanton: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20-21. The Museum on Main’s two-hour-long guided Ghost Walks will depart the museum, 603 Main St., every 30 minutes. Tickets, $13-$18.
SPOOKY MUSIC Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls: Two performances by Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto,1985 Louis Road, and 3 p.m. Oct. 29, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magadelena Ave. This spooky-fun concert includes a
selection of spirituals, opera, folk and musical theater songs featuring witches, vampires, zombies and ghosts, as well as a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Costumes encouraged. Tickets, adults, $28, youths free. https://scholacantorum.org