California Halloween Events

Berkeley  Harvest Festival

October 21, 2023, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cedar Rose Park
1300 Rose St.
Berkeley, CA

Honor the Fall season with live music and kids' activities. The Festival also features a Food Contest to celebrate the City's thriving culture of growing and making our own food.

Register for the contest for free online. Children will have tons of fun at the Kids Zone, whether conquering the climbing wall, running the obstacle course, bowling with pumpkins, or making a scarecrow.

Other kids' activities include pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, and carnival games with prizes. Keeping with the spirit of this event, sustainable practices are strongly encouraged. 

Food: Food Trucks | Cooking Demonstrations with local chefs | Food Contests  | Pies | Fruit Preserves | Pickled Vegetables
Kids Zone:  Petting Zoo | Carnival & Prizes | Pumpkin Decorating | Scarecrow Making | Face Painting | Photo Booth
Community Resources: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative | Ecology Center | City of Berkeley Public Health | Berkeley Food Policy Council
Garden Expo: Composting & Gardening Workshops | Community Garden Tours | Crop Swap | Seed Swap
Musical Entertainment

Floating Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

West Campus Pool
2100 Browning St.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Sessions: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1-3 p.m. | 4-6 p.m.

Floating pumpkin patch returns to bring fun activities, swim time in the pool, and  a pumpkin of your own for registered participants. Goolish attire welcome on the pool deck, proper swimming attire required for floating.

Advanced registration is required, no onsite registrations. Age 6 years and under must be accompanied in the pool by a parent/guardian over the age of 16. Swimmers must pass a swim test administered by City Staff and receive a wrist band in order to swim in the deep end of the pool.

Berkeley Halloween Parade & Costume Contest

October 31, 2023, 4-6 p.m.

San Pablo Park
2800 Park Street
Berkeley, CA 94702 | (510) 981-7554

Frances Albrier's annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest is back to stir up some shrieks in the neighborhood. The Frances Albrier Performing Arts After School will lead the group promptly at 4 p.m. with a parade around the park and then the costume contest will begin afterwards on the basketball courts.

Costume contest categories (for 5 age brackets) include

Most Creative 
Coordinated Family

After the costume contest concludes, stick around for even more spooky fun as our after school program performs a spooktacular show in their Halloween costumes.

Halloween on Solano

October 31, 2023, 3-6 p.m.

Trick or Treat 3-5 p.m.
Costume contest  5-6 p.m.

Costume Contest at Peralta Park and trick or treat on Solano.

Trick or Treat at most stores 3-5 p.m.

Fourth St. - Hearst Ave. to Virginia St.
Berkeley, CA
Fourth Street Berkeley 

Berkeley House of Screams

October 31, 2023, 6-9:30 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Center
1730 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA
Free, - must register to attend

This is the biggest and scariest haunted house in Berkeley where ghastly and ghoulish good times await. Get your best Halloween outfit ready for an evening of music, fun cotton candy, photo booth, fright and jumpers for the little goblins. Please be aware you must remove your custom masks before entering the building. Ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult to enter the Haunted House.


Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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