California Halloween Events

Halloween Pumpkins in the Park

October 14, 2023, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Guadalupe River Conservancy Pumpkins in the Park
Discovery Meadow
180 Woz Way 
San Jose, CA

Pumpkins in the Park is a family-friendly harvest fair designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. This event is also held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.  

  • Giant Pumpkin Patch
  • Costume Parade
  • Children's Concert
  • Carnival Games
  • Great food sold
  • Guadalupe River Education

Costume Parade! Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.

SAN JOSE: Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 2022, 4-6 p.m. 2023 TBA

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
748 Story Road
San Jose, CA

See: more Zoo Boos

Boo at the Zoo includes trick-or-treat at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Rides, animal encounters, and a magician!

Costumes are welcomed -  appropriateness is up to the discretion of Happy Hollow management team. Facial features on adults must be recognizable (no full-face masks) and weapon props of any kind are prohibited. For your safety, capes and long fabric will not be permitted on rides. Proceeds benefit the zoo and its operations.


San Jose Family Halloween Fest

October 24, 2023, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Santana Row
377 Santana Row
San Jose, CA

No tricks, just treats! Santana Row Halloween Family Fun Fest features

  • trick-or-treating
  • pumpkin decorating
  • live music, DJs
  • entertainment
  • face painting & air brush
  • arts and crafts
  • balloons and more

Guests are encouraged to wear costumes and trick-or-treat on The Row! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 408.551.4611.

Winchester Mystery House Fright Night

Mysterious hauntings happen every day at this spooky place, but a special Halloween attraction makes it even more compelling to see and experience how Sarah Winchester's compulsion turned non-believers into screamers.

Willow Glen Trick or Treat on the Avenue

October 28, 2022, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 0r 3-4:30 p.m.

Willow Glen Business Association
Downtown Willow Glen
Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA
(408) 298-2100

Trick or Treat on the Avenue Downtown Willow Glen Business Association provides thousands of San Jose children a safe and fun Trick or Treat experience on Lincoln Avenue at participating businesses.
Session 1 is 11am-12:30pm (Toddlers, Strollers, Preschoolers)
Session 2 is 3pm-4:30pm (School-Age).

Halloween Celebration

October 28, 2022, 4 p.m.

MLK Jr. Library
150 E San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Andy Z appears at MLK Jr. Library Halloween Celebration and the public is invited to this event with delightful songs and Halloween themes that delight youngsters.

Japantown Halloween

San Jose The Day of the Dead


St. James Park
South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Free and open to the public

Traditional Mexican Dia de Los Muertos celebrates life and death

San Jose Day of the Dead


San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Free, but reservations required at

Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos with live performances, cultural demonstrations, and art making experiences for the whole family. Decorate calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls), explore other traditional activities, and connect with your community for an all-day, very contemporary celebration.

San Jose La Ultima Parada Celebration of Life

Day of the Dead October 

School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116

Artists, musicians, dancers and friends celebrate the Day of the Dead. Bring your instruments, dance shoes and an appetite. The Mexican Heritage Plaza will throw open it's doors to showcase the vibrancy of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration and Mexican culture through a collection of cultural festivities, dances, and musical performances that honor the living and the dead.

Other fun events in San Jose include the annual Easter Egg Hunts.

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

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