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Bay Area Events Top Picks

Weekend guide for 10-10-2014 to 10-12-2014 by the Hauntmistress

It’s the second weekend in October and fun fall events are happening all over the Bay Area. Here are our Top Picks of things to do!

The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch in Palo Alto celebrates its 19th anniversary on Saturday and Sunday featuring roughly 10,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by more than 20 prominent glass artisans for sale. Wander through a dazzling array of one-of-a kind glass pumpkins and other unique glass art objects designed to reflect nature’s brilliance in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

In San Francisco on Thursday through Saturday, Thrillpeddlers presents Shocktoberfest 15: The Bloody Debutante, an authentic Grand Guignol horror play that’s been haunting San Francisco for nearly 20 years. The show also runs Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 28-Nov. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22.

On Saturday in San Jose Pumpkins in the Park offers a giant pumpkin patch, costume parade, scarecrows, fresh apple cider, lots of free activities for kids, a children’s concert, and more!

Now in its ninth year, the Tolay Fall Festival attracts people from around the Petaluma area. The Festival (Sat.-Sun. and also next weekend) features hay rides to a giant pumpkin patch and a “creatures” barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds, and tide pool animals. Other fun includes farm crafts like candle making and wool carding, a straw maze, a petting zoo, lawn games, a replica of a Native American village, and a pumpkin seed spitting contest!

The Ardenwood Harvest Festival in Fremont offers down home country fun on Saturday and Sunday. You can harvest Indian corn and popcorn, enjoy magic shows and cider pressing, listen to old-time music, ride the train, and tour the beautifully restored Patterson House.

Over in Sacramento on Saturday and Sunday take a ride on the Spookomotive Train! Enjoy a ride along the levees of the river while the “skeleton” crew passes out a special toy treat for each child. On the return trip, rock to the music of the Monster Mash and other creepy, crawly Halloween songs. The diesel-powered train is decorated for the season with cornstalks, scarecrows, skeletons, bats, and spiders. The train rides also take place on Oct. 18-19 and 25-26.

Not to be outdone, Suisun’s Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch Festival features a train ride to a pumpkin patch. The ride takes you back in time on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life. Enjoy a hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games, and pumpkins! The train rides also take place on Oct. 18-19 and 25-26.

In Fremont on Sunday the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum presents its Laurel & Hardy Halloween Talkie Matinee featuring the movies Hide and Shriek (1938), The Live Ghost (1934), Tin Man (1930), and Oliver the Eighth (1933).

If all of this fun doesn’t make you excited about the Fall, then check out our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses or our Events Calendar. There are many more activities happening around the extended Bay Area!

 
   

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