Cheap Halloween Fun Awaits You
Around San Francisco
10-18-2011 by the Hauntmistress
Halloween is almost here and there are many free activities in and around San Francisco to help you celebrate. Here are a few to get you thinking about what to do.
Cypress Lawn Walking Tour
Free – Oct. 29, 2011, 1:30 pm-3 pm
Take a tour of the Grand Tombs of 19th Century High Society with Michael Svanevik, courtesy of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Cypress Lawn, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma
S.F. Library Shock It To Me
Free - Oct. 29, 2011, 11:30 am-1 pm
Noted horror host-orian Michael Monahan, with co-author Lon Huber, will tell tales of local television horror movie hosts and show video clips of a variety of television’s grooviest ghouls. Remember Asmodeus? Bob Wilkins? Ms. Monster? Chart the path of hosted horror in San Francisco with the authors of Shock It To Me, which will be available for purchase.
San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco
Randall Museum’s Family Halloween Fest
Free - Oct. 29, 2011, 10 am-2 pm
A day of family friendly Halloween fun including ghoulish games, live entertainment, creepy crafts, pumpkin carving, delicious food, and more.
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
Free – Oct. 29 and 31, 2011, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
San Francisco City Guides hosts it annual Ghost Walk at the Palace Hotel (Oct. 29) and Ghost Walk at City Hall (Oct. 31). Kings and presidents died at the Palace Hotel, gunshots echoed through stately corridors, romances ended tragically. Perhaps that explains enduring stories of spectral visions and mysterious occurrences. Disinterred remains, assassinations, and other ghostly lore form the focus of the City Hall tour, plus little-known facts such as the cemetery that once covered Civic Center. Come for one or both tours!
Palace Hotel, Main Lobby, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco
San Francisco City Hall, Polk St. and Grove St., San Francisco; meet in the South Light Court
Stonestown Family YMCA Spooktacular Family Festival
Free - Oct. 30, 2011, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
All children and families are invited to enjoy a variety of spooky activities including an inflatable haunted house, ghoulish games and prizes, disgusting delights, costume contest, creepy crafts, spooky stories, face painting, the Great pumpkin hunt, and more! Plus, check out the Pumpkin Painting Booth at the Farmer’s Market in the Stonestown Galleria parking lot from 9 am-noon.
Stonestown Family YMCA, 333 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco
Yerba Buena Gardens Halloween Costume Walk
Free - Oct. 30, 2011, noon-1:30 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens’ 11th annual Halloween program features interactive performances and games for kids. The Unique Derique hosts, The Venezuelan Music Project plays live music, you participate in eco-friendly Trash Mash-Up crafts, and Preston folds origami. Just before the hoopla ends, children under 10 years and their adults are invited to parade in their Halloween finery!
Yerba Buena Gardens, 760 Howard St., San Francisco
SFSU Scary Concert
Free - Oct. 31, 2011, 1 pm-2 pm
San Francisco State University faculty pianists perform Halloween-themed music, an annual SFSU tradition for more than 20 years.
SFSU, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco
Mall Trick or Treating
Free - Oct. 31, 2010
Various malls in the Bay Area offer free trick or treating at participating stores, and some also offer free activities. Check out Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno, the Fremont Hub, Sunvalley Mall in Concord, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, and the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets.
$8 - Oct. 28, 2011, 4 pm-9 pm
OK, this isn’t free, but it’s a small price to pay for hay rides, a haunted house, carnival rides, giant inflatables, live entertainment, and food for sale.
Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco
Be sure to take a look at our Events Calendar or our map of pumpkin patches and haunted houses to find all the other great events going on in the Bay Area.