Family-friendly Halloween in Oakland

Looking for some family-friendly Halloween activities in Oakland? Several local institutions have options for you.

At the Oakland Public Library

Two separate branches of the Oakland Public Library will be hosting Halloween events on Saturday. Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Avenue) will host a spooky family storytime on at 2 PM, and Melrose Branch (4805 Foothill Boulevard) will be having a Halloween party from 2-4 PM the same day.

At Children’s Fairyland

Have I ever mentioned how much I adore Children’s Fairyland? Well, I do. That place rocks.

Anyway, Halloween weekend at Fairyland means Jack O’Latern Jamboree, which is, in their words:

“More Delightful than Frightful” Little kids’ and bigger kids’ bouncer, face painting, balloon twisting, creatively crafted environments, special entertainment, costume parades, unlimited rides, pumpkin decoration at our pumpkin patch, free give-aways and the spooktacular Old West Junction Ghost Town!

Admission is $10 per person, and they do not accept passes for this event. Check out the puppet show calendar before you go, because the performances are not the same on both days.

At the Oakland Zoo

And finally, there’s Boo at the Zoo:

It’s a family friendly way to celebrate Halloween – Oakland Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. This year’s festivities include a spooky scavenger hunt, a cute costume parade, teddy bear check-ups, free train rides for kids in costumes, and Halloween treat bags that feature palm oil free candy. If the little ghosts and goblins get hungry, stop by the Island Café for pumpkin soup and mummy dogs. Get your ghostly gear ready, grab the kids, and see how the Oakland Zoo celebrates Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo is from 10:00am – 3:00pm, with the costume parade at 11:00am & 1:00pm. Admission prices are $8.50 for children and $12.50 adults. Parking is $7.00 per car. Boo at the Zoo festivities are included with general admission.

And if not of those sound like a good way to spend your weekend, well, you could do a lot worse than volunteering for a local campaign.

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