Halloween is just around the corner. If you find yourself looking for a haunting experience or just a little fall-time fun, grab your friends and explore some of San Francisco’s scary haunts, events and parties.

Haunts and Parties

Into The Dark – Terror Vault (October 10 — November 3)
Don’t miss the premiere of this brand new fully immersive and completely terrifying haunted attraction coming to San Francisco’s Mint building this October. Discover the untold story and dark history of the underground vaults as you travel through this interactive attraction “TERROR VAULT”. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey as you come face-to-face with the despicable horrors that continue to plague and terrorize the old vaults. The show is produced by Into The Dark, a new Bay Area Production Company that includes the creative and twisted minds of Peaches Christ, David Flower Productions and Non Plus Ultra (the Bay area’s most celebrated venue management firm). “Terror Vault” will star many of the city’s most talented performers and screamers. Be afraid. Be very afraid….

Into the Dark – Dead Zone, Zombie Tag (Friday and Saturday Nights October 12 – November 3)
A horrible Zombie virus has wiped out millions and continues to devastate the Bay Area. Desperate to save millions of innocent lives, the U.S. Department of Zombie Virus Outbreak Containment (ZVOC) has been working at The San Francisco Mint to find a cure for this terrifying disease. Tragically, the research clinic was overwhelmed by a zombie horde and is now an infected hot spot, or Dead Zone. The ZVOC is calling on all local citizens to head into this Dead Zone and recover infected zombie brains and other valuable research data to continue the work for a cure at other facilities. Your mission is to enter the Dead Zone and survive 4 games of increasing complexity: find the research, grab the infected brains, and avoid the zombies lurking in the shadows. Don’t get bit! If you do, you’ll have precious seconds to live unless you find a healing station. Your help is needed — join the team today!

Haunted Hotel – W San Francisco (Saturday 10/27)
Head over to the W San Francisco for the 7th annual Haunted Hotel Halloween Bash. Embrace your alter ego, don your most stylish costume and head to W San Francisco’s “sinister chic” Halloween Happening. W San Francisco turns into a hotel-wide haunted house, where revelers will enjoy an eclectic mix of EDM, House, Deep House, Top 40, and Hip Hop remixes from 8 San Francisco’s hottest deejays. Time to put on your costumes and celebrate Halloween in style.

Fall fun with the little ones

ZOOtoberfest at the San Francisco Zoo
Every weekend in October, go on an adventure in “Harvest Hallow” for access to new and exciting attractions. Navigate through San Francisco’s largest hay maze, a 5,000-square-foot structure made from 600 bales of straw and incorporates play areas within the design. Free with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens! For kids AND adults, SF Zoo’s “Zoo Brew Haus” at The Depot Grill is pouring a great selection of brews, and cooking a full smorgasbord of German-inspired dishes, like beer-braised bratwurst with Guinness mustard and Sauerkraut! During lunch, dine to the upbeat sounds of a live band playing traditional European polka music. You might even want to get up and dance! Weekends during October.

SuperNatural Halloween Party at the California Academy of Sciences
Grab your favorite costume & trick-or-treat your way through the Academy at night among eerie animals & spine-tingling specimens! Attendees will enjoy trick-or-treating, face-painting, magic and live animal shows, pumpkin carving, food and drinks, photo booths and more. General Admission tickets for a 6:30 pm entry are $55 for adults 18+ and $40 for children 17 and under; all adults must be with a child. And because SuperNatural is our annual fundraiser, you can feel good about supporting science and the Academy while also deducting part of your ticket-cost!

Halloween Hoopla at the Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens
The 18th annual Halloween Hoopla features interactive performances and games for kids under 10 and their adults, and the return of the Yerba Buena Pumpkin Patch display! The program culminates in the eagerly awaited Halloween Costume Parade, where everyone is welcome to show off their Halloween finery.

Happy Hauntings.

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