NOW THROUGH OCT. 31
Jumping Jacks Pumpkin Patch
The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, provides bounce houses and slides, pony rides, a petting zoo and many more family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Smith Family Farm Pumpkin Festival
The Smiths’ month-long festival – open Mondays through Fridays from 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – features a hayride to the pumpkin-picking patch, a corn maze and a barnyard petting zoo. Admission (which includes a pumpkin) is $8 on weekdays and $9 on Saturday and Sunday. Smith Family Farm is located at 4430 Sellers Ave. in Brentwood.
Sanctuary of Evil – Maze and Haunted House
This Halloween extravaganza features a 7,000-square-foot corn maze, a haunted house and The Last Ride, a simulated ride to the grave in a pitch-dark wooden casket embellished by a spooky soundtrack. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m.; Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission, which includes all three attractions, is $10. The Sanctuary of Evil can be found at 936 Carpenter Road in Oakley. For more information, visit www.sanctuaryofevil.com.
OCT. 14 and 15
Red Man/Pocahontas Halloween Festival
This year’s family-friendly festival, in its 10th year, features a costume contest, Halloween games, ghoulish snacks, crafts, face painting, a kid-friendly haunted house, movies and raffle prizes. The festivities run from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1403 Main St. in Oakley. Admission is $1.50.
Halloween Costume Exchange
The annual exchange runs from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Prewett Family Park multipurpose room, 4701 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. Turn in costumes and accessories for tickets to acquire new-to-you costumes, masks, wigs and props. Free costumes, no tickets required, will be available at 8:45 p.m. For more information, call 925- 779-6137.
Little monsters are invited to the Brentwood Senior Center, 193 Griffith Lane, at 4 p.m. for a Halloween party sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library. Families will be treated to crafts, games and spooky snacks at this free event, so come in costumes or orange-and-black wear. Brave spirits may walk through Tri-Delta Transit’s Haunted Bus for more thrills and chills. The 45-minute event is intended for kids in grades K-6. Younger children are welcome with parental supervision. For more information, call 925-516-5290.
Discovery Bay Elementary, 1700 Willow Lake Road, hosts BOOville – a joyous Halloween event for the whole family – from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy game booths, a haunted house, bounce houses and delicious treats such as caramel apples. Admission is free, but canned food donations are encouraged. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
The City of Oakley hosts its third annual Harvest Festival from noon to 4 p.m. in Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a chance to win a prize, and come on an empty stomach to battle it out in the pie-eating contest. The event also features a pre-carved pumpkin contest, a costume parade, pony rides, arts and crafts, games and a hay maze to get you into the Halloween spirit. This year, the Tri-Delta Transit Haunted Bus will make a stop at the festival. For more information, call 925-625-7044.
Fine tune your trick-or-treating skills at Brentwood’s premiere Halloween event, held from 5 to 8 p.m. at First and Oak streets. Hometown Halloween is perfect for all the ghosts and goblins in your house. Take a stroll through downtown and visit the many merchant booths, and don’t forget to pop your head into local businesses for treats at this safe-and-sane Halloween event. If you dare, take a tour of a haunted house or stop by the haunted bus for an extra thrill.
Halloween Dance and Dinner
Flor Do Oakley hosts a Halloween Dance and Dinner at 5 p.m. at 520 Second St. Tickets ($25 for adults; $12.50 for children 7-12) include marinated pork, music by Alianca, a costume contest and candy for the children. For more information, call 925-625-5833.
La Paloma High School, 400 Ghiggeri Drive in Brentwood, presents a terrifically terrifying haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m. If you’re not looking for a fright, the event also features a costume contest, kids’ games and tasty treats. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children 18 and younger.
Halloween Howl La La Boo
The Oakley Library hosts a special, spooky storytime at 6:30 p.m. Come dressed in costume for stories, crafts, treats and loads of fun. The library is located at 1050 Neroly Road. For more information, call 925-625-2400.
OCT. 27 and 28
Liberty High School’s Playmakers’ Haunted House is open Oct. 27 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 ($5 if you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to charity). The haunted house is located at the Liberty Performing Arts Center, 850 Second St. in Brentwood.
OCT. 28 and 29
Heritage High School’s Haunted House offer thrills and chills during the witching hours of 7 to 10 p.m. The fright factor is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Admission is $5.
Pioneer Fall Fest
Family fun is found from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School, 2010 Shady Willow Lane in Brentwood. Get a jump-start on Halloween fun with games, crafts and tons of other ghoulishly great activities.
Experience a spooktacular evening of entertainment, dancing and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center, 193 Griffith Lane. Attractions at this Brentwood Senior Citizens Club event include music by Note Worthy and a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Costume, Scariest Costume and Most Original Costume. Tickets are $8 for members; $10 for non-members. Purchase tickets in advance at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center by today, Oct. 14. For more information, call 925-516-5444.
Halloween at The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features a costume parade for children and pets, a pumpkin carving contest, and trick-or-treating throughout the lifestyle center. For more information, call 925-516-8500.
Pumpkins and Pancakes
Enjoy a harvest-themed all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Shadow Lakes Event Center, 401 West Country Club Drive in Brentwood. Early seating begins at 8:30 a.m.; late seating at 10 a.m. Costumes are encouraged. The event features games and crafts for the children. Pre-sale tickets are $8; $10 at the door. For tickets and more information, call 925-325-6232.
Witches’ Brew Family Festival
Trick-or-treaters are welcome from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sand Creek Crossing Shopping Center in Brentwood. The center’s stores, restaurants and retailers will be handing out free Halloween goodies while supplies last. The event also includes pumpkin carving demonstrations, free pumpkins, face painting and a balloonist. For more information, visit www.sandcreekcrossing.com.
Enjoy a safe-and-sane alternative to Halloween from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harvest Time Assembly of God Church, 2200 Ventura Drive in Brentwood. The event features candy, games and pony rides. Admission is free. Hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and other snacks will be available for $1. For more information, call 925-516-1908.