Halloween comes but once a year, so why not do it right? San Francisco’s love of the weird and strange makes it a top spot to celebrate this spooky event. From getting spooked and learning about history to showing off your costume you’ve been making for months and just partying on, there’s so much to do and see while celebrating a San Francisco Halloween.
Located at the Exploratorium, in the legendary Tactile Dome, visitors must rely on only their sense of touch to get through mazes, passageways, chutes, and more. In total darkness, you can indulge in the creepiness of this pitch-black chamber.
Tactile Dome, Exploratorium, Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 528 4444
San Francisco Dungeon
The San Francisco Dungeon is a trip through the history of San Francisco that will make you both scream and laugh. This interactive performance is an hour long, and it will take you through amazing storytelling in a new and innovative way. And once the tour is done, hop on the “Escape Alcatraz,” a new drop ride meant to simulate a jump from the Alcatraz prison grounds into the cold waters of the bay. It will thrill you into the spirit of Halloween!
San Francisco Dungeon, 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 855 753 9999
San Francisco City Guides
All throughout October, San Francisco City Guides offers the free Ghost Walk at City Hall. Murders and assassinations, unearthed remains, and light shed on the cemetery that was once the Civic Center is all part of the ghostly history that this creepy tour has to offer.
Haunted SF Ghost Tour
History and paranormal buffs can mark their Halloween calendars for this 1.5-hour tour. Guides from Wild SF Walking Tours take visitors through the hotels and streets of downtown San Francisco and share the dark tales and histories each spooky location holds. Some of these historically rich and bone-chilling locations include the Westin St. Francis, the Curran Theatre, Glide Memorial and the Tenderloin. Because of the dark murders and deaths, infamous spirits, and other ghoulish tales told on this tour, it is not recommended for children.
Boo! San Francisco
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco throws a fun Halloween party every year, and this year is no different. Boo! San Francisco features numerous and memorable acts such as A-Trak, Kayzo, Borgore, and Dillon Francis. This year’s event is on the Friday and Saturday night before Halloween; it is an 18-and-over event, so leave the kids at home.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, USA
The Costume Dash 5K/10K
Happening the day before Halloween, the San Francisco Costume Dash 5K/10K will be a great way to preemptively run off those candy calories. Although you won’t have to wear a costume to run in the Costume Dash, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes during a ceremony after the race. Participants can register for either the 5k or 10k race, both taking place entirely through Golden Gate Park. After crossing the finish line and awards are given, the runners who are 21 years of age or older are welcome to an after-party.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Titanic Masquerade Halloween Party Cruise
Celebrate Halloween at a Titanic-themed masquerade cruise party. On October 28, 2017, all aboard the Fume Blanc, where there are three decks to choose from to party on, two DJs to keep the party going, and a three-hour open bar. The cruise itself is about three and a half hours long, rounding through some of the best San Francisco Bay views. Space is very limited on this 340-passenger vessel, so get your tickets now. Is there really much else to say?
Mega Halloween International Ball
This two-night extravaganza will occur on October 27th and 28th. Volume 1 takes place on the 27th at the prestigious W Hotel. Three party rooms feature world-renowned DJs and performances. Volume 2 on the 28th hits the Westin St. Francis and features four separate party rooms, all filled with talented DJs, dancers, and other live entertainment. Hurry to buy your tickets. The ball is known to sell out early.
W San Francisco, 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 777 5300
Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 397 7000
Crawloween San Francisco Pub Crawl
Join this Halloween pub crawl for their killer drink specials. The pub crawl takes place on two different days: Saturday, October 28, 2017, and Halloween night. Two-day tickets are available for purchase in addition to single-day tickets. Costumes aren’t mandatory, but they’re certainly encouraged!
Madame Tussauds San Francisco is a wax museum located in Fisherman’s Wharf. It first opened in 2014, and it will make a cool and creepy Halloween day out. See all kinds of wax figures, and take pictures next to that celebrity who played your favorite villain! The incredibly lifelike figures will inspire awe and maybe just a spot of the creepy-crawlies.
Madame Tussauds, 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 866 223 4240