One of our favorite holidays is around the corner and we are dusting off the cobwebs (pun intended) from all our Halloween decorations and searching on Google for fun costume ideas. With lights up, skeletons shrieking at passersby and our pantries stocked with pumpkin-flavored treats, we still need a place to go and spread our holiday cheer. Below you’ll find the top 5 places to go trick or treating this Halloween.
1. San Jose: Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse at Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a spooky place to visit on any random day, but on Halloween they give it an added dose of eerie delight. This year, they are hosting Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse at Winchester Mystery House where you’ll spend the evening dodging poltergeists and ghouls that haunt the maze-like home. Buy your tickets here.
2. Sausalito: Howl’O’Ween Dog Costume Contest
This quirky event will be worth the drive up to Sausalito. On October 31st there will be two things that are much needed this Halloween: heaps of candy and dogs in costumes! That’s not all the Sausalito will serve up this Halloween, first off there’s a parade at 6pm at the Station 1 Firehouse that ends at a special Trick or Treat Lane. The City Hall Game Room is turned into a haunted house and the highlight of the evening is the dog costume contest. Get in on the heartwarming action here.
3. Mountain View: Monster Bash
On Oct. 29, Rengstorff Park is inviting you to dress up and experience the Halloween season with a never-ending maze, spooky games, enchanting performances, a Dia de Muertos celebration, stilt walkers, inflatables and a creepy, crawly, ooey gooey zone. Tickets are free, get your info here.
4. Dublin: Ghosts Of Dublin’ Cemetery Flashlight Tours
Another worthy event to strap everyone into the car. If stumbling through a cemetery on All Hallow’s Eve doesn’t scream ‘Halloween’, nothing will. The Dublin Historic Cemetery hosts a flashlight tour where their residents come alive. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up. Find your tickets here.
5. San Jose: Grimm’s Hollow’s Labyrinth
Yes, it’s another labyrinth, but these are a classic for a reason. Nothing gets the heart rate up faster than knowing something could jump at you from around every corner. Easterbrook Discovery School hosts their Grimm’s Hollow labyrinth this year that twists into dead ends and secret passageways with an escape room flair. For a scarier after-hours maze, brave guests will enter The Oubliette (dungeon) and try to find a way out while being accosted on all sides by the denizens of the afterlife. Find more info here.