10 Low-Risk Family-Friendly Halloween Events in and around Northgate

Kathy Vendel October 21, 2020

Does your family LOVE Halloween? Do your children’s eyes light up at the thought of dressing up as their favorite character and wandering around the neighborhood in search of candy? If so, you are not alone. 

However, because of the nature of this global pandemic you might be wondering how you can retain some of the spooky fun and tradition of Halloween, while keeping your family safe.

Fortunately, there are plenty of low-risk, family-friendly Halloween events and activities happening in and around Northgate. Everything from scavenger hunts and miniature horse costume parades to house decorating contests and rooftop movie nights.

Here are our top 10. Be quick. Tickets selling fast.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN AND AROUND NORTHGATE IN 2020

1. City of Walnut Creek – Spooky Streets Halloween Decoration Contest 

Date: enter before October 28

Trick or treating is discouraged this year by the California Department of Health but decorating your home or business is not. 

So pull out your skeletons, spider webs and other spooky decorations and get busy.

You can register your home for free (and it will be included on the decorated house map) or pay a $10 fee to be entered into a Halloween Decoration Contest.

Every participant (paid and unpaid) will receive a map of decorated houses and businesses that you can peruse with your family. This means you can find the best dressed houses quickly and see them from the safety of your car.

All $10 registrants are invited to email photos of their decorated item to be entered into a contest for “Best Decorations.” You will be entered into a raffle for a drawing and the winner will earn a gift card. Submit your photo by 10/28 to recreation@walnut-creek.org. See more details here.

2. Shadelands Ranch Pumpkin Patch & Petting Zoo

Location: 2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Date/Time: Open every day 9am to 9pm

Create some fun memories with your children or grandchildren at the Shadelands Ranch Pumpkin Patch.  Take adorable photos of your cutie-pies amongst the huge piles of pumpkins. They can also ride the cow train and pet some animals in the petting zoo.

And while you are there you can purchase some pumpkins for your front porch. Choose from a huge assortment of large and small pumpkins. Prices vary per size.

Don’t forget your masks as they are required for entry. Hand sanitizer stations are in the patch. Entry cost: Free

Movies on the Roof – Hocus Pocus

Date: Saturday October 17 at 7 pm (movie will run from 7.30 – 9.30pm)
Where: Lesher Center Garage Roof

The Lesher Center for the Arts garage roof top will be transformed into a night of haunting family fun! Reserve your viewing area today, and bring your friends and family to enjoy the movie Hocus Pocus! (rated PG).

Cost: Free

See more details or book here

4. Snoopy Scavenger Hunt (Walnut Creek Arts + Rec)

Date: October 23-25
Where: Heather Farm Park, N San Carlos Dr

Enjoy some fresh air with your whole family while you search for Charlie, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanut Gang in this fun Snoopy Scavenger Hunt.

Costumes are encouraged. Scavenger hunt should take approximately 30 minutes and is geared to families with children aged 10 and younger.

Make sure you reserve your spot.

Cost: $10 per family

Information and booking details here

5. Lesher Center for the Arts Pumpkin Patch and Mini Monster Mash Party

Date:Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 11am – 4pm (available time slots every hour, on the hour)
Location: Rudney Plaza at the Lesher Center – 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Help support the local Lesher Centre for the Arts by attending their special Pumpkin Patch event.

In return for your donation you will receive a pumpkin for your family to carve at home or a pumpkin painted by one of the many special guest artists!

Family-friendly costumes and dress-up is encouraged.

Also enjoy a mini-Monster Mash Party with Halloween treats and special appearances by, and photo opportunities with, your favorite villains.

Cost: $30 donation per family

For more details and to book click here

6. Rooftop Halloween Movie Night – Drive In

Date: October 29th 6.30-8.00pm
Location: South Broadway plaza Parking Garage – Roof

Families will enjoy a safe, socially distanced screening of Hotel Transylvania (PG) on the rooftop of Broadway Plaza’s Parking Garage.

Take your blankets and lawn chairs if you prefer to watch outside, or stay cozied up in your vehicle. Masks must be worn at all times when outside of your vehicle.

Book here

7. Walnut Acres Elementary – Drive by Teacher Parade

Date: October 30th – 2pm
Location: See route map

The wonderful teachers at our local Elementary School will be doing a Halloween Drive-By Teacher Parade. 

Families are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and show them some support by cheering as these deserving teachers drive through the neighborhood. Link to route map above.

Cost: free

8. Nightmare Before Christmas Scavenger Hunt (Walnut Creek Arts + Rec)

Date: October 30 – November 1
Location: Tice Valley Park

Sign up to hunt for Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween and the rest of the Halloween Town characters in your local park. There will be 15 Halloween signs to discover.

Scavenger hunt should take approximately 30 minutes and is geared to families with children aged 10 & younger. 

Cost: $10 per family.

Book here

9. Rec-Tivity Halloween Packet (Walnut Creek Arts + Rec)

Date: Pick up October 31, 9.30 – 11.30am
Where: Civic Park Community Centre

Planning a scavenger hunt for Halloween in your own back yard? Let the Walnut Creek community centre do the work for you with their pre-packed Halloween activity bags.Includes pre-filled eggs (with non-nut candy) perfect for an egg-tober scavenger hunt and a surprise goodie.

At pickup, you will be greeted by staff in costume to pick up your packet.

A supersized and decorated photo booth will be available for families to take photos in front of Civic Park Community Center so costumes are encouraged during pick up.

See more details about available Halloween packs

10. Miniature Horse Halloween Costume Parade

Date: October 31, 3.30pm
Where: Starting Walnut Ave, Northgate

The adorable Minis from Angels for Minis Miniature Horse Rescue will be treating residents to their first ever neighborhood Halloween parade. They will parade down Walnut Ave starting around 3.30pm, left on Hutchinson, past Eagle Creek Montessori, left at the green fields, past Northgate High School and back to the roundabout. Don’t forget to bring some apples for the horses.

Cost: Free

For information about the Charity or to make donations click here

Additional low risk Halloween suggestions by the California Department of Health

Want more ideas? Here is what the California Department of Health are recommending.

The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. Some specific alternatives that are low risk but still capture the holiday fun include:

  • Creating a haunted house or candy scavenger hunt in your home
  • Having a scary movie night and Halloween-themed activities (pumpkin carving, face painting) at home
  • Participating in online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carvings)
  • Attending car-based outings where people do not leave their car including drive-in events or contests or movies; driving through an area with Halloween displays
  • Eating a Halloween-themed meal with your household (alone or with up to 2 other households, not including your own, for a meal outside following all other gathering guidelines)
  • Enjoying a Halloween-themed art installation at an outdoor museum with your household
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations
  • Giving treats at home only to those in your household
  • Send a curated playlist and/or themed treats (or tricks) to your friends ahead of time
  • Designing face masks that reflect your child/ren’s Halloween costumes
  • Prepare a Halloween basket for your children or Halloween hunt in your backyard

Whether your family decides to stay home or go out, we hope you will enjoy some of the excitement and spooky fun that Halloween has to offer in this year that has throw us all a curve ball!.

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