Dress up, seek a fright, parade your pooch, skate in costume, swim among the gourds and vie for costume prizes. Events on Oct. 28 and 31 are for a variety of ages, interests.
Halloween in Berkeley means our parks, pool, and community centers have events for a variety of ages and interests.
For those who dress up, we have parades and costume contests for young kids -- or even one for dogs and their owners. You can also get decked out in character and then shred at our skatepark.
If pools are your playground of choice, jump in the water at our floating pumpkin patch. Or you can show off your cool costume from the pool deck.
Those seeking a scare can dare to traverse our haunted house.
Whether you're young or old, dressed up or not, there are Halloween events for you and your family to enjoy in Berkeley.
Dive into pumpkins at our floating patch, Oct. 28
Register in advance to swim among pumpkins, decorate them on the pool deck, and bring one home with you. Play cornhole and enjoy some poolside fun.
Floating Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 28, 2023, three sessions between 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning St, Berkeley, CA 94702
Advanced registration required; no on-site registration
Fee per person $10 residents /$12 non-residents
Dress up however you like on the pool deck, but you’ll need to shed your face paint and garb for proper swimwear before you enter the water. Register for one of three session times: 10:00 am - noon, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Strut and howl at the dog parade, Oct. 28
Berkeley dogs and their owners will be able to parade around James Kenney Park. Afterward, we’ll crown winners for their getups, including categories for: spookiest, cutest, most creative, and best doggie-owner duo.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times, be up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, and behave safely around other dogs. Dogs displaying aggressive behavior will be asked to leave.
Skateboard into the night, Oct. 28
Get on your board and throw down some sick tricks! Costumes are encouraged, helmets are required.
Halloween Skate Jam
Harrison Park, 1104 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Saturday, October 28, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Skate Jam will also have a costume contest, a skate trick contest, and a race. Throughout the event we’ll give out skateboard prizes: wheels, boards, trucks, and stickers.
Parade and kids’ costume contest, Oct. 31
Dress up and join others from Berkeley in a parade. Kids in kindergarten up to 5th grade can participate in a costume contest.
Starting at 4 pm, the group will stroll around San Pablo Park to show off their costumes. At 5 pm, head to the auditorium, where we’ll have a contest divided by kindergarten up to 5th grade for costumes that are the scariest, cutest, and most creative.
First, second, and third-place winners from each category will receive certificates.
Experience the haunted house thrills, Oct. 31
After the parade, head to MLK Jr. Youth Services Center if you're looking for something a little more frightful. Twist and turn your way through a haunted house with a Clown Room, Insane Room, Alien World, Corn Field, and the Graveyard.
Enjoy additional activities, including music, popcorn and cotton candy, a photo booth, and jumpers for the little ones, age 5 to 10. Kids will receive a goody bag with treats.
House of Screams Haunted House
Tuesday, October 31, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MLK Jr. Youth Services Center/Young Adult Program, 1730 Oregon St.
Children age 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Registration is recommended
Guests must remove all costume masks and hoods before entering the haunted house. They may not touch or hit the characters. Security will be on site.
These events are organized by the City of Berkeley's Recreation Division, which offers dozens of camps, classes, and other activities for participants of all ages. Learn more and sign up via our registration portal and see more opportunities on our events calendar.
Dress up. Seek a fright. Parade your pooch. Or swim among the gourds. Whether you prefer our parks, pools, or community centers, we have a Berkeley Halloween event for you.