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Halloween / Fall Activities 2016
for Livermore, Pleasanton, and the Tri-Valley

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Contents:
All Events in Chronological order
Special Events
Places to Visit
Religious Celebrations
See Also:
October Event Calendar   Holiday Information
See also Our Christmas Events Page Livermore History Section
This page is a community service of eLivermore.com

Halloween Trick or Treating:

There are no "Official Hours" for Trick or Treating according to both the Livermore and Pleasanton Police departments.
7:00 to 8:00 is probably the prime time.  After 9:00 should be avoided.

Sundown is at 6:10, so it will be dark for most of this time.  The moon will be one day after the 1st quarter, so there will be some moonlight.  Sun and moon information is available on our calendar pages

All Events in Chronological order
Click links for details below
     
October 1-31 every day Joans Farm and Pumpkin Patch
October 1-31 every day G&M Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Sept 30 - Oct 31 See schedule below Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park
Oct 5 Wednesday Witches Night Out - Martini Tasting
October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 Sat-Sun Alden Lane Fall Festival
October 21, 22, 28, 29 Friday, Saturday Pleasanton Ghostwalk
October 29 Saturday Kidz Town Halloween Hay Day
October 29 Saturday Mom's Haunted House
October 31 Monday Reformation Day
October 31 Monday Halloween

 

Special Events

 

Pirates of Emerson Haunted Themed Park
September 30 - October 31, 2016 (See Schedule below)

 

Pirates of Emerson - Haunted Themed Park
The award winning Pirates Of Emerson are bringing chills, thrills a cut throat terror to the Bay Area for the 23rd year. Consuming over 4 acres including 6 haunted Attractions:
Buried Alive, The Attack, Pirates of Emerson, Mental Maze, Wild Woods, Virus! 

Special Features: An event not to be missed for any true adventurist! Featured on the Discovery Channel as one of the 7 scariest haunted housed in the country, The Pirates of Emerson is a very intense atmosphere, with extensive use of smoke, strobe lights, animatronics and scores of freaky costumed characters. Not recommended for children under 13.

Doing our best to make Pleasanton UN-Pleasant!

Location:  Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Times:  See below
Admission:
THE DECK HAND - $30.00  This ticket will allow you admission into all 4 Haunted Houses, the Dark Gauntlet plus TWO optional attractions (your choice which ones)

THE FIRST MATE - $35.00  This ticket will allow you admission into all 4 Haunted Houses, the Dark Gauntlet plus FIVE optional attractions (your choice which ones)

THE CAPTAIN - $40.00  This ticket will allow you admission into all 4 Haunted Houses, the Dark Gauntlet plus EIGHT optional attractions (your choice which ones)

SPEED PASS - ADD $10.00  Tired of waiting in lines? A Speed Pass will allow you to bypass the normal lines and use a special entrance into the Haunted Houses. The only other people in these lines are other Speed Pass holders. With your Admission ticket, it will allow you priority entrance into all 4 Haunted Houses and the Dark Gauntlet!

TWICE THROUGH - add $10.00  Can't get enough? Twice Through will allow you to go through each Haunted Attraction TWICE! With your Admission ticket, it will allow you Twice Through privileges to all 4 Haunted Houses and the Dark Gauntlet.

On Sundays the Twice Through upgrade is given free to every customer. If you plan to come on a Sunday DO NOT SELECT THIS OPTION for online sales. No refunds if you buy this option and then come on a Sunday. Also, Twice Through is only sold or honored until 60 minutes prior to close. Entry after this time will not allow enough time for Twice Through.

V.I.P. TICKET - $80.00  This super speed pass ticket allows you UNLIMITED access into absolutely EVERYTHING we offer!  (except items for sale)

Group Sales available for 20 or more tickets.  Generally 20% off.  Available only online.


More info: Pirates of Emerson website - 925 426-7559 - Alameda County Fairgrounds,

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Witches Night Out and Martini Tasting
October 5, 2016 - 6pm to 9pm
Wednesday

Witches Night Out and Martini Tasting
Our Shops are conjuring up magical specials for an evening of strolling downtown. This year, we have added delectable treats to the evening’s stroll.

10 Martini Locations, highlighting our local bartender creations, and 10 culinary treat locations, highlighting our local restaurant and caterer creations, will be available with purchase of the “Sip and Taste Pass” for $40.00 while supplies last.

10 Culinary Treat Locations, highlighting our local restaurant and caterer creations, will be available with purchase of the “Taste Treat Pass” for $20.00 while supplies last.

Witches Hat Contest will be held at 6:30 PM at the Flag Pole Plaza!
Time to get creative! To enter, Hats must be 70% Hand decorated. We are looking to celebrate uniqueness and creativity! Good luck!!!

The Witches Night Out Event has sold out!
I know we have a lot of disappointed folks out there who were unable to get tickets. However, stay tuned for other Witchy happenings that will take place that evening. You can still have an awesome Bestie Night Out at our bars, restaurants and wine lounges and enjoy the constant hilarity of the evening.


Sponsor:
Livermore Downtown Association
Location:  Downtown Livermore
Times:  6pm to 9pm
Admission: Martini Tasting is $40.  Event is sold out.
More info: Livermore Downtown Association (925) 373-1795

 


Kidz Town Halloween Hay Day
October 29, 2016
Saturday

Livermore Kidz Town Halloween Hay Day
Join us for the Kidz Town Halloween Hay Day – Livermore's favorite, family tradition with new activities this year!

The Downtown hosts Halloween fun activities for families with children in the 5th grade and younger! Kids will enjoy the costume contest, pumpkin carving contest (pre-carved and submitted between Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th) carnival games, Halloween themed activities and downtown business trick-or-treat and truck-or-treat!

To participate in downtown trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat, children will need to purchase a downtown Halloween treat bag for $5. This bag will give them access to all participating downtown business trick-or-treat locations and truck-or-treat on "J" and "K" Streets.

This year we will have Fun and Games Carvival Rides located in the Parking Lot off of Livermore Avenue between First Street and Railroad Avenue. Carnival and pony rides are pay to play as you go (separate cost than trick-or-treat and bag).

Costume contest and pumpkin carving contest are available for all ages and families to participate in for free. There will also be free Halloween themed activities for children 5th grade and under at Bankhead Plaza. More details on this to come, including a decorate your own mini-pumpkin craft station!

Trick-or-treat bags are available at the booths day of, at J Street and at K Street and pre-purchased at select downtown locations (to be announced).

Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association (925) 373-1795
Location: J Street and K Street between First and Second Street as well as the Livermore Valley Plaza and the Flag Pole Plaza.
Times:  11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission: $5 for Halloween treat bag
More info: Livermore Downtown Association

 

See Photos from: 2002 - 2003


Pleasanton Ghostwalk
October 21, 22, 28, 29, 2016
Friday, Saturday

Ghost Walk 2016 - Museum on Main
Meet the ghosts of Pleasanton's past in this uniquely spooky annual event held by Museum on Main. Ghost Walk is a 90 minute guided tour of Pleasanton’s most haunted sites along Main Street in the downtown area...and you never know what spirits you might encounter along the way!

After a short introduction about the history of paranormal activity in the area, your Ghost Host will guide you on this haunted tour of the things that go bump in the night! This family-friendly tour, held for over ten years, continues to be a popular event during the Halloween season!

Tours depart the museum each 30 minutes between 6pm and 8pm on the nights of Ghost Walk. The walks take place rain or shine - so dress appropriately! Costumes are encouraged!

Tickets purchased online will be kept at Museum on Main Will Call. Please arrive at Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566 at least 10 minutes prior to your tour time to collect your tickets and check in.
Sponsor: Museum on Main Street
Location:  Museum on Main, 603 Main Street, Pleasanton       Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, Pleasanton
Times:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00pm
Admission: $18 Adults, $13 Children 12 & under.
More info:  Museum on Main Street at (925) 462-2766
 

 

   

Mom's Haunted House
October 29, 2016
Saturday

Mom's Haunted House
Join us if you dare
For a Halloween scare
We're calling all Goblins, Ghosts, and Creatures of the night so creep, float, or crawl on over for a Halloween Fright
May be a little too scary for kids six and under.
Location:  At the end of Kathy Court in Livermore
Times:  7:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission: Free
More info: https://www.facebook.com/MomsHauntedHouse

 

 

   

 

Places to Visit

Alden Lane Fall Festival
October 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 2016
Sat & Sun

Alden Lane Fall Festival
Come and enjoy these activities each weekend:

  • Visit our Farm Animals-here for the month of October only!
  • Apple Fishing -fun for kids and adults!
  • Farm Fresh Apples and Apple Tasting from Dave Hale's Apple Farm in Sebastopol
  • Antique Farm Equipment with the Van Arkle/Hole Families.
  • Candy Cart- Your Old Fashioned Favorites!
  • Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins- Pink, Blue, White and of course, Orange!
  • Hay Maze
  • Fresh Apple & Pumpkin Pie For Sale by the Slice or Whole Pies from Sweet & Savory Bakery & Café.
  • Craft Activity with the Scouts- a different activity each weekend for kids!

Scarecrow Building Contest, Oct 8 & 9, 10am to 4pm
 

Sponsor: Alden Lane Nursery
Location:  981 Alden Lane, Livermore
Times:  11am to 4pm
Admission: Free
More info: Alden Lane Nursery

See additional eLivermore.com photos:  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3


Joan's Farm & Pumpkin Patch
October 1 to 31, 2016
Daily

Maze, Old West Town, Hay Ride, Farm Animals, Gem Panning, Antique Museum, Pumpkins, Gourds, Indian Corn, Corn Stalks, Straw Bales, Nuts, Refreshments, Gift Shop, and more.
Location:  4351 Mines Rd in Livermore
Times:  9am to 6pm
Admission: Free.  Group tours are available for a fee.
More info:  Joan's Farm & Pumpkin Patch

 


G&M Farms
Fall Pumpkin Patch
2016 Dates Oct 1-31 (every day)

It’s the G & M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Livermore, the farm that is so fun it has been featured TWICE on the David Letterman Show! Bring the whole family – there’s harvest fun for all ages at G&M Farms, and it’s easy to find, right off I-580 at Airway Drive in Livermore.

Find your way through the maze, then enjoy G&M Farms’ huge Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins of all sizes – the kids can pick their own! For Mom, there’s fresh produce, decorative gourds and Indian corn. Your little ones will love G&M’s farm animals and the free straw bale maze, pony rides on the weekends, and don’t forget to ride G & M Farms’ famous Cow Train!

G & M Farms Cornfield Maze and Pumpkin Patch was voted “Best Seasonal Attraction” in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine, and when you see it, you’ll believe it!

2006 maze is shown.
Location:
  487 East Airway, Livermore
Times:
    Pumpkin Patch:
          Weekdays:  2pm-6pm (morning reserved for field trips)
          Weekends:  10am-6pm
    Corn Maze:
          Mon-Thurs:  4pm-8pm
          Friday: 4-10pm
          Saturday: 10am-10pm
          Sunday:  10am-8pm
Admission:
    Corn Maze:
       Monday-Thursday
          Adults: $8    6-11: $7
       Friday, Saturday, Sunday
          Adults: $10    6-11: $9
      5 and under are free.
      Coupon is available on their website.
   Pumpkin Patch:  free admission
More info: G&M Farms


   

 

 

 

Religious Celebrations
 

Reformation Day
October 31

October 31 is Reformation Day!!
On Saturday, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.  This set in motion the Protestant Reformation, although Luther's intention was to reform the church.  It may have never happened if it were not for an unrelated invention at about the same time:  Guttenberg's Printing Press brought Luther's writings to a much wider audience.  The date is significant, as it was on the eve of the All Saints Festival.

Reformation Sunday is always the last Sunday of October.

For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. (Romans 3:28)

Luther the Movie is available on VHS and DVD.  This 2003 production chronicles the life of Martin Luther.


All Saint's Day
November 1

Celebration of all Saints.  Started in 835 by the Roman Catholic Church.  Also known as "All Hallows Day".  Thus the origin of "All Hallows Eve"
All Saint's Sunday is the first Sunday in November.