Things to Do This Halloween in Pleasant Hill

09/15/21

Find out about all the spooky events and haunted happenings this Halloween in Pleasant Hill.

The weather is cooler, the sky a deeper blue. The sunlight has taken on a distinctly golden hue, and leaves crunch underfoot, confirming that autumn is well underway. It's time to carve your pumpkin and give Halloween season the ghoulish welcome it deserves! From floating pumpkin patches to spooktacular parties and exciting outdoor events, there's plenty of fun for the whole family this Halloween in Pleasant Hill.

Read on to learn about 4 fabulous Halloween & autumn events plus tips on finding Halloween costumes in Pleasant Hill, COVID-safe trick-or-treating, and more.

G&M Farms pumpkin patch near Pleasant Hill
Pick your pumpkin at G&M Farms (photo from gmfarms.com)

1. G&M Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

G&M Farms in Livermore is so much fun it's been featured on the David Letterman Show - - twice! There’s Halloween fun for all ages at G&M Farms, where you can choose your own pumpkin and wander through a haunted corn maze. The farm is a 30 minute drive from Pleasant Hill and is easy to find, right off I-580 at Isabel Avenue in Livermore.

When: The Pumpkin Patch is open Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Corn Maze is open Wednesday/Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, Friday 3 to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Where:
487 East Airway Blvd, Livermore, CA

Tip: Pleasant Hill is a great place for families, whether you are residents or just visiting the area. For information on 15 family-friendly attractions near Pleasant Hill, click here.

The haunted corn maze at G&M Farms (photo from gmfarms.com)

2. Pumpkin Splash

Instead of in a field, why not search for your perfect pumpkin....in a pool? At Pumpkin Splash, kids of all ages can jump into a floating pumpkin patch, splash around, choose their favorite pumpkins and then paint a silly face on them at a nearby decorating station. You don't have to be a resident of the local area to participate in this event. Tickets are $15 for residents and $18 for non-residents.

When: October 10, 2021, 1 to 3 pm

Where:
Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Please click here to register or for more information.

Tip: After all that splashing around, you'll probably be hungry! Check out our restaurants page to find out about dining options in the area.

Pumpkin Splash! (photo from Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Facebook page)

3. Trunk or Treat

When: Friday, October 25 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: Pleasant Hill Park Parking Lot, 147 Gregory Lane

Bring the whole family in costume and collect candy at the spectacularly spooky trunks of community members' vehicles, which will be decorated for the event. In addition, enjoy the following:

  • Crafts
  • Activities
  • A goodie bag for each child.
  • Food and drinks available for purchase to help support the Pleasant Hill Teen Center

The event is FREE for Trick-or-Treaters (donations appreciated) but you do need to register your vehicle for the event. Click here for more information.

Tip: Are the kids on a sugar high after all that candy? Take them on a hike sometime in the following days to get them back on track. There are many wonderful family-friendly hikes in the Pleasant Hill area.

trunk or treat in pleasant hill
Trunk or Treat! (photo from pleasanthillrec.com)

4. Pub in the Park

When: Sunday, October 17 from 12 to 4 pm

Where: Frank Salfingere Park, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill (PH Community Center grounds)

This event is for the big kids, that is, those over the age of 21. Spend a Sunday "crafternoon" outdoors with good friends sampling craft beers from local breweries. Listen to great live music from Salvage Title, and nibble on food from local food vendors: Black Oak Hotdogs & King Gyro.

Featured breweries:

  • Epidemic Ales
  • GIlman
  • Canyon Club
  • Five Suns
  • East Brother
  • Ghost Town
  • Del Cielo
  • Bruehol
  • Oakland United Beerworks
  • Rotator Tap Room
  • Headlands

Tickers are $60 per person, and cost includes 4 hours of beer tasting, a limited edition Pub in the Park face mask, a commemorative glass, a raffle ticket, and snacks. To purchase tickets for the event, please click here. Please note that tickets must be pre-purchased and will not be sold at the event.

Tip: If beer is not your thing, how about checking out one of the local wineries?

Pleasant Hill Halloween: Q&A

Q: Where can I buy a Halloween costume in Pleasant Hill?

A: Try Spirit Halloween in Pleasant Hill or Halloween Outlet, which has several locations near Pleasant Hill.

Q: Is it safe to trick-or-treat and participate in other community events this Halloween in light of COVID-19?

A: Know that a Halloween mask does not offer the same protection from viral transmission as a medical mask. We encourage you to follow the CDC's guidelines about participating in holiday events. Please find those here.

The final takeaway: be safe and have tons of spooky fun this Halloween in Pleasant Hill (lone wolf howls in the distance...)