Halloween CAR-nival

This event was very popular and tickets have sold out. We offered as many spaces as we could, but have to keep attendance limited so that we can follow COVID safety precautions for the benefit of our community and staff. We hope you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Let's celebrate Halloween 2020!

  • Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25th
  • 1:00-4:0pm on both days (A ticket is required per car to reserve a time slot)
  • Beresford Parking Lot (2720 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo)
  • Drive-thru event

What will be at the event?

  • Carnival-type games
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Prizes
Photo of children holding pumpkins outside.

When can I buy a ticket?

The event was very popular and tickets have sold out. We offered as many spaces as we could, but have to keep attendance limited so that we can follow COVID safety precautions for the benefit of our community and staff. We hope you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween!

This update was provided on Monday, 10/12 at 1:08pm.

What can I wear?

Wear your Halloween costume, of course! It is the weekend before Halloween, silly! However, to keep yourselves and our staff safe during the event, please wear a face mask.

How will this event stay safe for my family?

This will be a car drive-thru event. We will have carnival-type games for children to play right outside of the car. Staff will be constantly disinfecting, practicing physical distancing, and wearing gloves.

Photo of girl in a bunny onesie costume for Halloween.
Photo of a family in the car wearing face masks.

Do I need to stay in the car the entire time?

For parents/guardians, yes. Children will be the only ones allowed out of the car to play the games/activities. Parents may help their child in/out of the car if need be.

How old does my child need to be to participate in this event?

The games/activities are catered to Kindergarten through 5th grade children.

Will my child be receiving any candy?

Yes! We will be giving pre-packaged candy in bags that will be sanitized. There will be prizes for playing games as well as a pumpkin patch where children can pick from (your child will point at the pumpkin they want, and we'll sanitize it prior to taking home!).

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Please email parksandrecreation@cityofsanmateo.org or message us on Facebook or Instagram!

Photo of child dressed in a Halloween costume holding bucket for candy.

Celebrate safely!

With the spookiest holiday of the year right around the corner, it’s a great time to plan for a safe and fun Halloween! The Bay Area health officers have issued guidance on how you and your family can celebrate Halloween & Día de Los Muertos safely during the ongoing pandemic.

We know it's Halloween, but catching COVID can be pretty scary. The Bay Area health officers DO NOT recommend door-to-door trick-or-treating and large gatherings are still prohibited. We want you to have fun, so please be respectful of your neighbors and remember some may not feel comfortable with visitors this year!

Safe Halloween ideas include:

  • Scary movie night at home
  • Online costume contest
  • Deck your home with spooky décor
  • Sign up for our NEW drive-thru Halloween Car-nival!