Harvest Time, the East Bay Way

Activities from Halloween parades to haunted houses to pumpkin patches abound this time of year. We’ve done the legwork on some of the highlights, so all you need to do is choose and enjoy.

City of Emeryville’s Harvest Festival
A free family event for all featuring games, crafts, large maze, photo booth, petting zoo, jumpers and more.

3-5 p.m. on Oct. 28 at ECCL Gym/Field 1170 47th Street Emeryville

Six Flags Fright Fest
Featuring Halloween entertainment, festivities, costume contests, kid-themed shows, pumpkin patch, haunted mazes and more. Check website for details on price and times.

Weekends through Oct. 31. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo.

Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch:
Pumpkins, large and small, petting zoo, rides, giant slides, zip lines, air jumpers and entertainment. Free admission.

10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Oct. 1-31, Speer Family Farms Pumpkin Patch, 2153 Ferry Point, Alameda.

Halloween Community Parade:
Dress in costume (parents are encouraged to dress, too) and join this festive parade around San Pablo Park. Festivities include a costume contest, freeze dance, food and goodie bags.

3-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park Street Berkeley.

Day of the Dead at the Richmond Art Center
Celebrate the fall and the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration with an afternoon of fun and art-making for all ages. Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on the first days of November in central and southern Mexico to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed. The Richmond Art Center celebrates on October 28th this year. All ages welcome.

12:30-3 p.m. on Oct. 28. Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett Avenue Richmond