Enjoy a spooky Halloween adventure in the Gilroy Gardens family theme park – one of the best amusement parks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout October, the entire park is transformed into a Halloween-themed wonderland, with spooky decorations, themed rides, and special events sure to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a thrill in being scared, and the excitement of the unknown beckons young and old alike. It is a time to let go of your inhibitions and embrace the fun and playfulness of the holidays. Here’s everything you need to know about Gilroy Gardens’ Halloween celebrations. So come down to Gilroy Gardens this Halloween for a howling good time and have some fun!

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A Spooky Halloween Adventure in Gilroy Gardens!
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Halloween Highlights at Gilroy Gardens

Let’s begin the ultimate immersive Halloween experience, and let me welcome you to the wacky world of BOO Alley. I will take you through the boo trail and visit the wacky characters from The Great Big BOO through this photo essay. Many Halloween adventures await, along with trick-or-treating for candy!

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Boo Alley at the Gilroy Gardens!

Boo Town Hall

Meet Sammy Jo Scarecrow at the Boo Town Hall.

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Boo Town Hall at the Gilroy Gardens!

Boo Train

Meet Vinnie the Vampire on the spooky train ride through the forest around Boo Alley.

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Meet Vinnie the Vampire at the Gilroy Gardens!

Princess Priscilla

Meet princess Priscilla at her beautiful castle, learning the etiquette of being a princess.

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Meet princess Priscilla!

Cranium – The mad scientist

Meet Cranium, the mad scientist! He needs your help to brew a magic potion.

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Cranium – The mad scientist!

Frankie’s Lounge

On stage, join Boo Alley’s favorite lounge singer.

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Frankie’s Lounge at the Gilroy Gardens!

The heart of BOO Alley

The heart of BOO Alley is the bustling Halloween festival in the town center. It is filled with excitement and energy as people gather to celebrate Halloween. The center of the festival features a massive pumpkin pyramid, while other attractions include a hay maze and vendor carts offering tasty Boo Alley treats, spooky drinks, and festive fun souvenirs. The heart of BOO Alley is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with the whole family.

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The heart of BOO Alley!

A beautiful light tunnel

The light tunnel is one of the best nighttime attractions and the perfect place to take memorable photos with friends and family. 

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Inside the beautiful light tunnel at the Gilroy Gardens!

Circus Trees

Upon entering the Gilroy Gardens, the first thing that caught my eye are the unique circus trees dazzling in Halloween lights. Each tree is adorned with colorful lights and intricate designs, creating an enchanting atmosphere. As I wandered through the garden, I was mesmerized by the twinkling lights and imaginative displays.

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A Circus Tree!

Bonfante Falls

Seeing Bonfante Falls lit up at night in Gilroy gardens is a beautiful sight. The cascading water illuminates the surrounding foliage and creates a peaceful atmosphere. The lights reflect off the water and add to the mesmerizing effect of the waterfall. The falls are surrounded by tall trees and lush foliage, and the sound of the cascade is soothing. Standing near the falls, you can hear the soothing sound of the water rushing down as you take in the stunning view. It’s an experience that leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed. I loved walking behind the largest of these beautiful waterfalls. 

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Bonfante Falls!

Interesting fact: Bonfante Falls is more than three stories high and was designed to show five distinct types of waterfalls; tumbling, sheeting, cascading, freefall and split.

The beautiful carousel

Last but not least, ride the beautiful carousel in the Gilroy gardens, one of the most ornate carousels you will find in the Bay Area. The joy of riding a carousel is unlike any other, bringing out childlike wonder and thrilling joy in even the oldest of riders. As you hold on tight and fly through the air on your chosen steed, it’s impossible not to smile and let go of all worries as you enjoy the simple pleasure of a carousel ride. And what’s more, there many many more rides (some not for the faint-hearted!) to keep you engaged for the whole night.

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The beautiful carousel

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Overall, I had an amazing experience and would definitely recommend the Halloween adventure in Gilroy Gardens to anyone looking for a fun evening full of Halloween spirit. Apart from all the attractions mentioned above, other popular attractions include Wolfgang Werewolf, a rock music and laser light show extravaganza, and a live musical show each night at Lakeside Amphitheater. The park is filled with festive decorations, spooky rides, and special Halloween events that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for a place to immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit, Gilroy Gardens is the perfect place for you. Thanks for joining me on this spooky adventure, and I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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Chirasree Banerjee

Hello. My name is Chirasree. I have been traveling for almost 11 years to places all over the world. I enter into a separate reality during my travels and enjoy the allure of escape from the mundane. I seek beauty through nature and human-made creations. Because beauty is powerful. I seek knowledge. I observe, absorb, and write about the places I visit and the profound realizations and inspirations that each place has to offer.