Programs & Events

History Park’s Halloween Haunt Light Show

Every Weekend in October 2021 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
History Park
$10 | General

$ 5 | Youth (6-11)

Every weekend evening in the month of October, from 5:30 to 9 pm, History Park will transform into a haunted, family-friendly Halloween Party.

Guests will be treated to our brand new Halloween Epic Haunted Light Show projected on the front of the Pacific Hotel. At the top of the hour throughout the night, jack-o-lanterns will amuse visitors with their Halloween songs and jokes.

Other activities throughout the evening will include History San José’s Halloween Instagrammable Photo Opportunities at the Firehouse and Plaza, food trucks by Moveable at History Park, a unique Pumpkin Patch (powered by the Bay Area Glass Institute), and a Spooky Graveyard near the Electric Tower. Special Halloween Treats will be also be offered for sale at O’Brien’s Ice Cream and Candy Shop.

Light Show Times:
The shows take place at 6:00PM, 7:00PM, and 8:00PM.

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History Park Children’s Halloween Haunt

Sunday, October 24th | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
History Park
$5  | General

$10 | Youth (4-11)

Come enjoy trick-or-treating, story time, arts & crafts, lawn games, a pumpkin patch, a costume parade, and contests that involve yummy prizes. Children of all ages can enjoy a spooky family-friendly experience at History San José’s History Park.

Plan your day around the following:
11:00 am | Doors Open, Trick-or-Treating, Art & Crafts, and Lawn Games
11:15 am | Halloween EyeBall Hunt
12:30 pm | Costume Parade
2:00 pm | Halloween EyeBall Hunt

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San José Roots: Celebrating Our Heritage

Saturday, November 6th | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Gonzales/Peralta Adobe (in the San Pedro Market)
Free | General

$5 | Activities Band

Join us in celebrating our local history! Enjoy free outdoor entertainment from local performers: History San José’s Portraits of the Past, Julo, Los Arribeños, and Los Lupeños de San José. Meet your local representatives and explore local history with History San José’s Collection Department and Community Partners–Tamien Nation, African American Heritage House, California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley, and the Chinese Culture & Historical Project. Visit the Gonzalez/Peralta Adobe & Fallon House.

Engage in fun activities for $5: Create a Corn Husk Doll, Dress up in Period Clothes, Make a Hand Dipped Candle, and Rope a Bull!

11:00 am | Welcome by History San José & Tamien Nation, Open Houses, and Family Activities
11:20 am | Californio History Presentation
11:40 am | N’Dee (Apache) Poem
11:45 am | Dignitaries Speaks
12:05 pm | Californio Fandango (Los Arribeños)
12:45 pm | Cupcakes
1:00 pm | Mexican Folklorico (Los Lupeños)
1:35 pm | African Drumming (Julo)
2:10 pm | History San José’s Portraits of the Past
2:30 pm | Jim Zetterquist Book Talk & Signing

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Storage 2 Stories: Innovation in the Valley

Tuesday, November 16th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Program
Free | HSJ Members

$7 | General

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of History San José’s Collections. You will see several artifacts related to the history of Santa Clara Valley’s innovation in agriculture and farming. Chat with our Collections team and learn.

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