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Does anyone know of a good neighborhood to take my 3 year
old trick or treating this year? Last year her dad took her
to SF but since Halloween is on a weeknight i'd like her to
stay close to home.
Alameda is pretty nice (we live here); I'm familiar with the
East End, around High Street, but much of the town is
probably nice for Halloween. Just be real careful of the
traffic with your little one! Have Fun!
Halloween Events & Activities
My sister and niece are coming to visit for a long weekend over
Halloween this year, and we'd like to line up some fun
activities for the kids (ages 5, 2.5 and infant) to do. We plan
to go to a pumpkin patch down in Half Moon Bay one morning and
probably Boo at the Zoo on Halloween morning, but any
suggestions of other events would be appreciated.
And if anyone knows when trick-or-treating is in Berkeley, let
me know. Our particular area of Berkeley doesn't seem to do
trick-or-treating; I think last year we had 10 kids max. Anyone
have a suggestion for a good trick-or-treating neighborhood in
If you don't mind crossing the Berkeley border into Oakland, there is a
great parade on Piedmont Avenue Oakland on Halloween day, Saturday,
October 31, 2009 (with all the stores acting as candy stations) and
all the month of October, there is a great small pumpkin patch at the
corner of Piedmont Avenue & Pleasant Valley Ave. Their website is
http://www.fpe.cc The Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch is open every day
8am-8pm through Halloween and you can come dressed up any time. They
also take classroom reservations by calling 510-967-9363.
For trick-or-treating, go to either Mariposa in Berkeley near the
Arlington Circle or Russell Street above College or just over the
Oakland border to Lawton between College and Broadway. Those places
could each be called ''a zoo'' on Halloween. For more sedate
trick-or-treating, try the flats... between Rose and Cedar and between
MLK and McGee is a pretty flat and plentiful area... easy for littler
Hi Marjorie,If you're in the Piedmont Avenue area on Halloween, there
will be plenty of fun events going on. Ranging from free cartoons to see
at the Piedmont Theatre,the Annual Halloween Parade, which starts at
Blockbuster's videos,trick or treating for the children compliments of
the of the merchants along Piedmont Ave., a haunted house and kid
friendly activities at Piedmont Avenue Elementary school, a Pumpkin
patch at the Mountain View Cemetery,story time at the Piedmont Ave.
Library branch and a variety of other family fun things to do in the
area. Interested? Check out the wonderful, Piedmont Avenue Merchants
Association(PAMA) web site...Our family has attended this event for
years, it's a guarateed fun time for all!
We hope you have the opportunity to come check out our Halloween Event
at the Berkeley YMCA. We are hosting ours on Friday, October 30th from
5-8pm. $5 per family. We'll have one gym geared towards 0-5 year
olds, and another geared for 6- 10 year olds. Lots of games, art,
tumbling, etc. For more information just give me a call or email me.
My family will be attending a halloween even at play cafe (their new site
www.playcafellc.com). The new owners are wonderful people to talk to and
have done a great job with the cafe. We will also attend an Asheba concert
on Oct. 23rd, 2009.
There is also a nice halloween event in livermore, pumpkin patch and all.
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My 16 month old daughters official 1st Halloween is coming soon
and I have been looking for places to go trick or treating
during the day or even a carnival of some sort, does anybody
have any recommendations? I know there are several things to do
on the weekend, the Oakland Zoo and Fairyland but I would like
to also to do something on the official day. Recommendations
Are there any halloween family picnics that weekend ...where
adults can get dressed up??...(I miss getting dressed up for
Halloween, too) Julie
Although it is usually the Saturday before Halloween (not on Halloween
itself), you and your child should check out the Piedmont Avenue
Halloween Parade. It's sponsored by the local merchants association.
The street is blocked off for several hours for the parade and trick or
treating. The parade begins at 11:00 am at (I think) Piedmont Avenue
and Yosemite (near MacArthur Boulevard) in Oakland. Both parents (many
pushing strollers) and kids parade dressed in costume. Some parents
and kids just line the street and watch as the parade goes by. Then
many businesses on the street pass out treats (signs designate which
are trick or treat stations). Although the beginning of the trick or
treating can be a zoo, there's no reason you can't take a break between
the parade and the candy grab to let things calm down a bit. Anyway,
we love the day.
Won't miss the parade
tumble & tea cafe in Oakland hosts a special ''My First Haunted House''
for kids 5 and under all day Halloween which culminates in a Halloween
Spooktacular Party from 5-8pm. Ira Marlowe will perform his new
Halloween songs for kids, they'll be treats and games and a ton of fun
for families with small children. visit www.tumbleandtea.com for ticket
info or call 510-601-7378.
Montclair Village in Oakland usually has a Halloween parade that starts
in the park and winds it way through the village, with many of the
merchants handing out candy. We used to live there and went all the
time, but moved three years ago, so I don't know whether they still
have it. There were other activities associated with the eventin
Montclair Park, too. I'm sure the Montclair business association has a
website that would have info.
The Tilden Park Merry Go Round is having Scary Go Round. It will be
open on Halloween and is a good place to go. They open October 10 each
Fri, Sat, and Sun night through Halloween. No admission charge, just
the normal tickets to ride the carousel. www.tildenmgr.com Halloween
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I want my little one to
get a taste of the fun, so I am looking for some interesting
Halloween activities to do with my 16 month old. I've seen
signs for carnivals and parties at Tilden, the YMCA, etc., but
I'm not clear if any of these have activities appropriate for
younger kids. I checked the past recommendations, but they are
about 5 years old, and don't specify what would be fun for
toddlers. Festivals, street fairs, carnivals, anything in
Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito/Oakland for the week leading up to
Halloween would be perfect. What did your kids love? All
suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, and happy trick-or-
If you're willing to adventure as far as Fremont, the Candle
Lighters sponsor a yearly Ghost House. It's open and running
through Oct 30. The house and the games are all geared towards
little kids and they have ''good fairies'' to take the less
adventurous kids through (they warn them they are coming so no
one jumps out at you). You could take Bart. It's at the Fremont
Hub, at the old Carriage House (historical site). This is a mild
ghost house compared to some of the more realistic ones around.
It's $2.00 per person to go through and all the game ticket are
25 cents a piece. The face painting is the only one that costs
multiple tickets, depending on the design.
You should also check with your local (large) malls. Some of
them have trick or treat nites where the kids can dress up and
go from store to store collecting candy in a safe environment.
another Halloween fan
Consider the Albany Preschool Pancake Breakfast for Halloween
fun for your little one. There will be lots of little kids (and
some moms & dads)in costumes, halloween-related crafts and
activities, music, a silent auction and of course, pancakes.
It's on Sunday, October 27th from 9 am to 11am at the Albany
Comunity Center (Marin at Masonic). Tickets are $6 for adults,
$4 for kids and are available in advance from the preschool or
at the door.
The Oakland Zoo has a cute Boo at the Zoo thing on the 27th. Rockridge
Shopping District has a "trick or treat" down college avenue, which
ends up in the library for great story telling by the librarians.
There's a pretty comprehensive list here:
Oakland Zoo "Boo at the Zoo", Sat, Oct 25th.
Halloween activities at Jack London Square, Oak, Sat. Oct 25th (10-3) (lots
of activities, pumpkin patch, haunted house, etc).
Emeryville Parks & Rec Depart Halloween Carnival, Oct. 30th (6pm-8pm).
Downtown Berkeley YMCA Oct 30th, 7pm-9:30pm.
Lawrence Hall of Science (I don't know details, but you can call them).
City of San Leandro Halloween Carnival (I believe it's this Sat, Oct 25th,
but I'm not sure- this is especially good for 3-7 year olds).
Halloween party at St. John's Church in Berkeley (not sure of details)- they
warmly welcome all families.
We have been to San Leandro carnival, Lawrence Hall of Science,
Oakland Zoo, and Jack London Square activities. All were fun, but the Jack
London Square party was really great- kids love the activities, it is a
beautiful setting, the Barnes & Noble bookstore is a great place to take a
rest and peruse a book; also, if you call the Jack London Square "Hotline"
(I don't have number, you can get it from information) you can get
information on having your kids join their "Kids'Club" free- a membership
allows your kids special benefits in stores in Jack London Square, like
eating free (from the kids menu) at T.G.I. Friday, Kincaid's Bayhouse and
Pizzeria Uno, when the parents buy a meal. We use our membership all the
time to eat at these restaurants.
St. John's Church 2727 College Ave. Saturday Oct 25 at 6:30 PM
All ages - wear a costume - meet the coffin monster - see wizards -
drink from the witches' cauldron Admission: a book, food item, toy,
or treat for a homeless child or a donation in any amount. Teens are
invited to come early at 3pm to help build the haunted house.
Although I've not been to an event at LHS, the party advertised on their
web page sounds fun to me! Here is some of their blurb:
LHS "Harmonious" Family Halloween Party. Sat., Oct. 25, 6:30 pm - 9 pm.
Music, science and spooky fun are in harmony during an evening of
entertainment, games, art activities, a treasure hunt and costume parade.
TX are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. 642-5134
And, if you're a Neighborhood Mom, be sure to come to the Halloween party
on Sun., Oct. 26, 3;30 - 5 at Epworth Church on Hopkins. RSVP by 10/24 to
Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 643-3012. We'll have games,
refreshments, prizes, and a costume parade.
Also, I think the downtown Y is having a family Halloween party. Call the Y
for info. Debbie
For a Halloween party: The Randall museum has a party scheduled for
Halloween, 6-9pm. I've gone in past years, when my child was as young as 3,
and I think it would keep the attention of anyone up to preteen years. The
museum has an animal room, somewhat like the Lindsey Museum but smaller, I
believe. It's located on Museum Way, near 14th and Castro in SF. I'd suggest
calling to find out more if you're interested.
We live in El Cerrito. Where is the best area to take a 4
year old trick or treating?
If you drive to Albany there are many children
trickertreating and almost every house gives out candy.We
were a few blocks from the high school but I think a lot of
Albany is really good. anon
We live in the flats near the plaza/below the high school/&
the Albany border and there's a lot of kids moving into this
area. We have an almost 5 y.o. and have been going for the
past 3 yrs and have a great time. There's always a lot of
little kids before 8ish as the sun is going down. Hope you
have fun! anon
Does anyone know the good place where our 2 kids can trick-or-treat? We are
from outside of the country. More than half of our neighbour live in an
apartment including us and I guess no trick-or-treat here. I know some malls
have Halloween events but I would like to take our kids to other neighbors. Can
we do that? If so, where is the good place?
I also check the old recommendation for it, but it's a bit far from here. We
live in El Cerrito, so I prefer to taking them to El Cerrito, Albany, North
Berkeley, or Richmond area.
Our neighborhood in the flats of El Cerrito is a very
popular trick or treating spot. We live on Liberty
Street 1 1/2 blocks down from Potrero. Maybe because
it is a flat one-way street or maybe because there are
lots of houses close together, plenty of folks come
here with their kids. It makes for a fun festive
night. So fun that we usually sit out on the front
porch and have a ball handing out candy! In the past
my 6 year old has enjoyed that more then getting her
Also, the retirement home on Gladys and Lexington has
an annual Halloween event where the residents give out
candy. I think that starts at about 6pm.
A great, safe place to trick-or-treat is at El Cerrito Plaza. Some time
before halloween (you have to check the paper, or go to the plaza and
ask), the stores hold a trick-or-treat afternoon. The children go from
store to store and trick-or-treat. Is safe, easy, and very sweet. We
went last year, and it was fine.
Well, I don't want to get TOO many more kids coming to our house. (I counted
nearly 200 one year) But our neighborhood - also on McGee seems to be very
especially with the littler kids and their parents. Its on the other side of
Cedar from Totland. I don't know why its so popular but we usually have a
pretty good display at our house and some of our neighbors are also into it -
not elaborate - no real skeletons or coffins but lots of giggling ghosts. I
would recommend coming from just after dark to about 7:30 - after that we all
start to shut down because the bigger kids start to come and also a lot of
them are making their second rounds by then.
Even though the streets are pretty well lit, don't forget your reflectors or
Try UC Village in Albany! We live there and took our 2 year
old up and down one block and that was perfect. She got to
see all the other kids in costume and collected enough goodies
to last us a while.
The neighborhood right around Totland Park (intesection of Virginia & McGee
in North Berkeley) is a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating -- very
safe, lots of kids, mostly 1-and 2-family houses, minimal traffic. If you do
take your kids trick-or-treating here, be sure to check out our landlords'
festive Halloween display (usually includes cobwebs, gravestones etc.) at
1630 Virginia St. (right next to Totland).
We lived in Rockridge until '93 when my daughter turned 3, and for two
years we went around the blocks of Boyd between Hudson and Clifton?
and Lawton and gee, the street names left me, but that neighborhood
had people out playing music on their stoops, incredibly carved
jack-o-lanterns, and LOTS of kids with parents out
trick-or-treating. Near the new Rockridge Library, a few blocks in
from College. It's an enclave of families with little ones. I always
felt very safe and happy there.
Very popular in Berkeley is the neighborhood around College Ave. and
Russell St. (the Elmwood area of College just north of Ashby). This
might be too intense for kids under 5; it is a carnival atmosphere with
streets closed and lots of people walking around in costume. But the
houses here go all out with decorations: haunted houses, smoke
machines, strobe lights, etc. My kids never miss it.
I moved to Moraga recently and I was wondering if anyone knew of an
area/street you would recommend for trick or treating either in Moraga or
Lafayette. I'm looking for a festive location (if there is one) where people
put up nice decorations and it's full of kids. Last year we went to Alameda
and it was VERY impressive.
If you live in Moraga, there is no reason to go elsewhere to trick
or treat, unless you're hooking up with friends that live
elsewhere. We live in the neighborhood off Rimer and, aside from
some of the off-the-path courts, there is a stream of kids out all
night. Some houses get really done up, others don't. You don't say
how old your kid (s) is (are), but you should try to get together
with another family or two to go out, it is really fun.
The most lively trick or treating in Moraga is on Corliss from
Camino Ricardo to Moraga Road. There are tons of kids running
from house to house, many fun decorations, one family even has
coffee for chilled parents. There was a short 3-4 minute skit
offered from someone's garage last year that you could stop in a
Loves Trick or Treating
Our son is all set for his first (okay, second, but he was too
little last year) halloween! We're planning on going to the Boo
at the Zoo on Saturday the 29th, but I would also love to take
him trick or treating on halloween. I haven't been trick or
treating since I was a kid, and I used to just go around the
neighborhood. I haven't had many trick or treaters since I moved
out on my own (maybe half a dozen in the last 15 years,
seriously). Are kids just not roaming their own neighborhoods
these days? Are there places in San Francisco where people take
their kids trick or treating? I've heard that kids sometimes go
trick or treating at the mall, but that just sounds so weird to
Next year head to Fair Oaks Street (on the border of Noe Valley/Mission). They close
6 blocks of Fair Oaks to kids on Halloween. It's between 21st -26th/Guerrero-
Dolores. It's a lovely street with lots of cute houses and flats, there are tons of kids.
Belvedere St in Cole Valley is the place to take kids on
Halloween in SF. The houses are all decorated, people are
friendly -- it's a fun scene.
city trick or treater
When my husband and I were pre-child we used to dress up and go
to the party in the castro. Unfortunately, I don't think that
would be ideal with young kids. We live in Berkeley, so I don't
know if this advice will work. In the Berkeley flats, it is nice
to trick or treat around your block and meet your neighbors. I
often introduce us, if the people seem friendly, so as to create
a slightly greater social density in the neighborhood. If you
live in the Mission, or Noe Valley, or Glen Park, or the
Richmond, or the Sunset, I think that would work.
likes dressing up
Costume Parades & Contests
What are some fun Halloween activities in the East Bay where babies can show
off their cute costumes?
The Parkway Theater is holding a baby costume contest witth their 630 showing
of night of the living dead. I am not much on the movie, but it will be great
fun with all the babies. By the way, every monday night the Parkway theater
shows movies and babies are allowed. See their website at picturepubpizza.com.
They have good food, and it is fun to see all the babies. last week they showed
Space Cowboys. I think this month they are going for the oldies (not my favorite),
but they should be getting back to the newer ones in November.
Habitot Children's Museum does a fun and "not to spooky" party for kids the
Saturday before Halloween, October 28th. We've always enjoyed it.
Fairyland and the Oakland Zoo always have wonderful daytime Halloween
There are parades in Montclair and in Piedmont. Check the Montclarian for
I didn't see the original post, but I see many responses about good places to go on
Halloween. This would be for children and adults of all ages, not just infants The
New School of Berkeley has a Halloween fair every year. It is Saturday October 28,
11-4 at Cedar and Bonita in Berkeley. HUGE yard sale with tons of kids stuff, pumpkins,
really good food for sale, kids' activities, live music, and much more. It's a funky low-key
atmosphere and just a nice place to be.
There is an annual Halloween parade on College Avenue in Rockridge. It is
happening this year, although I am not sure what day. I have heard rumors
that it will be on Saturday, Halloween, but do not know this for sure. I
live in the neighborhood and have not yet seen flyers for it.
the Piedmont Ave parade is always the Sat before Halloween (the 24th this
year). I believe it starts at 10:30, but there should be flyers up at shops
on Piedmont Ave with the exact time. The parade is very low-key and lots of
fun: A bag-piper and a mounted police officer and LOTS of kids in costume
(with their parents). Then there's trick-or-treating at most of the shops
afterwards. It's wonderful. There's also one on College Ave that I believe
is the Sun before Halloween in the afternoon. Don't know about Solano.
A while back, someone asked about neighborhood Hallowe'en
events, and I mentioned the toddlers parade & trick-or-treating on
Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland. I now have all the details and thought I'd
pass it on. There's a green space at Lakeshore & Mandana which will
be the meeting ground. The event starts at 11:00 am on Saturday, and
is specifically geared to babies and toddlers. I think there will be
a pumpkin patch, and a clown (or is it a magician?) Anyway, I think
the whole thing only goes on for an hour or two, and the local
businesses will have treats for the kiddies.
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