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Halloween in Palo Alto

Original post made by Zoya on Oct 23, 2009

How do Palo Alto residents with kids celebrate Halloween? Do they go out trick-or-treating? Where? In their neighbourhood? In downtown? Does City organize a Parade of some sort where kids and pets could come in costumes?
I do not see many houses decorated around my neighbourhood. I moved from East Coast where Halloween is a big deal, residents get really creative, though there has been a strong tendency lately towards less scary stuff, but there is still plenty of non-scary Halloween themes.

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Posted by Boris, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Zoya,
I am afraid I have to disappoint you.
City of Palo Alto doesn't care any more about Halloween. Neither do downtown businesses or organized communities.
Things have changed from 30 years ago when kids and parents used to have fun on this day.
My advice - go to Campbell, Los Gatos, or Foster City for their safe-street Halloween on Blythe, Bainbridge, and Decatur Streets.
What is a safe-street? They are designated streets where children of a city, town, or community can go and parade around safely in costume after dark. There are local volunteers watching the streets to make sure the people on the safe-street are not harassed, or attacked in any way.

Years ago, many children would have gotten hurt by older children, or adults, who think it's cute to give little children a bad time on Halloween night. To prevent this, a group---in Foster City, it is the Foster City Rotary Club---would sponsor these streets to make sure that an area is safe for the children to parade around in costume.

Palo Alto Rotary club could take a note!


Posted by Lynn, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I agree, Palo Alto is not much fun on Halloween night. Try Belvedere street in San Francisco. Belvedere is actually blocked off for about 3 or 4 blocks, so the children can walk in the street. Each house has over done themselves with out of this world decorations. There was nothing too frightening, but very fun Halloween Decor.

My favorite was this house that was decorated as Kung-Fu Panda, where they actually had people dress up as the characters and blasted music and danced for children.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm

It varies a lot. Some neighborhoods get inundated with kids from out of town and other neighborhoods get very few. Some houses go overboard on decorations (look out for the flying saucer on Vernon) but not necessarily all in a particular neighborhood. Kids dress up in elementary schools which usually have a parade, and Stanford Shopping Center usually has trick or treats for kids in costume on the day. Kids do go round trick or treating but wait until after dark. This year being a Saturday I expect they will stay out later, sometimes we get teenagers much later and they are sometimes asking for canned goods for food banks (much better idea), very few come trick or treating for Unicef.

The kids get a great deal of candy at school, particularly the elementary schools. Peninsula Bible Church on Middlefield is holding a Harvest Fest during the afternoon with carnival type games, but no scary costumes. Stanford Shopping Center usually does something and I think Cal Ave might, but not downtown. Watch the PA Weekly next week and the Daily and Post and you might get some more ideas.


Posted by North PA Resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm

A lot of people drive to our street which has many well decorated houses with quality treats (I am not going to disclose its name) and park and then walk through trick-or-treating. I am perfectly OK with that if these are the kids that live in East PA or some unsafe neighboorhoods.
But I hate to see parents who drive their kids elsewhere just because they are too lazy to decorate their own houses or motivate their neighbors to do it for the neighborhood kids.


Posted by MikeH, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Some parts of Palo Alto do see a lot of kids at Halloween.

We have been on Hamilton in Crescent Park for 22 years. This is one of the places where kids are brought in from other communities in vans and cars.

Our peak year about 15 years ago was 800 kids!

Recently it has been about 400.

Easy arithmetic to calculate each year- the bags of candy are marked with the number of pieces and we give out two per.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Oct 24, 2009 at 4:08 pm

The Stanford Shopping Center used to (still does?) have trick or tricking for the smaller set at most the stores. I was there a couple years ago and it was packed with families. It was especially fun to watch the tots in costumes who aren't quite hip to what's happening, but know that it's fun.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Trick-or-treating at Stanford Mall is boring for older than toddler age. I get offended when adults knock on our door and don't even have costumes.

North PA resident,

We do drive to your neighborhood because it is more festive and fun because there are more students trick-or-treating. The decorations are nice but are not the reason we drive there. In our neighborhood, it seems like a regular night, with few trick-or-treaters and is quite lonely. Sorry, but the wealthy get hit up for everything, don't they?


Posted by MidtownMom, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

There is a spooky display on Vernon Terrace (one house) - they pull it together every year and its fun to see it.

We walk around the neighborhood with the children (generally a group of children). People are generous with candy, some of them try to hand out healthy stuff as well ...


Posted by Mommy, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I am a creative person and like to create impressive costumes for my children because it is the one time of year when I can work on something, finish it, and be proud of it and share it with the community. Unfortunately, not all parents share my joy. Some parents think I am trying to compete or outdo everyone. Others believe that Halloween costumes should be produced by the children themselves. Or maybe it makes some parents feel bad that their children don't have such great costumes. Whatever the parents' issues, it's their issues. I make the costumes to make myself and my children feel good. I wish others would have fun with Halloween costumes also. The students give my children lots of positive feedback.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 25, 2009 at 10:01 pm

The kids driven in from other communities is a reality, we cannot stop it, so it is what it is.

Fortunately the PAPD has a visible presence, usually

which is good because the whole event in PA has gotten out of hand, our favorite is the Ohlone School Parade early in the day, we go out for dinner as a family in the evening to avoid evening crowd.


Posted by Mr BBQ, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

Lock the door, turn the porch light out and go out to dinner. (Leave the pit bulls in the house for security) Restaurants are empty!
Great was to celebrate!


Posted by EcoMama, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I disagree with a lot of posters; I have friends throughout town who have neighborhood festivities and lots of trick-or-treaters. Evergreen Park (near California Ave.) has a lot of trick-or-treaters, Community Center is vibrant and busy, and someone already mentioned Crescent Park (esp. Dana St.) as well decked-out... Midtown and South Palo Alto in the neighborhoods near the parks seem busy, too. In my opinion, it's only Old Palo Alto that's quieter than normal. It's not a "wealth" thing (as another commenter knocked in re: Crescent Park), it's a "where kids live" thing. Unlike the East (I moved here from there too) where people carve pumpkins a month in advance, they'd rot here if carved that early -- so you'll see more decorations cropping up this week before... and even where there are none, there may be great trick-or-treating. Ask you kids' school friends where the hot spots are, because there are plenty -- no need to drive to another town. Have fun!


Posted by Belle, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

My neighborhood is always rocking with decorations and kids on Halloween.

Other activities is the Lytton Ctr where you can trick or treat door to door and hear scary (not so) stories for the little ones.


Posted by Don G., a resident of Community Center
on Oct 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm

We typically have a lot of kids in our neighborhood and several homes are decorated up (including ours). Times have changed from when kids were everywhere it seemed. Don't mind the EPA or out-of-towners coming in only if they don't make an effort to dress up.

Menlo Park is having a Halloween parade at 11:45 on Santa Cruz Ave and a Halloween carnival at Burgess park until 3PM. Grew up in Sharon Heights and there was always a lot of kids out on Halloween.

My sons are almost all grown up now, but we still put on costumes and have fun even on Halloween when I take the young ones out. Look for us we're the ones in Star Wars costumes (I made for my kids myself). Make it fun for everyone.

Happy Halloween!


Posted by MIdtown dad, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I used to love Halloween, so we make a point of putting out lots of goblin-attractors (pumpkins) and have plenty of good candy (the stuff I'd like if there is any left over) and hand it out generously. I don't even mind when EPA kids come through. We can spare a little candy!

Only thing is we always have to teach the little ones what to say; "Trick or Treat! Smell my Feet! Give us something good to eat!"

We love seeing the kids and it is always over too soon.



Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

There is no reason why any of us should feel obliged to decorate our homes or hand out candy to kids. If we have kids and our kids want to go trick or treating, then yes it makes sense. But, otherwise, it is a great liability to expect people to provide candy for other people's children.

Halloween has become a nightmare for many people. Babies and young children too young for Halloween are scared by the amount of people walking outside their homes, often making a lot of noise, plus doorbells being rung or doors knocked on. Many people try to work in the evenings and basically have to take this evening off as there are too many interruptions. Older people are nervous in the evenings and do not like opening their doors to strangers.

If people who are new the US, from Europe, Asia, or other parts of the world do not want to take part in this American tradition then that is their choice. The fact that Palo Alto has residents from all over the world who celebrate their own cultures, is fine. If these same people choose not to partake in American traditions that is equally fine. They may not want turkey at Thanksgiving and that is equally fine. Respect their choices and don't make blanket statements about one culture or another not wanting to join in and are therefore killjoys.

On the other hand, if these families from elsewhere are sending out their children to garner the fruits of the neighborhood at Halloween, then they should be contributing too.


Posted by RF, a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:30 am

Lytton Gardens Senior Communities, 437 Webster St. has a Safe Halloween Event on Saturday, 600-7:30 p.m. for tots - 5th Grade. Trick or treating safely indoors & party afterward.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

We get a lot of towners - lots of them. What bugs me is that the adults show up at the door with their bags wide open as well.

We now stay at the house for no more than an hour then go over to a friend's house for "pupu's" and drinks.


Posted by Lighten Up, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

What a bumch of sourpusses! Does Palo Alto ONline only attract the crotchety, irritable segment of Palo Alto residents? Most people I know enjoy Halloween.

Halloween is loads of fun in my south Palo Alto neighborhood. EVERYONE turns out. Houses are decorated. Neighbors treat or treat in groups together. We have a huge neighborhood Halloween party. It is a fun community night. What a blast! It's like doing an old-fashioned constitutional--walkng about visiting with neighbors with the fun of costumes. We love it.

Enjoy!


Posted by Christine, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

I decorate the outside of my house for autumn, but I only put up my Halloween decorations for the day of Halloween. I put out luminarias and tombstones in the lawn, and make sure my house looks very different for Halloween night. That makes it more special, I think. Most of my neighbors decorate their front yards, as well. I think you will see plenty of interesting decorations on Halloween night!


Posted by Trick or Treat Enthusiast!, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

Zoya,

If you're new in town, you won't know that 40 busineses in the California Avenue district welcome youngsters ages 10 and under to Trick or Treat in their stores, on Halloween Day. This year it's Sat. 10/31 from 12 noon - 4 PM. THIS IS THE 15TH YEAR FOR THIS EVENT.

It's a blast to see toddlers in strollers, all dressed up, with siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, blanketing the district for good and safe fun for kids, ... and after naptime. It's FREE and some older kids .. & grown ups... dress up and participate.

This year, Blossom Birth (a non-profit that helps new parents) is holding a Halloween "Carnival and Fun House" for babies/toddlers - it's a special event w/ a nominal admission charge, as it's a fundraiser for them. They are at 299 California Ave. - in a suite behind Create It! - the retail store in front.

This is the 15th year the California Avenue Business District has been hopping on Halloween! So tell your friends & welcome to Palo Alto!


Posted by Sasha, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

Menlo Park, Vintage Park Neighborhood for traditional trick or treating.

Menlo Park also has downtown parade and activities at Burgess Park.


Posted by Midtown Mom, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Every year I enjoy decorating our house and giving out treats to the trick or treaters who come to our neighborhood. Whether or not a neighborhood has decorations or not is usually related to whether there are lots of families with kids. It has nothing to do with laziness. Perhaps wealthier people have fancier blinking pumpkin lights and upscale candy. Our kids have always just wanted to be with their friends. They never made a practice of going to a neighborhood for fancy decorations and candy. By the way, are you serving Godiva and Ghiradelli chocolate up there in the North. Because if you are, then maybe I'll put on a costume and come on up! Trick or treat!


Posted by Zoya, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Thank you all for the wealth of information. I look forward to Halloween in Palo Alto. Is there a Halloween parade or trick or treating in downtown by any chance?


Posted by spooktacular, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm

many families attended the fabulous Haunted House event at Gamble Garden on Sunday evening, it was a blast. the kids had so much fun, and so did the adults. there is also a parade in redwood city at 4pm on halloween that is fun for all.


Posted by Eliza, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Dear Zoya,
Maybe you should consider a move to the very-normal North Fair Oaks section of Menlo Park.

Hallowe'en decorations -- heavy duty -- have been up for a month, and each day get more ornate. N. Fair Oaks is a great place for Hallowe'en. In my experience, it's been a safe place to trick or treat, and the whole neighborhood enjoys getting ready for the event, as well as the event itself. Come see our witch on N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Every year, she has a collision with a light pole--and every year, she looks different...and glamorous.

We enjoy it -- whether or not we have children -- (we all manage to adopt a few). Come visit!


Posted by Trick or Treat Enthusiast, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Zoya,

No, there is no Trick or Treating or a parade in downtown Palo Alto, if you are asking about businesses.

Go to California Avenue, for 40 stores that welcome children to Trick or Treat on Halloween Day. Look for the orange fliers of the windows of participating stores. It is in the whole district, and it's a fun event - that has been going on for 15 years.

California Avenue is at El Camino Real, and is close to the College Terrace, Evergreen and Southgate neighborhoods. You can even walk through the pedestrian tunnel across Alma Street that is by the Caltrain Station - it's very close to downtown, a drive of a few minutes, and even an enjoyable walk from downtown.


Posted by paulo, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

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Posted by Greenie, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Finally voice of reason:) growing millions of pumpkins and christmas trees every year consumes vast amounts of energy, lighting up Halloween or Christmas lights does the same. I can see that 20 yrs from now people will not be celebrating or decorating for holidays and all lawns will be converted into rock gardens.


Posted by P.A. Native, a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Greenie,

Can you tell me which community you'll be living in 20 years from now that will have rock gardens and no holiday celebrations/decorations? I ask because I want to make sure not to live there. Some of you sure do know how to suck the life out of even the most harmless of events. I'm all against waste, but why not place your anger somewhere it belongs and not at everything that crosses your path? For instance, I find the 'world's largest' hamburger, burrito, omelette, etc... MUCH more offensive to those in need of food than I do carving a pumpkin for Halloween. Go for the obvious first, then we'll have a debate on whether we're wasting pumpkins that could be used to feed people.


Posted by terryg, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm

We are digging Halloween in our neighborhood - lots of decorations, plenty of kids, plenty of candy and usually at least one big party. Our neighbors even hand out port for the adults accompanying the kids. Feel free to hate the holiday but I love it.


Posted by Greenie, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

P.A. Native,
I am with you! I only forgot to put the smiley in the end. I like holidays and festivities and celebrations! And I love lawns too! I was being sarcastic to the prior comment of Paulo.


Posted by P.A. Native, a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

DOH! LOL

Sarcasm can be so hard to pick up in text.


Posted by sally ann, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 31, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Are there specific trick-or-treat hours in the Palo Alto neighborhoods?


Posted by Dracula, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 31, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Go down South Court - several great houses decorated there, between East Meadow and Loma Verde


Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 1, 2009 at 12:55 am

Actually, Halloween seems pretty lively in Palo Alto to me. I kind of like the fact that it's not a big official thing, but various people going hogwild with their decorations.

As for immigrants participating/not participating. No, you don't have to, but you'll have more fun if you do. Why *not* try to get in the spirit of things? I did get several groups of trick-or-treaters with ESL parents this year--it's really not a bad way to connect with the neighbors.

Of course, that's the other thing--you may be an immigrant, but your kid probably isn't. And your American kid is going to want to celebrate that American holiday like his or her American friends.

And, yes, I'm still happy to give candy to trick-or-treaters from the wrong side of 101.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2009 at 7:29 am

We had over double last night from the previous year. Halloween last year was a damp Friday and we haven't had a Saturday Halloween in over 10 years. This year, it seems as if Halloween fun was all day Friday and all day Saturday!


Posted by DANILO OXFORD, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

IF PEOPLE READ THE NEWSPAPERS YOU'D SEE THAT 2009 WAS THE 12TH YEAR FOR MY "REALM OF DARKNESS" FREE HAUNTED HOUSE. I HAD NON-STOP PEOPLE THIS YEAR FROMM 6:00 TO 10:30 PM ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT. I HAD QUITE A FEW PEOPLE ON THE PREVIOUS WEEKENDS TOO. THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 9, BUT I HAD PEOPLE FROM AGE 10 TO AGE 80. THEY SCREAMED AND LAUGHED AND APPLAUDED, JUST LIKE A THEME PARK RIDE. TRY ME NEXT YEAR FOR A UNIQUE HAUNTED HOUSE( NO SLASHER CRAP LIKE JASON OR MICHAEL MYERS-EVERYBODY DOES THAT CRAP- I HAVE MORE IMAGINATION THAN THAT. TONS OF ZOMBIES AND CORPSES. IT IS A HELL OF A LOT OF FUN AND DIFFERENT EVERY YEAR. CHECK OUT MOFFETT CIRCLE NEXT YEAR.


Posted by Beebeelove, a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

To Mr. Oxford from Realm of Darkness: I live in San Jose and have been trying to go see your homemade haunt for 2 years now and will try again this year (2010). When will you be opening and what are the hours?
Thanks!


Posted by DANILO OXFORD, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

THE REALM OF DARKNESS HAUNTED HOUSE IN PALO ALTO AT 1034 MOFFETT CIRCLE WILL BE OPEN IN 2010 ON OCTOBER 23,24,30,31 FROM 6:00 - 9:00. IF THE CROWDS ARE AS LARGE AS THEY WERE LAST HALLOWEEN I'LL STAY OPEN LONGER TO ACCOMODATE THEM. THIS IS NOT FOR VERY SMALL CHILDREN AS IT IS DESIGNED TO SCARE TEENS AND ADULTS. IT IS POPULAR WITH AGES 10-80+ (NO KIDDING). I HOPE THE WEATHER HOLDS UP AND PEOPLE COME. I AM READY FOR THEM.


Posted by Jack, a resident of Southgate
on Oct 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I've went to Realm of Darkness last year and it was FANTASTIC. Mr. Oxford does a great job of scaring everyone. Tons of fun.

I only wish it was open on Friday night this year so I could attend this year.


Posted by DANILO OXFORD, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

THANK YOU JACK FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND PRAISE OF MY HAUNTED HOUSE, THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF MOOD I AIM TO CREATE. SCREAMS AND LAUGHS. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP TAKING THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY SOMETIMES. I AM SORRY THAT I CANNOT BE OPEN FRIDAY THIS YEAR, BUT MAYBE NEXT YEAR (CONFLICTING SCHEDULES ARE IN THE WAY THIS YEAR.)I AM OPEN RAIN OR SHINE AND WILL TRY TO ADD ADDITIONAL TARPING FOR PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE. LETS HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN.


Posted by beebeelove, a resident of another community
on Oct 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hello Mr. Danillo-
Are you having Realm of Darkness this year, I hope so! If so, what will your days and hours of operation be?
Thanks


Posted by Mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

@Danillo: I greatly appreciate the warning of scariness and the recommended age groups you are targeting. We will wait until my children are older and not ever take my daughter, who scares easily. Your warning has saved us a traumatic experience. Thank you!


Posted by DANILO OXFORD, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

YES, THE "REALM OF DARKNESS' HAUNTED HOUSE WILL BE OPEN THIS YEAR FROM 6:00-9:00 IN THE EVENINGS ON THE 22ND,23RD,29TH,30TH, AND OF COURSE THE 31ST. I AM CLOSE TO GREER PARK, BUT STAY ON GREER TO FIND MOFFETT CIRCLE. I'LL HAVE MY SIGH ON THE STREET LIKE I ALWAYS DO. HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU AND LETS HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN.


Posted by DANILO OXFORD, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

2012 WILL BE THE 15TH YEAR FOR MY 'REALM OF DARKNESS' IN PALO ALTO HAUNTED HOUSE. I WILL BE OPEN 6:00PM-9:00PM OCT. 20,21,27,28, AND OF COURSE THE 31ST.CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ON YOU TUBE (TYPE IN 'DANILO OXFORD') FROM LAST YEAR. IT WILL GIVE YOU A ROUGH IDEA OF WHAT ITS LIKE. THE VIDEO IS FILMED IN NIGHT VISION SO IT SHOWS MORE DETAIL THAN YOU WILL SEE IN REAL LIFE (MEANING ITS DARK IN THERE PEOPLE!) I HAVE ADDED NEW PROPS AND REBUILT SOME THAT DIDN'T WORK AS WELL AS I WANTED. I HAVE ADDED A 2ND AIR COMPRESSOR AS I RAN LOW ON AIR ON LAST YEAR DUE TO THE HUGE CROWDS. I APOLOGIZE TO PEOPLE WHO HAD TO WAIT AS I HAD TO LET THE COMPRESSOR BUILD THE PRESSURE BACK UP. THAT WON'T HAPPEN THIS YEAR AND THIS IS MY BEST EFFORT EVER, THE NEW PROPS ARE COOL AND SCARY. AS ALWAYS IT IS A WALK THRU HAUNTED HOUSE AIMED AT AGES 9-80. IT IS TOO SCARY FOR YOUNG KIDS, THOSE WITH WEAK HEARTS, AND PREGNANT LADIES. THOSE WHO DONT LIKE NARROW, DARK PLACES MAY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ENTERING.I WILL ALSO BE LISTED ON 'HAUNTED BAY.COM'. THE ADRESS IS 1034 MOFFETT CIRCLE, PALO ALTO. OFF GREER BETWEEN COLORADO AND AMARILLO. HOPE THE WEATHER IS GOOD AND I SEE LOTS OF YOU THIS SEASON.


Posted by Midtown Resident, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

You *need* to go to South Court, in between El Dorado and Loma Verde. That is *the* place to be. It is downright amazing there.


Posted by All Hallows, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

There are few trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood, and the few that there are come from EPA or RWC. They have, in the past, been egged by Paly students driving past them in cars. The parents of the little kids who live here usually take them to Fulton St, between Seale and Embarcadero, or to the aforementioned section of South Court in Midtown.

Another option is the California Ave business district. Most of the merchants there and on some of the off-streets participate all afternoon and evening.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Ha, "All Hallows" is trying to discourage trick-or-treating by outsiders. We live in Old PA and my children have never witnessed eggings. There are many PAUSD students trick-or-treating and even the high school students are nice to our kids. Dana Street is another popular area for trick-or-treating.

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