Kick off the Halloween celebrations with the 21st annual California Avenue Trick or Treat and Blossom Halloween Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
California Avenue, between Birch Street and Park Boulevard, will be closed off to traffic for the free, family-friendly event.
Kids can trick or treat at businesses on California Avenue, listen to children's musician Andy Z perform, participate in a costume parade led by the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, play carnival games, watch a dance performance by Dance Connection and more.
A Palo Alto police car and fire truck will be at the event for children to explore.
There will also be a costume contest judged by Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman. Categories include best homemade costume by a child; best homemade costume by an adult; best costume with pregnant belly; best family costume; and best costume for children 0-2 years old, 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old and 10-12 years old.
To register for the costume contest, click here.
The event which is organized by Blossom Birth, a nonprofit that supports new and expectant families is sponsored by Palo Alto Community Child Care, University Chiropractic and Wellness, City of Palo Alto, California Avenue Area Business Association, Palo Alto Weekly, ArtSchool SF Bay, Copy America, Palo Alto City Chamber of Commerce, Bandalou Baby, Dr. S. Brian Liu/California Dental Home, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Palo Alto, La Bodeguita del Medio, Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Club, Snip-it's, Technology Credit Union Palo Alto, United Studios of Self Defense, Palo Alto, Urban Village Farmers Market Association and UrbanSitter.
Check out photos from last year's event here.