California Avenue gets the Halloween treatment

22nd annual carnival will feature costume contest, music, games and more

Witches, wizards, and creatures of all ages are expected to turn out for the 22nd annual Trick-or-Treat and Blossom Halloween Carnival on California Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 30.

California Avenue between Birch Street and Park Boulevard will be closed off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the free event, which is open to the entire community. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their Halloween best.

There will be a range of Halloween-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy, including trick-or-treating at numerous California Avenue businesses, a Palo Alto police car and a fire truck for kids to explore, carnival games, crafts, a raffle and professional photos.

Families will also get to see performances by Dance Connection, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band and children’s musician Andy Z.

Among the most popular of the day’s festivities is the costume contest for children and families. The categories for the costume contest are best family costume, best homemade costume by a child, best homemade costume by an adult, best costume with a pregnant belly and best costume for age ranges 0-2 years old, 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old and 10-12 years old.

Online pre-registration is required for the contest.

The event is organized by Blossom, a California Avenue nonprofit that provides support for new and expecting families.


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Posted by Too much competition
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:18 am

Glad kids will be enjoying themselves. Why does competition need to be part of everything?
Why increase the tension and meaningless competition, we have enough of that!
Isn't having a good time enough of a goal?

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Posted by Happy about this!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm

I think it's great that the merchants that are left will continue a fun tradition, and especially good of the people at Blossom Birth to lead this event, as they have been doing for the past several years, making it fun for families with little ones.

But I thought Blossom Birth needed to move from California Avenue due to high rents on California Avenue, months ago. The article says this non-profit is still there. Maybe I am wrong?

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