It’s that time of year: {510} Halloween Guide

Kids so pleased with their costumes they want to wear them more than once? Here is a round-up of Halloween activities and outings where Jedi Knights and Cleopatra will be more than welcomed.

Pre-Halloween events

A costume Swap at Color Me Mine in Alameda is already in the works. When you drop off your costume (during business hours from now until October 12th), you will receive a Free Studio Time Coupon and a Costume Voucher. You will bring back the Costume Voucher on Saturday, October 12th, between 6pm and 8pm and pick out your costume.

Costume craft session at Michael’s Craft Stores (Emeryville and Pinole) invite parents to put their kids in a Duck Tape activity for $2 while they shop the store. Drop-in between 10 am and 11:30, the week prior to Halloween, October 19. (Call your closest store to get details.)

Grandparent/Grandchild Gretel Candy Houses Workshops at Habitot on Friday, October 25 • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AND
Saturday, October 26 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Grandparents and grandchildren will build and decorate a Hansel & Gretel-style Halloween house. Costumes welcome! This event is FREE to Grandparent Circle Charter Members. $29/Child for other grandparent circle members. Registration required at or call 510-647-1111 ×14.

Pumpkin Patch Dash Race on Saturday, October 26th in the morning at Grove Park (at the MLK Youth Services Center) {location updated since initial post} invites kids to win prizes from Berkeley Rec. Face painting and other amusements will be on hand. Click through for race times for each age group.

Boo at the Zoo is when the Oakland Zoo invites you to trick or treat on Saturday, October 26th. Kids in costumes get free train rides.

Barnes and Noble, El Cerrito: 2 pm Halloween-themed storytime on Saturday the 26th will include treats and a reading of “Go Away, Big Green Monster”.

Richmond Fall Festival offers carnival games and pumpkin floating inside the pool at the Richmond Plunge on Saturday!

Pumpkin catapulting marries the holiday with physics principles at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Kids in costumes will earn free admission to the mummies exhibit on Saturday before Halloween.

Jack O’Lantern Jamboree at Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland on Saturday invites costumed kids to pick up treats and partake in parades while they visit the park.

Skeletonfest at the Richmond Art Center invites kids to participate in all kinds of arts and crafts with skeleton and Day of the Dead themes.

Piedmont Pumpkin Festival with Piedmont Avenue parade into Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday at noon.

Haunted House in Alameda at the South Shore Center put on by Alameda Teens for kids 5+. Details.

Rock out to a costumed kids’ band at Ashkenaz in Berkeley as part of their Silly Sundays concert series.

Halloween Story Time at the Berkeley Central Library on the evening of October 28 promises to be not-too-scary.

Halloween Story Time WITH MAGIC! at the South Branch of the Berkeley public library will take place after school on October 29th for kids 6+

Day-of events

Solano Avenue Trick or Treating will go from 3-5 on Halloween.  A costume contest will wrap up the event at the corner of Solano and Masonic.

Fourth Street Trick or Treating in Berkeley brings out plenty of families as the stores open their doors to kids in costumes.

Temescal merchants open their doors to trick or treaters from 4 to 6 pm.

Hilltop Mall trick or treating from 3 to 5 p.m. on Halloween Day at participating merchants throughout the mall. For children in costume, 13 years or younger. (No masks, please!)

Harvest Festival at James Kenney community center in Berkeley invites families to a mini-Halloween carnival during the afternoon.

Thrills and Chills Haunted House at MLK Jr Youth Services Center is for kids 5 and up on Halloween day.

Halloween Community Parade at San Pablo Park starts at 4:30 pm. Meet up at the community center.

Albany Aquatic Center invites you to spend Halloween in the pool!

Montclair Halloween Parade meets in front of Bank of America in Montclair Village at 3 pm.

Bay Street mall in Emeryville will begin Trick or Treating fun at 6 pm. Candy and special store offers will be given out until 7.30 pm.


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