Monday, August 31, 2015

Toddler X's Fall Planner (2015)


Have I mentioned before how much I love Fall? (Here's a hint for those who are new to SV Toddler: the answer is yes.) Summer offers plenty of fun, Winter is full of wonder, and Spring is a season of anticipation and renewal (and baby animals at every farm!).

But nothing compares to the magic (or alliterative possibilities) of Fall: festivals and fairs, pumpkin patches and petting zoos, costumes and candy, trick-or-treating and turkey trotting. Throw in a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, and you've got yourself a pretty nice little season.

The fact that I love Fall so very much makes me even more excited to share it with you. So, without further ado, here is Toddler X's 3rd Annual Fall Planner. Read it, share it, and, more than anything else, enjoy it!

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Pumpkin Patches

If you were a follower of SV Toddler in Octobers past, you may recall that I know a thing or two about the local pumpkin patches. As you start planning your squash-selecting excursions, check out my Two Sentence Pumpkin Patch Reviews for my thoughts on the local options. I'll update as this season progresses, and am always open to suggestions of other patches to visit.


Apple Orchards

Having explored most of the area's big pumpkin patches, we've now turned out attention to apples. We picked apples at Clearview Organic Orchards last year and had a blast -- here's my post on the visit. This year we tried Gizdich Ranch (yep, the farm I visit multiple times each summer for strawberry-picking -- they've got orchards too!), and again, had a great time -- click here for my review. If you know of any other local apple-picking opportunities we could try, please let me know. (Update 10/13/15: All apple picking at Clearview and Gizdich has concluded for the season.)


Fall Events and Activities

Saturday, September 5
  • 150th Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Steam train rides, model railroads, antique trains, food, games, music and more. Adults are $10, seniors are $6, kids 4-17 are $5, and kids 3 and under are free. Free parking.
  • King's Mountain Art Fair, Woodside. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. I've heard wonderful things about this art fair in a beautiful wooded setting, which even includes a "Kiddie Hollow" where little ones can create their own art. Free admission.
  • In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Martial Cottle Park, San Jose. 8:00 p.m. Featuring The Lorax. Free.
  • Los Gatos Park Dance, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free. In addition to two bands, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and Mason Carousel will be open for extended hours, along with the snack shack.

Sunday, September 6
  • 150th Scottish Highland Games, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton. 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. See Saturday, September 5 for details.
  • Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See Saturday, September 5 for details.
  • King's Mountain Art Fair, Woodside. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See Saturday, September 5 for details.
  • Cherry Tomato U-Pick Day, Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale. 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bring your own baskets.
  • End of Summer Party, New Seasons Market -- Evergreen, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Free food, beer and wine tastings, kids' area and more.

Monday, September 7
  • Historic Rail Fair, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See Saturday, September 5 for details.
  • King's Mountain Art Fair, Woodside. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See Saturday, September 5 for details.
  • Labor Day Open Houses, Multiple parks in the East Bay Regional Parks District -- Crab Cove Nature Center in Alameda, Tilden Nature Preserve and Little Farm in Berkeley, Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Various fun activities -- check link for details.

Tuesday, September 8
  • Mommy & Me Free Kids' Club, Santana Row, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. It's superhero day, so dress up like your favorite hero. Music, activities, special guests and more.

Wednesday, September 9

Friday, September 11
  • Cupertino Carnival, St. Joseph School, Cupertino. 5:00.-10:00 p.m. Rides, games, entertainment, inflatables and more. Admission is free.

Saturday, September 12
  • Garin Apple Festival, Garin Regional Park, Hayward. 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Music, dancing, crafts, old-fashioned games, apple cider and ice cream. Free entry; parking is $5.
  • Silicon Valley Fall Festival, Memorial Park, Cupertino, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. A celebration of Cupertino's 60th birthday. Food, entertainment, cultural fair, kids' area with rides and games, and more.
  • Cupertino Carnival, St. Joseph School, Cupertino. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. See Friday, September 11 for details.
  • Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, Castro Street, Mountain View. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Music, food, drink and more, including a Kids' Park with special stage.
  • Sharks FanFest. SAP Center, San Jose. 12:00-7:30 p.m. A chance to meet Sharks players and coaches, autograph signings, kids' activities, and a rookie game versus the Anaheim Ducks. Admission is $5.

Sunday, September 13

Friday, September 18
  • Eat Real Festival, Oakland, 1:00-9:00 p.m. A combination state fair, street food festival, and block party to create a celebration of good, regionally-sourced, inexpensive, sustainable food. I read somewhere that there will be a kids' area where kids can assist in food preparation. Sounds like lots of tasty fun!

Saturday, September 19
  • Open Cockpit Day, Hiller Aviation Musem, San Carlos. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We went to one of these special events last month and had a blast! 
  • Willow Glen Founders' Day Parade, Downtown Willow Glen (Lincoln between Broadway and Minnesota), 10:30 a.m. A fun, small town-ish parade with lots of local residents participating. Free.
  • San Jose Taiko -- Kids Interactive Performance, St. James Park, Downtown San Jose. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free.
  • Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival, Central Park, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. We went two years ago, and while the food/wine/craft areas were packed, the kids' area had some fun inflatables, a fire truck and rides. Apparently there's a brand new "Toddler Town" this year. Admission is free.
  • Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams County Park, Gilroy. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A celebration of the Ohlone Native Americans who lived in the area, with hands-on activities, crafts and wildlife. Free.
  • Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, Backesto Park, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A really cool event, where artists and amateurs alike create amazing feats of chalk artistry on sidewalk squares around the park. You can even get a square for your family or group of friends! Backesto also has a great, shady playground. Free admission and parking.
  • Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast, Coyote Valley Park, Morgan Hill. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free admission and parking, food, entertainment, guided hikes, games, and visits from Happy Hollow animals.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Opening Weekend, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Eat Real FestivalOakland, 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. See description under Friday, September 18th.

Sunday, September 20
  • Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival, Central Park, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See Saturday, September 19 for details.
  • Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, Almaden Lake Park, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Art, wine, and a Kid Zone with crafts, games, entertainment and inflatables. Free admission.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Opening Weekend, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Kidrageous, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Rides, bounce houses, crafts and games, sandcastle competitions, free concerts, all while raising money for pediatric cancer patients. See link for details and to buy tickets in advance -- price goes up at the gate.
  • Eat Real FestivalOakland, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See description under Friday, September 18th.

Friday, September 25
  • Screen on the Green, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. Kids' activities at 6:30 p.m. (including Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and Mason Carousel rides); showing of Frozen at 7:30 p.m. Snack shack will be serving food until 8:30. Admission is free.

Saturday, September 26
  • Autumn at Filoli Festival, Woodside, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Entertainment, crafts and fruit tasting at this lovely home and garden. ($25 for adults; children 4 and under are free. Advance registration recommended.)
  • Taste of Morgan Hill, Downtown Morgan Hill. 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Live entertainment, car show, Kid Zone and more.
  • Big Basin Founder's Day Celebration, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek. All day/evening. Crafts, kids' games, kid-friendly hikes and walks, marshmallow-roasting and a campfire among some of the coast's oldest and most beautiful redwoods.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Pirate Invasion Weekend, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Museum Day Live, Participating Museums in the Bay Area. Free admission to participating museums for two people with pre-registrations. Check out the link for the list of museums.
  • Lantern Festival, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. A fun evening event where visitors make lanterns and then participate in a parade. $7 for non-members, free for members and infants under 1.

Sunday, September 27

Friday, October 2

  • Pumpkins for Halloween project, King Library, San Jose. 4:00 p.m. Kids can decorate miniature pumpkins with fun materials -- no carving, no mess. Free.


Saturday, October 3
  • Mountain View Firefighters Annual Pancake Breakfast, Fire Station #4, Mountain View. 8:00-11:00 a.m. Firefighters and pancakes -- what toddler could argue with that? Check the link for details.
  • Day in the Park, Lake Cunningham Regional Park, San Jose. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Free BBQ and pumpkins (while supplies last), entertainment, food trucks and fitness activities, as well as a walk/run for food allergies. 
  • Harvest Festival, Martial Cottle Park, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Costume contest, food, watermelon eating, pumpkin carving petting zoo, music and more. Free entry and parking.
  • Children's Festival, Discovery Meadows, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A children's festival celebrating various ethnic groups with folk dances, authentic clothing and native songs, as well as homemade authentic dishes and desserts from around the world. There will also be magic shows, balloon twisters, face painting, pony rides and more. Admission is free.
  • Big Trees Scottish Gathering & Highland Games, Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Oktoberfest, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Roaring Camp Railroads Harvest Fair and Steam Festival, Felton. Plenty of children's crafts and activities, as well as a pumpkin patch visit with purchase of a steam train ticket. (Harvest Fair is free, but you must purchase a ticket to ride the trains.)
  • Los Altos Fall Festival, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Food, entertainment, kids' activities and train. (Admission is free.)
  • Mountain View Oktoberfest, Bryant St. at Dana St. in Mountain View, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Bouncy houses, face painting and balloons for the kids, as well as a kids' pretzel eating contest at 12:15 p.m. (Admission is free, but you must buy a stein/tickets to drink.)

Sunday, October 4
  • Youth Science Institute's 30th Annual Wildlife Festival, Alum Rock Park, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Animals to meet and touch, crafts, games and more. Festival is free, with $6 Alum Rock Park parking fee.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Oktoberfest, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Fall Community Day, Gamble Garden, Palo Alto. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dig for worms and help in the garden, and enjoy arts, crafts, kids' activities, food and entertainment (including two magic shows and storytimes with the Palo Alto Library). (Free.)
  • Heart of the Park VI, Jeffrey Fontana Park, San Jose. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Performance by Happy Birds, children's games, crafts and contests. Free. Refreshments for sale.
  • Roaring Camp Railroads Harvest Fair and Steam Festival, Felton. Plenty of children's crafts and activities, as well as a pumpkin patch visit with purchase of a steam train ticket. (Harvest Fair is free, but you must purchase a ticket to ride the trains.)
  • Los Altos Fall Festival, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Food, entertainment, kids' activities and train. (Admission is free.)
  • Mountain View Oktoberfest, Bryant St. at Dana St. in Mountain View, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Bouncy houses, face painting and balloons for the kids, as well as a kids' pretzel eating contest at 12:15 p.m. (Admission is free, but you must buy a stein/tickets to drink.)

Friday, October 9
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays from October 9 to November 1, Happy Hollow has a little area of the meadow set aside for a Halloween fun zone, with crafts, games, a small pumpkin patch, a bounce house and more. They also have special entertainment each day -- check link for schedule. Included with park admission.

Saturday, October 10
  • Pumpkins in the Park, Guadalupe River Park, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Music, kids' activities, games, costume parade, pumpkin patch and more. Free.
  • Harvest Festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. Corn picking, entertainment, games, train rides, food, and more. $10/adults, $8/seniors, $6/kids 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. Parking is free.
  • Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Uesugi Farms, Morgan Hill. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Celtic Festival, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details. 
  • Calabash Gourd Festival at Uesugi Farms, Morgan Hill, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Ohlone Day, Deer Hollow Farm, Los Altos. 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Visitors get to explore the farm's Ohlone Village, normally closed to the public, watch demonstration of Native American arts and skills, and participate in games and activities. $7 per person, kids under 1 are free.
  • Family Day at the DeSaisset Museum, Santa Clara. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Free art and entertainment for the whole family, including hands-on art projects, an art scavenger hunt, a photo booth, and an interactive musical performance with Mr. Q. Free.

Sunday, October 11
  • Day on the Bay 2015, Alviso Marina County Park, Alviso. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Health fair, food, kayak rides, arts and crafts, pumpkins for kids., live entertainment. Free.
  • Harvest Festival, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. Corn picking, entertainment, games, train rides, food, and more. $10/adults, $8/seniors, $6/kids 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. Parking is free.
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Celtic Festival, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Viva Calle SJ, San Jose, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A massive street shutdown from St. James Park downtown to Emma Prusch Farm Park for people to walk, bike, or skate, with various "hubs" of activities along the way. It's not a race, and there's no start or end point -- you can walk/ride/skate in either direction. Kid-friendly activities include hayrides, games and Veggielution tours at Emma Prusch, fun from Happy Hollow, roller skating at Aloha Roller Rink, and family-friendly activities relating to SJSU's homecoming at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Sounds really interesting -- check out the link for details!
  • Calabash Gourd Festival at Uesugi Farms, Morgan Hill, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Woodside Pumpkin Festival, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Woodside. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Activities including pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and a haunted house, along with a pumpkin patch and food vendors. 
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.

Wednesday, October 14

Friday, October 16
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 17
  • Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival,  Main Street in Half Moon Bay. 9:00 a.m.-5:00  p.m. This is "the big one" when it comes to pumpkin festivals, but the crowds will be heavy, so plan ahead. (Free.)
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Fantasy Forever Days, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Goblin Jamboree at Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Pony rides, petting zoo, train, and more -- wear a costume and join the fun. ($17 admission, all activities are included.)
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Shark Day, Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, San Jose. 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Woodside Pumpkin Festival, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Woodside. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Activities including pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and a haunted house, along with a pumpkin patch and food vendors. 
  • Oktoberfest, Downtown Campbell. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. If you're taking your toddler, go early in the day to avoid evening rowdiness.
  • Diwali Festival, Memorial Park, Cupertino. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.

Sunday, October 18
  • Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival,  Main Street in Half Moon Bay. 9:00 a.m.-5:00  p.m. This is "the big one" when it comes to pumpkin festivals, but the crowds will be heavy, so plan ahead. (Free.)
  • Northern California Renaissance Faire Fantasy Forever Days, Casa de Fruta, Hollister. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Two for one deal. See website for more details.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Goblin Jamboree at Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Pony rides, petting zoo, train, and more -- wear a costume and join the fun. ($17 admission, all activities are included.)
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Fall Carnival, Parents Nursery School, Palo Alto. 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Games, magic shows, crafts and more. 
  • Woodside Pumpkin Festival, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Woodside. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Activities including pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and a haunted house, along with a pumpkin patch and food vendors. 
  • Oktoberfest, Downtown Campbell. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If you're taking your toddler, go early in the day to avoid evening rowdiness.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.

Friday, October 23
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.
  • Halloween Haunts, Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos. AGES 4-12. A 45 minute guideed haunted trail tour, followed by entertainment, seasonal foods and farm-y fun. Various group times between 6:15-9:45 p.m. Reservations required.

Saturday, October 24
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Spooky Times, Deer Hollow Farm, Los Altos. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Halloween activities and crafts, and the chance to meet the farm animals in open pens (pens are usually closed to the public). Cost is $7 per person (kids under 1 are free), but only $5 if you come in costume.
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Cupertino Harvest Festival, Blackberry Farm, Cupertino. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pumpkin patch, photo booth, games, animal visits and live music. Free.
  • Woodside Pumpkin Festival, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Woodside. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Activities including pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and a haunted house, along with a pumpkin patch and food vendors. 
  • Dio de los Muertos, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Performances, storytelling and special art activities. Free with museum admission.
  • Boo at the Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bounce houses, crafts, music from Baby Loves Disco, a haunted nature trail, candy stations and more. All free with zoo admission.
  • Boo at the Zoo, Oakland Zoo, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scavenger hunt/trick-or-treat, music, wildlife encounters, face painting, fire and police vehicles, and much more. Free with zoo admission.
  • Halloween Spooktacular, Red Morton Community Center, Redwood City. 12:00-3:00 p.m. For infants through age 10. Games, maze, treats, crafts, and a costume parade at 1:30. $5 per child.
  • Fall Harvest Festival, Live Earth Farm, Watsonville. 2:00 p.m. - Dark. Scavenger hunt, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, games, food, music, family yoga, potluck dinner and bonfire. $20 per car.
  • Sunol's Old Timey Hootenanny, Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness, Sunol. 3:00-7:00 p.m. Square dancing and live music, crafts and games, and food for sale at this celebration of the area's cowboy and ranching heritage. Parking is $5.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Haunts, Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos. AGES 4-12. A 45 minute guideed haunted trail tour, followed by entertainment, seasonal foods and farm-y fun. Various group times between 6:15-9:45 p.m. Reservations required.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.

Sunday, October 25
  • Little Pumpkin Party, Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A fun, very low key Halloween farm event for families with kids aged 1-4 (we went when Toddler X was about 22 months and had a blast). Reservations required, and it will almost certainly sell out.
  • 21st Annual California Avenue Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Carnival, California Avenue between Birch and Park, Palo Alto. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Trick-or-treating, police cars and fire trucks, carnival games and crafts, entertainment (including Andy Z), a special storytime, and a costume contest at 1:00. Free.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Woodside Pumpkin Festival, Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, Woodside. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Activities including pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses and a haunted house, along with a pumpkin patch and food vendors. 
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Boo at the Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bounce houses, crafts, music from Baby Loves Disco, a haunted nature trail, candy stations and more. All free with zoo admission.
  • Boo at the Zoo, Oakland Zoo, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scavenger hunt/trick-or-treat, music, wildlife encounters, face painting, fire and police vehicles, and much more. Free with zoo admission.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Night Train Rides, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for ages 13+, $4 for kids 3-12, and kids 2 and under are free. For safety reasons, each child under 3 must be accompanied by a separate adult. Rides are tailored for families with kids under age 12. Check out the link for details (click "Haunted Train" in the left sidebar) and tickets.

Tuesday, October 27
  • Halloween Family Fun Fest, Santana Row, San Jose. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Games, entertainment, costumes, and trick-or-treating on Santana Row. 

Wednesday, October 28
  • Halloween Spooky Carnival, Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Games, snacks, a costume contest and more.

Thursday, October 29
  • Scare on the Square, Courthouse Square, Redwood City. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Pumpkin carving and decorating, trick or treating at local businesses, light show, a performance by Andy Z, and more.
  • Nightmare@Triton Art Museum and Family Art Day, Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara. 6:00-8:00 p.m. A free evening of hands-on art exhibits for families. (Note: I've only been to the usual daytime versions of this event, so I'm not sure what the Halloween spin will be, but these are generally geared toward early elementary and school-age kids, so I can't imagine it would be anything terrifying.)
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Friday, October 30
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Trick or Treat on the Avenue, Willow Glen, San Jose. Toddlers/Preschoolers: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. School-aged kids: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Spooktacular, Downtown Los Altos. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Face painting, games, crafts, pumpkins and trick-or-treating (bring your own bag). Free.
  • Spooky Night, Campbell Historical Museum, Downtown Campbell. 2:00-6:00 p.m. Crafts, activities and scavenger hunt, timed to lead into the Downtown Campbell trick-or-treating. $5/child for kids 3 and up.
  • Halloween Parade and Story Time, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, San Jose. 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Stories, songs, crafts, and a costume parade through the library. Free.
  • Halloween Monster Bash, Mountain View Community Center. 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. A Halloween movie (The Box Trolls), games, music, light refreshments, costumes. Movie starts at 6:30 -- see the link for details. Free.
  • Halloween Hangar Haunt, Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos. 5:00-6:30 p.m. Games and fun, as well as a flying witch and a pumpkin drop.
  • Creepy Crawly Trick-or-Treat, Downtown Campbell. 5:30-7:00 p.m. Trick-or-treating at local businesses for kids under 12, then a costume contest from 7:00-7:30.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Marine Masquerade, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Costume parade, scavenger hunts, crafts, flashlight tours and more. $8 adults, $6 kids, 2 and under are free.
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Saturday, October 31
  • Halloween Hangar Haunt, Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Games and fun, as well as a flying witch and a pumpkin drop.
  • Toddler Time: Bats are Amazing!, Calero County Park, San Jose, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Batty songs and stories led by a park ranger. Free. Call to register.
  • CHAC Family Resource Center's 6th Annual Halloween Party, Washington Park, Sunnyvale. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Games, art, storytime and more for kids 0-5 years old. A fun, safe way for children to enjoy a sugar-free Halloween. Come in costume. $10 general admission.
  • Haunt History Park, History Park, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Trick or treating, family-friendly events, arts and crafts. A scare-free event.
  • Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton. Various departures throughout the day -- see link for details.
  • Fall Fun at Happy Hollow, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See description above at Friday, October 9.
  • Halloween Hoopla, Menlo Park, 11:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Costume parade, activities, and trick or treating in downtown Menlo Park. (Free.)
  • Halloween Hoopla, Children's Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. Entertainment and games for kids under 10, culminating with a costume parade. Free.
  • Mountain View Cemetery Pumpkin Festival, Oakland, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Pumpkin patch, activities, bounce houses, crafs and treats. (Free.)
  • Halloween Spooktacular and Trick-or-Treating, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Spooktacular) and 3:00-5:00 p.m. (trick-or-treating at mall stores).
  • Trick or Treat on the Alameda, The Alameda from Hester to Stockton, San Jose. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Many participating businesses and free glow necklaces, while supplies last.
  • Trick or Treating and Costume Contest, Oakridge Mall, San Jose. 3:30-7:00 p.m. For kids under 10. Costume contest registration from 3:30-4:30, contest by age group from 4:30-5:00, trick or treating from 5:00-7:00.
  • Trick or Treat in Japantown, San Jose. 4:00 p.m. onward. Arts and crafts for kids and a performance by San Jose Taiko, then later trick-or-treating and a free outdoor movie at 7:00 p.m.
  • Safe Trick or Treat, Downtown Morgan Hill. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Family-friendly trick-or-treating event among local merchants, geared toward kids under 12. Free.
  • Pumpkin Train Evening Rides, Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Family Night at the Museum, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Come in costume for a "spellbinding celebration of books and make-believe". Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $17 for non-members, $5 for members. 

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5 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are SOOOO awesome!

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  2. Hi! I just wanted to share info about the annual California Avenue Trick-or-Treat and Halloween Carnival in Palo Alto:

    21st Annual California Ave Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Carnival
    Sunday October 25, 2015, 10am-2pm, California Ave (between Birch St & Park Blvd), Palo Alto

    Cost: Free

    This Silicon Valley tradition for over in Palo Alto provides a kid friendly, fun, festive start to Halloween for 0-12year olds. Event includes Trick or Treats at participating businesses on California Avenue, carnival games, live music with Andy Z and the Stanford Band, costume contest, toddler friendly activities and much more. We look forward to seeing you and your Little Ghosts and Goblins!

    All proceeds raised from the event support Blossom Birth Services, a nonprofit resource center for expectant and new families.
    Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/722476594570341/
    Website: http://www.blossombirth.org/halloween.html

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  3. Hi there! I love your blog and it has been especially useful to me since we just moved to the Bay Area from the east coast!

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  4. The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is awesome, October 17th & 18th. Http://pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com

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  5. Thank you for posting all these great events! There are also a few great events going on at Easterbrook Discovery School (off Doyle Rd) starting tomorrow night through Oct 25th! http://www.mefhome.org/patch-schedule/

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