Where to Go Trick or Treating
Archived Q&A and Reviews
- Trick or Treating near El Cerrito
- Trick or Treat locations in Oakland
- Where do kids in Berkeley go trick or treating?
- Best Neighborhoods for Trick or Treating
- Trick or treating in Moraga
- Trick or Treating in San Francisco
Hi, Are there any really great areas to trick-or-treat in El Cerrito? When I lived in the city there was a great Halloween street by my house that really got into the spirit and decorated (they did a Harry Potter theme one year and had a car up in a tree!). I'm looking for a place to take my son where there is a lot of participation. We usually go on the streets by our house but last year very few houses were lit up and there were a lot of older kids. I'm looking for a nice place for a six-year old. Thanks
I hope you are on NextDoor.com. It's a great resource and our local group just posted a map where neighbors are giving out Halloween candy. Anyway, do sign up on NextDoor.com. It's really great. Lisa in El Cerrito
I've lived in EC for 4 years with kids and am unaware of any area that is supposed to be the 'best' for trick or treating. However, if I wanted to drive on Halloween (which I do not) I might go check out the St Jerome's neighborhood, in particular the blocks around the 'Wizard of Oz' house on Pomona. My own neighborhood (around ECHS) has always had enough participation that my kids don't feel shortchanged!
Hi, We live in El Cerrito. Where is the best area to take a 4 year old trick or treating? Thanks
If you drive to Albany there are many children trickertreating and almost every house gives out candy.We were a few blocks from the high school but I think a lot of Albany is really good. anon
We live in the flats near the plaza/below the high school/& the Albany border and there's a lot of kids moving into this area. We have an almost 5 y.o. and have been going for the past 3 yrs and have a great time. There's always a lot of little kids before 8ish as the sun is going down. Hope you have fun! anon
Does anyone know the good place where our 2 kids can trick-or-treat? We are from outside of the country. More than half of our neighbour live in an apartment including us and I guess no trick-or-treat here. I know some malls have Halloween events but I would like to take our kids to other neighbors. Can we do that? If so, where is the good place? I also check the old recommendation for it, but it's a bit far from here. We live in El Cerrito, so I prefer to taking them to El Cerrito, Albany, North Berkeley, or Richmond area. Thanks. Rie
Our neighborhood in the flats of El Cerrito is a very popular trick or treating spot. We live on Liberty Street 1 1/2 blocks down from Potrero. Maybe because it is a flat one-way street or maybe because there are lots of houses close together, plenty of folks come here with their kids. It makes for a fun festive night. So fun that we usually sit out on the front porch and have a ball handing out candy! In the past my 6 year old has enjoyed that more then getting her own candy.
Also, the retirement home on Gladys and Lexington has an annual Halloween event where the residents give out candy. I think that starts at about 6pm. Allison
A great, safe place to trick-or-treat is at El Cerrito Plaza. Some time before halloween (you have to check the paper, or go to the plaza and ask), the stores hold a trick-or-treat afternoon. The children go from store to store and trick-or-treat. Is safe, easy, and very sweet. We went last year, and it was fine. Mary
Well, I don't want to get TOO many more kids coming to our house. (I counted nearly 200 one year) But our neighborhood - also on McGee seems to be very popular, especially with the littler kids and their parents. Its on the other side of Cedar from Totland. I don't know why its so popular but we usually have a pretty good display at our house and some of our neighbors are also into it - not elaborate - no real skeletons or coffins but lots of giggling ghosts. I would recommend coming from just after dark to about 7:30 - after that we all start to shut down because the bigger kids start to come and also a lot of them are making their second rounds by then. Even though the streets are pretty well lit, don't forget your reflectors or flashlights!
Try UC Village in Albany! We live there and took our 2 year old up and down one block and that was perfect. She got to see all the other kids in costume and collected enough goodies to last us a while. Jennifer
The neighborhood right around Totland Park (intesection of Virginia & McGee in North Berkeley) is a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating -- very safe, lots of kids, mostly 1-and 2-family houses, minimal traffic. If you do take your kids trick-or-treating here, be sure to check out our landlords' festive Halloween display (usually includes cobwebs, gravestones etc.) at 1630 Virginia St. (right next to Totland).
We lived in Rockridge until '93 when my daughter turned 3, and for two years we went around the blocks of Boyd between Hudson and Clifton? and Lawton and gee, the street names left me, but that neighborhood had people out playing music on their stoops, incredibly carved jack-o-lanterns, and LOTS of kids with parents out trick-or-treating. Near the new Rockridge Library, a few blocks in from College. It's an enclave of families with little ones. I always felt very safe and happy there.
Very popular in Berkeley is the neighborhood around College Ave. and Russell St. (the Elmwood area of College just north of Ashby). This might be too intense for kids under 5; it is a carnival atmosphere with streets closed and lots of people walking around in costume. But the houses here go all out with decorations: haunted houses, smoke machines, strobe lights, etc. My kids never miss it.
I know there are good blocks or areas to go trick or treat for the kids, especially in Berkeley, but I was wondering if anyone knows of the good spots in Oakland? I know there is one near the lake, and I have heard of a couple of others, any specific streets or intersections would be really helpful. Piedmont is good too. Thanks!! I want to stay local and not go all the way to Berkeley at night. Loves Halloween!
In Oakland, Trestle Glen in Crocker Highlands has tons of trick or treaters. In Alameda, Grand Avenue and Thompson Avenue (between High and Fernside) are big destinations. Mom who gives out 1000 pieces of candy every year
My husband and I are big Halloween fans and just moved to Berkeley earlier this year. We were wondering what the Trick or Treating situation is here. Do kids and their parents go from house to house or is Berkeley more of an organized Halloween parade/business trick-or-treating community? Also, when is everything happening? On Halloween or the Saturday before (26th) or after (Nov. 2)? We live just off of College Avenue between Alcatraz and Ashby. Thanks! Lauren
If you live just off College, you definitely should check out Russell Street on Halloween (always on Oct. 31). The entire street is closed between the fire station (which is just off College) and Claremont Avenue. People start showing up around 5pm and everything shuts down at 8 or 8:30. You will see families with kids of all ages, young adults showing off their clever home-made costumes, middle schoolers cruising for candy, and silly teenagers sprinkled around in clumps. Many of the houses go all out with decorations and stock up on enough candy for what must be hundreds of kids. (not all homes on Russell participate but most seem to.) Things I've seen on Russell Street in the past are a flying saucer in the front yard, a giant spider climbing up the outside of a two-story house, alien robots singing and dancing on the front porch, a circle of Hari Krishnas, a 3-person marching band. It often becomes loud and crowded, especially after the sun goes down, so keep that in mind if your kids are overwhelmed by noise. One of my kids was, so we'd just do a quick walk down the street and back - no trick or treating. Don't bring your dog - too crowded and too many small children.
I don't know as much about trick or treating in North Berkeley but I've heard friends describing certain neighborhoods that go all out too. Ask around.
Hi BPN! Does anyone know of a good neighborhood to take my 3 year old trick or treating this year? Last year her dad took her to SF but since Halloween is on a weeknight i'd like her to stay close to home. Thanks, Lindsay
Alameda is pretty nice (we live here); I'm familiar with the East End, around High Street, but much of the town is probably nice for Halloween. Just be real careful of the traffic with your little one! Have Fun!
Hi everyone: I moved to Moraga recently and I was wondering if anyone knew of an area/street you would recommend for trick or treating either in Moraga or Lafayette. I'm looking for a festive location (if there is one) where people put up nice decorations and it's full of kids. Last year we went to Alameda and it was VERY impressive. Thanks. Halloween mom
If you live in Moraga, there is no reason to go elsewhere to trick or treat, unless you're hooking up with friends that live elsewhere. We live in the neighborhood off Rimer and, aside from some of the off-the-path courts, there is a stream of kids out all night. Some houses get really done up, others don't. You don't say how old your kid (s) is (are), but you should try to get together with another family or two to go out, it is really fun.
The most lively trick or treating in Moraga is on Corliss from Camino Ricardo to Moraga Road. There are tons of kids running from house to house, many fun decorations, one family even has coffee for chilled parents. There was a short 3-4 minute skit offered from someone's garage last year that you could stop in a see. Enjoy! Loves Trick or Treating
Our son is all set for his first (okay, second, but he was too little last year) halloween! We're planning on going to the Boo at the Zoo on Saturday the 29th, but I would also love to take him trick or treating on halloween. I haven't been trick or treating since I was a kid, and I used to just go around the neighborhood. I haven't had many trick or treaters since I moved out on my own (maybe half a dozen in the last 15 years, seriously). Are kids just not roaming their own neighborhoods these days? Are there places in San Francisco where people take their kids trick or treating? I've heard that kids sometimes go trick or treating at the mall, but that just sounds so weird to me. ED
Next year head to Fair Oaks Street (on the border of Noe Valley/Mission). They close 6 blocks of Fair Oaks to kids on Halloween. It's between 21st -26th/Guerrero- Dolores. It's a lovely street with lots of cute houses and flats, there are tons of kids. anon
Belvedere St in Cole Valley is the place to take kids on Halloween in SF. The houses are all decorated, people are friendly -- it's a fun scene. city trick or treater
When my husband and I were pre-child we used to dress up and go to the party in the castro. Unfortunately, I don't think that would be ideal with young kids. We live in Berkeley, so I don't know if this advice will work. In the Berkeley flats, it is nice to trick or treat around your block and meet your neighbors. I often introduce us, if the people seem friendly, so as to create a slightly greater social density in the neighborhood. If you live in the Mission, or Noe Valley, or Glen Park, or the Richmond, or the Sunset, I think that would work. likes dressing up