When you start hearing Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London, the Misfits version of Monster Mash, and Ray Parker’sGhostbusters, either you are stuck in some crazy time warp, or more likely, Halloween is just around the corner. Some of your co-workers might become witches and you can dress your little ones in this year’s hottest Halloween costumes – the characters from Disney’s Frozen. Even though you normally would not feed your child massive amounts of sugary candy and other sweets, it is okay to let them have a few treats. You can have a Snickers bar too.
Halloween always takes place on October 31. In 2014, the holiday falls on a Friday. To celebrate Trick-or-Treat season, most of the candy-gathering, pumpkin-picking, and costume-wearing public festivities will be held on the last full weekend of October. Mountain View and many of the cities and towns in the Silicon Valley will have ghoulish gatherings, spooky costumed-characters and plenty of fun activities and events that are fun for the whole family.
201 South Rengstorff Avenue in Mountain View
Bring the whole family for a night of fun at this year’s Halloween celebration in Rengstorff Park. The Monster Bash starts at 5:00 pm and features a movie that all kids love. The party lasts for three hours, just the right amount of time to get a full-helping of Halloween flavor. Are you ready to meet the monsters, play cool Halloween games, and snack on some tasty treats? Laugh when you watch everyone’s favorite, Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, on the big outdoor screen. The showing starts when the sun sets at roughly 6:30 pm. When the Bash is over, it is still early enough (8:00 pm) to catch a late dinner and then go back to your hotel room and have some candy for dessert. Put on your best costume, bring a low-back chair or blanket and enjoy the party atmosphere! Everyone is invited to the Community Center on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Admission is free. Come on down and enjoy!
Kidgits Halloween Spooktacular at the Stanford Shopping Center
Route 82 (El Camino Real) at Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto
How about taking a short drive over to Northern California’s premium open-air mall and letting your kid have a ball at the Stanford Shopping Mall. Run by one of the country’s leading mall operators, Simon Companies, on October 25, 2014, the mall is transformed into a Halloween Spooktacular. Dress up the kids in the coolest costumes and come for the frightening goodies, chilling games, and ghoulish prizes. While you are at the mall you can shop at more than 140 stores including Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. Let the kids have their day and you will have a great time looking at the breathtaking gardens, amazing sculptures and calming fountains.
Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
3050 Hecker Pass in Gilroy
It is well worth the drive to spend the day at the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. This not-for-profit theme park features more than 40 rides including the Quicksilver roller coaster and a more relaxing train ride. While you are there, make sure you get a good look at the spectacular Circus Trees – you’ve never seen such a beautiful twist on nature’s creations.
Of course, the big reason for coming to the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in October is the Halloween Scar Boo! & Spooky Zoo. Open each weekend in October, including the Saturday and Sunday right before Halloween, kids can see a collection of scarecrows, trick-or-treat in the “Boo Zones” and wander through a series of mazes. Over at the Spooky Zoo, you can visit the friendly and gentle animals or you can close to the snakes, lizards, toads, tarantualas and other creepy crawlers.
Giordano Farms Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch
5285 Snell Avenue in South San Jose
Pick out your favorite pumpkin for Halloween at this friendly, family-run farm. Kids can meet and great the cute little goats and bunnies and run through the hay tunnels. ‘Ole Fateful, the farm’s version of the more famous geyser and the Loose Caboose ride are big favorites with the kids. You need a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern so why not get it from a real farm. There’s never an admission charge and parking is always free!
Here at the Camino Inn and Suites, we want you to get into the Halloween Spirit and have fun! You’re sure to find some treats during your stay and you may even run into Dracula, Frankenstein, or your favorite friendly ghost. We don’t want to scare you away, but in the spirit of good fun, watch out for some tricks!