Richmond’s smallest goblins and superheros will be out in full force in the coming days, in many cases hurling threats of mischief (also known as tricks) on neighbors who don’t provide them with treats.
Thankfully, we should be spared their wrath, as there are many opportunities in the Richmond area to haul in treats beginning this week through Thursday, Oct. 31. Some events also provide plenty of spooky fun.
Check out our lineup of fun Halloween-themed events upcoming and let us know in the comments if we missed any.
City of San Pablo Halloween (Oct. 24)
Nearly a week ahead of Halloween, local families have an opportunity to get the trick-or-treating started at San Pablo City Hall.
This Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at San Pablo City Center and City Hall (13831 San Pablo Ave.), the community is invited to trick or treat around City Hall.
“Each city department will have a station where participants can trick or treat and receive information from that department,” the city said. “Once each station is visited, participants can vote on their favorite booth. Be a part of the fun and come out to collect goodies in a safe family environment!”
For more information on the event, visit here.
De Anza High Haunted House (Oct. 26)
Prepare to be spooked! The De Anza High Haunted House is this Saturday, Oct. 26.
At $5 per ticket, this Haunted House is taking place in the school gym at 5000 Valley View Road in Richmond.
And it’s fun for the whole family.
From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., younger visitors can enjoy a “not so scary” version of the Haunted House, and then from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the “scary” version.
‘Cops & Goblins Fest’ (Oct. 26)
Trick or treating won’t have to wait till Oct. 31. Families are invited this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the first ever Cops & Goblins Fest at the Richmond Police Department.
The Richmond Police Department will open its doors for a safe and fun Trick-or-Treat experience in its decorated office at 1701 Regatta Blvd. The event is free and includes a hot dog lunch.
Trick or Treat on 23rd Street (Oct. 26 and Oct. 31)
For a fourth straight year, the community will come together to celebrate Trick or Treat on 23rd Street the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 31. To prepare for the big event, volunteers are invited to partake in a cleanup effort along the merchants corridor this Saturday, Oct. 26.
The relatively new Trick or Treat on 23rd Street event attracts hundreds of community members to the merchants corridor, where businesses of all types provide candy to trick-or-treaters and where activities and entertainment are provided at various locations, from the Veterans Memorial Hall parking lot to the NIAD Art Center.
Check out our reporting from the event last year, when Alberta Heltsley of Andy’s Donut said her shop had passed out 700 donuts in about two hours.
But first, the community cleanup of the corridor. It is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 26, with volunteers asked to meet at Leftside Printing, 979 23rd St., at 10 a.m. The cleanup will occur on 23rd from Barrett to Rheem avenues.
Volunteers can show up or sign up here.
Halloween at The Shops at Hilltop (Ongoing and Oct. 31)
A scary good time is provided annually at The Shops at Hilltop during Halloween.
First, the ABC Tree Farms has its pumpkin patch and inflatable bouncy houses for children operating daily at the mall at 2200 Hilltop Mall Road in Richmond. You can also book the pumpkin patch for birthdays and other group parties.
On Oct. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Shops at Hilltop will host its Spooktacular event that will feature trick or treating, face painting, balloon artists, live performances and much more.
Mes de Muertos (Oct. 26 and Nov. 2)
The Richmond Museum of History is celebrating Mes de Muertos with free events occurring over three Saturdays. The remaining two events are happening Saturday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1-4 p.m.
“We will have Ofrenda themed crafts on October 26 and a community celebration with music and crafts on November 2,” museum officials said.
Salesian College Prep’s Halloween Festival
Arts and crafts, a Haunted Hallway, a pumpkin patch and free games will all be part of Salesian College Prep’s Halloween Festival on Oct. 26. in the Salesian gymnasium, 2851 Salesian Ave., from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Providence Baptist Church’s Harvest Fest 2019
Trunk or Treat (Oct. 31)
The free event for the whole family will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the church parking lot at 1427 Fred Jackson Way. There will be food, games and lots of candy.
Fall Harvest Festival (Oct. 26)
The celebration of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos will take place at the 1st Street Sol Garden at 1876 1st. St. in Richmond.
The event includes pumpkin giveaways and a variety of fun activities for the whole family, including harvesting pumpkins and other garden vegetables, plantings, gathering hidden candy throughout the garden and connection with community members who are making a difference in the neighborhood’s future.
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact Yvonne Marroquin 510-260-4393 or Maria Hernandez 510-447-9113.
Mira Vista School Fall Fest (Oct. 26)
The community is invited to Mira Vista School’s Fall Fest this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11am-3pm.
The free event includes live music, food, games and prizes at the school at 6397 Hazel Ave.
Trick or Treat at Wildcat Creek (Oct. 31)
Urban Tilth and Basins of Relations Watershed Program is hosting their 3rd Annual Trick or Treat at Wildcat Creek.
The free event, set to be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 323 Brookside Dr., will feature bag making, light planting, pumpkin carving, light trash pick up, and more to engage Verde Elementary and North Richmond families in Wildcat Creek.
See the Facebook event page here.
San Pablo Trick or Treat event (Oct. 31)
From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, the community is invited to a fun Halloween event that starts off with trick or treating at local businesses (Adobe Plaza at corner of Church Lane and San Pablo Ave.), moves on to meeting the city’s mascot, Pablo, at the San Pablo Police Department, and ends up at Brookdale Senior Living Solutions (13956 San Pablo Ave.) for live entertainment and refreshments.
View the Facebook event site here.
Artist Showcase Halloween Edition (Oct. 26)
Rich City Studios is celebrating one year in business with an artist showcase on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7 p.m. with performances from Rich City Studios Artists. There will also be a be a custome contest for the best male and female costumes. Winners will receive a $75 prize.