By Kathy Chouteau
Looking for some spooktacular events where you can scare up some Halloween fun up-to-and-including the big night Mon., Oct. 31? Don’t fret about your fright-night plans—the Standard has conjured a Halloween roundup so you can peruse the possibilities this year. Here’s what’s in store for local goblins of all ages:
Trick or Treat on 23rd Street & Halloween Pickleball: Join 23rd Street Richmond for a variety of fun games, activities and treats at various locations on Halloween Mon., Oct. 31. Check out Trick or Treat on 23rd Street by enjoying a stroll down the Richmond corridor from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.—and don’t forget to stop by NIAD Art Center (551 23rd St.) and Golden Gate Bistro (601 23rd Street) for extra activities. Earlier in the day from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., consider stopping by the Halloween Pickleball event at Booker T. Anderson Jr. park courts (4700 Cypress Ave.), complete with a pickleball rally, activities and treats. Learn more here, including volunteer opportunities.
ABC Tree Farms Pumpkin Patch: Now through Mon., Oct. 31, ABC Tree Farms is rolling into Richmond with its annual pumpkin patch and activities. Inflatable slides will be on hand for kids ages 4-12 (socks required), paint ball and, of course, the pumpkin patch at ABC Tree Farms’ temporary home at 2200 Hilltop Mall Rd. near Walmart. Hours are Mon. through Thurs. 1-9 p.m., Fri. 1-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The inflatable area admission price is $17 for 30 minutes per child; and $21 for 1 hour per child. The paint ball range is $5 per 8 oz. cup; $10 per 16 oz. cup; and $20 for a bucket. Pumpkins and other offerings priced separately. Cash and major credit cards are accepted; no checks. For more info, click here.
The Gyuto Foundation’s Annual Halloween Celebration: The Gyuto Foundation welcomes the community to its second Annual Halloween Celebration Mon., Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. during which the monastery’s grounds will be decorated for Halloween and the Peace Garden will transform into a haunted labyrinth with bats, spiders, ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves, per organizers. “Come trick-or-treat in costume and enjoy hot chai tea served by the venerable monks of the haunted monastery,” per the Gyuto Foundation on its website. It’s located at 6401 Bernhard Ave. in East Richmond Heights.
Halloween Land: Urban Tilth and Building Blocks for Kids welcome community members to the third Halloween Land at the Edible Forest Sat., Oct. 29th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Unity Park Community Plaza, 1605 Ohio Ave. in Richmond. While there, kiddos can celebrate All Hallows Eve with a ghost hunt, costume contest, the wonderful world of creepies, crawlies and critters, spooky freeze dance competitions, pumpkin planter-making, choo-choo train, pumpkin carving, face painting, piñata and more. “The main purpose is to activate the Richmond Greenway Trail and Edible Forest and provide fun/safe activities for children from our community,” stated organizers. Community members can sign up for the event here, while volunteers can sign up here.
Halloween Events at East Brother Beer Co.: East Brother will play home to the Noche Paranormal Halloween Party with Clave MC and Los Del 7 Sat., Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 1001 Canal Blvd. in Richmond. To include DJ Romero, costume contest, raffle and more. $15 at the door. Click here for more info. On Sun., Oct. 30 from 12-4 p.m., East Brother will team up with EN Events for a Halloween Family Event featuring classic cars and trucks, local vendors, food, music, raffles and a trunk-or-treat for the kiddos (costumes are encouraged). Questions? Contact East Brother at (510) 230-4081.
Washington Elementary’s Annual Halloween Parade: The elementary school’s Annual Halloween Parade has returned this year, set for Mon., Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during which costumed students will walk to downtown Point Richmond. Click here to watch for further updates.
Haunted Halloween at PRAM: PRAM of Point Richmond is welcoming community members of all ages to join them for a free and “spooky good time” this Halloween, Mon., Oct. 31, starting with a pot luck at 4:30 p.m.; costume contest at 5:30 p.m.; and a Haunted House from 6-8 p.m. (Local trick or treating starts at 6 p.m., per PRAM). PRAM is located at 110 E. Richmond Ave. in Point Richmond. Click here for more info.
Sixth Annual Point Richmond Haunted Halloween History Hike: Led by local historian and comedian Karen Buchanan, this kid-and-dog-friendly Haunted Halloween History Hike will occur Sat., Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m., kicking off from Indian Statue Park at the corner of Park Pl. and Richmond Ave. in Point Richmond. The hike will feature ghost characters, and afterwards, costumed participants are encouraged to enter the Baltic Kiss Costume Contest. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 same day. Kids 12 and under are free! Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Baltic Kiss Halloween Party: Point Richmond’s recently opened dining and music venue will host a Halloween Party Sat., Oct. 29 from 8 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. Featuring a costume contest. Contact the venue at [email protected] for more details. The Baltic Kiss is located at 135 Park Pl. in Point Richmond.
City Hall-o-ween: Over in San Pablo, City Hall-o-ween is returning to City Hall Thurs., Oct. 27, where community members can pre-register for entrance time slots at 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Organizers encourage people to dress up in costumes and trick-or-treat for goodies while walking through each booth and voting for your favorite. San Pablo City Hall is located at 1000 Gateway Ave. in San Pablo. Pre-register for a time slot here. Note: Parking is limited so carpooling, walking, etc. is encouraged by the City.
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