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San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
3 Kids 3-11 years old boys and girls

When we travel, good food and adventure always abound. Our family loves to push the limit of what we can do with children. Our mantra has always been - have kids, will travel. However, this doesn't mean I'm unlike most frantic moms before a trip. Wanting adventure and being a control freak can sometimes be a lethal combination.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, independent, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
Massachusetts
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Hawaii, Montana, Lake Tahoe
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Eastern Europe, Italy
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing Machu Picchu with a 4 month old infant in a slight and having all the locals stop us to ask what happened to his feet which were all bundled up. They just couldn't believe it wouldn't be bow legged.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Getting to the airport on our way to Scotland with my 15 month old and discovering that my husband's passport had expired. Instead of rebooking all of our flights, we decided that I would do the first leg of our journey on my own with baby. Unfortunately, we had not packed for me to be flying by myself. I could bearly walk to the runway with all my bags and a 15 month old who would get distracted by everything along the way. He then proceeded to sleep only 1 hour of the entire 11 hour journey (red-eye). It was pretty miserable.
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Best Spots to Trick-or-Treat in the San Francisco Bay Area

One of the best things about Trick-or-Treating with our kids during Halloween, is the excuse to visit neighbors who you may have never met before.  And while a walk down the street you live on is always nice, there are some neighborhoods that are famed for wildly decorated homes and a particularly festive atmosphere.  Here are some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best spots to Trick-or Treat.  If you have little ones who get to bed early or who might not be up for too much spookiness, you might want to visit some of the bay area's malls and other attractions that host a Halloween celebration.

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3251 20th Ave
San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: Stonestown Mall is a great spot to trick-or-treat with little ones. Oct 28, 2011, 1-3pm: Howlin’ Halloween Kids Fest Enjoy crafts you can create, take and decorate just in time for the big night. Enjoy thrilling entertainment, games and prizes. Plus, take a free keepsake picture in the photo booth with crazy props to get in the spirit. Trick-or-treat safely from store to store.


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24th Street
San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: On Oct 31, trick-or-treat with your little ones from store to store on 24th street and stop in at a cafe one of the many kid-friendly stores. The merchants give out candy starting very early in the day, so little ones can trick-or-treat safely before dark.



Belvedere Street
San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: Belvedere Street is earned itself a reputation for being one of the most well decorated streets in San Francisco who welcome droves of Trick-or-treaters each year. Garages are transformed into haunted houses with caldrons boiling and ever imaginable Halloween special effect. Streets are filled with both little kids and big kids, and adults soaking in the kids in cute costumes.



St. Francis Wood
San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: The beautifully manicured lawns and handsome tall trees are transformed into spooky Halloween central on Oct 31. The owners go all out during Halloween to welcome families to this favorite spot Trick-or treating spot each year. The setting is very unique for San Francisco and the streets are very safe for kids to walk up and down. If you're lucky, the fog might roll in and add to the spook factor.



Lake Street
San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: Lake Street/Sea Cliff is a quiet neighborhood with some of San Francisco's most beautiful homes. During Halloween, this neighborhood is popular with trick-or-treaters with a reputation for great candy and easily walkable streets. It's close to the ocean, so dress warmly.


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1 Zoo Road
Sloat Boulevard at Forty-fifth Avenue San Francisco, California

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SAN FRANCISCO: Little ones will love a visit to trick-a-treat from "home to home" at the zoo, visiting animal friends. Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dress up in costume. In addition, there will be free activities such as take-home crafts, puppet shows and family fun puppet shows and story time with “Witch Hazelnut!” Plus, don’t miss the Zoo’s Haunted Nature Trail where you can get a first-hand look at a number of animals like snakes and owls. Or perhaps, you’d like to experience the spine-tingling chills of the Creepy Crawly Critter Encounter at the Insect Zoo. While here, visitors can watch zookeepers provide the animals with tasty Halloween-themed treats. The complete schedule of animal enrichment and activities will be handed out at the gate each day. This family-friendly Halloween festival happens rain or shine and is free with paid Zoo admission. The Zoo does request that trick-or-treaters not wear rubber masks as they may frighten the animals.

reviewed on: November 30 2008

"Seagulls everywhere."
2008 - E (5 year old) says: "My brother went to the zoo and his chicken got stolen by a seagull.  I didn't like that.  But, I do like that there is a big playground at the zoo and there is a place (Koret Resource Center) where you can watch the zoo keepers feeding the owls mice.  I really like the little steam train that goes around the zoo and my favorite animals are the tigers, the lions, and penguins. Don't miss the polar bear feeding.  The zoo keepers feed them live fish and the polar bears swim and eat it.  At the Koret Resource Center, you can also see a baby alligator and the unusual Eurasian Eagle Owl that looks so cool. My little brother likes the giraffes and I like the seals"

2013 - My 5 year old is now 10 and we've been going to the San Francisco for over 10 years now.  In recent years, the San Francisco Zoo has undergone some significant improvements that include the addition of a wonderful African Safari enclosure.  But most recently (Nov 2013) the zoo just got a brand new playground that's fabulous!  The playgrounds is really a work of art with three different eco zones that kids can explore.  The three different areas cater to different age groups and each has been thoughtfully designed using a variety of natural and recycled materials to create a truly wonderful playground.  

Our favorite things to do at the San Francisco Zoo:
- Watching the grizzly bear feeding.  Who knew bears could be so agile when motivated by food
- Watching the giraffes and zebras in the beautiful African Safari enclosure
- Visiting the koala bears because the are so cute
- Gawk at the mandrills because they are just the strangest looking creatures
- Visit the children's zoo and visit the beautiful owls that have been rescued the Koret Resource Center.  The owls are usually sitting just a few feet away from you.
- Playing at the Elinor Friend Playground
- My boys might also add, getting dipping' dots the Leaping Lemur Cafe.

By the way, the food at the Leaping Lemur Cafe is surprisingly decent.


Sycamore Ave
Mill Valley, California

Comment:
NORTH BAY: This lovely tree lined street becomes a party on Halloween and fills up with kids in cute costumes trick-or-treating from house to house.



Caledonia Street
Sausalito, California

Comment:
NORTH BAY: The Caledonia Street with it's local stores and and it's surrounding neighborhood has become a popular place for families to trick-or-treat during Halloween. It's also where Sausalito's city-sponsored trick-or-treat lane and other Halloween activities take place from 5:45–8 pm on Oct 31, 2011



Quietwood Drive
Mill Valley, California

Comment:
NORTH BAY: This otherwise quiet neighborhood gets decked out in Holloween spirit on Oct 31 and is a great spot to Trick-or-treat.



100 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, California

Comment:
NORTH BAY: A great spot for little ones to trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Sunday, October 28th, from 12-3pm enjoy trick-or-treating throughout Town Center. Stroll from shop to shop, collecting goodies and showing off your Halloween costume.



Pacheco Valle
Novato, California

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NORTH BAY: On Pacheco Creek Drive, the streets are closed off on Oct 31 for a monster Halloween block party. Lots and lots of home are elaborately decorated and the Halloween spirit is thick in the air. A favorite place for families to trick-or-treat.



McDonald Ave
Santa Rosa, California

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NORTH BAY: In Santa Rosa everyone heads to McDonald Avenue because they know that it's the best place to Trick-or-Treat in Sonoma County. On Oct 31, many of home go all out with decorations - fog machines, music, laser-light shows you name it. Lots of candy and great festive atmosphere.



Taylor Street
Millbrae, California

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SOUTH BAY: Taylor street is one of Millbrae's cutest tree lined street with homes nicely clustered together. Many homes are decorated and on Oct 31, the street is closed to traffic and hordes of families flood the streets to trick-or-treat. Crowded by a fantastic festive atmosphere.



200 Primose Ave
Burlingame, California

Comment:
A nice option for little ones to trick-or-treat safely. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct 29, 2011. Children ages 10 and younger are welcome to dress up and to go trick-or-treating along the 200 block of Primrose Road. Entertainment, activities and treats will be offered.



Old Palo Alto
Palo Alto, California

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PENINSULA: The Old Palo Alto neighborhood (between Embarcadero Road and Oregon Expressway, Alma Street and Middlefield Road) with it's charming tree-lined streets becomes Halloween Central on Oct 31. Filled with festive spirit, the streets are packed with kids both big and small. Start early if you have little ones.


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26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, California

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PENINSULA: Hidden Villa hosts a very popular Halloween Haunt each year. October 26 and 27, 2012 Travel down their haunted trail, collecting treats and encountering weird and wacky characters along the way. At the end of your journey, enjoy hot cider, delicious goodies, and spook-tacularly fun stories and songs around the campfire. Good, silly fun -- nothing too scary. Halloween costumes extremely encouraged! Be sure to make a reservation. http://www.hiddenvilla.org/calendar/flat/date/2011-09-01


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550 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, California

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PENINSULA: On October 31, 2012, Stanford Shopping Center is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular. Ghastly prizes, crawly goodies and frightful games! Witchie Poo will brew the fun while her outrageous friends make you shriek with delight! Simon Kidgits Club Members are encouraged to wear their cutest, scariest, fluffiest or scaliest costumes! On October 31, 2011 from 5-7pm. A nice safe spot especially young ones who want to trick-or-treat before the sun goes down. Come in your costume and visit all the stores with pumpkins in their storefronts for goodies!



State Street and Second Street
Los Altos, California

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PENINSULA: For those little ones who want to Trick-or Treat during the daylight hours in a safe place. Visit downtown Los Altos between 2-4pm in costume and trick-or-treat from store to store.


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1300 Senter Road
San Jose, California

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SOUTH BAY: The annual Haunted Hollow event at Happy Hollow will be held this year from Oct 13-31 2012 which includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch, kiddie carnival, face painting and more. Trick-or-Treat stations throughout the Park on Oct 28, 1-4pm provide safe family fun trick-or-treating. $3 Happy Hollow Members $9 All Reciprocal Members $12 Non-Members / General Admission

reviewed on: March 15 2010

"Most amazing playgrounds"
After a $72 million renovation, Happy Hollow opens it's doors this week and I was so excited to be one of the first people to see the park.  I was blown away!.  Walking through the new entrance and laying eyes on the colorful trees, carousel, and playgrounds took my breath away.  Happy Hollow is a young child's fantasy - a whimsical wonderland of happy rides, colorful characters, playgrounds like you've never seen before, and friendly animals.  

I was particularly impressed with the redwood grove playground that is a maze of slides and ropes that must rise at least 2 stories high.  My 4 and 6 year old were so excited to explore the entire maze of tunnels, slides, and ropes.  I could barely keep up with them, but fortunately, the structure is built such that mom and dad can follow their kids through the structure.  Maybe not quite as easily as your child can, but none the less you can make your way through all the spaces.  When I got tired of chasing a very quick 6 year old around, I was able to hang out on the rocks at the center of the Redwood Lookout and see my kids duck in and out of the climbing structure.  It's pretty open so you can usually keep track of your older child from a distance.  Redwood playground also has a separate structure for younger kids if the large 2 story wood structure is too much for them.  Nice shaded benches right next to the little kid area is such a thoughtful detail for the tired mom or dad.

There is another playground right next to the goat pen and lemurs filled with structures that encourage children to mimic the playful antics of their furry friends.  There is a long trail that mimics a lemurs tail and tricky balancing platforms perfect for building large motor skills.

If you grew up going to Happy Hollow, you'll appreciate that some old favorites like Danny the Dragon, the crooked house and the lower zoo are all still in tact although they've received a face lift. So is the 2nd longest running puppet theater which plays original performances written by Happy Hollow's very own in house puppeteer.  You'll be grateful that the seating for the puppet theatre has some new canopies that provide much needed shade on hot days.  This is a great place to just chill for a 15-20 minutes when everyone is exhausted from running around.

The one roller coaster ride was very popular.  The wait on opening day was pretty long (at least 20 minutes from the first gate).  Of course the ride was over in 30 seconds.  But it was a surprisingly thrilling 30 seconds.  Just enough to put a priceless expression on our 4 year old's face, but not too scary.  He felt like such a big kid to be able to go on this ride.

What has changed however, has changed for the good.  Happy Hollow is now fully ADA approved.  That means that even the maze which has ever changing configurations can be accessed by a ramp and fits a wheel chair or stroller easily.  Even some slides can be accessed by a wheel chair.  Happy Hollow has also gone green with hay bale construction for some buildings and rain water catchment technology.  In fact, Happy Hollow hopes to receive it's Silver LEED certification.  The cafateria is also brand new with traditional carnival fare, but also includes healthier options at a reasonable price.  

It is clear that great care and thoughtfulness was poured into making Happy Hollow a wonderful place for young children to explore, learn, and imagine for years and years to come.

*This review is based on a complimentary visit to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of
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707 W Hornet Ave
Pier 3 Alameda, California

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EAST BAY: For an extra special Halloween experience, visit the USS Hornet. Oct 29 for Monster Ball: An annual fundraiser onboard the “Grey Ghost”. Visitors will get a good fright throughout the evening with haunted tours, costume contests, and other treats. Dance favorites by The Cocktail Monkeys. Adults $20 each in advance, Youth 5–17 $10 each, Children under 5 free. Order tickets online through the Ship’s Store. Oct 31 for an Halloween Haunted After-hours Tour: A unique chance to tour the USS Hornet after hours and learn the history of this incredible ship while it is illuminated in the red lights used for “night ops.” Go deep into Hornet where you will also hear the stories behind her legendary haunts. Will we be alone in the dark? The three-hour guided tour begins at 8:00pm and costs $35 per person ($30 for members). Reservations Required: (510) 521-8448 x 224



Cabrillo Avenue
Burlingame, California

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SOUTH BAY: The neighborhood around Cabrillo Ave is filled with wide tree-lined streets that are closed off for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Lots of decorated homes full of festive Holloween spirit - howling ghouls sliding on ropes, upside down TV screens showing scary movies, giant hologram in the window a wide collection of coffins and skulls, scary monsters eating brain around a table, or giant spiders waiting by. You get the picture. More details and great photos: http://www.frogmom.com/2008/11/halloween-in-burlingame-ray-park.html



Haddon Hill
Oakland, California

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EAST BAY: The huge mansions on Haddon Hill is a favorite places to Trick-or-treat in Oakland. Those majestic mansions transform into haunted dwellings with a good dose of spookiness that even little ones can handle.



Mariposa Ave
Berkeley, California

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EAST BAY: Mariposa Street (off of The Alameda, and Josephine Street near Totland) is closed off and taken over by trick-or-treaters and a bouncy house. Lost of festive cheer that aren't more happy than scary.


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699 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, California

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EAST BAY: Every year, Fairyland host Jack O’Lantern Jamboree October 27th and 28th, 2012 Admission to Fairyland for the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree days is just $10 for everyone age 1 through 100 ($5.00 per person for members). Great for little ones. Dress up in costumer and enjoy unlimited rides, parades, goody bags for kids, treat stations, jumpers, arts and crafts, pirate school, balloon twisting, costumed fairytale characters, clowns and magicians