Community Notebook: California Avenue to close for Halloween event Sunday

Carnival will feature trick-or-treating, costume contest and more

Kick off the Halloween celebrations with the 21st annual California Avenue Trick or Treat and Blossom Halloween Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

California Avenue, between Birch Street and Park Boulevard, will be closed off to traffic for the free, family-friendly event.

Kids can trick or treat at businesses on California Avenue, listen to children's musician Andy Z perform, participate in a costume parade led by the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, play carnival games, watch a dance performance by Dance Connection and more.

A Palo Alto police car and fire truck will be at the event for children to explore.

There will also be a costume contest judged by Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman. Categories include best homemade costume by a child; best homemade costume by an adult; best costume with pregnant belly; best family costume; and best costume for children 0-2 years old, 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old and 10-12 years old.

To register for the costume contest, click here.

The event — which is organized by Blossom Birth, a nonprofit that supports new and expectant families — is sponsored by Palo Alto Community Child Care, University Chiropractic and Wellness, City of Palo Alto, California Avenue Area Business Association, Palo Alto Weekly, ArtSchool SF Bay, Copy America, Palo Alto City Chamber of Commerce, Bandalou Baby, Dr. S. Brian Liu/California Dental Home, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Palo Alto, La Bodeguita del Medio, Palo Alto Menlo Park Parents Club, Snip-it's, Technology Credit Union Palo Alto, United Studios of Self Defense, Palo Alto, Urban Village Farmers Market Association and UrbanSitter.

Check out photos from last year's event here.

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Posted by MarketFan
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Oct 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Will the usual Sunday morning farmers' market be running at the same time?

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Oct 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@MarketFan I believe the farmers market will be running the same time. You can call 650-427-9253 or email to ask.

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Posted by MarketFan
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Oct 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

To My Nguyen - the link and the phone number you've given are for the Saturday market, in downtown PA, not the Sunday market on California Avenue. Though the market is on the blocks just west of the ones closed for Halloween, by 10 AM those blocks are jammed with shoppers, as are the sidewalks. That's what makes me wonder. The Weekly article should state clearly whether the market will be operating this Sunday. Sometimes it doesn't.

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Oct 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@MarketFan My apologies, the contact information is: and 510-745-7100. I've called and left a message. Hopefully, I will get a reply soon. But the farmers market is a sponsor of the event, so I think they'll be there.

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Posted by Ronna Devincenzi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm


Yes, the *year-round* Sunday Farmer's Market will be there, as usual.

In fact, the reason this Trick or Treat event has been held on Sundays, since 2010, is because it's simple to close more of the street, since it's already closed for the market and more people are there, to enjoy it.

When the event began, 21 years ago, it was held on weekdays closest to or on Halloween, Oct. 31.

As pointed out by the digital editor, the Urban Village Farmer's Market Association is a sponsor too. So this event is well received by everyone, and it gets better and better, every year! Kudos to everyone that worked on it this year & also to the Weekly, for promoting this day full of family fun!

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Posted by Blossom, Organizer
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:17 pm

yes, as Ron indicated the Sunday Farmer's market will be in full swing! The Halloween Carnival will be on Cal Ave (between Birch and Park Blvd), Both Birth and Park will be open to cross traffic. for more information about the Halloween Event please contact Blossom Birth Services, or 650-321-2326. Thanks! Mora

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Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Oct 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@Ronna and @ Blossom, Organizer, thank you both for letting us know about the farmers market. Ron did also get back to me and told me they will be there Sunday. Have a great Wednesday!

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