With the scent of sanitizer no longer wafting in the air, luckily, the only masks we need to still wear are those of witches and ghouls. You know what we’re talking about: Halloween (post-pandemic). Ah, Halloween…the time when we can dress up as anything and where the calories of candy don’t count. No one enjoys Halloween more than our kids, as they get to venture into their neighborhood, shriek at witches, and indulge in growing their candy empire. Below, you’ll find the 4 best neighborhoods to trick or this Halloween 2022.
1. Willow Glen
Willow Glen is the king of Halloween. You can either head to downtown on Lincoln Ave between Minnesota and Willow, for heaps of fun or visit the area known as “The Gates”: 2 parallel streets on Cottle Ave and Westgate Ave are closed off to traffic and have elaborately decorated homes, hundreds of ghouls and goblins and a never-ending supply of full-sized candy bars.
2. Cambrian Park
This neighborhood in southwestern San Jose brims with Halloween spirit. With loads of families occupying the area, you’ll be sure to find some great streets with dressed-up houses and bottomless baskets of candy.
3. Los Gatos: Almond Grove
Tait Ave is closed off to traffic from W. Main to Hwy. 9. Residents tend to go all out of this holiday and it shows in the homes, yards and candy provided.
4. Rose Garden
This beloved San Jose neighborhood offers a relaxed trick-or-treat atmosphere, with not too many crowds and beautiful old homes to visit for treats.
If you’re looking for more Halloween activities to enjoy with family and friends, be sure not to miss our blog Top 5 Places to Spend Halloween 2022 and 3 Best Pumpkin Patches in the Bay Area.
Halloween is lurking around the corner and this year will look much livelier than the last. We wanted to spare you the arduous task of researching the best haunt(ings) this Halloween. So sit back and feast on the 14 fun Halloween activities in the Bay Area this year:
- California Great America has Fall Daytime admission or Bring-A-Friend tickets for families and Halloween exclusive experiences here. They also have The Great Pumpkin Fest for families.
- Pirates of Emerson is this year’s theme at the Alameda Fairgrounds. Gen admission is 37$. You might want to leave the little ones with grandma.
- For the sports enthusiasts among us, there is the BARC Spooky Cemetery Halloween Run at Quicksilver and Zombie Runner in San Jose.
- Wushu Central’s Monster Hunt in San Jose is for children ages 3 and up who want to practice their monster-hunting skills in a maze.
- A family-friendly Halloween event with a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt at Oakland zoo‘s Boo at the Zoo.
- Goblin Jamboree celebrates the spooky season at Bay Area Discovery Museum. It’s a week-long celebration with Halloween-themed programs and frightful delights for families.
- No one celebrates this season better than the Winchester Mystery Museum. Attend their All Hallow’s Eve Fest with their The Lost In The House Tour or Jack O’ Lantern Trail.
- San Jose’s History Park’s Halloween Haunt Light Show will delight guests with the sights, sounds, and smells of Halloween. During the Epic Light Show, jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, bats, and more will amuse visitors with their Halloween songs and jokes
- Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland offers a kookier than spooky experience, at their Halloween Jam.
- Cupertino’s Quinlan Community Centre offers a Monster Mash for both children and parents to have a fun time.
- It’s the ultimate Great Pumpkin Hunt at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. There will be arts and crafts, games and lots of food.
- Santa Cruz’s boardwalk will be buzzing with fun with their Halloween on the Boardwalk event.
- Sunnyvale will celebrate the Halloween season with a costume pet parade in downtown Sunnyvale.
Atria wants to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!