The beautiful city of Palo Alto offers a variety of Halloween festivities, with carnivals, concerts, costumes, games, dance events and trick-or treating. Take the kids down Palo Alto's California Avenue to fill their bags with sweets from local shopkeepers.
From haunted to hilarious, here are some fun Halloween events happening in Palo Alto:
Gamble Garden Halloween Haunted House - Oct. 29; 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Kids enjoy trick-or-treating and games in the garden mansion in Palo Alto. $15. Info: gamblegarden.org.
Halloween Game Day - Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. - Enjoy a day of board games and costumes at Palo Alto Children's Library and Mitchell Park Library. Info: cityofpaloalto.org.
Halloween Zoo Night - Oct 29; 6 to 8 p.m. - The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo hosts an eerie evening with a costume contest, drinks, desserts and guest animals. Info: friendsjmz.org.
Halloween Concert at St. Mark’s - Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. - Pipe organist James Welch plays spooky and humorous organ music including Bach's Toccata. Wear your costumes to St. Mark's Episcopal Church. $10 - Tickets: welchorganist.com.
30th Annual Halloween Costume Contra Dance Ball - Oct. 30; 8 to 11 p.m. - This party at the Palo Alto Masonic Center mixes costumes and country dance. Throw on your wicked ware and boots and dance the night away to the live band. $10 and $12. Info: www.bacds.org.
Day of the Dead Community Celebration - Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. - Palo Alto's second annual celebration presents art activities and dance at the Palo Alto Art Center and story time at the Children's Library. Free. Info: cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter.
Palo Alto's California Avenue - October 31 at noon - Kids enjoy free trick-or-treating at local shops and businesses on California Ave. The street will host a carnival with games, a bake sale and Halloween events. $1. Info: blossombirth.org.
Stanford Symphony Halloween Concert - Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. - Hear the Stanford Wind Ensemble and Stanford Symphony Orchestra perform a "chilling evening of works" at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. $10 or free for Stanford students. Info: music.stanford.edu.