October 21 2013
This Saturday, October 26 things are starting to get Halloween-scary! We'll have the ice cream trike out at of all places...a cemetery. Fortunately Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery's Pumpkin Fest happens well before the bewitching hours so bring the family down between noon and 3 p.m. to celebrate Halloween at their fun-filled pumpkin patch meadow. There will be plenty of activities plus free pumpkins and treats for the kids. This long-standing Halloween tradition is immediately followed by the Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association’s annual Halloween parade, which is part of a daylong celebration that includes trick-or-treating at participating stores on the avenue.
To join in the fun, head down to the end of Piedmont Avenue after the parade and proceed into the cemetery to the pumpkin patch meadow. Children can choose a free pumpkin (one per child) and enjoy lots of other activities, including: several “jumper” inflatable funhouses to jump around in, a hay-bale tunnel, a balloon artist, face painting, and a craft area to decorate pumpkins, masks, and treat bags. Food truck vendors will be onsite. Parents must accompany their children to this event.