Halloween is one of the major events of the year for most kids and teens. Aside from the Christmas holiday and their own birthday, this is probably the time of the year that most kids look forward to. (Anybody want to guess why?) In my home, aside from the seemingly "less restrictive stance against candies" on my part, my kid also likes us driving or walking around the neighborhood to see the Halloween decorations. I'm lucky to have neighbors who have really awesome decorations!
One big decision to be made at around this time is... what am I wearing on Halloween, or more precisely, what is my kid wearing? Most kids have gone through the obligatory pumpkin costume at 3 months old. The girls then transform into princesses by the time they're 2 years old... up until... well, who knows when they ever grow out of it? Little boys sometimes start out as Superman and by the time they're in first grade, hmm... they want to be Darth Vader!
Aside from handing out candies and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, there are other Halloween-related events in the area that residents can take advantage of.
Below we have a listing of what we found that's happening in and around town:
Hometown Halloween is an event organized by the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and has been running the past few years. This year, it is scheduled on October 24, 2009 (Saturday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Brentwood on First and Oak Street. For more information on the event, go to the Brentwood Chamber website.
The City of Oakley is also hosting its first Annual Harvest Festival on October 24, 2009 (Saturday) from noon to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza in Oakley. More information about this event, as well as the contact numbers for community volunteers and vendors are posted on their website at www.ci.oakley.ca.us.
Circus Night 2009, sponsored by the Harvest Time Assembly of God, is a safe and sane alternative to Halloween. It will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm at the Harvest Time Church at 2200 Ventura Drive in Brentwood. They'll have candies, games, pony and hay rides, and more. Bikes will be given away every 15 minutes. This event is open and free to the public - call 925.516.1908 for more information. If you want to know more about the Harvest Time Assembly of God, check out their website at www.harvesttimeassembly.org.
The Streets of Brentwood also has various activities on Halloween... I'm checking out some information with them and will post soon.
Another Halloween-related activity in Brentwood that you might want to check out with your kids is the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Tours at Smith Family Farm. I've taken my kid there in the last two years and I'm taking him again this year! You can check their website at www.smithfamilyfarm.com/pumpkin.html.
Anything else happening on Halloween in Brentwood?
How about in Antioch, Discovery Bay, Oakley, Byron, or Bethel Island?
We'll be glad to post those, too.
We're on a look-out for fun or scary Halloween stories,
and pictures to prove them.
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