Halloween 2010

family trick or treating in Menlo Park

Continuing a trend first spotted at yesterday’s Menlo Park Halloween parade is themed family costumes. Where parents once waited patiently at the end of a walkway, they’re now dressing up to go out with their kids – often in imaginative ways. One family spotted in a west Menlo neighborhood featured two quack doctors trying to put an end, once and for all, to a couple of pests that seem to crop up repeatedly – even in Menlo.

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Final Halloween preparations on Sherman Ave.

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Late this morning, many of the residents along Sherman Ave. just off of Santa Cruz Ave. were putting the finishing touches on the over-the-top Halloween decorations the west Menlo street has become known for over the past decade or so. In many respects, ground zero is the home of Arthur and Susan Chait. When the […]

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Menlo’s Halloween Hoopla delights even the tiniest trick or treater

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Hundreds of youngsters – and their adoring parents – took part in Menlo Park’s Halloween Parade that started in Burgess Park and finished at Fremont Park where there was entertainment and crafts activities. The consensus of the InMenlo team viewing the proceedings was that there was a preponderance of super heroes – including many girls. […]

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Spotted: Giants orange on Santa Cruz Ave

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There was more than ghosts and goblins on Santa Cruz Avenue this afternoon following the Halloween parade. Fleet Feet Sports was handing out mini Go Giants cupcakes, along with a host of other goodies. One was grabbed, appropriately enough, be a woman in a bright orange jacket. Photo by Julie Getze

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Hannibal Lector ready to greet Menlo’s trick or treaters

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The costumes get another try out this morning in Menlo Park with a Halloween parade from Burgess Park to downtown that begins at 11:45 am. Last night’s rain is expected to turn into early morning showers with dry conditions by parade start. Residents continue to put out the welcome mat for trick or treaters – […]

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Halloween weekend hoopla begins in Menlo Park

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Kids got to try out their costumes this morning at Menlo Park elementary school, including this witch, vampire and ghoul. (PC folks note: the young lady specifically said “vampire” not “vampiress.”) Tomorrow the city of Menlo Park hosts activities beginning with a parade at 11:45 a.m. at the Burgess Recreation Center. Trick or treating begins […]

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Al Stahler: Menlo Park’s king of Halloween

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Lots of families have skeletons in the closet. At the Stahler household, his name is Uncle Sid. He’s just one of the stars of Al Stahler’s annual Halloween extravaganza, where he turns his front yard into a themed fright show to the delight of thousands of trick or treaters. “I started decorating my parents house […]

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Ultra runner Dean Karnazes kicks off anniversary festivities at Fleet Feet Sports on Wednesday (10/27) at 7:00 pm

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Ultra runner Dean Karnazes is appearing at Fleet Feet Sports Menlo Park on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 pm, the start of four days of free events for runners, triathletes and others eager to blend fitness with fun. It’s all part of the store’s anniversary celebration. Karnazes, the author of Marathon Man and 50/50, has […]

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Five great fright reads for Halloween

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Read your way to Halloween! These book selections were chosen for their fright factor. Some were frightening when first written, but are now so “over the top” that some may find them comical. Others, like the true crime story In Cold Blood, and for me, The Hound of the Baskervilles, (pictured above) are still really, […]

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Family fun at Pumpkin Festival in Menlo Park

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There are activities for kids of all ages at the St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival, which continues through 6:00 pm today (10/23). The ponies are sized just right for the preschool set while the climbing wall challenges grade school kids. There is also a pumpkin patch, face painting, carnival games, an inflatable slide and a bouncy […]

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The Raven stars at the next Salon Menlo on 10/24

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Salon Menlo co-founder Lauren John reports that the quarterly literature/film discussion group is having a Halloween-themed session on Sunday, October 24 at 1:00 pm in the Fireside Room of the Menlo Park Recreation Center (701 Alma Street). Back by popular demand, Dr. Doug Kalish will recite and explain Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, assisted by […]

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