Halloween 2011

The Members perform on Halloween

There is a fair bit of discussion about where the best trick or treating is in Menlo Park. Some swear by the streets surrounding Allied Arts. Indeed the houses are, all things considered, fairly close together, providing a lot of bang for your buck. Others are huge fans of the Willows neighborhood. But our vote goes for the sleeper entry, that part of west Menlo south of Santa Cruz Avenue bordered by Lemon Avenue. There you will find well-decorated homes, but more importantly, Menlo’s greatest garage/Dad band, The Members (in background) jamming to the delight of trick or treaters young and old.

Photo by John Getze

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Halloween parades take spotlight at local schools

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Public and private schools in Menlo Park and Atherton provided kids the opportunity to show off their costumes in advance of tonight’s trick or treating at parades this morning. There was the usual share of animals, princesses and ghosts with Harry Potter characters continuing their popularity as well as the latest sensation, Angry Birds. Teachers, […]

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The Members crank it up at annual Halloween gig

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Some bands get hatched in garages and grow to play gigs in clubs. A select get famous and play arenas. But Menlo Park Dad band, The Members, was hatched along the sidelines of a youth soccer game. And except for a half dozen public appearances each year, they hang out as a garage band, practicing […]

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Trick or treating in downtown Menlo Park

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Menlo Park hosted its annual Halloween parade today from Burgess Park to downtown Menlo Park. Participating Santa Cruz Avenue merchants handed out treats to the costumed youngsters. Like last year, a friendly clown was a crowd-pleasing favorite. Photos by Laura Hamilton

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Community trick-or-treat at M-A on October 27

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Everyone is welcome to trick-or-treat in the safe and welcoming “neighborhood” of Menlo-Atherton High School on Thursday, October 27, from 5:oo to 7:00 pm. Parents and their young children in the M-A and local communities can saunter down Trick-or-Treat Street where select classrooms will be open with students handing out candy as well as offering […]

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Spotted: Pumpkin face at pumpkin festival

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The face painting booth at today’s St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival was getting steady business and producing outstanding results. We think this pumpkin face is most evocative of the season and the event itself, which is in only its second year. We’re hoping the school continues the tradition. On a practical sense, it sure beats fighting […]

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Checking out the St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival

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Organizers of the second annual St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival can take a big  sigh of relief. Unlike last year’s event, which debuted under drizzly conditions, this year brings bright blue skies and warm temperatures. The Festival, which got under way yesterday afternoon, runs today (10/22) through 5:00 pm. There’s an assortment of carnival games manned […]

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Dish that matches fall colors: Gillian’s Happy Curry

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Editor’s note: Atherton resident Gillian Bostock is not only a talented, serious-amateur chef, she’s also an accomplished photographer. This is the first of her occasional recipes for the fall season. Kabocha is a particularly delicious variety of squash and has an infallible way of curling your mouth into a smile. Its friendly plump shape is […]

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2nd annual St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival Oct. 21-22

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There is something for everyone at the 2nd annual St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22. For toddlers and preschool age children, festivities include pony rides, face painting, carnival games, train rides and lots of prizes. Grade school kids will love the new euro-trampoline, climbing wall, advanced carnival games, and treats. Hunt […]

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Pumpkin benefit at Webb Ranch on Oct. 19

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Webb Ranch is hosting a benefit event for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford on Wed., Oct 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at its Pumpkin Patch. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the afternoon will go to patient families at the Hospital. There will be a photographer available for family portraits. A bouncy house […]

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Spotted: Ghoulish front yard on Laurel St.

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The Hyde family on Laurel St. has been transforming their front yard into a garden of ghouls for the past four Halloweens. Twins Bethany and Devon, now age 4 1/2, are active participants and “because they help put everything up, they know the monsters aren’t real,” says dad Greg. The Hyde’s enthusiasm is growing with […]

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