The Top Spots for Trick-or-Treating in the Bay Area Suburbs

Oct 23, 2018

Fill your buckets in these must-knock neighborhoods in the Bay Area suburbs!

We’re approaching a wonderful time of year in the Bay Area suburbs. The weather is changing and we’re beginning to feel a little crisp in the air. The kids are getting excited because Halloween is just around the haunted corner and the older ones are in full planning mode determining their sweet or spooky ensembles.

Halloween in the Bay Area is just as exciting as any other place but we tend to amp up the spookiness, the creative costumes, the sugar highs and all the pumpkin flavored treats you can imagine. The San Francisco Bay Area suburbs boast countless trick-or-treating enclaves and here are just a few of our favorites:


South Bay/Peninsula:

Burlingame, Cabrillo Avenue

The flat streets and close-together homes increase the candy intake. Kids can quickly (and safely!) run from house to house on this charming Burlingame Street.


Los Gatos, Tait Avenue, Almond Grove

A closed off part of the street makes for safe, low-stress trick-or-treating for kids of all ages. Houses are decorated in a big way and the candy distribution is enough reason to visit this area on Halloween night.


San Jose, Downtown Willow Glen

Halloween treats are cheerfully passed out by businesses on this sweet little San Jose street in Downtown Willow Glen. Toddlers, preschoolers and little ones in strollers are welcome to join from 11am-12:30pm and school-aged children can trick-or-treat from 3-4:30pm.



North Bay:

Mill Valley, Sycamore Street

The beautiful, tree-lined street and perfectly appointed Halloween décor make this one of Southern Marin’s most picturesque neighborhoods for trick-or-treating.


Ross, Shady Lane

Shady Lane closes down from 5-9pm between Norwood Avenue and Fernhill making it an extra safe trick-or-treating hot spot in Marin. The décor and spirit of the neighbors on this cute little Ross street are delighted to engage with the dressed up children


San Rafael, Knight Drive

This Glenwood neighborhood is a safe, well-decorated street full of spirited families and homes passing out candy for hours. It gets crowded but it’s surely manageable and very fun as the neighbors embrace the energy and excitement of all the children.

East Bay:

Oakland, Cleveland Heights & Haddon Hill

The mansions on Haddon Hill (just west of Lake Merritt between Lakeshore and Park) seem a bit spooky outfitted with their amazing decorations but the generous candy distributed from many make up for all the fright.



There’s something a little extra spooky when trick-or-treating on an island and the residents of Alameda don’t let you forget that. For before dark trick-or-treating, visit Webster Street, where children can fill their buckets with treats from the merchants between noon-4pm.


Berkeley Hills (Mariposa Avenue)

This little tree-lined block is loved by tons of trick-or-treaters stopping for treats at nearly every house, their buckets full of goodies and their bellies happy. The street is closed off to cars so kids can safely enjoy the festivities, including a bounce house.

Remember, scare safely, take lots of pictures and have lots of Halloween fun at these Bay Area ‘Burb Trick-or-Treating Spots!


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