Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle
Halloween’s here and the Bay Area’s favorite neighborhoods are wrapped in orange and black.
Below is a list of favorite trick-or-treating spots where you’ll find haunted houses in the garages, tombstones stuck in the front yards, and lots of spooky spirit.
Please share where you like to bring the kids in the comments.
Noe Valley, 24th Street (between Church and Castro)
Sweet spot for little kids: The parade of parents pushing mini pirates and princesses in strollers starts around 3 p.m. Retailers pass out treats to little ones in costumes. By nightfall the street is packed and families with older kids head out to nearby Fair Oaks and Randall Streets to load their bags with more treats.
Cole Valley, Belvedere (between Parnassus and 17th Streets)
Street party: This pretty tree-lined stretch gets blocked off to traffic to make way for the droves of Halloween revelers who flock to this hood for candy and spooks.
Think full-size candy bars: This posh hood is known for its opulent mansions, celebrity residents, and Halloween candy. Locals tell legendary tales about homeowners passing out full-size Hershey’s bars.
Berkeley, Russell Street (between College Avenue and the Claremont Hotel)
Spooky decorations: The homeowners in this hood go all out creating elaborate graveyards and haunted houses in their front yards. Prepare for crowds.
Oakland, Haddon Hill
Best atmosphere: On October 31, this posh hood’s opulent houses turn into haunted-looking mansions with cob-webbed front stoops and front yard cemeteries.
Lafayette, Victoria Court and Avenue
Neighborhood spirit: The street is completely blocked off from cars and the entire small neighborhood decorates their homes to the hilt with some even building elaborate haunted houses.
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San Jose, Willow Glenn
Fun for all ages: Businesses along Lincoln Avenue welcome toddlers and babies in strollers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and school-age kids in costume from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the evening, follow any of the streets off the main drag to find lots of candy and houses decked out in spooky decorations.
Los Gatos, Tait Avenue, Almond Grove
Halloween central: An estimated 100,000 pieces of candy are passed out by homeowners on this festive street. Don’t miss the Thriller performance that takes place in front of one of the homes.
Burlingame, Cabrillo Avenue
Safe and easy: Flat streets and close-together homes with no stairs make trick-or-treating on this street a breeze.
McDonald Avenue, Santa Rosa
Nonstop party: Fog machines, scary music, laser-light shows, haunted garages . . . this hood goes all out for Halloween and trick-or-treaters come from all over Sonoma County to stuff their jack-o-lanterns with candy here.
Mill Valley, Sycamore Street
Halloween charm: The leafy street lined with storybook houses make this one of the Bay Area’s most picturesque neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Warm, family environment.
Petaluma, D Street
Scariest street: Decked out to the nines in creepy decor, this street’s stately Victorians are right out of a horror movie.