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October 29, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fremont Park
Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Halloween Hoopla Parade and Trick-or-treat

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Put on your Halloween costume and parade through downtown Menlo Park at our annual Halloween Hoopla.

Participants are welcome to come in costume and participate in the annual parade through downtown Menlo Park to Fremont Park. Led by a band comprised of music students from La Entrada and Hillview Middle Schools, the parade will start in the Maloney Street parking lot off Santa Cruz Avenue. Please meet at the parade start at 11:00 a.m. After the parade, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., kids are welcome to trick-or-treat to local downtown merchants. Enjoy crafts, live entertainment, and carnival games. Free trick or treat bags will available at Fremont Park for all children.

Schedule of events
11:00 am  -  Costume parade through downtown Menlo Park
11:30 am  -  Magic by Phil Ackerly
11:30 am  -  Downtown trick-or-treat and carnival games at Fremont Park (ends at 2 p.m.)
12:15 pm  -  Winners of pumpkin carving contest announced
12:30 pm  -  Puppet show by Jungle Joe
  1:45 pm  -  Winner of pumpkin and candy guess announced 
  2:00 pm  -  Event concludes

Pumpkin carving contest 
New this year, the City of Menlo Park will be hosting a pumpkin carving contest. We look forward to many creative entries that will be showcased and judged at this year’s Halloween Hoopla. Those who wish to participate will need to complete the online entry form and pay the $10 per pumpkin entry fee. Please see official rules and terms and conditions on the online entry form. It is easy! Best of all, there will be great prizes to win. Deadline to register and pay the entry fee is Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 p.m. 

Scariest pumpkin: $25 Jeffery’s Hamburgers gift card
Happiest pumpkin: $25 Cheeky Monkey Toys gift card
Funniest pumpkin: $25 Stacks gift card
Most creative pumpkin: $50 Amici’s gift card
Best overall pumpkin: $100 Toy’s R US gift card

What if it rains?
Currently, it looks like the weather will be good to us this year. We will be providing updates on our Facebook page. If we have a light rain off and on, we will continue with the parade and park activities. Worst case scenario is that the parade and park festivities will be cancelled due to heavy/frequent rain, but the merchant trick-or-treat will go on rain or shine if parents feel comfortable participating. Unfortunately, it will be judgement call on the day of the event, but will do our best to provide updates on our Facebook page.