Costumes – Weekly Stroller Hikes E-Newsletter (1)


Now is the busy season for craft stores and seasonal isles at pharmacies! Welcome to the season where we celebrate things that might otherwise scare us, and embrace pretending.

Our neighbors already have the fake cobwebs and plastic pumpkins up. Debating if we should follow suit, Max and I spied a huge spider web in the garden (about 3 feet by 2 feet – really big) and a gorgeous orange and white spider to go with it, hiding on a nearby leaf, waiting for its dinner to be trapped.

Visiting preschool on Wednesday, as soon as the topic of Halloween came up, all of the kids gathered round with their costume ideas – the usual collection of 1950s Comic Book Heroes and 2000s Cartoon Heroes, as well as some creative vegetative and animal matter. Max loves horses, so he has opted to be a horse this year, and we picked out fabric for sewing a costume already. Dad’s going to be a pink bunny (he’s always wanted to be), so I have some shaggy fabric for that in the garage. I’m still not settled on what I’ll be – I’ll shoot for something less disturbing, but probably less regal than in years past. (With all intentions to be the life of the party, I managed to be a very scary clown several years back, and on the other end of the spectrum, I have been the Statue of Liberty and p53, DNA’s guardian angel from mutation.)

I’m sure I’m not alone in my uncertainty about what to be. And I’m sure there are moms and dads out there hoping that their kids don’t ask for a costume too out of the ordinary. I thought I’d propose a costume swap this year, if any of you are interested. Got a costume you’d like to lend out, give away, or sell? Let me know and I’ll assemble these options for next weekend’s newsletter. Costumes can be all types and sizes (even adult).

Halloween occurs on a weekend this year, so there are bound to be tons of ways to celebrate. If you’re looking for a family friendly celebration in the middle of the day, visit Palo Alto’s California Street (there’s a train station there, if you’d like to take the train) for a neighborhood carnival managed by Blossom Birth Services and sponsored by a lot of the California Street businesses this year. The event will run from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 31st. I’ll post more information in the coming weeks.
If you’re looking for a fun place to pick up a pumpkin and would rather not be stuck in a single lane of traffic as you snake towards Half Moon Bay, there is a Harvest Fair next Saturday (October 10th) from 10 AM to 4 PM put on by our friends at Two Small Farms, in Watsonville. See below!

Got your own recommendations for events this season? Let me know, and they’ll get added to next week’s newsletter and/or the website.

Here are this week’s events:

Monday, October 5th at 10 am we’ll meet at John W Christian Greenbelt. Amy L. and little Adelina will lead a speed walk / jog along the lovely wide, paved greenbelt in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. Dogs allowed but be sure they can manage on a faster-paced walk/run. We’ll take a break around the halfway point for the trip, to play at the large playground for toddlers (which includes water features, so bring clothes), along the greenbelt. Meet at the pedestrian bridge on Ahwanee Avenue and San Junipero Drive (the bridge is just NW of San Junipero Dr.). For more information about the trail, see the John W Christian Greenbelt Webpage ( If you’re running late, give Amy a call at 650-207-6556.

Tuesday, October 6th at 8:30 or 9 am (a future e-mail to the group will confirm the time) Loren and little Angelo will lead a mellow stroller jog (sometimes a brisk walk) around Almaden Lake and down Los Alamitos Trail. Meet at the water dragon by the big playground near the bathrooms and swimming beach in the main parking lot near the intersection of Coleman Avenue and Almaden Expressway. No dogs allowed! Jogging strollers are best, but this is an entirely paved trail, so smaller-wheeled strollers are also OK. Walkers always welcome! For more information about the area or directions, see The Los Alamitos Creek Trail Webpage ( If you’re running late, call Loren at 831-227-6737.

Thursday, October 8th at 4:30 pm join Debbie and little Max for a Toddler Trek at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino/Los Altos Hills. If toddlers are up for it, we’ll tackle Coyote Loop to Deer Hollow Farm (with some uphill and downhill), but if toddlers are not so ambitious, we’ll take Deer Meadow Trail to the Farm. For more information or directions, see the Rancho San Antonio Page ( Sorry, dogs not allowed. This hike is at least half shaded. If you’re running late, call Debbie at 650-776-1082.

Friday, October 9th at 8:30 or 9 am Loren will lead a hike for 1 to 2 hours (more or less, depending on group needs and trail length). A future e-mail to the group will confirm the time and location.

Saturday, October 10th, at 10 am join for the Family Fun Bike Ride in Burlingame. Tricycles, training wheels, and trailers are welcome! The ride starts at the parking lot of the Broadway Caltrain Station on California Drive. As described on’s Website ( ” We bike over the new Broadway Bicycle-Pedestrian Overpass, and cruise along the Bayfront bike path for about a mile to the small City park next to the beautiful Anza Lagoon. Return trip: We retrace our route, ending up at Preston’s on Broadway for FREE ICE CREAM for all the kids.”

Saturday, October 10th, visit High Ground Organics Farm in Watsonville for a charter school fundraiser Harvest Fair. The festivities run from 10 AM to 4 PM and include arts and crafts, pony and hay rides, produce sales, apple tasting, a petting zoo, and more. Children 3 and under are free, but all other kids cost $5, and adults cost $10 entry fee. For more information, see The Harvest Fair’s flier at This is not a Stroller Hikes event, but several Stroller Hikes members are part of this CSA. All members of the public are welcome to this event.

Think about sharing those events and costumes!

-Debbie and little Max

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