Howling Halloween Events in Hayward, CA

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It’s that time of year again!  On Halloween, the streets of the Bay Area will be crowded with ghosts, goblins, witches, Disney and Marvel caricatures, and all sorts of other spooky attire.  Children in costumes of all shapes, sizes, and colors will be running around, some with adults and some without, so be on high alert for all of those crazy trick-or-treaters!  If you’re looking for all the fun events leading up to Friday, October 31, here are some events going on in the Hayward area. Sulphur Creek Haunted House October 24-25 – 6pm-9pm Hayward, CA Come to Sulphur Creek Nature Center and experience Halloween with an unusual twist. Take a walk through the ages, and find out how some animals have stood the test of time. Discover animals that may have lived with cavemen, ones that enjoyed hanging out in a 1950s diner, or were enjoyed by mighty kings and queens of past times. Make your way through a Time Machine at the Unhaunted House and meet an owl, tarantula, opossum, and other critters at this special event.  There will be plenty more going on including Halloween crafts, storytelling, a campfire, games, night hikes, and tasty treats!  Bring the family and enjoy a fun filled evening or afternoon.  For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.haywardrec.org/129/Sulphur-Creek-Nature-Center MJCC Halloween Haunted House October 23-25 and October 27-30 – 7:15pm – 9:15 pm Matt Jimenez Community Center 28200 Ruus Rd., Hayward, CA Come join the fun and take a trip through the community center as it’s transformed into a scary place. Experience a night of ghosts and spooks all in a fun and safe environment that will be enjoyable for the whole family. This event is for all ages. For more information visit: http://www.haywardrec.org. MJCC Halloween Spooktacular Halloween Carnival October 25 – 11am – 4pm Matt Jimenez Community Center 28200 Ruus Rd., Hayward, CA Announcing our annual “Spooktacular” Halloween Carnival! Festivities will include carnival games, food, prizes, and a costume contest. So bring the whole family out for a fun, safe and enjoyable Halloween experience! After the carnival, take a walk through the Haunted House! This event is for all ages. Admission is free for all and booth tickets will be 25¢. http://www.haywardrec.org. Halloween Fling – For Special Needs Children and Adults October 26 – 1pm – 4pm At Ruggieri Senior Center,
33997 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA Come and join us for this FREE event for youth and adults with special needs! Activities planned for this special event include: pizza and snacks, drinks, prizes, a DJ and dancing, Wii games, karaoke, Halloween theme arts n’ crafts, movies and more! Looking for a Costume? Visit Spirit Halloween located at 3858 Center Plaza or 24518 Hesperian Blvd #136, Hayward. You are sure to find a costume you’re looking for with hundreds of ghosts, goblins, and caricatures to choose from! Be Safe on Halloween! Halloween Safety Tips Keep these tips in mind so you’re children and their friends enjoy a safe Halloween night! • Wear a costume that makes it easier for you to walk, see and be seen. Light color costumes are best. • Select costumes, masks, wigs, or beards made of flame retardant materials (check the labels).  Avoid flimsy, lightweight fabrics and costumes with billowing skirts or loose baggy sleeves. • Make it easy for motorists and other trick-or-treaters to see you by using retro-reflective tape on your costume. • Use makeup instead of a mask, so eyesight is not restricted.  If wearing a mask, make sure to take it off before crossing the street. • Plan your trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Pick well-lit streets and tell your family in which areas you will be trick-or-treating. • Ask a parent or older sibling to trick-or-treat with you.  If someone older cannot go with you, be sure to trick-or-treat with a group. • It’s best to trick-or-treat when it is still light outside. • Carry a flashlight with you, so you can see and easily be seen. • Cross only at corners. Never cross between parked cars or mid-block.  If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic. • Wait until you get home to sort, check, and eat your treats to be sure that nothing has been tampered with.  Avoid homemade treats unless they are from a trusted individual. Motorist Safety Tips • Avoid traveling through residential areas as these areas will be crowded with people.  If dropping off or picking up trick-or-treaters, drive slowly and pay extra close attention to your surroundings.  Always obey all traffic signs and signals. • The risk of killing pedestrians can increase dramatically with just a few extra MPHs.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is nearly twice as likely to be killed by a car going 30 mph, compared to a car going 25 mph.  What seems like a small difference, just 5 mph, can literally be the difference between life and death. • Keep an eye out for children that are walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.  Also, be aware that trick-or-treaters may not be paying attention to traffic and could be crossing the street in mid-block or between parked cars. Motorists should scan far ahead when driving in residential areas and cautiously watch for pedestrians in the area.  Even in the daylight, turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible.  For more information visit: http://calstate.aaa.com/auto/car-traffic-safety/halloween-safety-tips

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