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Trick or Treating Hot Spots in San Francisco

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Most of us in San Francisco don’t live in trick or treating hot spots but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Here are three neighborhoods that will fit whatever level of Halloween you’re going for.

Clement Street

Put on by the Clement St Merchants Association, businesses along the street with special stencils in front of their stores will be handing out treats. This is the perfect spot for the itty bitties – not too crowded and with several watering holes for the parents. Festivities end at 6pm.

Noe Valley

This hood is known for decked out houses and tons of Halloween treats. Perfect for kids a little older who are serious about collecting an epic Halloween stash. But beware, parking is always difficult in this neighborhood and this Friday will be no different.

Belvedere Street in Cole Valley

You could call this the Burning Man of Halloween. Every year the houses on Belvedere street turn their homes into visual art, with costumed dancers in windows and a baby disco pumping the best old school funk. But just like the real party in the desert, this Halloween haunt gets packed. Keep the kids close and head there early!

 

Photo by Bettina Neuefeind

Trick or Treating: Four Ideas for the Halloween Haul

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Halloween is this Friday and Parenthoods is abuzz about costumes, candy and what to do with this year’s Halloween haul. Here are a few ideas from our community.

Make a lesson in nutrition

Working together with your child separate all the healthy treats like the peanuts, raisins, and granola bars. Save these for lunches or for a quick snack. Next, have your child pick out their absolute favorite candy from the less healthy pile. You can let them choose how much they want, or you can have a set amount.

Trade the candy in for a toy

Have your little one pick out a toy of their choice in exchange for their sugary loot. You can even get creative by having them leave the goods by their bed, and let the Switch Witch do the work for you in the middle of the night.

Teach the giving spirit

Give to a local charity like San Francisco’s At The Crossroads. They are taking candy donations to help with their youth outreach efforts. Does it get any better than that?

Go hog wild

Many Hooders recall their parents letting them go crazy over their candy – sorting, stacking, trading – and plan to do the same.

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Halloween is almost here, and we have some great kid-friendly events to celebrate the season. So get out there and eat, drink, and carve your way through the weekend. Happy Haunting!

It’s Naturally Spooky at the Randall Museum

On October 25th, from 10am to 2pm head to the Randall Museum in Corona Heights. This awesome all-ages nature museum offers a non-scary way to celebrate Halloween with not-so-ghoulish games, arts & crafts, a Twilight Forest, pumpkin carving and more. This event is free with a $3 suggested donation.

Howl-O-Ween and Scavenger Hunt at the Flea

Still in need of a costume? This is the largest shopping and costume party around. October 25th and 26th, from 10am to 4pm, the Treasure Island Flea has over 400 vendors to visit and has a ton of Halloween festivities for all ages, including scavenger hunts! Admission is $3 and kids under 12 are free!

Eatwell Pumpkin Party

Get your pumpkin on, October 26th from 11am to 5pm. This kid-friendly event offers all the activities a proper pumpkin party should – pumpkin carving, face painting, and arts & crafts. Eatwell farms will have some specialty items using their fresh pumpkins and for the adults, Alembic bar offers up a pumpkin bourbon cocktail. Fall is delicious!

 

Photo by Personal Creations

Bookmark Posts, Notification Settings & More Speed!

Bookmarking lets you pocket the good stuff

Sometimes you see a fellow ‘hooder post a fascinating question and you want the answer too. Other times a parent shares an article that sparks your interest, but you won’t have time to read it until the kids are in bed.

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When you see a post, just click the bookmark icon in the upper right corner. Then, when you want to get back to it, click the Bookmarks button on your Profile. When you bookmark a post you’ll also get push notifications when another ‘hooder responds.

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Notification Settings

You can now edit which notifications you receive from our new Notification Settings page (get there from your Profile, and click the gear icon on the upper right.


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The Need for Speed

You have no time, and if you did, you wouldn’t waste it on apps waiting to load. That’s why we’re prioritizing speed. In this release you’ll notice things load a lot faster.

OK, let us know what you think and happy bookmarking!

 

San Francisco’s Best Halloween Costume Shops

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It’s almost Halloween and you’re either an overachiever with costumes awaiting their trick-or-treat debut OR you’re like 80% of parents still in need of that perfect gem. Well fear not you 80%, we have the list of best costume shops for kids in San Francisco to fit any effort level.

SF Party - Ready to Wear

This SF treasure has a great selection of costumes for kids as well as a full selection of accessories to match that lion or bunny onesie costume. In addition to their low prices, they also offer free shipping if you need to have a costume delivered.

Tenderloin

Address: 939 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-931-9393

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am – 6pm; Sat, 10am – 5 pm; Closed Sunday

 

Chloe’s Closet - Second Hand 

Chloe’s Closet offers great prices for gently used clothes and accessories in excellent condition. This consignment shop is dependent upon what others trade in, so while it doesn’t have the most variety you can bet your bottom you can find a mini costume at a reasonable price.

Inner Sunset

Address: 616 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-664-4611

Hours: 10am – 6pm, every day

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Bernal Heights

Address: 451 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-642-3300

Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am – 6pm; Sat & Sun, 10:30am – 6pm

 

Thrift Town - Second Hand

Thrift Town is a great place to get into the Halloween spirit. Because most Halloween costumes are worn only once, buying gently used costumes is a great way to reduce waste. You can shop racks by theme while saving money and going green!

Mission

Address: 2101 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-861-1132

Hours: Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm; Sun, 10am – 6pm

 

Mendel’s - From Scratch

Feeling crafty? Head to Mendel’s for fabric, wigs, hats, tails, and feathers to help create or complement any costume. What’s more, they have the best selection of fake fur in the Bay Area – you know, in case you want to build a snowman…

Upper Haight

Address: 1556 Haight St, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-621-1287

Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 6 pm; Sun, 11am – 5pm

 

Fantasy Clothing Co - Let’s Rent 

Want to press the easy button and get a costume for the whole family? Fantasy Clothing has a wide selection for adults and a handful of furry animal costumes for the itty bitties. You can buy or rent with many one-of-a-kind finds!

SoMa

Address: 1275 Folsom St, Ste 100, San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-556-9900

Hours: Tues-Fri, 11am – 6pm; Sat, 11am – 5pm; Closed Sunday and Monday

 

Photo by Anders Ruff Custom Designs 

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Art and Pumpkin Festival

Come and enjoy the autumn harvest of gigantic heavyweight champion pumpkins, two stages of entertainment, a pie-eating contest, a costume contest, and the Great Pumpkin Parade! Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 5pm, Half Moon Bay’s historic downtown will be full of pumpkins, homestyle foods and even a haunted house. Bring the kids to meet the new Pumpkin Festival mascot, Gourdy.

Sunday Streets - Mission

This Sunday, October 19th from 11am to 4pm get your little ones out of the house for some fun-filled exercise. The Mission District will be closed off to all car traffic, letting you ride, walk, skip, or hop safely from one end of the event to the next. Great for kids of all ages, Sunday Streets features live music, djs, yoga lessons, belly dancing, swing dancing, hula hooping, free massages, and much more! There are even free bike rentals to make sure you and your kids don’t miss a thing.

Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap, Oakland

This swap is a great way to save some hard-earned cash for the upcoming holidays! Bring your gently-used kids clothes, books and toys to trade with others on Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 12pm at the Lakeview Branch Library in Oakland. Arrive a half hour early for library storytime!

Products Parents Are Buzzing About

When your baby arrived you stocked up on everything you could possibly need – and lots of things you didn’t –  in preparation for their arrival. Now that babe is a little older it’s time to invest in some new helpful gear that will last. Once again, the Parenthoods community has you covered. Here are three items that parents are raving about.

 

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Haba Discovery Wagon

This wagon is pricey, but worth it. Parents are saying the sturdiness and multiple uses will have you and the kids loving it for years. It can be used as a walker, as a chair, to push dolls and a lot more. Plus it comes with a few fun discovery toys built in.

How to not break the bank – Amazon is currently offering 40% off of this sweet ride.

 

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Little Partners Learning Tower

Did you know that kids that help in the preparation of a meal are more likely to try the new foods you’re cooking? Score! The Learning Tower allows your littles to participate in kitchen life. They can help make food, put away dishes and wash their hands at the kitchen sink. What’s more, you can add on items like an art easel to get even more use out of it.

How to not break the bank – These towers are always on craigslist. Check for listings near you. OR check out this awesome Ikea hack.

 

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Melissa & Doug Kitchen

Do you smell what the Tot has cookin? Well you will when they start frying up some happy play time. This kitchen has the works, from a microwave to a refrigerator. A wow-toy for any play date and a solid structure that will still be going strong for any future tikes.

How to not break the bank – Another regular on craigslist, check for listings near you. OR look for online stores that offer promo codes through sites like retailmenot.com

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Fleet Week

It’s San Francisco’s Fleet Week! From Thursday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th head to Pier 39 for performances from a number of different bands and the opportunity to meet the Blue Angel pilots. Be sure to check out the full schedule for all of the weekend’s activities. And don’t forget ear plugs for the little ones.

Urban Air Market: Lower Haight

Saturday, October 11th from 11am to 6pm is the Urban Air Market in Lower Haight. Grab a Halloween costume if you don’t already have one, or get in some early holiday shopping. All this goodness and a kids activity area!

Biking With Kids Workshop

San Francisco’s Bicycle Coalition has a Biking With Kids Workshop this Saturday, October 11th from 2pm to 4pm at St. Cyprians Church. Get your bike family ready. They’ll have tips and tricks on riding while pregnant, with babes and toddlers.

photo by (matt)

Parenthoods Gets Musical

Music is a hot topic among the Parenthoods community. We discuss everything from our children’s favorite songs to using music to express our parental feelings.

Today we have a list of some of our favorite music related conversations.

1) Parenthoods Spotify Playlist – What are your babe’s favorite songs? Two dads from Parenthoods, okaythankyou and Angelo of Dadpreneur, came up with the great idea of making a Best of Parenthoods spotify playlist with all of the music our kids love. Let’s just say, Parenthoods kids are really cool. Turn it on, and get those little booties moving!

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2) Viral Video – The latest viral video to hit Parenthoods is a new take on Frozen’s “Let It Go”. We know, we know, you’re so over it. But what if we told you the new lyrics included “Let Me Poop”.

3) One Great Song – While we’re on the poop subject, one Hooder happily shared an instructive song of where it belongs. This potty training guide by indie artists Over the Rhine is a must listen!

4) Music As Expression – Our favorite musical discussion illustrated one mama’s internal dialogue when thinking about having a second baby.

This Weekend’s Activities in the Bay Area

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Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo

Meet professional Sumo Wrestlers in person! Sunday, October 5th from 11am to 5pm, head to Japantown for the Sumo Wrestling Festival & Expo. Kids get their own private meet & greet at 11am where they can high five and take pics with professional sumo wrestlers including Byamba the 370lb, Mongolian, three-time World Sumo Champion, and 600lb, Yama, the heaviest Japanese person EVER! And yep, it’s free.

Bay Area Circus Arts Festival

Friday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 5th, the Bay Area Circus Arts Festival in Alameda has a killer line up of free workshops and entertaining shows. Kids can hop on a unicycle or learn the trapeze. Parents, try your hand at some balloon animals. All workshops are free. Saturday night’s, Art in Motion, Variety show is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

PortFest

This Saturday, October 4th from 8am to 5pm, head to Redwood City for PortFest. Enjoy free boat rides and a packed schedule of children’s activities, including a kids area with a bouncy house. Admission and parking are free or take CalTrain down and hop on their free shuttle to the festival.

 

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