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Join the Haunted Food Drive!

For trick-or-treaters looking to experience an encounter with a very special Halloween spirit, Alameda resident Lois Baptiste has “the” spot in town: the Alameda Food Bank barrel at 908 Lincoln Avenue, between Wood and Ninth streets.

This is a critical time for many families on the Island, and Baptiste will reward generous trick-or-treaters who stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. with some special goodies.

The food bank says these items are most needed: cans of beef stew, fruit, chili with beef, tuna and corn, as well as one-pound bags of rice.

Other drop-off points include the Alameda Free Library Main Branch, Alameda Marketplace, Bank of Alameda on Park Street, and Color Me Mine at Alameda Town Centre.

The Alameda Food Bank gives food to low-income Alamedans throughout the year and says it is “woefully short” on turkeys for Thanksgiving. To donate a turkey, call 510-523-5850.

And thanks to all the ghosts and goblins who donate on Halloween and during the holidays.

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Trick-or-Treat Comes to Alameda Point

While Mayor Beverly Johnson and the Alameda Chamber of Commerce have issued written statements explaining their lack of support for SunCal’s Alameda Point Revitalization Initiative, one resident is having a bit more fun with his criticism of the plans.

Alameda resident David Howard, a member of Action Alameda,  is handing out “scary” SunCal-themed tricks and treats.

Howard calls the plans a “Frankenstein initiative,” and has printed candies with the names of “some of SunCal’s more than two-dozen bankrupt California projects,” he says.

According to Howard, the trick bags represent SunCal’s “empty promises for traffic mitigation, a sports complex and a levee to protect their development against projected sea-level rise at the site.”

Howard plans to be at the Webster Street Farmer’s Market at noon this Saturday to pass out some of the treats.

It will be interesting to see if SunCal plans a counter “trick-or-treat” demonstration – and how the various parties are costumed for Halloween.

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The Best Haunted Houses in Town (Part I)

 

Sal Hernandez is one of a group of Alameda residents who take great pride in their Haunted Houses. Sal’s is at 915 Broadway.

Each year, he picks a theme and goes all out so that he and his neighbors can get into the Halloween spirit. He evens spends $100 or more on candy as Alamedans flock to his home for trick-or-treating.

This year, his theme focuses on Virginia City, Nevada, a mining town and one of the most famous boomtowns in the Old West. It appeared overnight as a result of the Comstock Lode silver strike of 1859.

Sal has done his homework. He’s got a group of skeletons enjoying a drink at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, for instance, which is an old bar in Virginia City that continues to delight tourists.

He’s also done a tribute to one of Nevada’s red-light district establishments with his display entitled “Mable’s Horror House.”

In past years, Sal has decorated his lawn and home with dead knights, pirate skeletons and more.

He’s really appreciated competing in Haunted House competitions over the last few years, but doesn’t know about any in town this year.

Please let us know if there are any competitions going on. And be sure to visit the Teen Haunted House at Veteran’s Memorial Hall this weekend (October 23-25), 2203 Central Ave.

Sal does issue a warning each year: His home is a very spooky (and popular) place to be on Halloween Night.

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Fall Carnival Events & Fun Coming Up

As the decorations and costumes come out of the closet for Halloween, Alamedans have lots of activities to entertain themselves with.

This Saturday, October 24, for instance, Otis Elementary School is holding its annual fall carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 3010 Fillmore Street, next to Krusi Park.

The carnival will feature a haunted house and games, along with music performed by the Lincoln Band. There will be a costume parade and contest, kids’ obstacle course, cake walk, face painting, pumkin walk, as well as arts and crafts.

Tickets will be sold for the games and the haunted house, with proceeds going to benefit Otis school and students.

Next weekend, on Saturday, October 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bay Farm Community Church at 3189 Mecartney Road on Bay Farm Island will celebrate fall with “Under the Big Top-Circus.”

The show includes wild cats, Red Panda acrobats and fire spinners. And there will also be face painters, uniciyclists, stilt walkers and a super slide. The cost of entry is $5 for kids and $6 for adults.

There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, and other treats on sale, as well as tickets for games and train rides.

Please comment on any other events that you know about going on in and around Alameda! Thanks.