Trick-or-Treating at Greenfield Village

Broomstick shopping!

Broomstick shopping!

Greenfield Village is one of our favorite places to visit when the weather is nice. I've written about several of our visits this summer and in years' past. One of our favorite special events at the Village is their Hallowe'en nights! We've done the Hallowe'en Trick-or-treating every year since Viola was little (except for last year when we were at Walt Disney World for Oct.31!)  

It was unseasonably cold on the night we went and it threatened to rain all evening (even though we'd booked an early weekend in hopes that it would be warm). The girls dressed up as dark witches because we could put on layers on underneath but still have them in their costumes (I hate when the kids have to put coats over their costumes! (An issue which I plan to write about more shortly in my list of Princess Costume Hacks, I promise!)

We love the Greenfield Village event because it is geared toward little kids. They have candy stations - about 10 or so in total, I think - so it's not about bringing home a pillowcase full of goodies than they're not allowed to eat anyway. Instead of mountains of candy, the Village lights the streets with hundreds of carved pumpkins, and performers improv scenes from Frankenstein through the buildings of Menlo Park. The Carousel is lit with strobes and ghosts are tied to the carousel horses, with spooky off-key musical accompaniment. 

One of the Treat locations before it started getting dark!

One of the Treat locations before it started getting dark!

A costume from Hallowe'ens past!

A costume from Hallowe'ens past!

Watching an out-door screening of an old black-and-white Halloween cartoon while snacking on cider and donuts at the picnic tables!

Watching an out-door screening of an old black-and-white Halloween cartoon while snacking on cider and donuts at the picnic tables!

Preparing to cross the covered bridge... beware, there's a monster on the loose! 

Preparing to cross the covered bridge... beware, there's a monster on the loose! 

In years' past we have done the dinner option as well: honestly, I don't think the dinner offers that much for the little ones, but it's great for adults and older children who want a bit of history with their trick-or-treating. The food is always delicious, of course. If you are in the area and looking for a Halloween alternative, I highly recommend Greenfield Village. Tickets are affordable and it's a really great family-friendly holiday experience to enjoy!


Some photos from our very first ever trick-or-treating in Greenfield Village when Viola was just 2 years old! 

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I suppose, technically speaking, that Evangeline was there as well in my tummy!

I suppose, technically speaking, that Evangeline was there as well in my tummy!