Winchester Mystery House San Jose California

Tricks and Treats for Kids in Northern California

October is here and even though I’m still not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, I have to admit a tinge of excitement because my family’s Halloween countdown has begun. You don’t have to be a kid to get into the spirit of Halloween in Northern California. All you have to do is enjoy a sense of mystery and know the way to San Jose.

About an hour south of San Francisco, the city of San Jose is home to the Winchester Mystery House. In 1884, Winchester rifle heiress, Sarah Winchester …


Ghastly Goings-On in London

Halloween was always an ‘American’ thing here in the UK. Just like you can always find a few hotels serving Thanksgiving dinners, you would occasionally find the odd restaurant or club going with the spooky theme. You might get a couple of kids knocking on your door covered in a white bed sheet with two holes cut out at eye level, but that was it.

Until about two years ago.


Pumpkin Farms and Festivals, A Nationwide Tradition

It’s officially fall at my house. This weekend the Halloween decorations went up, the “what should I be for Halloween?” discussion turned serious, and the kids added three pumpkins to the porch. (Before the month’s over, that number will double.)

You could call hunting for the perfect pumpkin a tradition with my family. Honestly, it’s a good excuse to take a break from busy weekends filled with swim meets and laundry and just play.


Welcome to October! Halloween Haunt Round Up

When Halloween falls on a weekend, it’s scary how many great events there are to choose from. Museums, amusement parks, even zoos get into the spooky spirit. Plan ahead, with so much to see and do, you’ll need all that sugar to keep the family moving.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween

Whether you’re a fan of Disney World or not, you have to admit they throw a great party! Halloween is no exception. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party …


Pumpkin Picking Time! SF Bay Area Edition

The calendar may dictate the official start of fall in the San Francisco Bay Area, but for me fall begins when pumpkins start appearing on doorsteps.

It’s cheap and easy to grab one with the groceries at the store, but the memories made when you traipse through the dusty fields are priceless. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough weekends to explore all the great pumpkin patches in Northern California.


Shove Fall Madness Aside with an East Coast Getaway

When colorful leaves assert themselves and eventually descend upon us Northeasterners we realize that fall is here. And before we know it, colorful relatives assert themselves and descend upon us, clueing us in that Thanksgiving is here and fall is almost over.

As parents we don’t even have to ask how the season got away from us so quickly. We went from Labor Day to Columbus Day to apoplectic Halloween prep to exponentially more apoplectic Thanksgiving prep without sitting down. Not once.