Piedmont Cemetary: a not-creepy stroller heaven and a free Halloween pumpkin
I grew up going to lots of weddings and funerals because my parents were pastors. So, I am rather comfortable in places some folks might not be say, in empty churches or in graveyards. Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery, formerly and still commonly referred to as Piedmont Cemetery, is a beautiful place to spend some time with your young one. I am dead serious.
Designed by the same landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park, the cemetery has lots of beautiful trees, winding roads and paths, great views of San Francisco and the bay and lovely mausoleums. It is a great place to go for a run, a stroller walk or a toddler-led meander. You can park anywhere and there is private security patrols. I did not check for public restrooms. However, it is just a short walk to all the stores and restaurants on Piedmont Avenue. It really isn’t a creepy place. On a sunny day there are lots of folks picnicking, walking their dogs and enjoying the grounds.
Also, coming up is their free, annual Halloween event. For a girl who spent an awful lot of time in cemeteries as a kid this does sound a little weird to me, but it looks very kid friendly and not creepy. Here’s the info about the event from their website:
8th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2013
12 noon – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween at our fun-filled pumpkin patch meadow, with free pumpkins, activities, and treats for the kids. Our long-standing Halloween tradition continues this year and immediately follows the Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association’s annual Halloween parade, which is part of a daylong celebration that includes trick-or-treating at participating stores on the avenue.
To join in the fun, head down to the end of Piedmont Avenue after the parade and proceed into the cemetery to the pumpkin patch meadow. Children can choose a free pumpkin (one per child) and enjoy lots of other activities, including: several “jumper” inflatable funhouses to jump around in, a hay-bale tunnel, a clown balloon artist, face painting, and a craft area to decorate pumpkins, masks, and treat bags. Food truck vendors will be onsite. Parents must accompany their children to this event.