STOCKTON – Among the highlights for children who grew up in the Port City in recent years is trick or treating on the Miracle Mile.
Not too long ago, I was one of those parents who once took my kid – like 99.9 percent of the youngsters, he’d be dressed up in costume – to the various businesses on Pacific Avenue.
Trick or Treat on the Mile served as a warm-up to the traditional Halloween door-to-door candy-fest.
While most of the businesses distributed sweet treats, Moore’s Karate offered up coupons for one free martial arts lesson.
This year’s annual event will be held Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. on Pacific Avenue on Wednesday (Halloween), between Harding Way and Alpine Street.
For more information, call 209-948-6453.
Other Halloween happenings in Stockton for this week:
Plea for Peace concert
The Plea for Peace Center at 630 E. Weber Ave. will be hosting a pre-Halloween show with live bands and perhaps some undead bands.
It’s an evening of punk rock, horror, and folks of all ages dressed up in costume from 7 to 10 p.m.
The bands include “Double Block and Bleed,” “Just Breathe,” “The Sea Wolves,” “Bad Daddies,” and “Red Devil Lie.”
Cost is $5.
In addition, canned goods to help feed the needy will be accepted during this event.
Plea for Peace is a non-profit organization featuring live music, art shows, and independent films.
For more information, call 209-981-2311.
Lincoln’s haunted house
The Lincoln High Drama Club will provide some real screams for this frightening event tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The public is invited to visit the haunted house now in its 25th year.
Cost is $7. Tickets are available at the theater box office.
Lincoln High is located at 6844 Alexandria Place.
Chitiva’s costume party
For those ages 21 and older, Chitiva’s Salsa and Sports Bar at the Waterfront Warehouse, 445 W. Weber Ave. might be the place to go tonight.
Come in costume and vie for the $100 first-place prize.
Cover charge is $10.
For more information, call 209-941-8605.
Haunted House fundraiser
Fright night will be held from tonight through Wednesday (Halloween) at the haunted house at 338 E. Market St.
Come by and scream at the scary creatures such as the ghouls, ghosts and monsters of the night.
The haunted house benefitting Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and the Mexican Heritage Center will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. during its five-day run.
Cost is $5 for all ages.
For more information, call 209-941-0701.
Freak Night II
This upscale Halloween event is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St.
Frank G in conjunction with Gil & Marcy are host of Freak Night II.
The event is for those 21 and older. Included are two spacious dance floors and music by Latin Magic.
An appetizer menu, souvenir photos and three easy access bars will also be available.
Cost is $20 in advance.
For more information, call 483-0172.
Celebrate Halloween from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Downtown Transit Center, 421 E. Weber Ave.
Youngsters can enjoy the day with a treat and visit the fire engine on display.
The Fall Festival is a free family event.
For more information, call 209-943-1111.
— VINCE REMBULAT
209 staff reporter