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Nathan Bratt dressed as Mickey Mouse makes his way to the costume judging area during Saturdays Manteca Youth Advisory Commission Halloween carnival and haunted House at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club. - photo by HIME ROMERO

A new Safe Halloween event is rolling out this year in Manteca.

The businesses at the Promenade Shops At Orchard Valley are inviting parents to bring the kids to a free Safe Halloween trick or treating event Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center located at the 120 Bypass and Union Road.

There will be vendors and a costume parade with prizes for all at 5 p.m.

If your little ghosts and goblins want to parade throughout the center they can meet in front of the AMC ShowPlace just before 5 p.m.

Participating businesses are AMC Showplace, Matsu Sushi, Subway, Crush, Manteca Visitors Center, Fabulous Nails, Red Robin, Van’s, JC Penney’s, and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Bass Pro events

Free kids’ activities including fun crafts, a costume parade and “trick-or-treating” are available at Bass Pro Shops.

Kids will receive free Peanut themed coloring sheets and get a free 4x6 photo of them with the Great Pumpkin weekdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Bass Pro wil have free trick or treating throughout the store on Friday, Oct. 28, and Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.

A costume parade takes place Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. with small prizes being awarded to participants.  On Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, kids can have fun roasting marshmallows from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

St. Anthony’s School Safe Halloween

St. Anthony of Padua School in Manteca is hosting an event that will help provide a great way to keep children safe and off the streets on Halloween night. For the 6th year in a row, the school is hosting its Annual Safe Halloween Night on Saturday, Oct. 31. The event will be held at the school gymnasium, located at 323 N. Fremont Avenue, from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Featured attractions will include a haunted house, games, prizes and food. Ticket prices are 25 cents each, $5 for 20 tickets, and $10 for 40 tickets. Proceeds will help send the fifth grade to Science Camp.

For more information about the Safe Halloween event, call the school office at 823-4513 or Monika Pelicas at 825-9822.

San Joaquin 4-H plans Manteca haunted house

The San Joaquin County 4-H Domestic Exchange project is holding a Haunted House fund-raiser in Manteca over Halloween weekend.  

It takes place Friday and Saturday (Oct. 28-29) from 6 to 11 p.m. as well as Sunday and Monday (Oct. 30-31) from 6 to 10p.m. at 13616 S. Highway 99 East Frontage between Lathrop Road and French Camp Road.

The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family (same household).

Alien crash site in Lathrop

The Lathrop Senior Center will be hosting an alien themed Halloween Walkthrough on Sunday, Oct. 30. and Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lathrop Senior Center (15707 Fifth Street, Lathrop). This safe and fun event will offer families a more unique experience than typical haunted houses. Kids and parents alike will enjoy watching what happens when aliens and the military come together.

After the thrill is over refreshments will be for sale along with trick-or-treat candy for the kids. Refreshments will include alien pizza, alien slime and hot dogs. Admission is $5 per person and children under age 4 are free. For more information, please contact the Lathrop Senior Center at (209) 941-7380.

Harvest Festival Saturday in Lathrop

The Lathrop Parks & Recreation Department is holding its annual Harvest Festival & Giant Halloween Party at the Lathrop Community Center Scott Brooks Gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. This safe and fun event will offer 12 carnival game booths, a costume contest, and other traditional autumn activities. The Costume Contest and Parade has four categories: Toddler, Youth, Adult and Family Group Costume contests. Adults must accompany children ages 5 and under. Admission is only $4 per person and only $15 per family. The Youth Advisory Commission will be hosting a free pumpkin walk for the kids. For more information please contact the Lathrop Community Center at 941-7370.

Halloween bash for seniors Wednesday

Sister Ann Venita Britto and her Ministry of Caring are welcoming area seniors to Wednesday’s annual Halloween luncheon at the St. Anthony of Padua parish gymnasium.

All are invited regardless of their religious affiliations.

Not only will those attending receive a hearty sit-down meal but they can also get their flu shots.

The vaccinations are free. However, seniors are required to bring their Medicare (parts A and B) card, according to Sister Ann.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The gym is located in front of St. Anthony School, 323 N. Fremont St., Manteca.

Sister Ann and her Ministry of Caring have been preparing the gifts, table centerpieces, and prizes for the Halloween luncheon for the past few weeks.

Her regulars include those from the retirement communities and care homes.

For more information, call (209) 239-4302.