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Plenty of treats ahead
Halloween parties, fall festivals fill calendar
Zulema and Benjamin Santana wear their costumes while trick or treating downtown during Saturday’s annual Safe Halloween event sponsored by the Manteca Interact Club and participating merchants. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Halloween fun shifts into high gear in the coming week.

And if Halloween per se isn’t your bag, there are churches offering fall festival alternatives.

Manteca Christian Harvest Party
The Manteca Christian School Harvest Party takes place Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the school, 486 Button Ave.

It will feature games “trunk or treat”, a dunk tank, prizes, food, and more.

For more information call 239-3436.

Lathrop Christina Trunk or Treat
LATHROP — The Lathrop Christian Center is presenting its “Trunk or Treat” and Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31, from3 to 6 p.m. at the church located at 1919 Louise Ave.

There will be candy, games, goodies, raffle, and a free hay ride.

You can get free raffle tickets if you bring canned goods for the canned food drive.

For more information go to or call 858-1317.

St. Anthony’s plans Safe Halloween
St. Anthony’s School will host its fourth annual Safe Halloween Night at the school, 323 N. Fremont Ave., in Manteca on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The event is designed to keep children safe and off the streets on Halloween night. Haunted house, games, prizes and food will be featured in the school gym from 4 until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Ticket prices are 25 cents each, 20 tickets for $5 or 40 tickets for $10. For more information, call the school office at 823-4513.

MRPS Halloween Festival & Dance
The MRPS Halloween Festival and Dance takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. from 4 p.m. to midnight.

There is an adult costume contest at 10:30 p.m. and a kid’s costume contest at 8:30 p.m.

The family orientated event includes a bounce house, games, prizes, food, pumpkin painting and cake walk.

The cost is $5 for adults that are 16 and older while those 15 and under are free.

For more information call Evelyn at 599-6650.

First Baptist Church Bible Land Festival
The First Baptist Church, North and Sherman, is staging a Bible Land Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31, for a night of relaxation and family fun. It is open to all children from toddler age to sixth grade. All activities will be moved inside if the weather is cold or wet.

There will be game booths including festival classics such as bowling, sack race, darts, maze, and cake walk plus carpet ball and ladder golf. Every child will go home with a treat bag full of goodies and candy won at each game booth.

Loaves and Fishes Cafe is serving dinner - hot dog, nachos, dessert, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee and punch. The donation is $2 per person. There is no charge for admission and games.

The church is located at 715 E. North Street in Manteca. If you have any questions, call the church office at 823-1781.

Journey Church Trunk ‘N Treat
Journey Church’s annual Trunk ‘N Treat in on Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m.

Children are invited to come through the parking lot at the church and receive goodies from the trunks of congregation members’ cars. They will have hot chocolate and coffee for the moms and dads. This is a free event.

The church is located at 444 Argonaut Street, Manteca. You can get more info by calling 823-7133 or visiting the church on the web at

Halloween fun run benefits food bank
It is arguably the fun run with the most interesting characters racing through one of San Joaquin County’s most picturesque fall settings.

The Halloween River Run sponsored by Almond Valley Chiropractic takes place Saturday, Oct, 31, at Caswell Memorial State Park

The one-mile run/walk starts at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run at 9:30 a.m. at the park located along the Stanislaus River at the southern terminus of Austin Road.

There is another reason why the Halloween River Run is a bit different. All proceeds will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank that helps meet the food needs of struggling families in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. on Oct, 31. The cost is $20 for adults and $12 for kids. The charge is $35 on race day for adults to compete in both runs.

Bring 10 canned goods to race and and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an iPod.

Costumes are encouraged. The wearer of the best costume will receive $20.

There is a $25 award to the overall fastest male and female in the 5K run. Medals go to the top three in each division that includes 12 and under, 13 to 18, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and masters.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt.

Registration forms are at For more information contact Mary Pat at or call (209) 599-2699.