As many as 2,000 costumed kids are expected to converge on downtown Manteca Saturday as part of the 16th annual Safe Halloween.
Manteca Interact, a high school service club, is conducting the free trick or treating event in conjunction with participating merchants from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There is also free face painting and games at the corner of Yosemite Avenue and Main Street.
Also on Saturday is the 23rd annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House staged by the Manteca Parks & Recreation Department and the Manteca Youth Commission is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St. Admission is $5 per child while parents are free. Admission is $2 for youth with a Boys & Girls ID card. It is designed for preschool through sixth grade. A costume contest takes place at 2:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCT. 31 EVENTS
• ST. PAUL’S HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be hosting a Halloween Carnival on Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall at the corner of Powers and North Streets. There will be carnival games, food and of course lots of candy. Tickets for the games will be sold in a pack of eight for $1. A hot dog, chips and beverage meal will be sold for $2 and a pumpkin pie slice will be $1.50.
• MANTECA TRUNK OR TREAT: Join Crossroads Grace Community Church for their Trunk or Treat Extravaganza on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at their parking lot at 1505 Moffat Blvd. All ages are welcome. There will be lots of candy, games, prizes, inflatables, ponies and a live band. Food vendors will be on site with food for sale. The event is free.
• ST. ANTHONY’S SAFE HALLOWEEN: The St. Anthony’s School Safe Halloween is Friday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Games, attractions and food will be available at the festivities held in the St. Anthony’s School Gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., Manteca. Entrance is free. Tickets may be purchased for just 25 cents each. For more information please contact the school office at 823.4513.
• RIPON TRUNK OR TREAT: Immanuel Christian Reformed Church will host a “Trunk or Treat” event for families looking for a safe, fun environment for celebrating Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot. There will be face-painting for those who would like it (at no cost) as well as a few carnival games. Candy, apple cider and coffee will be available. Trunk or Treat will be located behind the Ministry Center, off of Palm. Parking will be available on the south end of Orange Avenue.