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Plenty of Halloween fun on tap
Franklin Ewesioei of the Manteca Interact Club hands out candy to trick-or-treaters during Saturdays Safe Halloween in downtown staged by the teen service club in partnership with merchants. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Halloween activities reach a crescendo today and Monday with everything from Safe Halloween events to haunted houses.

The most unusual of the bunch is today’s debut of the alien themed Halloween Walkthrough taking place today and Monday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lathrop Senior Center, 15707 Fifth St., in Lathrop.

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.

Safe Halloween at Orchard Valley

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 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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Monday. Bass Pro will have free trick or treating throughout the store on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Kids can have fun roasting marshmallows today from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

San Joaquin 4-H plans Manteca haunted house

The San Joaquin County 4-H Domestic Exchange Project’s Haunted House takes place tonight and Monday from 6 to 10 p.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).

Bible Land Festival Monday

The Bible Land Festival theme this year is  “Walking through the Bible”. It takes places Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at North Street and Sheridan Avenue.

It offers a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating. They are welcoming all children from kindergarten through 8th grade (older brothers and sisters are welcome – younger children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) All activities will be moved inside if the weather is cold or wet.

There will be a hayride, 2 bounce houses, and carnival-type game booths, such as carpet ball maze, cup cake walk, and other activities.