Oct 18, 2016
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A roughly 10-block stretch of Richmond’s 23rd Street is set to become a safe zone for Trick or Treating on Halloween, in what organizers hope to become an annual event.

The Urban Transformation event will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 from Barrett to McBryde avenues.

Merchants will pass out candy to children strolling along the strip with their parents. The event will include a costume contest, interactive activities along the route and a display of a Dia de los Muertos altar.

One of the event’s main purposes is to provide a safe, pedestrian and family-friendly Halloween event in Richmond, where one doesn’t currently exist, organizers said.

Volunteers in the community are being sought to help make 23rd Street both spooky and safe for the inaugural event. In preparation, a Clean Up Day is being held this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to meet at Andy’s Donut Shop at 971 23rd St.

Also, crossing guards are needed during the Halloween event, as well as volunteers to operate free craft-making tables for kids.

In addition, help is needed in decorating the Dia de los Muertos altar, which is especially fun for kids in sixth grade and up.

Those seeking to help volunteer with the altar, crafts and in other functions can contact Holly Carter of Holly J Carter Fine Art Metals & Jewelry, who is helping out with the event.  You can send Carter a private Facebook message with your email contact, and Carter will get in touch with you.


Correction: an earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the event organizer, which is Urban Transformation, not the 23rd Street Merchants Association.


  1. Hello,
    I appreciate that you mentioned me in this article. As a local artist, I try to work in the community as much as I can and I appreciate the mention!
    But, Sorry, I am not sure where the miscommunication was on this, the 23rd St merchants association is NOT organizing this event. Some of the merchants are involved, but the event is being organized and spear headed by Darlene Rios Drapkin of Urban Transformation. I am assisting Darlene with the event planning as well as covering a free craft table during the event and organizing community members to create a Dia de los Muertos Altar dedicated to Richmond Victims of violence.

    Holly Carter | Oct 25th, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.