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 23rd Street Merchants Association 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.

Otherwise, click here to access contact information for the 23rd Street Merchants Association.


About the Author

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.