Your guide to Halloween events in West Contra Costa County

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Your guide to Halloween events in West Contra Costa County

1. Trick or Treat on 23rd Street (Wednesday, Oct. 31)

One of Richmond’s newest main attractions — Trick or Treat on 23rd Street — is set to occur for a third straight year.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., representatives of local businesses, museums, Contra Costa College, police, fire and other organizations are teaming up for a Halloween extravaganza, offering families a free activity-laden stroll down 23rd Street, from Barrett to McBryde avenues. Organizers also invite costumed dogs along for a pup crawl.

The event will include all sorts of arts, crafts and other activities along the corridor, with the NIAD Art Center holding a costume contest and photo souvenirs, and Richmond Museum of History assisting in the creation of a community Dia de Los Muertos altar and crafts.

As for arts and crafts, Chevron will host skull-coloring, and there will be face-painting with the Chamberlin Family Foundation. Contra Costa College will hold STEM activities such as a NASA robot table and slime-making demos.

Richmond police will hold a Trunk or Treat event, and a Richmond fire truck will be on display.

Trick or Treat on 23rd Street is one of many efforts by Urban Transformation to spur economic activity along the corridor, which boasts popular businesses but struggles with crime and blight. The aim is to increase positive foot traffic on 23rd Street, partly by reducing and preventing “untoward elements,” organizers said.

Also, West Contra Costa County hasn’t had a pedestrian-friendly Halloween event, with parents often traveling to Albany’s Solano or Berkeley’s 4th Street, organizers said.

2. Point Richmond Halloween parade (Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Washington Elementary’s Halloween parade will have 350-425 student walking in costume in Point Richmond and trick or treating with local businesses. Parade expected to commence about 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

10/31 – Pt. Richmond Business Association – Washington Elementary Halloween parade. 350-425 students will be walking in costume in Pt. Richmond trick or treating with businesses.  Parade expected to commence about 9:45 or 10am

3. The Shops at Hilltop (Wednesday, Oct. 31)

The Shops at Hilltop will hold a safe Halloween for families when all its stores participate in trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will also be crafts and games for the kids, face painting and Thriller Zumba at the so-called Monster Mash.

  1. San Pablo Police Department’s 1st Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat along San Pablo Ave.

Make sure you bring your kids to San Pablo Police Department‘s 1st Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat along San Pablo Ave tomorrow, Oct. 31st from 3-5 p.m. Treat stops include Brookdale Senior Living, 13956 San Pablo Ave.; San Pablo Police Department, 13880 San Pablo Ave.; First Bank, 13830 San Pablo Ave, Suite A; San Pablo Economic Development Corporation, 13830 San Pablo Ave, Suite D; Adobe Liquor, 13800 San Pablo Ave.; La Strada San Pablo, 2215 Church Ln.

4. Platinum Home Mortgage (Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Platinum Home Mortgage at 2938B Hilltop Mall Road is hosting a community event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween that will include snacks, games, a jumper and a costume contest. See the flyer for information.

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