“This is easily the best day of the year, by far,” said one student from Washington Elementary.
If you were in Point Richmond Wednesday morning, you’d have understood his position.
As part of an annual tradition by the Point Richmond Business Association, up to 400 students from Washington Elementary, along with school staff and families, paraded from their campus to the nearby Point Richmond historic square in their costumes. Along the way, dozens of businesses handed out candy in what may be the earliest Halloween Trick or Treating session in the Bay Area.
The Richmond Police Department assists in the effort, blocking roadways and ensuring safe passage for the costumed students. Many businesses participated, including several local restaurants such the Hotel Mac, the Baltic, the Up and Under Pub & Grill, pharmacies, delis, corner stores, offices, beauty shops, and the U.S. Postal Service. The nearby Chevron Richmond Refinery also takes part annually, setting up a booth to hand out candy and Halloween-themed bags.
“It’s really such a fun community event,” said Stacy Moffitt, community engagement specialist for Chevron Richmond.
The local businesses, including the Refinery, are members of the Point Richmond Business Association, which holds the event annually with participation by volunteers, parents, teachers and staff at Washington Elementary.