By Mike Kinney
Richmond’s lively Halloween celebrations included the annual Trick or Treat on 23rd St.
The Standard stopped by the festivities going on at Rigo Auto Sales at 871-23rd St., near the corner of Esmond Avenue.
Hundreds of children and their parents converged in the longtime business’ parking lot to celebrate a safe and fun Halloween. The event encourages trick-or-treaters to stroll down between Rheem Ave. and Roosevelt Ave. to collect treats from participating businesses.
The event is hosted by the Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau, with sponsors including Chevron Richmond, Sims Metal and Kaiser Permanente.
Representatives of Contra Costa County Youth Services Bureau, Richmond Rotary, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Police Department and State Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’ office took part, along with a number booths representing community organizations.
Parents called it a fun and safe place to enjoy Halloween, which is in large part the intention of holding the annual event along the popular business district. Bringing families to the area boosts businesses and public safety, organizers say.
“I just love the energy here today,” said Richmond resident Aracelli Lopez, who brought her 8-year-old son Ramon. “It’s wonderful to see all of the families with their children having such a good time.”
Richmond Rotary volunteer Shawn Dunning echoed Lopez’s sentiment.
“My kids and I had a great time,” added Reina Delgado, who said she was already looking forward to next year.”