SEASIDE, Calif. (KION)
Hundreds of people showed up for a drive-through trick-or-treat experience at Seaside High School, Saturday.
With the pandemic still ongoing, parents said they wanted to keep Halloween traditions alive for their children.
"This is awesome for them to be able to come out and to participate in something and I think it means a lot," says Seaside Resident Bridget Murray.
The Seaside High School Halloween Bonanza featured a competition between 27 spooky display booths and bags upon bags of candy and stuffed animals donated from around 40 Central Coast organizations including the Seaside Police Department, Monterey County Food Bank, Salinas Valley Rotary Club and All-in.
Despite health and safety restrictions, many kids were heard saying "This is the best Halloween ever."
Volunteers had their hands full handing out treats to kids and families all afternoon but said the smiles were worth it.
"We just have to keep reimagining and never give up," says Melissa Kendrick of the Monterey County Food Bank.
"That's just what we're about, smiles for our community during this difficult time," says Tanya Kosta, Founder of All In.
Volunteers and organizers say they received so much positive feedback, they might just make the drive-through Halloween event a new tradition.