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Halloween fun isn’t lost this year for kids on the Central Coast



Everything about 2020 is different, including Halloween.

Instead of facing fines, local police departments are trying to make up for the lost door-to-door trick-or-treating experience this year with drive-thru events. Traditional trick-or-treating is highly being discouraged due to the pandemic.

“I’m Stitch from Lilo and Stitch,” said Adriana Diaz Valdez as she stood in her costume outside the Salinas Police Headquarters on E. Alisal Street.

She is like so many children on the Central Coast antsy to get her hands on Halloween candy.

“But because of Corona, we can’t go,” she says.

Adriana’s mom works at the police department and is happy that there is something children can look forward to without causing too much anxiety for parents.

“We still have that fear because we don’t want to expose our little ones,” said Martha Guizar.

At the Cop and Goblins Drive-Thru on Friday at the 312 E. Alisal Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. children can enter a costume contest and the first 100 children will get free ice cream vouchers. Contest prizes include a drone and televisions.

“Every year, even before the month starts she’s already ready with the costume. So yeah, this event is important. We’ve very happy that it’s been organized.

The event is being sponsored by the Salinas Police Foundation, Salinas Police Officers Association, Police Community Advisory Committee & Salinas Pal.

“We want to invite everybody to come by and be part of this, because we’re doing this obviously due to the circumstances. It’s going to be different. None the less we want it to be a fun day for the children and their family, Miguel Cabrera with Salinas Police.

On the Brightside, this year’s Halloween might also be memorable for all the candy kids are guaranteed to gather.  

On Saturday, in seaside, “All In-Monterey” is hosting “hALL-INween” at Seaside High School from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

With so many scheduled drive-thru events lined up all across the Central Coast in Capitol to King City, kids like Adriana are sure to collect some of their favorite sweets.

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Veronica Macias is an evening anchor at KION News Channel 5/46.


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