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Playing it safe at Trunk or Treat

 

November 7, 2019 | View PDF

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Eddie Saldana holding "Batman" Eddie Jr. on the far right. The rest of the Saldana clan pose with their decorated car. Saldana was there as a member of the Los Generales Car Club.

The Shafter Youth Center played host to two events last week for families looking for a safe way to celebrate the holiday season.

The Shafter Lions Club, in partnership with the Shafter Youth Center, held a "Trunk or Treat" event Oct. 28 with over two dozen cars and trucks decorated in a variety of themes, each giving away candy to trick-or-treaters.

The Shafter Police Department had a booth at the event, handing out treats and other fun items for the kids. Members of the Los Generales Car Club were on hand with a couple of classic cars decorated with bright colors, spooky skeletons and spider webs. The children had a great time looking at all of the decorations on the vehicles. One truck was decorated beautifully with an altar celebrating the holiday Dia de los Muertos, complete with photos of family, their favorite foods and drinks and several decorative brightly painted skulls which are a mainstay of the holiday. "The cars are really cool, and everyone gives you candy," said Isaiah Mendez, who was there with his mom and sister. "My mom says that this is better than walking around the streets."

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Mayor Gilbert Alvarado, Yuri Curiel, Jose Curiel and Assemblymember Rudy Salas.

Along with all of the fun outside, families could go inside the gym for a "Safe and Sane Halloween" put on by the Shafter Youth Center in partnership with Assemblymember Rudy Salas. Salas was in attendance, and plenty of community friends to assist with the event. Several groups from throughout the county had booths set up in which children could play games to win prizes.

Among those in attendance were Omni Health, Greater Bakersfield Rural Legal Assistance, Shafter Animal Control and Shafter Learning Center. Shafter Animal Control was having a contest in which the kids had a chance to guess how many candy corns were in a jar to win a prize.

Another group was giving children a chance to go fishing. After casting their hook over the side, they would pull in a "catch" containing a bag of candy and treats.

Angie Nelson, director of the Shafter Youth Center, said it was the hard work of the Youth Center, as well as several community partners, that made the event such a success. "This is a great way for the kids to have a lot of fun, and the parents enjoy watching their children have fun in a safe environment."

 

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