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Halloween events offer holiday fun in Turlock
Halloween Cunningham pumpkins
Despite the rain on Friday, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock maintained its tradition of over 25 years by donating pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary School just in time for Halloween. According to Kiwanis Club member Larry Chalupnik, the club supplied over 700 pumpkins from RAM Farms for students in an effort to make sure every kid gets a pumpkin for Halloween.

Halloween is right around the corner, and Turlock is gearing up for the holiday with a variety of spooky events around town.

Turlock Church of Christ will host a family friendly Fall Festival from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, complete with games, food, goodies, bounce houses, face painting and hay rides. The event is free and open to all ages. Turlock Church of Christ is located at 801 N. Tully Rd.

Turlock First United Methodist Church will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in the church's parking lot, located at 1660 Arbor Way. All are invited. For more information, call 668-3000.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Halloween, the Kiwanis Club of Turlock is hosting Kiwanis Kids Day in downtown Turlock. Starting at Central Park, kids can put on their best costumes and trick-or-treat at downtown businesses. The 47 participating businesses will be handing out candy to passers-by as they travel down the spooky corridors of Main Street. A map of participating businesses can be found on page A9.

Stanislaus State will be hosting their Annual Halloween Gala on Monday. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Student Housing Facility, children will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat throughout the dorms, play carnival games, receive books and participate in a costume contest. There will also be a frightening haunted house created by Stanislaus State students. Concessions will be available for purchase as well.

To help residents stay safe on Halloween, the Turlock Police Department created a video with tips on how to make the holiday less frightening. TPD recommends trick-or-treaters stay in large groups or with an adult, and to pack a flash light and a cell phone for emergencies. To view the video, visit the Turlock Police Department Facebook page.

Those who collect a surplus of candy on Halloween and are looking to make some extra cash can head to Turlock Dental Care. For every pound of candy turned into the dental office between Nov. 1 and 4, children can receive $1. All candy will go to U.S. troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Turlock Dental Care is located at 990 Delbon Ave.