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Local businesses get into the Halloween spirit
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Hundreds of families walk downtown Turlock to trick-or-treat Friday afternoon, and beating the evening rain. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal

Witches, ghosts and vampires joined a slew of super heroes and Disney princesses for a little Halloween fun in downtown Turlock on Friday before the rain brought an early end to the festivities.

The annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event drew hundreds of families who were treated to something sweet from participating businesses and holiday giveaways from the Kiwanis Club of Turlock and Turlock Journal.

Across town at the Countryside Drive IHOP, children got a chance to play with their food for a holiday treat. IHOP restaurants offered kids 12 and under a free scary face pancake throughout the day of Halloween. The buttermilk pancake came with a whipped topping smile and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then, the kids were given a kit of toppings to finish their scary treat, inlcuding candy corn and mini Oreo cookies.

According to Selinda Aguirre of the Turlock IHOP, the restaurant served close to 200 pancakes to kids in the morning and early afternoon on Halloween.