While Halloween may look a bit different this year due to COVID-19, churches and businesses in Turlock are still hoping to help residents celebrate this weekend.
Several local churches are hosting Trunk or Treat events on Saturday, which allow children to go from car to car collecting candy. The stationary setups allow participants to show off their creativity when it comes to Halloween decorations, with each trunk serving as a spooky display.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Berkeley Avenue Baptist Church is hosting a Trunk or Treat event in its parking lot at 2813 N. Berkeley Ave. in Turlock. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock is also hosting a Trunk or Treat event from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 640 Minaret Ave.
While these events will feature the usual parking lot setup, other organizations are also providing drive-through options for those who wish to stay in their car while celebrating. The Turlock Salvation Army will be handing out candy and school supplies during their drive-through Trunk or Treat event, which will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday outside of the Community Center, 893 Lander Ave.
Business owners in downtown Turlock are banding together from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters passing by, and later that night costumed community members can make their way to the Ten Pin Fun Center for a night of socially-distanced celebration at the Monster Mash. From 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., partygoers can enjoy a video DJ, food, drinks, candy and treats.
In addition to showings of “Halloweentown” and “Hocus Pocus” on Halloween night, the GO Drive-Up theater in Turlock will open its gates early for a special drive-through Trunk or Treat event of its own. According to GO Drive-Up manager Sabrina Yonan, outdoor moviegoers can arrive starting at 4:30 p.m. to drive through a row of the theater’s vendors, who will be handing out individually sealed bags of candy to attendees in their cars while wearing masks and gloves.
“A lot of people don’t want to trick-or-treat this year because of COVID, so we wanted to provide this for them,” Yonan said. “This is a fun, safe way to stay in your car but still have that trick-or-treat experience.”
Then, after they grab their candy, customers can enjoy showings of the two Halloween-themed films. Tickets can be purchased at www.godriveup.com