Gustine City is looking to bring back a bit of normalcy for residents with the return of two popular holiday events.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward with plans to host the annual trunk or treat Halloween celebration in October and the Christmas in the Park event in December.
The Halloween Trunk or Treat event will see decorated vehicles lined up on Fifth Street doling out candy to youngsters on Halloween. Last year the event had to switch to a drive-through format, but organizers are expecting to return to a walking event this year.
“This is our seventh annual event,” said Gustine Recreation Manager Tiffany Vitorino. “It started off very small with just eight cars and trucks. Now we usually get over 40 or 50 cars.”
This year’s theme will be Turning Back the Hands of Time.
The festivities will include a scavenger hunt, carnival games and lots of candy. The event typically draws in more than a thousand youngsters looking to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings, said Vitorino.
The trunk-or-treat event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
Christmas in the Park will return to Henry Miller Park on Dec. 15. In 2020, the event was held at various parks to keep crowds from forming.
“This really is a Hallmark moment for our town,” Vitorino said.
This year the theme will be “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and guests are encouraged to come in their warmest pajamas. Visitors of all ages can take part in a variety of free holiday activities, including live entertainment, craft making time, a movie screening, along with food, holiday treats and beverages.
It’s also an opportunity for people to do some holiday shopping and support Gustine businesses, which typically have booths or tables at the event.
“It’s a chance to do some last-minute shopping,” Vitorino said.
Admission to both events are free.
The City is looking for individuals and businesses that would like to help sponsor one or both events.
“No donation is too small, even small items for raffle prizes or goodie bags,” Vitorino said.
Anyone interested in helping sponsor the events can email Vitorino at email@example.com or call (209) 854-9411.