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Halloween activities being planned
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There is plenty of fun and safe things for the kids to do this Halloween, which falls on Wednesday of next week.

The annual Ceres Halloween Festival will take place at the Ceres Community Center from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Families will be treated to a safe and fun evening filled with free activities but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event will feature a costume contest, carnival games, crafts, free photos, dance instruction, a science room, "fortune teller" and face painting. Tricycle races will be held in the center's parking lot. Candy will not be given out at the center but the Ceres Lions Club has donated funds for goodie bags filled with crayons and coloring books.

An activity promising to be popular is a ride through from the center to a haunted house to be offered in nearby Whitmore Park courtesy of the Ceres Boy Scouts. A tram will also take riders through the "haunted" Whitmore Mansion property a block away. The exterior of the historical mansion will be decorated with a haunted house look with creepy mood lighting and a cackling witch beckoning her visitors.

Dr. Daniel Lucky will be offering free blood pressure and diabetes checks.

Helping the city to put on the event will be approximately 70 youth members of groups from both Ceres and Central Valley high schools as well as Mae Hensley and Blaker Kinser junior high schools.

For more information on the festival or any of the city's programs, call Cambria Pollinger at 538-5782.

Leading up to Halloween, the Stanislaus County Library Foundation is teaming up with the Friends of the Library groups and library staff to offer special Halloween parties at the Ceres and Keyes libraries. Children are invited to come dressed in costume, perhaps as a favorite book character, and participate in fun activities such as crafts and trick-or-treating in the library. The Keyes celebration will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Keyes Library, 4420 Maud Ave. There children can make a Lollipop Ghost Craft. The Ceres Library event will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at 2250 Magnolia and include a Halloween StoryTime featuring two storytellers.

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