Halloween is a rite of passage for children, who happily transform themselves into zombies and superheroes, pirates and princesses, aliens and sports stars — all in the pursuit of treats.
This year the Central Coast YMCA will provide a safe and fun environment where children can join friends for Halloween festivities that include games, treats, costume contests and more.
The Y Spooktacular returns to each of the five Central Coast YMCA locations, with slight variations on the theme. The free community event features trick-or-treat stations, arts and crafts, a costume parade and fun for the whole family. Action takes place on Friday, Oct. 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. (5:30-7 p.m. in Watsonville). The festivities at South County YMCA branch are set for Oct. 18.
At the San Benito YMCA, lights go on after school at Sunnyslope Elementary.
Central Coast YMCA includes the following branches:
Watsonville Family YMCA
27 Sudden St., Watsonville
South County YMCA
560 Walker Drive, Soledad
YMCA of San Benito County
351 Tres Pinos Rd., Hollister
Salinas Community YMCA
117 Clay St., Salinas
YMCA of The Monterey Peninsula
600 Camino El Estero, Monterey
For more information visit the Central Coast YMCA website at www.centralcoastymca.org.