by LAUREN KIM
With Halloween just around the corner, students can enjoy the holiday without spending a fortune.
The cities of Montebello, Rosemead, and San Gabriel will be holding free events to celebrate the holiday. Students can dress in costumes and engage in the different activities provided.
In Montebello, the city park’s youth center will host a Halloween Fright Fest tonight from 5-9 p.m. Festivities will include costume contests, vendors, a live band, a haunted house and much more. The Montebello mall will also have trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. Participating retailers will have a pumpkin sign in their windows.
In addition, the city of Rosemead will have its third annual Trunk-or-Treat, an event where trick-or-treating is done in a parking lot, and Haunted House Oct. 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rosemead Community Recreational Center. Trick-or-treaters can walk from different car trunks and inside the Rosemead center to pick up treats. Inside the center, family activities and a haunted house will be presented.
The city of San Gabriel will open their Fall Fun Festival and Haunted Zone to all ages. The Fall Fun Festival will be tonight from 5-9 p.m. at the Mission District. Trick-or-treating, free family photos, games, kid’s activities like “Pumpkin Drop” and movies will be available. The Grapevine Arbor Park will also transform into a Haunted Zone for those brave enough to visit.
Students can also spend Halloween with the popular tradition of trick-or-treating around neighborhoods. They can walk from house to house with their unique costumes to receive candies and other goodies.
“Every Halloween, I take my little sister trick-ortreating around East L.A. and Montebello as a way to bond together,” said Anthony Gomez, junior.
Students should follow safety tips when trick-ortreating. Participants should plan a route in advance, carry flashlights, stay in groups or with a guardian and should not eat unwrapped candies.
“I go trick-or-treating every year around Montebello and I think it’s a great way to have fun and also save money,” said Cammy Ngo, freshman.
Students can enjoy Halloween activities in cities like Montebello, Rosemead, and San Gabriel without worrying about the expense.