Spooky festivities take over San Dimas

Dawn Varela
Staff Writer

The city of San Dimas on Saturday hosted its annual Halloween Spooktacular, where the community was invited for “Trunk-or-Treat,” games and a “haunted hall” at the San Dimas City Hall.

The event also had many activities, from games to play for small prizes, to food vendors with tacos, half-pound hot dogs and more. 

The Trunk-or-Treat was the biggest draw. Guests lined up at E and Second streets. 

Around 300 guests in all were there.

“My favorite part was trick-or-treating for tootsie rolls,” said 5-year-old trick-or-treater Summer Lievense.

The event also had many booths hosted by community  organizations, such as the local Los Angeles County Fire Department, the San Dimas Little League and the La Verne-San Dimas Educational Foundation. Booths had decorations such as a 15-foot inflatable of Darth Vader, as well as photo opportunities with characters including Michael Myers from the slasher film series for guests. 

“I love seeing all the kids in the community and making sure we are getting our name out to the community,” said Sue Johnson, board member of the La Verne-San Dimas Educational Foundation. “We…love to give back to the community.” 

The La Verne-San Dimas Educational Foundation helps support the schools in the Bonita Unified School District by funding field trips, school supplies, scholarships and more.

“It’s fun to see the gathering of our community,” Matt Lievense said. “The kids love it because they get to wear costumes and we get to show off our costumes.”

Lievense and his family participated in the costume contest for the family or group category, winning first place as the Addams Family. 

“I like seeing the creativity and the environment,” said Jerry Verdin, who won third place in the 15-and-older costume contest category. Verdin dressed as a rapper. He said he used to volunteer for the Halloween Spooktacular, and he was excited to see how the event had grown.

Other handmade costumes included a juice box, a ski ball lane, a pirate family with a pirate boat stroller, and many more. 

Dawn Varela can be reached at dawn.varela@laverne.edu

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