Halloween parades set for school and in West Village; Harvest Carnival at church

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneOctober 24, 2013 

Rick "The Village Wizard" Bruce leads Halloween trick-or-treaters through West Village in Cambrian in 2007. This year's walk is set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

MERLE BASSETT — Special to The Cambrian

Halloween enthusiasts can dust off their witch’s hats or monster masks, grab some candy and head for the annual Halloween parade of costumed kiddies at the Cambria Grammar School. Everybody is welcome to observe, according to school staff, and costumes aren’t required for attendees.

The procession on school grounds, 3223 Main St. (near the southern intersection with Highway 1), is set to start at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Representatives of businesses, service clubs and nonprofit groups, along with individual members of the community, are invited to watch and, if they want, hand out goodies.
For those counting out the Hershey bars, there are 332 students currently enrolled, according to staff. Students who do not observe Halloween are offered alternate activities.

West Village parade

At 3:30 on Halloween afternoon, costumed children and youth will embark on their annual parade through West Village, led (as usual) by Rick “Village Wizard” Bruce and accompanied by parents or guardians.

Organizer Norma Casas said youngsters of all ages are welcome to participate. The gathering spot is in the parking lot of the Cambria Connection at 870 Main St.  (the Lions Club’s Norm Palmer building, formerly the home for the now-closed Teen Center).

Casas said if rain is predicted, participants should bring umbrellas.

Harvest Carnival

Children and families can also converge on the parking lot of Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria, 2250 Yorkshire Drive, for the annual Harvest Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The free event includes horse rides, a bounce house, games, raffles and prizes. Boni’s Tacos, hot dogs, cotton candy (50 cents), popcorn (25 cents) and desserts will be available for purchase.

The Cambria Fire Department won’t be hosting a haunted house on Halloween this year.

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