The police are expected 10,000 to 12,000 people for the free festival began in the late 1990s, but was discontinued three years ago.
“The community loved the event and wanted to bring it back as an alternative to trick or treating,” said Sgt. Daniel Sherwin, who organizes the event. “It’s a good time to dress up in your costume and bring your buckets.”
Thirty vendors will have games for youngsters and lots of candy to pass out. Plus, there will be seven bounce houses, puppet shows and 17 food vendors, including barbecue, Kona Ice, food trucks and desserts.
“This is an enchanted hayride, it’s not scary,” said Trich Zaitoon, who organizes the hayride. “I think the little kids get such a charge out of getting on the trailer and riding through Rose Park on the enchanted trail. After I get the smoke machine going after dark, it really looks like an enchanted forest.”
“By the time the second trailer goes through, they are having more fun than the little kids,” she said.
The plan behind the event is fun -- and safety. There will be plenty of police on duty, in and out of uniform, and some in costumes, Sherwin said.
“We’re hoping the whole community turns out and enjoy our park and the event,” Sherwin said. “The only thing they need to bring is money for food.”
5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Katherine Rose Memorial Park
330 N. Walnut Creek Drive