FAIRFIELD — Local families were in full force Sunday as seasonal festivities filled the final weekend before it’s officially Halloween.
Parents and children packed the old trains heading to and from the Western Railway Museum, and Larry’s Produce was busy well into the afternoon.
Vacaville resident Alex Vargas, 9, joined her brothers and grandparents for a train trip to the museum’s Gum Grove, a children’s haven with a hay fort, farm animals and plenty of pumpkins to launch or purchase.
Although she had a butterfly painted on her face, Alex said she plans on being a dead little girl for Halloween. Her robe and slippers costume will feature a “blood necklace” and a ripped-lip mask from the TV show “The Walking Dead.”
“Scaring people and getting candy for it” are the best things about Halloween, said Alex. “Doing my job and getting candy for it.”
Alex, who definitely plans on trick-or-treating, said at home she helped her dad build a scarecrow with a Freddie Krueger mask, and the family decorated the house with “bloody skull hands.” On Halloween, she said they will place “bloody skull feet” on the walkway.
“We go overboard for this,” Alex said.
Waiting to depart the festivities at the Gum Grove station were Rio Vista resident Sean O’Kelly and his family. His three young girls – each holding a small pumpkin – were dressed as Disney princesses: Hannah, 4, as Aurora; Chloe, 6, as Cinderella; and Abby, 3, as Belle. While at the festival, Hannah and Abby rode the ponies and all of the girls took a hay ride and explored the fort.
“I went this way, and it was so dark, and I went out,” said Hannah, of the hay fort. “Then I went on it again, then I went on the tractor.”
Sean O’Kelly said the best part for the girls was probably the train ride, and he appreciated the festival’s family-friendly atmosphere.
“It wasn’t scary stuff,” he said. “I think that’s important for us.”
As families were riding trains east of Fairfield, others were out west, picking pumpkins in Suisun Valley.
Nanami Cooper and her husband brought their children to Larry’s Produce to find a bigger pumpkin for carving.
“I got them a pumpkin, but they said it was too little, so we came back,” said the Suisun City mother.
Her 10-year-old son, Kmaurier Jenkins – while searching for the perfect gourd – said he wants to be a weird, creepy person for Halloween. He said during the holiday he likes scaring little kids and creeping up on his two little sisters, but he is really looking forward to trick-or-treating.
“It’s mostly about the candy,” he said.
Fairfield residents Joy and David Baltaxe combined their shopping at Larry’s with some Halloween fun for their 7-year-old triplets, Jessica, Dorothy and Davey.
“Part of what I buy . . . is dinner tonight,” she said.
While the triplets played at Larry’s pumpkin patch – which features a corn mill, corn pit and playground activities – their parents weren’t shopping for gourds.
“We’re covered on pumpkins,” said Joy Baltaxe, who mentioned their neighbors had already given them some pumpkins.
But they have some carving to do.
“I’ve been told I have to get that done by Thursday,” she said.
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Spooktacular Story Time 11 a.m. Thursday at Solano Town Center, Fairfield. Hosted by the Solano County Library, story time will be followed by trick-or-treat bag decorating. Info: www.solanotowncenter.com.
Safe Trick-or-Treat 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Solano Town Center, Fairfield. Participating retailers will have a trick-or-treat pumpkin in their window. Info: www.solanotowncenter.com.
Suisun City Firefighters Association Halloween Parade and Costume Contests 3:30 p.m. registration at the Suisun City waterfront parking lot next to Driftwood Drive and Main Street; 4:30 p.m. parade proceeds down Main Street to Harbor Plaza. Prizes will be awarded by age group. A merchant’s trick-or-treat follows the parade. Participating waterfront district businesses will be marked with clusters of balloons or a holiday treat. Info: 421-7205.
Downtown Vacaville’s Halloween Stroll 4-6 p.m. includes Main, Merchant, Parker and Dobbins streets. Participating merchants will offer treats. Info: www.downtownvacaville.com.