SUISUN CITY — Salvation Army officials turned the Kroc Center into a festival for Halloween with the inaugural Kroctoberfest.
The center shut down its normal operations at 6 p.m. to transform the facility into an evening of family fun.
The Hipwaders, a kindie band, entertained the crowd with songs such as “Pumpkinhead.” A magic show, bounce houses, games and candy walk were part of the two-hour event.
Staff was expecting between 500 and 700 people to come through the doors.
Reshtina Amiri stopped by to pick up her son from a Kroc program when she found all the fun. Her daughter Sajda Amiri, 9, and sons Osman Amiri, 4, and Arsalan Amiri, 7, enjoyed a game of pong.
“This is a really nice surprise,” she said. “They did such a great job.”
Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey was dressed as King Arthur – perfect for his British accent.
Kroctoberfest was all about offering families a safe place to enjoy Halloween.
“It’s an alternative to walking in the streets while trick-or-treating,” he said.
Members donated the candy that was handed out.
Dwight Adams, 14, donned an old man mask and won a cupcake during the cupcake walk. Marvin Montgomery, 12, got his photo taken at the photo booth in his Spiderman mask.
The Fettig family was there to celebrate daughter Avery’s first Halloween. The 4-month-old was dressed as a bee along with her mother, April Fettig. Dad Trevor Fettig was a beekeeper.
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