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Crossing the Chester Park Bridge, the “faces” may change, but the number of happy folks remains constant.  It is always interesting to see what characters will be cursing the street. Some are very familiar and some are a version of relative recent figures not so familiar, but all entertaining. Photo by Gregg Scott

Halloween is alive and well in Chester

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

Once again there is a lot of activities for kids and parents alike as the Chester merchants and community organizations set up Halloween decorations, displays and candy booths for all to enjoy.  Each year on the eve of ‘All Hallows Day’ the Main Street of Chester is filled, from 3 to 5 p.m., with children from birth to grandparent age, strolling from one end of town to the other showing off their costumes and sharing in the bounteous favors offered by merchants, government agencies and civic organizations. Sometime around the five o’clock hour a vast majority of the revelers migrate over to the Lake Almanor Community Church where the annual ‘Harvest Festival’ takes place. Yes, you guessed it, more candy, only here you get to it by playing your choice of a dozen or so games. To relax you can take advantage of a couple of huge bounce house obstacle courses. In case you work up an appetite there is lots of food available at very reasonable prices. Two families related that they fed their clan of four for under $20.

Happy Halloween Chester!

For Merchants Halloween in Chester, you can start anywhere, but whether it be on the east end of town, as in this photo, you are going to see revelers of all ages dressed up and enjoying the goodies offered at the stores. Photos by Gregg Scott

Moving toward the west the crowds get a little heavier on the wider pedestrian areas. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Offie and Chester Fire set up to hand out candy and the red lights should warn passing traffic to be very cautious of princesses and ghouls alike. Photo by Gregg Scott

Out at the Harvest Festival, the bounce houses are probably the focal point in the main auditorium. These are more for fun activity, but there are games of all types located throughout the campus. Water guns, golf, frisbee, cake walk, nerf darts and many more. Photo by Gregg Scott

Not to be forgotten, there are activities for the very young as well. A swimming pool full of colored plastic balls can entertain even those youngsters that aren’t walking yet for quite some time. Lifeguards are on duty at all times. Photo by Gregg Scott

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