Hundreds of children and parents dressed in colorful Halloween costumes filled downtown Lompoc on Saturday for the Lompoc Chamber's annual Old Town Market Trick-or-Treat community event. 

According to Chamber CEO and President DeVika Stalling, an estimated 1,500 were in attendance.

"Our annual Old Town Trick-or-Treat event was a huge success and shining example of what community is all about," Stalling said. "People showed up in masses and it was a great sight to see."

Thirty-two local businesses added to the Halloween fun and offered sweet treats to trick-or-treaters who then headed to Centennial Park, where sponsoring vendors presented a lineup of family-friendly activities. Attendees also had the chance to win fun toy prizes and enjoy free snacks like cotton candy.

"On behalf of the Lompoc Valley Chamber and Lompoc Parks & Recreation Division, we want to thank our amazing small-business community for supporting this event," Stalling said. "They are definitely the real MVPs of this event. We look forward to many more collaborative community events."

Lisa André covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, editions of the Santa Maria Times.

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