CAPITOLA — Pint-sized skeletons, pirates, mummies, astronauts and princesses filled the Capitola Village on Sunday for the 23rd annual Halloween parade, which drew an estimated 800 children and their families.
The costume-clad kids lined up in the parking lot behind the Capitola Police Department and marched down Capitola Avenue — with music played by the Shoreline Middle School band — to the Esplanade where they were handed orange trick-or-treat bags to solicit candy from village businesses.
The parade is one of several holiday community events organized by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also hosts surfing Santa Claus and an Easter egg hunt.
“It gets the residents and kids out, and it’s just fun to do,” said Toni Castro, the chamber’s executive director. “I love these kids. It’s so fun to watch them.”