Count on costumed candy-questing for Old Colorado City's annual Safe Treats Oct. 31
Up to 2,000 costumed youngsters (not to mention adults) are likely to throng the avenue Monday, Oct. 31 between 24th and 27th streets, in quest of candy.
Making the gathering less of a free-for-all is a group of volunteers (the "Boo Crew") - led by Lori Kasten, an Old Colorado City accountant - that organizes it every year as “Safe Treats,” with time parameters of 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Along with the plaza, other returning attractions this year are the Haunted House (a short, non-scary transformation of the Welcome Center at 2324 W. Colorado Ave., offered by the Old Colorado City Foundation with no admission fee), the Coronado robotics team (operating one robot at the plaza and the other at the Haunted House) and several roaming mascots (including Sox the Fox and the Texas Roadhouse's armadillo).
Kasten is aware that roughly a quarter of the merchants - feeling overwhelmed or unable to afford candy costs that can rise into hundreds of dollars - just close down for the afternoon. On the other hand, most merchants get into it, often in costume themselves, as they or their employees distribute candy outside their shops.
Kasten believes that overall the event nurtures a “warm-hearted” public attitude toward Old Colorado City. Having worked the event for 23 years now, she enjoys being able to help make it a safe and festive occasion and seeing the pleasure kids get from showing off their costumes. "It's a chance to give back a little bit,” Kasten said. “It's a good feeling.”
Safe Treats also culminates the month-long Scarecrow Days in Old Colorado City, during which participating merchants construct original creations for judging, which will take place earlier on Halloween day. Cash prizes will go to the winners.
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