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With Halloween on a Saturday, 3,000 or more possible for OCC's annual Safe Treats

       If you like the idea of a Halloween afternoon with hundreds of costumed kids and even some grown-ups, then the annual Safe Treats Saturday, Oct. 31 in Old Colorado City may be just the “trick.”
       The major candy occurrence will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Goody handouts can be anticipated in exchange for “trick-or-treat” requests from most merchants along or near Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets.
       Led by volunteers with the Kasten Accounting office in the Old Town Plaza with candy- purchasing support from
During the 2014 Safe Treats, Rachelle Kahtava, a Colorado Tees employee dressed as the comic/movie character Poison Ivy, hands out candy outside the store.
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the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, Safe Treats is always scheduled on Halloween Day. Because this year's event falls on a Saturday, it's likely to be particularly crowded, according to chief organizer Lori Kasten.
       She does not advertise - hoping to keep it a “Westside thing” - but after so many years the word gets out anyway and 3,000 people or more would not be unlikely, she expects. “We'll be crazy busy this year,” Kasten said.
       A new addition will be a “haunted house” in the Welcome Center that's owned by the OCCA at 2324 W. Colorado Ave., she said.
       Traditional features will be games and cake walks in the Old Town Plaza parking lot at 25th and Colorado and appearances by popular mascots such as Sox the Fox.
       New in the plaza will be robot demonstrations by Coronado High School's robotics club, Kasten said.
       Helping to coordinate the throngs will be about 45 volunteers from Coronado's French Club and International Awareness Club. Wearing costumes (a Bronco theme is encouraged) and volunteer-identifying lanyards, they'll be stationed at different locations along the avenue, giving out candy, serving as crossing guards and (in the plaza) overseeing games, Kasten said.
       Overall, she summarized that the event is intended to be a joyful experience for younger children. “We try to make it a fun little party for all these kids,” she elaborated. “It's really about the community and giving back to them. I know people don't shop during Safe Treats, but they do remember and a lot of them come back.”

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(Posted 10/25/15; Business: Events)

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