Safe Treats sweet finale for Scarecrow Days in OCC

       Old Colorado City will fill with costumed candy-seekers Halloween afternoon, Thursday, Oct. 31, for the free, annual Safe Treats.

Audrey Gottesman, who works for Super Fine Designs, tries to look appropriately scared in the face opening on the business' scarecrow array, which won Best Original Design in Old Colorado City Associates judging Oct. 19. The competition was part of Scarecrow Days, which will continue through the Safe Treats event Oct. 31.
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       In the midst of the mass trick-or-treating from 2 to 4:30 p.m. will be games and activities in the Old Town Plaza at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue.
       Also adding to the event - which climaxes the month-long Scarecrow Days promotion in Old Colorado City - will be volunteers from Coronado High's Future Business Leaders of America club, directing pedestrian traffic at crosswalks and giving out candy; along with area mascots, including the Colorado Springs Sky Sox's Sox the Fox, the Humane Society's mascot and the Coronado Cougar, according to volunteer coordinator Lori Kasten.
       The candy-giveaway zone will be Colorado Avenue and its side streets between about 24th and 27th streets. Although some businesses close for the event, typically most of the retail stores stay open and set up outside their front doors to hand out candy.
       “I hope the weather holds,” Kasten said. “It's a cute little event.”
       Unlike some Westside event planners, however, she is not marketing Safe Treats as a citywide attraction (as Old Colorado City promoters did a few years ago).
       “It's a Westside event,” she explained, “for people who know the Westside and appreciate its small-townishness.” In any case, even if nothing was said in advance, “people would come down, because it's been going on so long.”
       Safe Treats is being organized by volunteers with Kasten Accounting, aided by funding from Northstar Bank Colorado. Also, the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group is assisting merchants with candy costs.
       Helping with the event set-up for the first time this year will be 17 clients from the Foundation for Successful Living, which helps people with special needs, Kasten said.

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