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Costumed youngsters were treated all over Old Colorado City for a good three hours on Halloween afternoon, Monday, Oct. 31, and the Old Town Plaza parking lot - decorated for the occasion by Safe Treats volunteers and set up with various games and activities - was no exception.

Warm weather brings out youngsters for Safe Treats in Old Colorado City

       With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, the crowds for Safe Treats in Old Colorado City were down somewhat from last year's estimated 3,000, but not all that much on a surprisingly warm and sunny afternoon Oct. 31.
       With temperatures pushing 80 degrees, princesses, devils, pirates, tigers, ghosts, ghostbusters and even a giant T-rex pushing a baby stroller joined the parade along Colorado Avenue, mainly between 24th and 27th streets. Storeowners cheerfully, tirelessly handed out candy to the relentless waves of costumed trick-or-treaters over the course of about three hours.
       This was the 23rd year for Safe Treats, a volunteer effort that seeks to give some direction to the inevitable turnout of costumed kids. Games and an exhibition by the Coronado High robotics team were offered in the Old Town Plaza, and a non-scary haunted house" in the merchants' Welcome Center. Helping out were students from Coronado High School, handing out candy or serving as crossing guards.

Westside Pioneer article and photos
(Posted 10/31/16; Business: Events)

LEFT: A giant T-rex pushing a baby stroller was sighted by the horse alley in Colorado Avenue's 2500 block. RIGHT: Two Coronado High robotics students (gold shirts), Michaela Miles (left) and Samantha (last name withheld), handed out candy and helped guide trick-or-treaters into the Old Colorado City Associates' haunted house.
LEFT: A child participates in a unique "head game" a la bowling in the Old Town Plaza parking lot during Safe Treats. RIGHT: A costumed Cyndi Fallon, co-owner of the Piramide shop, gives out candy inside the business' front door.
LEFT: With an umbrella to ward off the mid-afternoon sun, Kari Kessler of the Buffalo Ridge store greets trick-or-treaters. RIGHT: Lori Kasten (with camera), the lead coordinator of the volunteer "Boo Crew" that organizes Safe Treats, set up a "photo station" for the event.

Safe Treats this year included the judging of scarecrows made by Old Colorado City businesses (those viewable from the sidewalk). Cash prizes went to the first three places. The criteria for a four-person team of volunteer judges were originality, tie-in to business and materials used. The winners were... LEFT: First place, Who Gives a Scrap. CENTER: Second place, Front Range Barbeque. RIGHT: Third place, Bon Ton's.

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