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Safe Treats Halloween tradition continues in Old Colorado City Oct. 31

Sparky, the Fire Department mascot, shared a moment with a young trick-or-treater in the Old Town Plaza during the 2017 Safe Treats in Old Colorado City.
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Oct. 23, 2018
       Safe Treats, an Old Colorado City tradition on Halloween afternoon, will be offered as usual Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
       The popular trick-or-treating activity typically attracts a thousand or more people - typically parents with children - and costumes galore.
       For the past 25 years (including this year), the event has been coordinated through Old Colorado City's Kasten Accounting, with the help of business sponsors, merchants dispensing candy from their stores and numerous volunteers.
       Among the latter are Coronado High students, who will again serve as crossing guards and candy hander-outers in various “gap areas” along the avenue where stores might not be open, said Lori Kasten, the lead organizer.
       The treat-or-treating zone will be Colorado Avenue between 24th and 27th streets. The avenue will be festooned with 800 balloons, she predicted.
       Various games, activities and vendors will be set up through the afternoon in the Old Town Plaza at Colorado and 25th Street. Anticipated Safe Treats “celebrities” will be mascots such as Smokey the Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky from the Fire Department.
       Police, firefighters and a fire truck are scheduled too (assuming no 911 calls come in).
       Although the event takes work, Kasten's reward is seeing the youngsters who come have a good time. “It 's all about making some memories,” she said.

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