Several area mascots to help with Safe Treats for Old Colorado City Halloween

       Various area mascots - ranging from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox' Sox the Fox to Holmes Middle School's Herk-imer Hawk - will add a costumed twist to this year's Halloween Safe Treats Wednes-day afternoon, Oct. 31 in Old Colorado City.
       “That's what's new and cool this year,” enthused Lori Kasten, an Old Colorado City businesswoman who organizes the annual event with the help of several business sponsors.
       In the stores from 3 to 5 p.m., participating merchants between 24th and 27th streets on Colorado Avenue will give candy or other items to young trick-or-treaters, while on the avenue goodies (candy, toys or school supplies) will be offered by the mascots as well as about 20 members of Coronado High School's Future Business Leaders of America club and 5 members of the Holmes Student Council, Kasten said.
       Afterward, from 5 to about 6:30 p.m., will be the traditional costume contest at Meadow Muffins (enter through the side door on 25th Street this year). Entry is free. A savings bond will go to the winner in each of the four costume-contest age categories: 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-13. There also will be a prize for the best-dressed parent per age group and a drawing among all youth contestants for a bicycle, and “everybody gets something,” she said.
       With Kasten still looking for mascots at press time, the exact number of such characters won't be certain until Halloween itself. Others who have committed so far are the City Police Department's McGruff the Crime Dog, the Texas Roadhouse Armadillo; Little Caesar's “toga guy,” the Keva Juice “blender and strawberry girl” and Mr. Biggs' Baggs the Dog. “We're trying to line up as many mascots as we can to make it fun,” she said.

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