All dressed up -- where to go?

Some Halloween activities planned for night before Halloween

Witches, ghosts and goblins are waiting to haunt the streets of Craig.

Halloween is just around the corner, and local children, organizations and businesses are preparing for this year's scare-filled season.

Popular shops for costumes are eager for the next two weeks, which are the busiest time of year for some of them.

"This is our biggest-selling month every year because of costumes," said Community Budget Center Assistant Manager Vickie Warren.

She expects the next two weeks to be busy, especially in the few days before Halloween. The store is offering their sack sale on Oct. 29 and 30, and customers can fill bags for a price of $5.

"We're the No. 1 spot for Halloween shopping," she said, "because we have unusual costumes. It's costumes they can put together that no one else has."

For children and adults looking for outfits already put together, Katie's Costumes on Washington Street has more than 1,000 costumes that can be rented for between $15 and $30.

Owner Kathie Johnson said the most popular costumes typically are Renaissance women, saloon girls and Southern belles. She asks that those interested in renting call her at 826-2611 because she works during the day and runs the business out of her home.

Kmart also has a large selection of complete costumes for children and adults. Becky Gorham, department manger for the seasonal section, said the store has many costumes for firefighters and the character from the movie "Scream."

The store is offering 30 percent off on costumes today, and begins a weeklong sale Sunday for 33 percent off.

"Now's a good time to buy them because they're on sale, and we have a lot left," she said.

Bill Leonard, administrative sergeant with the Craig Police Department, advised residents to buy costumes that can be seen well at night for safety reasons.

"The main thing is that we encourage that (children) have parental supervision," he said. "Everybody needs to look out for everybody else's kids. If you see something suspicious, give us a call."

A list of safety tips will be included in trick-or-treat bags distributed to children in kindergarten through sixth grade by the schools.

He said the past few Halloweens have been quiet, and he hopes this one will be, too. There will be extra patrols out during popular trick-or-treating times to control any incidents that may take place.

Centennial Mall and the Downtown Business Association are hosting trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 for children 12 and younger. Participating downtown businesses are mostly located in the 500 block of Yampa Avenue and 100 block of Victory Way.

The haunted house, sponsored by the Craig Rotary Club and 3 C's Card Shop, will be held at the Craig Daily Press office Oct. 30 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2, with proceeds going to the Rotary Scholarship Fund.

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