CDP Editorial: Happy Halloween

Halloween has once again arrived, and with it several opportunities for local children to indulge in the holiday with sweet treats and fun activities.

Before talking about today’s offerings, however, we want to mention and thank those responsible for setting the seasonal mood by offering fall- and Halloween-themed events over the course of the last few weeks, starting with Red Cortner and Lou Wyman.

In what has become an annual Halloween tradition in Northwest Colorado — as well as one community in Southeast Wyoming, Red Cortner and Homemaker Furnishings earlier this month distributed free pumpkins to youths in Craig, Rangely, Meeker and Baggs, Wyo. The pumpkins ensure that local children will be able to celebrate Halloween, and for that Cortner and the staff at Homemaker Furnishings deserve thanks.

So does Lou Wyman. The same weekend that Cortner offered free pumpkins, Wyman Museum hosted its fourth annual Pumpkin Patch, an event full of affordable, family-friendly activities based around a fall theme.

Once again, a member of the Moffat County community went out of their way to offer a low-cost activity the whole family can enjoy. We want to thank Wyman.

In recent weeks, the Moffat County Thunder cheerleaders have offered a haunted house to community members, ushering in Halloween in traditional style. While the haunted house was a good opportunity for the group to raise money, it also provided the community with another affordable way to celebrate the season, and the girls deserve recognition for that.

Now that the day is here, the chances for Halloween fun aren’t over yet. Today local children will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat in the downtown business district, at Centennial Mall and at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab. Halloween celebrations also will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig as well as at Craig Christian Church. (For details about all these activities, see page 3 in today’s paper.)

We want to send a big thank you to everyone and anyone responsible for organizing and hosting these events.

Although meant to be a fun holiday for families, Halloween can become a safety hazard when considering how many excited children will be in the streets. Events like those set to take place throughout Moffat County today help ensure the holiday remains fun and free of tragedy.

But when it comes to safety on Halloween, we all have our part to play. For parents, it involves making sure that younger children are properly supervised and older children are properly prepared. For those without children it means driving a little slower and keeping an extra-careful eye.

It may not sound like a lot, but these simple steps will help ensure that this Halloween stays happy.

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