A hooded wraith with rubber bats circling its head haunts passers-by on the lawn of Craig resident Ruth Sanchez. The decoration is one of many spooky seasonal motifs seen at local residences for Thursday's Halloween festivities.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

A hooded wraith with rubber bats circling its head haunts passers-by on the lawn of Craig resident Ruth Sanchez. The decoration is one of many spooky seasonal motifs seen at local residences for Thursday's Halloween festivities.

Craig offers much to do on Halloween

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— Craig will be jam packed with trick-or-treating hotspots and fun events to attend this year as downtown businesses do their annual Trick-or-Treat Street on Yampa Avenue and the Craig Christian Church hosts its Fun Fest for the 27th year in a row.

So put on your best Halloween costume and enjoy the spooky fun.

Downtown Craig trick-or-treating and safety tips

Downtown businesses will be handing out tasty goodies to trick-or-treaters 12 and younger from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween along Yampa Avenue. Angela Thorpe, a hairstylist at the downtown Mane Attitude Salon, said that she will be dressing up as a gnome and is excited to be spooking up the salon for Halloween.

“I just love seeing all the kids all dressed up and having fun,” Thorpe said. “It brings out the kid in me, too. It’s my favorite holiday.”

While the trick-or-treaters are enjoying the downtown festivities, Craig Chamber of Commerce members, ambassadors and volunteers will be focusing on maintaining road safety and traffic control for pedestrians and vehicles along Yampa Avenue and other bustling streets.

“We would like to see people use streets safely and use crosswalks,” said Shannon Russell, chamber membership director. “One of the main concerns is safety for kids.”

The chamber encourages people to adhere to volunteers who will direct traffic. The chamber also asks residents to exercise caution while trick-or-treating. Russell said that if kids are going to be out in the dark, they should use a light stick so people can see them and to look both ways before crossing a street.

Fun Fest at the Craig Christian Church

Fun Fest first was held on Halloween in 1986 to raise money for the Joyful Noise Makers church choir. This year, Fun Fest will have a wide variety of activities for kids and adults to enjoy, including a live band called Crossroads that will be playing classic '60s and '70s music. There also will be a variety of food, including chili, hot dogs and nachos.

During Fun Fest, there will be a cakewalk down the right hallway for kids, and the live band and game booths will be on the left. Some of the games will be ponga fish, big game hunt, wild animal feed, ring toss, darts, lollipop tree and wonder wheel — a wheel for kids to spin that will land on either candy or a small prize.

To participate in games, patrons can purchase tickets at the front door for 10 cents apiece with most games averaging at three tickets to play. To get chili, a hot dog or nachos and a drink, it will cost only $2.25.

Other Halloween festivities

Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab will also be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters from 5 to 7 p.m., giving children and seniors an opportunity to socialize.

Additionally, the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will have a Halloween Night from 4 to 6 p.m., which includes strobe light gym games, Halloween arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes, candy and a Halloween movie.

And if you’re looking for a good scare, the Centennial Mall also will have a hotspot for trick-or-treaters at the MCT House of Horrors — a haunted house — that will be running Thursday and Friday nights.

Bear Steadman, a student at Colorado Northwestern Community College, is working as a fall intern for the Craig Daily Press.

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