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Our View: Closing streets for Halloween is a great idea

Halloween brings costumes, candy and camaraderie to downtown Craig each year, and today has an extra kick of excitement and safety that we haven't seen in years past.

The city of Craig opted to close the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue after the Downtown Business Association asked city council to shut down the streets for Craig's annual downtown trick-or-treating extravaganza from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.

We'd like to thank Craig City Council, City Manager Jim Ferree and the Downtown Business Association for their efforts to keep young trick-or-treaters safe from bustling traffic on Yampa Avenue. We understand the city budget is tight and asking city workers to close the street costs money and time, therefore accolades are warranted.

The city recognizes that it only takes one bad accident to spoil a festive holiday that Craigites love.

We're excited about the safety factor and hope the city will continue to close the street every Halloween from now on. The fact that the city is looking out for our community and listening to concerned constituents is comforting.

By closing the streets, it makes downtown trick-or-treating seem like a much bigger city-wide event. For years, Steamboat has closed blocks of Lincoln Avenue, giving a safe haven for Halloween participation. The whole town goes there for festivities.

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We know that Craig will benefit from this decision. We'll be thrilled to see downtown swarming with goblins and witches galore for the spooky holiday. Watching kids line up for treats that downtown businesses hand out is entertaining and fun.

As businesses stock up their Halloween buckets full of candy for kids, we'd like to remind them about the Teal Pumpkin Project that aims to cater to children who have allergies to various candy.

The Craig Daily Press recently published a story stating that food allergies affect one in 13 kids in the U.S. and 15 million Americans overall, according to Food Allergy Research Education.

"That means roughly two kids in every classroom have some kind of food allergy, which can range from mild to severe," the story stated.

Businesses can stock up on small toys and/or non-food treats to hand out to children who might have such allergies.

No matter what, we hope that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Editorial Board

Renee Campbell: Newspaper representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley: Newspaper representative

Sheli Steele: Newspaper representative

Christina Oxley: Community representative

Brenda Elsbree: Community representative

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