Craig locations celebrate Halloween for all ages |

Craig locations celebrate Halloween for all ages

Young trick-or-treaters take time out from getting candy along Yampa Avenue to pose for a picture Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of children and parents flocked to the downtown businesses of Craig to take part in Halloween activities.
Andy Bockelman

— Superheroes, fairies and the boxy characters from the video game “Minecraft” were just a few of the denizens running across Craig on Thursday afternoon and into the night.

And the community couldn’t have loved it more.

Wherever you went in town during Halloween, there was no shortage of children in costume around to bring a smile to your face. As early as 3 or 4 p.m., kids and their parents were surrounding the sidewalks of the downtown businesses on Yampa Avenue and Victory Way in their pursuit of Milky Ways, Tootsie Pops, Twizzlers and all other forms of sugary goodness that find their way into your bag, bucket or pillowcase upon utterance of those magic words: “Trick or treat!”

Haley Bellin-Vangrandt was one of several people handing out candy in front of the Community Budget Center.

“It’s great to see so many kids, and they get so creative with their costumes,” she said.

Bellin-Vangrandt got inventive with her own costume, a somewhat sparklier version of the mask worn by Batman villain Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“I painted it on with eye shadow, and it took about 30 minutes,” she said.

Businesses like Walgreens and State Farm also set up their own booths and displays in Alice Pleasant Park.

“We like to give back to the community, and I love to be at the forefront of it because I get a kick out of seeing these kids,” Walgreens employee Donna Aldridge said.

For those who got their fill of candy quickly, some establishments offered different kinds of treats. The Jungle Pet Shop handed out goldfish in plastic baggies to anyone who wanted them, while Downtown Books had a plethora of used books for all takers.

“I think it’s great that we have something like this that can bring people to the area, and they can know that their kids will be safe,” Downtown Books owner Terry Carwile said.

Dressed as Fiona, one of the characters from the Cartoon Network show “Adventure Time,” 12-year-old Andy Hall said she wanted to try to hit all the activities in town.

“It’s awesome,” she said about the number of events across Craig.

Venues such as Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab and the Boys & Girls Club of Craig offered activities like indoor trick-or-treating and games while Centennial Mall featured the MCT House of Horrors as well as a dance for the older kids. First Christian Church also hosted its 27th annual Fun Fest for those seeking an alternate celebration of Halloween.

The parking lot of Moffat County High School offered a new event — Trunk or Treat. National Honor Society members decorated their cars for the holiday while offering candy to younger children.

MCHS junior Katelyn Peroulis styled her car after animated automotive Lightning McQueen, from which she distributed handfuls of sweets.

“It’s really fun doing it for all the kids, and I love to see how happy they are looking at everything,” she said.

Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or

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