Downtown Craig has a happening Halloween |

Downtown Craig has a happening Halloween

Patrick Kelly
Moffat County High School students hand out candy as part of Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of Alice Pleasant Park along Yampa Avenue. Students including football players and members of the upcoming production of "Aladdin JR" provided fun for younger kids.
Patrick Kelly

Ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates, superheroes and villains, your favorite Disney stars and many more characters flooded the streets of downtown Craig for a spectacular Halloween celebration Saturday afternoon.

At Centennial Mall, vendors provided trick-or-treating opportunities for young ones and American Legion Post 62’s spooky haunted house gave families a fright, but it was Yampa Avenue that was full of spirited trick or treaters from Sixth Street down to Fourth Street in what some would say is the best downtown Halloween crowd they can recall.

“I think this is probably one of the biggest turnouts I’ve ever seen,” Craig Mayor Ray Beck said.

Parents herded groups of small children, all proudly showing off their costumes, up and down Yampa as excited teens enjoyed their Halloween independence, while volunteers aided in keeping the street crossing safe.

Businesses on the block were ready for the crowd with an abundance of candy, enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, as well as other unique offerings like fish from The Jungle Pet Shop and balloons from the Elks Lodge.

Adrie Camp and Pablo Salcido were on the scene for their son Marquiz’s very first Halloween. With some clever costume engineering, they transformed their stroller into a lobster boil with Marquiz as the crustacean.

Although some of the younger children making the rounds Saturday evening were too young to eat the candy they collected, parents were more than willing to help.

“We were laughing,” said Camp. “We got some good candy.”

In addition to the downtown parade of costumes and the Moffat County High School Trunk or Treat among other activities in Alice Pleasant Park, the Community Budget Center hosted a pumpkin-decorating contest where kids could vote on their favorite carved or painted jack-o’-lantern.

With a night of family fun under their belts and a sack full of candy in their grasp, Craig’s trick-or-treaters headed home at the end of the night to enjoy their spoils.

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