Aiden Serna, left, who just turned 1 year old, has a super time on his first Halloween with mom Michelle Welch. The two were enjoying a beautiful day Saturday during Yampa River State Park's Hike or Treat event.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife Officer Mark Lehman waits along the trail at Yampa River State Park on Saturday to hand out candy to kids during Saturday's Hike or Treat event. Lehman said the event began with 120 pounds of candy, which was "going fast."
Aiden Antonacci, 7, left, and Zander Martinez, 9, take a break from gathering candy Saturday to enjoy some of their spoils during a Trunk or Treat event at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
Kinsley Campbell, 2 1/2, gets a lift from her mom, Danielle Campbell, during this year's Hike or Treat event, held Saturday at Yampa River State Park.
Jeff and Morgan Gruebel and their dogs Gunner and Sophie await the announcement of the winner of Murdoch's annual Growl-O-Ween costume contest on Saturday.
Sally and Rio show off their costumes Saturday at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply's annual Growl-O-Ween event, in which residents were invited to dress their furry friends — and themselves — in costume for the chance to win a $100 Murdoch's gift card. Sally and Rio are owned by Cathy Pearson.
Linda and Jacob Foulk, left, and Chantae and Paisley Abney show off their costumes during the Trunk or Treat event, held Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. A Rock-N-Bowl Halloween party followed Saturday evening.
Jeannie Albee and Jen Bergstrom give Aly Bergstrom a quick lift while walking the trail during Saturday's Hike or Treat event at Yampa River State Park.
Cameron Campbell and Josef Planansky, both 12, try to determine whether a mysterious piece of candy is peppermint- or cinnamon-flavored. The two friends were enjoying Yampa River State Park's Hike or Treat event Saturday with Cameron's family.
Jennifer Borlean and Adrianna Robbins get in the spirit of Halloween Saturday during the Trunk or Treat event at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
Alisa Brown and her canine friend, Brown Bear, receive a $100 Murdoch's gift card from Murdoch's employee Connor Murphy after being named winners of the business's annual Growl-O-Ween event.
RaChell Dschaak, left, and Whitney Sadvar show off their '70s style while passing out treats to local kids Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.
CRAIG — Though the actual holiday was still four days in the future, kids, adults — and even pets — showed plenty of Halloween spirit in and around Craig on Saturday.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., residents and their four-legged companions donned their best Halloween costumes and turned out to Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply for the business’s annual Growl-O-Ween event, which invited humans and their pets of “all species” to deck out in their best Halloween apparel for a costume contest.
At stake was a $100 Murdoch’s gift card, and there was no shortage of owners and pets of all shapes and sizes who showed up to compete for the prize.
And, though Murdoch’s staff acknowledged the decision was a difficult one, it was Alisa Brown and her dog, Brown Bear, who claimed top honors with their mermaid-themed costumes, taking home the big prize.
Across town, meanwhile, the parking lot at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center was teeming with superheroes, witches, princesses, and florescent skeletons, as kids and adults turned out for a Trunk or Treat event hosted by the business.
There was even a tribute to the 1970s in the form of Thunder Rolls owner RaChell Dschaak and her groovy companion, Whitney Sadvar, who manned a makeshift disco, complete with 45 records, vintage tunes, and a glittering disco ball Dschaak created herself.
The spooky festivities continued at Thunder Rolls later that evening, as the bowling center hosted its Rock-N-Bowl Halloween party.
Finally, about 15 miles east of Craig, at Yampa River State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, joined by volunteers — many in costume themselves — stationed themselves at intervals along the 1.25-mile park loop trail to distribute 120 pounds of candy to scores of kids and adults who turned out for a little pre-Halloween “hike-or-treating.”
The trail-related take on All Hallow’s Eve was apparently a success, as CPW Officer Mark Lehman said that, only a little more than an hour into the event, they’d already distributed much of their candy reserves to the eager children who pelted up and down the trail on a quest of Halloween treats.
“We started out today with 120 pounds of candy, and I think we’re already running low,” Lehman said. “We handed out 70 pounds last year, so it looks like it’s definitely grown.”
Contact Jim Patterson at jpatterson@CraigDailyPress.com.