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1,200 find treats at safety street

by Sarah Drinkwine
Special to The R-C
Leo Auchenbach, 1 1/2, looks at the decorations at the CVIC Hall last year during the annual Trick-or-Treat Safety Street.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

Little princesses, ghouls, zombies, superheroes, and more, trick-or-treated at the CVIC Hall on Thursday afternoon.

Close to 1,200 children visited Trick-or-Treat Safety Street, sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Two-year-old twins Kiley and Kaylee Watson were dressed as princesses, and both said they thought it was fun and liked the candy.

“It was fun,” said their mother, Tiffany Watson. “It was their first time, so it was very accommodating to that.”

Douglas County Youth Services coordinates the event for children and parents to enjoy a safe place for trick-or-treating, said Pat Smith from the Carson Valley Sertoma Club, who was there to help direct the flow of trick or treaters throughout the building.

“It’s just a nice, safe place,” she said. “I think everyone enjoys coming together.”

According to Smith, there are 26 booths, and about 150 volunteers who help with Safety Street each year, she said.

There were booths from St. Gall Catholic Church, the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley, Austin’s House, Carson Valley Medical Center and many other businesses around town passing out candy.

Children also had a chance to win prizes from a variety of toys donated for the event, including bikes and books, and they could be entered into the best costume contest.

Ten-year-old Zachary Schortgen was entered.

“I’m a bloody face zipper man,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll win.”

He liked dressing up, getting candy and taking a picture with a storm trooper.

Douglas County Explorers Gavin Kieffer and John Chambers said Safety Street is a great event.

“It’s a great experience for the community,” said Kieffer.

Kieffer and Chambers were at the back entrance of the CVIC Hall passing out K-9 attire and accessories.

“It’s a really good program for the kids,” said Chambers. “So they don’t have to go house-to-house.”