Annual Safety Street draws good crowd |

Annual Safety Street draws good crowd

by Caryn Haller
Special to The R-C

Dressed as a life-sized McDonald’s French fry box, Owen Evans waited patiently outside the CVIC Hall for trick-or-treating to begin.

Saturday’s 22nd annual Trick-Or-Treat Safety Street drew nearly 1,500 witches, police officers, Storm Troopers, Minions, ninjas, fairies and others with the promise of free candy.

“I like how we get candy, and I like seeing other people’s costumes,” 9-year-old Owen said.

Owen’s sister, Maddy, dressed as Fear from “Inside Out.”

“All my friends were doing the same thing,” the 13-year-old said. “We decided to do something together. There’s Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Joy.”

Farther back in line, Mary Brown, her mother, and her daughter, Amelia, were dressed as witches in pink, green and black tutus and matching pointed hats.

“I enjoy dressing up. You get to be a kid,” Mary said. “Halloween is my favorite holiday.”

This is the Browns’ second year attending Safety Street since moving to the Valley two years ago.

Mary’s son, Gauge, dressed up as Max Steel, while her husband was Darth Vader.

“It’s safe trick-or-treating, and you get to meet all the vendors who participate,” Mary said. “We come here, go home and have dinner and then go do some trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.”

Joshua Beam, 12, donned spiked gloves and belt, tattoo sleeves, ripped up clothes and messy red hair to pull off his punk rocker look.

“I ripped up a shirt I got from a thrift store, studded my belt and spiked my hair,” Joshua said. “I’m in a punk rock band, and I like to get all this stuff on.”

Joshua has been trick-or-treating at Safety Street since he was 6 years old.

“I like dressing up and getting treats,” he said of Halloween. “I really like orange and black, and I like to watch horror movies after I go out trick-or-treating.”

Inside, the CVIC Hall was transformed into 25 different themed booths.

Themes ranged from Monsters Inc., to Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, to Day of the Dead.

First-year participant Sierra Event Rentals had over-sized candy pieces and lollipops stuck to their booth topped off with a Candyland game scene.

“It’s so fun and exciting, and they have so many giveaways,” owner Jennifer McLaughlin said. “I’m going to start thinking about themes for next year, now.”

Sierra Event Rentals won third place for booth design.

Deja Vu Salon also participated for the first time this year with a fall festival theme.

“We wanted to give back to the community because they support us all year long,” owner Shari Whippel said. “And we wanted to do a pumpkin patch.”

Mixed in with the leaves and pumpkins were green lights in honor of all veterans.

“We wouldn’t have the freedom we do without their sacrifices,” Whippel said.

Deja Vu’s booth won first place in design.

Along with the people, Dakkel, the Russian wolfhound and French shepard mix got into the Halloween spirit, dressed as a hotdog.

“He’s a service dog and he goes with me everywhere,” owner Richard Johnson said. “I came here with my grandkids and they wanted him to come as something. This was the only costume that fit.”

Trick-or-treaters also had the chance to win one of 12 bicycles and hundreds of books.