Safety Street opens to candy fiends Monday |

Safety Street opens to candy fiends Monday

by Scott Neuffer

Downtown Minden will once again become the Halloween haunt of costumed children who share an insatiable hunger for candy.

A large turnout is expected for the 18th annual Trick or Treat Safety Street, which runs 3 to 8 p.m. Monday inside the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Street.

Last year, about 1,400 people attended the event. This year, organizers are expecting upwards of 2,000 children and family members.

“It is on a school night, but hopefully more people will come out for the one-stop shopping rather than going door-to-door,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Youth Services Dep. Teresa Duffy. “It’s early enough that the little ones can still get out and about.”

Former Record-Courier Publisher Tim Huether founded Trick or Treat Safety Street in 1993 as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Today, The R-C still sponsors the event with the sheriff’s office and a host of corporate sponsors, totaling 15 this year.

“It’s a safe place overall and much better than going door-to-door with people we don’t know,” Duffy said. “This is more of a family type of thing, and a way for community members and organizations to give back as well.”

Duffy said there will be 25 candy-bearing booths displayed by local businesses, service groups and nonprofits. Cost of admission is $2 per child, which includes a raffle ticket. While there will be consolation prizes for the raffle, there also will be contests for the top three booths, best family costume, best child costume and best adult costume.

“Everyone leaves with something,” Duffy said. “We have great prizes this year.”

Proceeds from the event benefit youth services in the sheriff’s office, including DARE, GREAT, Explorer cadets, and the Fighting Chance program.

“I just want to thank the community for getting involved,” Duffy said, “either by booth participation, corporate sponsorship, or by coming to the event and supporting it, making this community the wonderful place it is to live in.”

Carson Valley Sertoma will be outside the CVIC Hall on Monday evening selling hotdogs, chips and refreshments, and the American Red Cross also will be offering special Halloween drinks.

Duffy said costumes fluctuate each season with pop culture trends. Judging from store offerings, she guessed zombies will be popular this year.

“I’ve seen a lot of zombie costumes,” she said. “I would like to see more marine-life costumes.”

For more information about the event, contact Duffy or Dep. Chris Griffith at 783-6441.