Trick-or-Treaters clean out CVIC Hall |

Trick-or-Treaters clean out CVIC Hall

by Caryn Haller

Dressed as the fearless Cap’n Jack Sparrow, 7-year-old Joel Harvey plundered the CVIC Hall on Monday, and got just what he came for – candy.

“I got mostly sour stuff, and that’s what I like,” he said. “I come here every year. I like winning the prizes, one time I won a bike.”

Joel was one of about 1,000 youngsters who attended Trick-or-Treat Safety Street as part of Halloween.

In the “Boos and Ghouls Club” booth Joseph Lozana and Derek Daniel were prepared for the trick-or-treat rush with 15 bags of candy.

“We enjoy helping out the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces,” Daniel said.

With her long red hair and tail, Daphne Oberhaus, 5, and her dad Danny were excited about their first time at safety street.

“It’s better than door-to-door,” Danny said. “It’s a limited amount of candy and just the right amount of fun.”

Dressed as the boy who refused to grow up, 3-year-old Kai Freitas wanted a second time through safety street. His dad Trevor brought him to the CVIC Hall for trick-or-treating to avoid the neighborhood crowds.

“It sounded nice being inside and not so hectic like outside,” he said. “We also like it here because the atmosphere is not scary.”

For teenagers Codie Brixey and Kaitlyn Smith, Safety Street is just the first stop of their night. The fairy-dressed duo planned on hitting Chichester after sundown.

“Safety Street is a lot of fun. They do a lot of work, and the decorations are really good.” Kaitlyn said.

Seven-year-old twins Katelyn and Keagan Garciatirre came down from South Shore to attend Safety Street.

“I like all the bikes,” Katelyn said.

“It’s a treat for them and for me,” their dad, David, said.

Debbie Wood has brought her son, Alex, to the annual event since he was 2 years old.

Now, 6 years old, the family has the trick-or-treating process down to a science.

“We start out here, go home and have dinner, and then go door-to-door,” Debbie said.

Alex said he couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s great,” he said. “You get to have candy, and then a lot more candy.”

Organizers gave away 200 books and 10 bicycles as part of the annual event sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and The Record-Courier.