Surface Creek Valley last weekend took special note of the fall season fun and dress-up holiday that's traditionally been known as Halloween.
Schools, community organizations, churches, businesses, and, of course, families were all part of the community's observances of a candy-coated Oct. 31 this year.
Safe trick-or-treat experiences were provided by Little Sprouts Preschool, and at the Cedaredge Assembly of God.
The Cedaredge Assembly of God hosted a safe trick-or-treat event on Saturday afternoon. It was a hugely popular, family-friendly event that drew the participation of, easily, a hundred kids, parents and grandparents.
Church members turned tables on the spooks and scary spirits of some Halloween events and staged instead a community outreach that in every way expressed the gentle kindness and generosity of the true Christian spirit.
Santa even made an early season appearance for the event with free train rides for the little ones. Costumed kids visited the SUV candy vending booths lined up in the church parking lot, and there was even a free dinner offered for the families by church members who manned a serving line.
Moms and dads joined with staff members at Little Sprouts last Thursday to provide a safe and fun trick-or-treat experience for the school's students and some of their younger siblings.
The event took place in the school's parking lot where the parents' SUVs were lined up and turned into candy dispensing outlets, all decked out with decorations appropriate for the season.
The youngsters were attired as just about every creature and character imaginable, from a dinosaur-riding wrangler to a princess, a Denver Broncos player, and, of course, Spidey. They made their ways in an orderly single file along their parents' sweet-as-sugar tailgate party, filling their containers with sweet treats.
Most of the moms came in various costumes and black seemed to be a favored color. The dads came dressed in their favorite costume garb, too: blue jeans, rough-wear jackets, ball caps, and work boots -- all of them going as the hard-working young breadwinners they are, with supporting families always topmost on their minds.
Big smiles were in display all around.
Students at Cedaredge High School were also planning a Halloween-style event on Thursday for kids and families.
Local businesses got in the spirit with the fun themes of Halloween, too. The Pondy hosted a haunted house event, and Red Mountain Ranches just north of Cedaredge pulled out all the stops with a fully decorated Halloween attraction that was the best harvest fest display in the valley for the traditional haunted house-themed evening of fun event.
And never to be outdone when it comes to knowing how to enjoy life to the hilt, the Surface Creek Senior Citizens did not miss an opportunity and threw a party-like noontime meal event with Halloween candy and a costume contest judged by members of the Cedaredge Police department (see story on C2).
The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historial Society will host its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 at the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. There will be music, refreshments and a guest speaker, Robert Sibernagel. He is well known in the area as he writes regional history columns for The Daily Sentinel. He was formerly the editorial page editor for that paper for 19 years.