Stroll a downtown highlight

Some sections of Lincoln Avenue closed for trick-or-treating

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Halloween activities

5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Steamboat Halloween Stroll. The merchants of downtown Steamboat Springs will provide candy and treats. Lincoln Avenue will be closed between Fifth and 11th Streets. All cars must be removed from this area prior to closure of the street. For more information, call Main Street Steamboat Springs at 970-846-1800.

6 to 10 p.m. The "Screamboat Chamber of Horror" at Colorado Mountain College's Monson Hall. Cost is $5 per person and children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult.

9 p.m. E.O.E. (Equal Opportunity Employment) Halloween Costume Contest and second anniversary show for The Plagiarists.

9 p.m. Halloween Costume Contest at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. Live music with The Plagiarists. No cover.

9 p.m. Halloween Costume Party with DJ Kip Strean at Jade Summit. No cover. Cash prizes and drink specials.

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The annual Downtown Steamboat Halloween Stroll for children and their parents is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue. Downtown merchants will provide candy to trick-or-treaters. Lincoln Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Fifth to 11th streets.

— JuDee Duerst has handed out thousands of pieces of candy and seen more pumpkins and princesses than most Steamboat Springs residents, but the annual Downtown Steamboat Halloween Stroll is among her favorite events of the year.

"It's such a nutty night," said Duerst, an employee at Lyon's Drug Store. "It has just gotten bigger every year."

The downtown stroll celebrates its 25th anniversary tonight. Thousands of people, particularly children, flock to the event, which was created to offer a safe place to trick-or-treat on Halloween.

The downtown stroll is from 5 to 7 p.m., and Lincoln Avenue between Fifth and 11th Streets will be closed to traffic.

Downtown merchants, a-

mong others, will be passing out thousands of pieces of candy or other treats.

"It is absolutely amazing," said Tracy Barnett, executive director of Main Street Steamboat Springs. "You've never seen so many people in one place in your life."

Barnett, like Duerst, ranks the Downtown Stroll as one of the top events of the year.

While Duerst listed a young family dressed as ducks as her favorite costume through the years, Barnett said a washer and dryer duo and a man mocking the crab leg special at Red Lobster were two of her more memorable costumes.

"It is meant for kids but a lot of the parents dress up," Barnett said.

Temperatures are forecast for the 30s, so Barnett is expecting to see large winter coats over costumes, but the spirit of the night never changes, regardless of weather.

"I don't know where all the people come from," Barnett said. "The (Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association) has gotten letters from people who have stumbled up into town when this is happening. There are more people trying to get in than trying to stay out. There will be extra people who don't have businesses on Lincoln who set up."

Barnett said Morton Hoj, owner of the Steamboat Yacht Club, plans on dragging in a boat and setting up in the middle of Lincoln.

Steamboat Springs Fire and Rescue and political candidates traditionally make appearances.

"The fire department is always there," Barnett said.

Much like the Fourth of July parade draws families eager to see floats and horses, the Downtown Stroll gives families a place to mingle in a one-stop shopping candy extravaganza.

"It's kind of a community thing," Duerst said.

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