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Down Lincoln Avenue they went, the creepy stalked and slithered, the cute and cuddly ones danced and skipped along. Those who would beg for candy later were well-taught on the best safety practices for a non-terrifying Halloween thanks to the Halloween Safety Carnival held last week.

It was the annual Calistoga Halloween Parade hosted by the Lions Club. Lincoln Avenue was closed Halloween evening long enough for young and old, some dressed in costume, some not, to stroll the main street in the rain led by a Calistoga Fire Department engine with lights flashing and moving at a crawl.

Rosie Dunsford and son Michael Dunsford, owners of Calistoga Inn Restaurant and Brewery hosted their annual community social giving away hot dogs, hot chocolate, and cookies in front of their establishment.

At Calistoga Elementary School last Friday, the Calistoga Police Department gave a safety talk to about 300 children after school.

“The Calistoga police department talked about basic safety tips for Halloween with the over 300 children who attended the carnival and ended their presentation with a brief Q&A session,” said Greg Bouillerce, Calistoga unit director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga.

“Police tried to focus on the importance of staying on the sidewalk, being visible, and also where to go if you need help. We were thrilled with the participation of our community partners including the Calistoga Parent Teacher Association, Calistoga Elementary School, and of course the Calistoga Police Department. We were only expecting about 150 children but our actual number of participants rapidly ballooned to just over 300 kids in the first 30 minutes. Kids vote with their feet and it seems that this kind of event is of great interest to our community,” Bouillerce said.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor