Halloween events frightfully fun
October 31, 2008
Those who are concerned about youngsters trick-or-treating on their own can find safe Halloween events at the South Shore.
Treat Street is a free alternative for trick-or-treaters. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween at the Pinecone Acre Motel, at Emerald Bay Road and 11th Street.
This is Treat Street’s fifth year and the second year as a South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce event, said chamber President Danny Freemon.
As owner of the Pinecone Acre Motel, Freemon lets businesses use the motel rooms. Each business has employees decorate a room, dress in costumes and hand out candy.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” Freemon said. “Parents love it.”
Not only can kids hang out with their friends, but parents also can visit with each other, too, Freemon said.
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Besides trick-or-treating, the event has carnival games, face painting and putt-putt golf.
The event has grown from 750 attendees in his first year to 1,800 in 2007.
Part of 11th Street will be closed during the event to safely accommodate the larger crowd, Freemon said.
Representatives of the South Lake Tahoe police and fire departments will attend Treat Street, as well as staff from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, STCC board members and Parks and Recreation employees, Freemon said.
The chamber is organizing the event in collaboration with KRLT radio.
More Halloween fun can be found around town, including the Heavenly Village Safe Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. and the 19th annual Harvest Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship, 3580 Blackwood Road.
The Terror in Paradise haunted house returns for its 14th year, raising money for Christmas Cheer, which uses the funds for its holiday distribution of food baskets, clothing and toys to needy families.
The exhibits are gruesome and may not be appropriate for young children or those with serious heart or health problems. Parental guidance is suggested; be aware that there will be strobe lights in operation.
Terror in Paradise will operate from 6 to 10 p.m. on Halloween and from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s located at 2358 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, next to Grocery Outlet. Admission is $7 for adults; $4 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (530) 542-3934.
For details on the Freakers Ball, an adults-only party at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Halloween, pick up a copy of Lake Tahoe Action.
— Wear bright and reflective costumes.
— Make sure shoes fit well to avoid tripping.
— Stick reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags.
— Avoid vision-impairing masks.
— Use nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup.
— Choose flame-retardant materials.
— Make sure children younger than 12 are supervised by an adult or travel in groups with an older, responsible child.
— Cross streets at corners, and use traffic signals and sidewalks when available.
— Drivers should watch neighborhood streets closely.
” Source: Jason Eberhart-Phillips, M.D., El Dorado County health officer
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