Blayde Stamback, left, and Emmy Stamback stroll around Uptown during last year's Safe ‘n’ Sane event as the Colonel and a most likely soon-to-be very unfortunate chicken. File photo

Celebrate Halloween in Historic Uptown Susanville

It’s that time again for local youth to don their best costumes and strike it rich in candy at the annual Safe and Sane Halloween event from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31 on Main Street in Historic Uptown Susanville.

This year’s event could bring anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 youth to Historic Uptown Susanville for the goldmine of candy, the elaborate costumes and the exciting coffin races, according to Safe and Sane Committee Chair David Teeter.

Children 12 years old and younger may fill their Halloween bags full of goodies from the businesses and organizations passing out the sweet confections.

“There will be lots and lots of sugar,” Teeter said, adding some healthy treats may pop up this year, as well.

Additionally, this year’s costume contest is changed a bit with the submissions happening online through the Historic Uptown Susanville Association’s Facebook page.

Once on the page, click the link on the pinned item and submit a photo for one of the five categories: 1 to 5 years old, 6 to 12 years old, 13 to 18 years old, groups/families and, of course, pets. Once submitted, all submitters need to do is arrive to Safe and Sane in their costume.

Voting is open to the public, so submitters are encouraged to share the link with family and friends.

Winners will be announced after the coffin races and prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.

Moreover, this year’s coffin races will feature about 7 teams as they barrel down Main Street in their ghoulishly decked out coffins.

The parade of coffins and the races will begin at roughly 3:30 p.m.

Following the naming of the new coffin racing champions, which is currently held by the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, Safe and Sane attendees can watch local dancers from JandJ Performing Arts and House of Dance take to the stage and show off their spooky dance skills.

Mostly, though, children will get the opportunity to have a safe and exciting Halloween event.

Teeter also said any organizations, clubs or business outside of HUSA interested in passing out candy are very welcome to set up a booth and get their name out.

As a “community event,” Teeter said, any organization is welcome to join in on the fun.

To sign up your organization to pass out candy, call Teeter at 310-8279.

Main Street will be closed to through traffic in Historic Uptown Susanville from 3 to 5 p.m.