A variety of costumes were seen at last year’s Safe ‘n’ Sane Uptown event. Onikah Martin, left, Taryn Thresher, Taden McKenan, Colton Thresher, Cloey Mora and Alyssa Mora stop to show off their Halloween garb. File photo

Halloween revelers haunt Uptown this afternoon

Good luck if you’re thinking about driving down Main Street today, Tuesday, Oct. 31 between 3 and 5 p.m. That’s because the Historic Uptown Susanville Association, the city of Susanville and many other community partners once again present the annual Safe ‘n’ Sane Halloween celebration, and Main Street will be closed to vehicles.

Once upon a time in the not so distant past, mobs of masked and costumed children happily prowled the streets collecting shopping bags full of sweet treats from their neighbors on Halloween, but that tradition has been replaced by the Safe ‘n’ Sane Halloween celebration in Uptown Susanville.

Organizers expect the annual event will attract more than 1,000 children, parents and family members to the Uptown area for a number of festive events, highlighted by the children gathering candy from local merchants.

At deadline, HUSA had not approved a schedule yet, but Lassen County District 2 Supervisor and Margie’s Book Nook owner David Teeter, said the Parade of Coffins is expected to begin about 3:15 p.m. with the famous 4th annual Coffin Races, sponsored by HUSA, expected to begin about 3:30 p.m.

After the Coffin Races, dancers from J&J Performing Arts and the House of Dance will perform on Main Street.

The ever-popular Costume Contest for all ages, sponsored by the Soroptimist Club, will begin in Pancera Plaza about 4 p.m., and Teeter suggested participants should come find the events that interest them. A Pet Costume Contest also will be held on Pancera Plaza.

Of course, children will be able to safely trick and treat with Uptown merchants constantly during the entire event. For more information, call Teeter at 257-2392.

Lassen Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2005 River St., hosts safe trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. after the Safe ‘n’ Sane event Uptown. For more information, call Karen at 257-5341.

Families also are invited to share a safe indoor trick or treat event with residents at Eagle Lake Village, 2001 Paul Bunyan Road, from 5 to 6 p.m. after the Uptown event.

If you’re looking for a little more exciting way to celebrate Halloween, you won’t want to miss the final night of Frightmare Forest — a fundraiser for the Lassen Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams —at the corner of Gold Run Road and Richmond Road. No scare from 7 to 7:30 p.m., regular event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call LCC at 257-6181.

For adults seeking to party Halloween night away, Lassen Ale Works presents local rock band GRB featuring Gary Renaud, Zack Bouyear, Mike Carr and Dylan Douglas. No cover, and costumes are welcome.

Diamond Mountain Casino also sponsors its annual Spooktacular Halloween Party with hotseat drawings at 7 p.m. and a costume contest at 8 p.m. For more information, call 252-1100.