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Plenty of Halloween festivities planned around Fort Lupton

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — In the last couple of years, new businesses have come in along Denver Avenue, and the city’s downtown has attracted more foot traffic.
    That makes the second annual Main Street Trick or Treat — hosted by businesses along Denver Avenue including newcomers Wholly Stromboli and Barkers Coffeehouse Ya Ya — a good measure of Fort Lupton’s economic development.

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    From 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, kids, parents and Halloween enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to Denver Avenue between Third and Fiftth streets. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, and there will be costume contests and prizes. Visitors can enjoy live music, play games, or shop at the businesses participating in Main Street Trick or Treat: Wholly Stromboli, Dale’s Pharmacy, Fort Lupton Vision Clinic, Fort Lupton Fire Department, Pack and Ship, Grannie’s Diner, Fort Lupton Police Department, Bank of Colorado, Sonic, Farmers Insurance, Outpost Christian Fellowship, Barkers Coffeehouse Ya Ya, Sweet Country by kp, and others.
    Organizers have made a few tweaks from last year, and visitors will find tables and chairs set up on the sidewalk. Denver Avenue will be open this year, unlike last year.
    And there are other Halloween festivities around the city and across the county that night.
Destiny Church, 307 Fulton Ave., is hosting a combination fall/Halloween festival 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be a costume contest, a bounce house and (of course) candy.
    Weld County is also home to the popular Fritzler Corn Maze, located seven miles south of Greeley, 20861 County Road 33 in LaSalle, on State Highway 85. This year’s maze depicts a bald eagle weeping tears for America. There are other activities such as an ATV roller coaster, go cart track and a giant pumpkin cannon.