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Tricks – and treats – slated

Costumed children trick or treat on Grass Valley's Mill Street last year.
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Sometime between this afternoon and the wee hours of the night, the community’s goblins and ghosts will take to the streets. And whether those creatures are preschool, preteen or pre-retirement, there is a suitable event for them.

Following are some of the activities sponsored by various Nevada County associations, restaurants and bars to ensure that Halloween 2002 will be an all-ages affair.

For Halloween rookies, the Grass Valley Downtown Association presents its annual “Safe Trick-Or-Treat” for preschoolers. Youngsters are invited to visit participating businesses on Mill, West and East Main, South Auburn, Bank, Neal and South Church streets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.



— Also available to the youths is the eighth annual Pumpkin Hunt put on by the Nevada County Traction Co., 400 Railroad Ave., Nevada City. Kids can board the Northern Queen’s railcar for $6 to search for their own pumpkin. The cars depart at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. In addition, kids can visit all the businesses in the Kmart shopping center on McKnight Way for more precious loot.

For those older monsters who don’t squeal at the idea of hopping on a railcar in search of pumpkins, don’t worry.




Among many activities designed for anyone 21-and-older is a Halloween Party Metal Bash presented by the Nevada Club (108 W. Main St., Grass Valley). The event will showcase local acts such as Katerpillar, The Committee, Boss Klem and Uncle Scam. The party, which will also feature a costume contest, kicks off at 9 p.m. and ends around 1 a.m.

Nevada County has not left out its older citizens. Suited more for the parental crowd is the upper Commercial Street’s inaugural Halloween Street Fair. Special sale items will be up for grabs by various merchants such as Tanglewood Forest Gallery, the Golden Flower Trading Company and Museum, Anthony1s Catering and Spirithouse. Shoppers are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. The street fair begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m.

Not interested in shopping? Cooper1s, 235 Commercial St. in Nevada City, will feature the surf-oriented The Pyronauts at a no-cover Halloween party from 8 to 11 p.m., complete with a special costume show.

Kirby1s Creekside Cafe,101 Broad St. in Nevada City, also has a costume contest in the bar. Prizes include free dinner coupons. Children are invited to attend the no-cover party, although it will take place in the bar from 8 to 11 p.m. Entertainment is by local hip-hop artist Gavin 3The Lyrical Miracle² Darrow, the Bodhi Busick Band and deejays.

You’re in luck if you plan to follow the tradition of staying up late watching scary movies. Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City, will screen the cult classic 3The Rocky Horror Picture Show² at 11 p.m. All ages are invited to take part in the scares. Admission is by donation.

And for the older crowd, one-man band Rocky Jenkins will perform in a Halloween party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the National Hotel. There1s no cover charge, and costumes are encouraged in the bar.

by GARRETT FEVINGER


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