By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Olivia Low did not want to be a princess or anything that girls would stereotypically be. She wanted to take one small step for candy but a giant step for girl power with her astronaut costume.
“I wanted to be an astronaut because everyone else is something girlie,” the 10-year-old from Portales said.
Gravity was the only thing that held her down as she blended with the witches, superheroes and a few of the Robertson clan from Duck Dynasty who navigated through downtown Portales on Wednesday afternoon in search of free candy.
For the hundreds of children who participated, Halloween came early with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s Safe Trick-or-Treat Night.
The event gave families a secured trick-or-treating experience and engaged the community. More than 40 businesses participated in the event and children were able to walk through the construction zone safely with the help of the Portales police.
By the numbers:
• Four 20-ounce bottles of fake blood were used in the VFW’s spooky house. Denise Cleveland with the VFW said corn syrup and food coloring were used to give their spooky house it’s creepy details. All the actors in the house were played by VFW members, Ladies Auxiliary VFW members or their children.
• Six bags of candy was the average amount that businesses purchased for the event. Depending on foot traffic, several businesses ran out of candy before the event finished.
• 25 scary films that Taylor Skinner predicts she has watched in her lifetime. Skinner, 11, dressed as the eerie little girl from “The Ring,” which is near the top of the scariest films she’s seen. She wore a long wig, which covered her face along with a bloody dress. However, Skinner said the 2013 film “Mama” tops her list for scariest movie.
• 100 spots drawn on 6-year-old Izavell Howard’s body for her cheetah costume. The cheetah is her favorite animal.