As Halloween enthusiasts lined South Broadway for the inaugural Broadway Halloween Parade, they were treated to spooky visuals, creative costumes, cool sounds, and…hard plastic bone-shaped cases tossed out of a giant Denver Public Works truck. Yup: While spacepeople, Ghostbusters, Betelgeuse, and The Hornet’s disco aliens doled out cheap delicious candies in the spirit of America’s best holiday, the city of Denver decided to toss out bags for your dog’s poop.
Here they are chucking out some of that epic Halloween spirit:
While dog poo is an increasing and irritating issue in the city of Denver and, really, many of Colorado’s parks and trails, it seems that Denver could have done something a little more, uh, festive in their participation in Broadway’s first ever Halloween Parade. Instead, it seems, they decided to send a message. But not such a strong message that they thought it worth responding to a request for comment. We even gave them a couple of extra days to respond in our mess of a weekend:
@DenPublicWorks Interesting Halloween treats you tossed out tonight at #halloween parade. Can you tell us why? We publish tonight. Thx!
— Noise Journal (@TheNoiseJournal) October 22, 2017
Not only was this a cruel joke (the excitement that quickly turned to disappointment in the kids was very visible even at dusk), but it was a potential safety hazard. These things are BIG. And HEAVY. And HARD. Here’s a picture again, but next to some lip balm for scale:
What were you thinking, Denver?