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Monday, 31 October 2016

4:15 PM:  I take a walk before trick or treaters start to arrive.

comfy porch across the street

comfy porch across the street

Those of us familiar with Ilwaco Halloween are grateful to have a covered porch because answering the door to hundreds of rings is rather too much.  It’s better to be able to sit outside.

One block east, Missy and family just moved in here and are big fans of Halloween.

One block east, Missy and family just moved in to this house and are big fans of Halloween.

Missy's "pirate name" is Lucy Dagger.

Missy’s “pirate name” is Lucy Dagger.

They really are pirates for hire (for festivities).

They really are pirates for hire (for festivities).

across the street from Missy and John's

across the street from Missy and John’s

another half a block to the east

another half a block to the east

a well decorated porch

a well decorated porch

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a plant lover lives here

a plant lover lives here

Boo

Boo

spiders over the path

spiders over the path

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I walked one block north to Spruce Street and turned to the west.

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4:22, first sign of trick or treaters

4:22, first sign of trick or treaters

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Ilwaco Fire Department

Ilwaco Fire Department

Ilwaco Fire Department

Ilwaco Fire Department

The Fire Department held a food drive for the local food bank.

The Fire Department held a food drive for the local food bank.

Our firefighters are volunteers.

Our firefighters are volunteers.

back on Lake Street

back on Lake Street

From previous years, you might recall the house three blocks west of us that always has a elaborate display.  Due to an ill fated set of circumstances, those folks were unable to complete a display to their satisfaction this year (in case you remember and are looking for it).

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one block west

at the J's

at the J’s

Doug as Dracula

Doug as Dracula

 

Our Jodie and family friend Doug

Jodie and family friend Doug

4:41, the first set of trick or treaters next door

4:41, the first set of trick or treaters next door

Trick or treaters arrive at last!

Trick or treaters arrive at last!

among the first

among the first (Allan’s photo)

5:16: At least the rain squalls were intermittent and the weather was nowhere near as bad as we had feared.

5:16: At least the rain squalls were intermittent and the weather was nowhere near as bad as we had feared.

5:15:  Allan went for a walk and took these:

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The Inn at Harbour Village (B&B)

The Inn at Harbour Village (B&B)

inside the Inn at Harbour Village

inside the Inn at Harbour Village

looking down Williams Ave from The Inn at Harbour Village

looking down Williams Ave from The Inn at Harbour Village

at our friend Annie's house on Spruce

at our friend Annie’s house on Spruce

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Now the crowds are gathering!

Now the crowds are gathering!

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Missy in the doorway

Missy (Lucy Dagger) in the doorway

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on Lake Street; the lights are beginning to show.

Maddy (Pink Poppy Bakery) next door

Maddy (Pink Poppy Bakery) next door

If you had seen on Facebook to say “I love Pink Poppy Bakery”, you got a Pink Poppy cookie.

and back home again

and back home again

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We both stayed home for for awhile during the busiest time.  Allan continued to take some photos.

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Our Corridor of Spooky Plants

Our Corridor of Spooky Plants

our porch

our porch

an excellent costume

an excellent costume

I was horrified by a Donald Trump mask until I realized the costume was Trump in a tutu and tights.  One of  my favourite trick or treaters, about 9 years old, said (because of our campaign sign) “I’m glad to see you are voting for Hillary!”

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We garnered many compliments:

“I love your decorations!”

“I like that, that’s cool!” (about our caged skeleton bird)

“Oh my gosh, spiders!”

“Your house is awesome, best one I’ve seen.”

Overheard:  “It must have took them hours to do this.”  Yes, about eight hours total of decorating.

“You guys went all out!”

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At 6:15, I took a walk while Allan took over the candy handling.

I said I was just going next door to get a Pink Poppy treat (I knew the magic words).  Then I was lured into the night.

our place

our place

next door

next door

Pink Poppy Maddy, next door.

Pink Poppy Maddy, next door.  (She lives in Chinook, but it’s more fun to be in Ilwaco on Halloween.)

Maddy's squad

Maddy’s squad

across the street

across the street

next block east

next block east

Missy's pirate lair

Missy’s pirate lair

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Here's that spacious well decorated sunporch that we saw earlier.

Here’s that spacious well decorated sunporch that we saw earlier.

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The house next door.

The house next door.

The J's house

The J’s house

The J's house

The J’s house

One block west

One block west

Soon after I returned, Teresa from The Planter Box and Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Gardening joined us to admire costumes and hand out treats.

Teresa and Dave

Teresa and Dave

The owners of the wonderful Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria.

The owners of the wonderful Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria.

At 8:00, Teresa and Allan went for a walk so that she could see the lights. 

He regrets that by then it was so dark that he did not bring back many good photos.

our house

our house

the office at the fire station

the office at the fire station

in The Inn at Harbour Village

in The Inn at Harbour Village

After Allan and Teresa returned, trick or treaters kept arriving till 9 PM, and then our company departed.  I took down the cobwebs in the dark because I find them so tawdry the next day. From the driveway to the west, a young deer with small antlers came strolling by, looking for something other than candy.  At 9:20, the streets were quiet so we turned off the outdoor lights.  Jodie at the J’s texted me at 10:20 that she was still getting stragglers!  (Little ones, too, she said, even more surprisingly.)  I texted back “Turn out your lights!”

We kept a tally, and so did Jodie and Missy.  We all came up with 470 to 490 trick or treaters this year, not bad for a rainy Monday.  (Last year, Halloween was on a fine Saturday and we had over 500.)

I congratulate those residents of the Ilwaco flatlands who went all out again to make this little town a Halloween mecca.  (We are a town of about 900 people, so we know the children come from all over the Peninsula area.)



Tomorrow: my mother’s garden diary for October, complete with illustrations and non gardening entries.

 

 

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and bulb time, day 18

Thursday, 28 November, 2013

At last, a partial day off at home to plant my own bulbs!   For myself, I had some Eremerus (just three) and some rather expensive Narcissi ‘Sinopel’; the latter always entices me from the catalog, and then I allow myself ONE, and then I miss it blooming.  So this time I planted five and hope I actually see them when they bloom with an intense green cup.  Or is it green?  The Van Engelen catalog shows it as green as can be:

Sinopel, photo from Van Engelen

Sinopel, photo from Van Engelen

Other image sources show varying colours:

versions of Sinopel

versions of Sinopel

When it doubt, read the descriptions.  Van Engelen’s may explain why I did not differentiate the bulb from other small cupped Narcissi (which are my favourites so I have a lot of different ones):

 “Fragrant, it has a perfect 3″ ivory-white perianth and a bowl-shaped, greenish white cup edged in yellow. Circa 1974 and a bit like a mood ring, its dainty cup is more yellow in cool temperatures and more green when basking in warm temperatures (cherish its greenness indoors in a bud vase). Bulb size: 14/16 cm. April. 16″ to 18”. HZ: 4-8. Limited supply.”
And yet the Fairegarden blog says “Narcissus ‘Sinopel’ really has the green cup described in the catalog, and is fragrant as well.”  Oh, but they are in Tennessee.  I wonder how warm their springs are?
Today was my last chance to get photos to illustrate the difference in the size of narcissi bulbs.  Because I have been planting the big showy Narcissi this year along with my usual more tasteful choices, we have been dealing with some very large bulbs that are especially challenging to plant in hard soil.
Narcissi bulbs

Narcissi bulbs

These are all Narcissi.  The smallest bulb is ‘Baby Moon’.  The biggest of this batch was from ‘Fragrant Rose’, a substantial and tall one.  (I must remember to smell it, as it is “said to have the fragrance of raspberries and roses”, according to Van Engelen.

One would think the littler flowers would always have tinier bulbs, and yet that is not true.  “Peeping Tom’, an heirloom Narcissi with multiple flowers and a shorter height,  has bulbs of substantial size.

bulbs of Peeping Tom

bulbs of Peeping Tom

None that I planted here compare to the monstrous size of the ‘King Alfred’ Narcissi that Lorna ordered for us to plant at Andersen’s RV Park.  Fortunately, the garden there is all light, sandy soil.

Some bulbs are exceptionally shiny and beautiful.

Narcissi bulbs, possibly 'Avalanche'.

Narcissi bulbs, possibly ‘Avalanche’

(By the time I planted the bulbs in my own garden, the bags had been reused and relabeled so many times that I was not very sure about the names of some.)

While I planted my selection of home bulbs, Allan mowed the damp and quite tall lawn.

mowed for the last time this year...probably...

mowed for the last time this year…probably…and the boat is full of tulip bulbs

I was mildy distressed between noon and 1:45 PM that we had made plans to go to the community dinner on such a glorious gardening day.  Would I be losing the last three pleasant weather hours of the year in my garden?  (Because tomorrow we must work, and Saturday the weather is due to change.)  On such a windless day, there was much I could do back toward the trees.  And I had really wanted to have time to get bulbs planted in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.  However, I have set myself certain self imposed obligations to photograph events for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page and we had our friend Kathleen S, here for the weekend from  Olympia,  to go to the dinner with us.  When she arrived just before two, I was still offloading yesterday’s debris from Jo’s garden and was in no way ready to go.  I unappreciatively bemoaned the dinner being during the day and she kindly pointed out that it draws some older people who would not want to drive and walk up the hill to the inn in the dark.  So I stopped whinging (and about bloody time).

Flinging the last of the debris on the pile, I then changed quickly into dry shoes and socks;  Allan changed from lawnmowing clothes, and off we went on the five block walk to the Inn at Harbour Village.

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Inn at Harbour Village, site of Ilwaco Community Dinner

Inn at Harbour Village, site of Ilwaco Community Dinner

On the way up the hill, Kathleen and Allan pointed out the cutest sight:  a little dog with a driving coat on, paws on the steering wheel:

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Kathleen and I cresting the hill, greeting by innkeeper Chuck Parker

Kathleen and I cresting the hill, greeting by innkeeper Chuck Parker

Kathleen's photo of the Inn at Harbour Village

Kathleen’s photo of the Inn at Harbour Village

Unlike previous years when we had walked right in, this time the event had become so popular that there was a wait.  Here is where the good weather was an advantage; people were able to wait in comfort outside.  The dinner is free to all who come, although monetary donations are welcome.  It is sponsored by the owners of the Inn, who also own several stores in Long Beach, including Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop and The Wooden Horse gift shop.

waiting for dinner

waiting for dinner

Inside in the handsome parlour, Allan found some of our friends also waiting.

Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn

Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn

Heather Ramsay from NIVA green and local artist Joe Chasse

local artist Joe Chasse and Heather Ramsay from NIVA green

I had Bulb Knee so walked around the inn to the lower entrance, thus taking a bit longer than Allan and Kathleen and so I missed seeing our neighbours Mary and Jeff (fisherman extraordinaire) just finishing their dinners.

Jeff and Mary from two doors down, with MR on the right

 Mary and family from two doors down

And I just barely got a glimpse of Donna and MR before they left.

MR and Donna

MR and Donna

Kathleen's photo of Donna and Allan

Kathleen’s photo of Donna and Allan

at the table

at the table

centerpiece

centerpiece

pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies

pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies

the dining room

the dining room

diners

diners

coffee

The meal is set up like a restaurant with servers taking orders.

menu

menu

restaurant quality service

restaurant quality service

We were thrilled to be seated with Joe and Heather!

Heather and Joe

Heather and Joe

Heather’s Long Beach shop, NIVA green, is my source for almost all birthday and holiday presents.

At the next table, dear Sarah Sloane, local author and topiary artist, was seated when we were about halfway through our meal; due to the bustling nature of the event, we just waved and smiled.

Our Sarah

Our Sarah

Allan's photo capture the lot of us

Allan’s photo capture the lot of us

I marveled at how the kitchen staff and servers, all volunteers, kept the meals emerging to the crowded room.

in the kitchen

in the kitchen

plating

plating

plating

serving

serving

washing

washing

After our delicious pie, when we left by the back door we saw a stack that reveals how much roasting had been done so far:

roasting pans outside

roasting pans outside

another view of the kitchen

another view of the kitchen

We strolled down the hill and back to our house and visited outside for a bit.

in the garden, stunning Dichroa febrifuga

in the garden, stunning Dichroa febrifuga

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden

Kathleen took her leave to enjoy the last forty five minutes of daylight and I realized that I DID still have time to plant the bulbs at the post office.  While I would have walked down to accomplish the task, Allan was not opposed to helping out.

The Post Office garden now planted and put to bed for winter!

The Post Office garden now planted and put to bed for winter!

Afterward, with a trace of post-sunset pink still in the sky, we went down to the Port to look at the Jessie’s star.  The low tide was not good for reflective photographs.

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low tide

The Canyon Cruiser with holiday lights

The Canyon Cruiser with holiday lights

Next Saturday (December 7) is the lighting of the Port’s crab pot Christmas tree and the lighted boat parade; The Canyon Cruiser is just the first to be decorated.  Last year, we had severe storms the week before that event …right about now, as the first Saturday of December in 2012 was the 1st.  People could not decorate the boats very well because of high wind.  And today…summery warmth and not a breath of wind.

Port of Ilwaco office

Port of Ilwaco office

Allan, more sure footed than I, took a walk out on to the docks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company

Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company

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Allan's photo of Waterfront Way

Allan’s photo of Waterfront Way

and a crab pot outside of Queen La De Da's Art Castle

and a crab pot outside of Queen La De Da’s Art Castle

Soon the traditional (for three years now) crab pot Christmas decor will go up around town.

I have realized over these past months of trying to write every day that my town is as almost much about our quality of life in Ilwaco and the Long Beach Peninsula as it is gardening.  That might bore all of my readers half of the time (all 30-60 of you!).

I did close the day with a last bulbing project: collecting enough glass “pebbles” from the patio to anchor my five paperwhites in a trough of water.

paperwhites

paperwhites

Is it now the official end of bulb time?  Not quite.  One more comparatively small shipment will arrive on Monday.  I just could not resist that 20% off end of season sale at Van Engelen.  300 more bulbs and we’ll be done.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

How tedious it can be when someone tells all about their dreams. But let it be said that I slept very late on this rainy day off and dreamt that I was enjoying an extended stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel and that every day I added one more night to my dream vacation there so that I could read more of the room journals.

Upon awakening, I created most of the day’s blog post because I knew I would have little time at the end of the evening. All I would have to add after Halloween activities would be the sunset photos. I am still running two days behind on the blog because of last week’s revelries with visitor Debbie Teashon! That’s nothing, though, because there are times I have been blogging actual years behind.

Friends awaited at coffee klatsch at Olde Towne Café. Our dear friend Patt had been unable to make it back to Ilwaco, her former and much missed home. We had a photo taken to let her know we were thinking of her and were so sorry she would miss Ilwaco Halloween.

Jamie, Donna, Tom, Judy, me

Jamie, Donna, Tom, Judy, me

Judy must be thinking how tired she is of being photographed by us, or how sad it is that Patt was not here. Sorry, Judy…. Tom’s quizzical “look” is the one Judy says she sees every day and something about him that we find quite endearing.

On the left, above, a regular blog reader (one of the not huge number of about 40!) joins our group! Jamie had introduced herself to me and Allan in one of the Long Beach parks and I knew from our conversation that she would be deeply sympatico with Donna, Tom and Judy as well. They bonded immediately on dogs, liberalism, and New York!

We had one more photo letting Patt know how very much we missed her.

We miss Patt!

We miss Patt!

Coffee klatching carried on into the afternoon until we departed with a sense of panic as we still had much decorating to do before trick or treat time:

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This bit of garden decor can look quite scary

the webbing of the Corridor of Spooky Plants

the webbing of the Corridor of Spooky Plants

Tom and Judy hustled to get their scary clown set up. (complete with scary music). Here he is in a photo showing the wonderful fall foliage:

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and the photo I used for the Halloween Ilwaco Facebook album:

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more Halloween-y

Allan working on last minute touches.

Allan working on last minute touches.

Just as the trick or treating began (as early as 4:30!) I went for a walk to catch the completed decorations at the other houses on the two east-west flatland Ilwaco streets that are a Halloween mecca. Chris was still trying to figure out the best way to structure his giant squid.

Chris's Halloween house

Chris’s Halloween house

We believe that Chris is the one who MADE Ilwaco the Halloween center of the SW Washington coast. The town was not much of a Halloween spot when I used to live over behind the boatyard. Over recent years, Chris’s creations have drawn people in and inspired others to decorate extravagantly as well.

Chris's moveable shark in 2010

Chris’s moveable shark in 2010

the dragon of 2011

the moveable dragon of 2011

the moveable hippo of 2012

the moveable hippo of 2012

As he worried over his giant squid I warned him the trick or treaters were already appearing! “They’re too early!” he said; “They have to come back after dark!” But they were here…

Spruce Street

on Spruce Street

Below is the creature that inspired me to at least put a sheet over our garden tuteur. Next year, I hope we (read: Allan) can construct something big and spooky with plant materials.

Spruce Street monster

Spruce Street monster

at the same house

at the same house

one house down....Next year, I want to have window things like this.  They add a lot.

one house down….Next year, I want to have window things like this. They add a lot.

a gardening aside:  azalea blooming just east of Spruce Street

a gardening aside: azalea blooming just east of Spruce Street

walking east on Spruce past one of my favourite houses in town....

walking east on Spruce past one of my favourite houses in town….

Shell Cottage

Shell Cottage

a bit further east

a bit further east, another house with a pretty garden

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I love the curtain in the entrance.

Some decorations were very simple, but a pumpkin, a porch light, and an open gate are all that is needed to say “Welcome”.

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The rain had turned to a light and moody mist, perfect for the evening.

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On the corner just down from us, the house of the Lost Garden is, sadly, lacking an occupant. It would have made an excellent Halloween house.

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a very old house

Although it was my turn to relieve Allan so he could go see the sights, I had to POP down to see Judy and Tom’s house once again.

Hornbuckle garden with good Halloween colours

Hornbuckle garden with good Halloween colours

Tom at the door

Tom at the door

I walked back home (four doors away) as, at 5:30, the crowd on Lake Street became thicker.

walking past Mary's house

walking past Mary’s house

The misty air echoed with the sound of excited yelling and running feet. Sometimes the echoing voices in the distance sounded riotous and quite startling in the usually quiet streets.

Lake Street looking east

Lake Street looking east

our front garden

our front garden

our spooky walk

our spooky walk

It was time to put out the battery operated candles along the spooky corridor…and I realized we could use real candles plunged into the soil further back in the garden, safely away from the children’s costumes.

spooky corridor detail:  I lose patience at spreading out the cobweb stuff.

spooky corridor detail: I lose patience at spreading out the cobweb stuff.

When I volunteered to take over the rather overwhelming and frenzied task of handing out treats to the ravening hordes, Allan said that in his experience, parents tended to be suspicious of a man out photographing trick or treaters, and that it would be better if I went back out till dark. It would save him having to explain that the photos are for the Ilwaco Facebook pages (and are not close ups of unmasked children without the parents’ permission, that is to say, children of people we know).

5:40 PM

5:40 PM….I am off into the streets again.

across the street, the J's house.  (The whole family has names that start with J.  Very helpful for people with a bad memory for names.)

across the street, the J’s house. (The whole family has names that start with J. Very helpful for people with a bad memory for names.)

a big lineup at Tom and Judy's

a big lineup at Tom and Judy’s

Judy told me their scary clown was photographed hundreds of times. One child ran madly up the walk and back to get his candy while the clown was down inside the Jack in the Box. (It hides, then remerges in a ghastly fashion with creepy music.) One mother stayed at the gate, saying she herself was terrified of clowns.

clown rising

clown rising

Judy was undaunted.

Judy was undaunted.

at Lake and Myrtle, the prettiest Halloween porch

at Lake and Myrtle, the prettiest Halloween porch

I love the way the "orange house" owners decorated with boxes.  Very clever indeed.

Further west: I love the way the “orange house” owners decorated with boxes. Very clever indeed.

Next door to the orange house, Chris and his friends had gotten their squid plan all sorted out.

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The tentacles would wait till trick or treaters came up the walk…

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and then would swoop in.

manned tentacles

manned tentacles

Nearby stood one of the many elegantly costumed adults. I noticed a definite steampunk theme this year.

a steampunk gentleman

a steampunk gentleman

excellent detail

excellent detail

I like the look of the groups of costumed folks walking our usually quiet streets.

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at Lake and Pearl

at Spruce and Williams

at Spruce and Williams

The Inn at Harbour Village, just up the hill

The Inn at Harbour Village, just up the hill

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At her home and business location on Spruce Street, Kelly of Blue Crab Graphics sported a most interesting costume.

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She explained, “I’m not a witch; I’ve been labeled as a witch.”

I popped just around the corner at First Avenue to peek into Olde Towne where the 6-9 PM potluck party was just getting started. We would not be able to go till it was almost over because of the trick or treaters. Luanne’s son Michael had been perfecting the art of zombie makeup.

Café owner and barista Luanne

Café owner and barista Luanne

Michael

Michael

a ghostly photo of café regular Linda crossing the street to the Café

a ghostly photo of café regular Linda crossing the street to the Café

(She’s wearing Kelly’s Blue Crab Graphics Ilwaco semaphore sweatshirt. I had to take the photo on the move because a car was waiting for us local zombie grrrls.)

The Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Dept. always opens for trick or treaters.

The Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Dept. always opens for trick or treaters.

on the right, fire chief Tom Williams (who also built Judy's kitchen cupboards!)

on the right, fire chief Tom Williams (who also built Judy’s kitchen cupboards!)

firefighting suits at the ready

firefighting suits at the ready

across the street at the home of one of the firefighters

across the street at the home of one of the firefighters

further east, an old porch with one string of lights

further east, an old porch with one string of lights

the M and J Plumbing house

the M and J Plumbing house

Allan and I were trying to think of a last minute fake figure to put in a chair. We came up with nothing. This mummy is a great idea:

The Mummy of M and J Plumbing

The Mummy of M and J Plumbing

I very much like the spooky hand skeleton lights at Advent and Spruce Street.

6:15 PM: I very much like the spooky hand skeleton lights at Advent and Spruce Street.

at Lake and Advent

at Lake and Advent

and home again at 6: 20 PM.

and home again at 6: 20 PM.

our ghost

our ghost

Allan had tried lighting the inside of our ghost. That made the yellow roses show too much, which was not very scary.

I had one more look at Tom and Judy's house...

I had one more look at Tom and Judy’s house…

Halloween participation is not mandatory. Those who do not want to hand out candy just keep their gates closed and turn out their lights, especially the porch light.

looking west on Lake Street

looking west on Lake Street, another spooky old house with no candy

Now it was definitely time for me to go home and take over the treat detail from Allan. It was his turn to go out and take photos, and here they are:

earlier:  the spooky corridor

earlier: the spooky corridor

across the street

across the street

looking west on Lake

looking west on Lake

looking west from our house down Lake Street

looking west from our house down Lake Street

our Corridor of Spooky Plants with candles

our Corridor of Spooky Plants with candles

me ensconced on the porch handing out candy

me ensconced on the porch handing out candy

a simple costume

a simple costume

You shall not pass....

You shall not pass….below our porch

along our sidewalk

along our sidewalk

the J's house

the J’s house

that scary clown

that scary clown

Tom waiting behind the door.

Tom waiting behind the door.

After the first year of answering the door for 300 plus trick or treaters, I found it easier to just sit on the porch. However, our porch provides a bit of a hidey spot off to the side which is most effective.

Tom, AKA "Mr Judy"

Tom, AKA “Mr Judy”

There is a longstanding tradition among my internet friends (sometimes “imaginary friends”) that if one of a couple is more active online, the other one, usually male, gets called by their partner’s name, as…Mr. Judy.

another window treatment I would like to have for next year...

another window treatment I would like to have for next year…

I had not taken time to walk up the hill to the Inn at Harbour Village, but Allan did.

Inn at Harbour Village

Inn at Harbour Village

Inn at Harbour Village

Inn at Harbour Village

Inn at Harbour Village

Inn at Harbour Village

While Allan was out photographing nightlife, I and the Hornbuckles got to see Luanne and the Olde Towne crew as they zombie walked through town.

Luanne zombie walked into our garden.  Photo courtesy Jenna Lanette Austin.

Luanne zombie walked into our garden. Photo courtesy Jenna Lanette Austin.

Allan returns home...

Allan returns home…

and captures the perfect Halloween accessory.

and captures the perfect Halloween accessory.

We still had trick or treaters, including some very small and young ones, up till 8:30 when we turned out the lights. One young chap, about twelve years old and very articulate (dressed as Julius Caesar) expressed sadness that “so few houses were giving out candy.” I told him he needed to start earlier next year, as many houses had run out, and gave him five extra pieces. Tom and Judy had gone through their 400 pieces of candy by 7:40 and then closed down the scary clown. By then, Allan had goneon an emergency run to the local store, after an anxious call from me, and picked up four more bags of rather pricey candy (compared to the economy candy we had stocked up on in advance). Next year, the Hornbuckles and we will prepare for 600. We heard that on Spruce Street some households had that many.

Our attempt to keep a tally failed to be exact.

the tally sheet

the tally sheet

You can tell the difference between Allan’s neat start, divided into fives, and my chaotic scribblings. (“Ate one two three–hungry!”) By the count of the number of candies, we also had closer to 400. When the children arrive in drove after drove it is terribly hard to count them.

We made it to the party at Olde Towne only twenty minutes before it ended. My tabouli had arrived at the potluck earlier, thanks to Allan delivering it.

tabouli with hot mustard leaves and cilantro and flowers from the garden

tabouli with hot mustard leaves and cilantro and flowers from the garden

I will rely on another photo from Jenna to show the party we missed:

wild times at Oldie Townie

wild times at Oldie Townie

And then home…to finish the blog about gardening work of two days ago and to upload over 100 photos to a Facebook photo album

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