Monday, 31 October 2016
4:15 PM: I take a walk before trick or treaters start to arrive.
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.
I walked one block north to Spruce Street and turned to the west.
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).
5:15: Allan went for a walk and took these:
If you had seen on Facebook to say “I love Pink Poppy Bakery”, you got a Pink Poppy cookie.
We both stayed home for for awhile during the busiest time. Allan continued to take some photos.
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!”
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.