Halloween was rained out… NOT! Amazing things happen when a neighborhood pulls together. Can’t remember when the kids had soooooooo much fun! Who needs to go to a haunted house, when this experience is available for FREE.
Maybe it’s the chemistry of the people, or just a willingness to have fun… A big KUDOS to Sherman Street! Highlights that were viewed on November 1st (since the 31st was rained out):
• A warm up with a Zombie Bride giving treats
• Lights and more lights on dozens of homes (brilliant orange)
• Monstrous Spiders that appeared to envelop a 2 story home…
• Traditional Frankenstein laboratory with beakers filled with ??? as the doctor worked …
• Eerie Window Shadow Skits with murders unfolding…
• Bonus candy for sitting in an electric chair that lit up & buzzed…
• A spine chilling vampire couple with Flying Bats rotating overhead
• An Eerie guitarist squalling spooky tunes amplified over a block…
• A sinister lit gate with a porch filled with body parts and zombie attendants…
• Automated ghouls that grab at you from telephone poles.
• A complete family of Pirates with their very own graveyard and creepy fog.
• A huge blow up haunted house that willing participants dared go through to get a treat.
• 8 neighbors combining efforts for a complete terrifying house (screaming sound effects, breaking glass, small to large skulls, graves, dozens of jack o lanterns, ….)
• A maze of huge rats gnawing at stray trick or treaters… willing to risk to get your prize?
It’s middle class as middle class can be, even apartment dwellers… many homes ran out of candy as 100’s of kids descended. Often a line formed of a dozen or so kids, but it was worth the wait.
Insisting on a circular pattern to hit all the homes, the anticipation only increased the delight of the children. Each home had a unique twist, with all of the owners either sitting on their porch, or actively depositing treats in their bags. 1 home even got creative after running out of candy, and substituted freeze pops so trick or treaters wouldn’t go without.
Costumes were great too: a multitude of super heroes (batman, superman, ironman, wonder woman …), fairies, princesses, gaming characters (Mario, Mindcraft, Halo …), skeletons, witches, vampires, ghosts … 1 of the more creative trios was 3 girls dressed as Rock, Paper, and Scissors. The Skittles gal was totally complete too, right down to the calorie count and content.
It appears Zombies (zombie princess, zombie Charlie Chaplin, zombie nurse, zombie doctor, zombie teacher, zombie firefighter… can’t just dress as the figure anymore, has to be dead) and Duck Dynasty ruled the day (Gee why didn’t we invest in beards, flannel shirts, and zombie make-up??),
If it was a competition judged by the participants… not sure a pick would be possible? Each had their own unique flavor, and a definite bent of the owner’s personality. Sufficiently scary while family friendly… some of the more gruesome displays, had willing witches who met hesitant trick or treaters at their fence line. No one was allowed to leave without a treat.
While I’ve never been one to endorse participation awards, It appears everyone won in this contest!
Thank you, thank you, thank you the citizens of Sherman Street – Too much fun! We can hardly wait until 2014!