San Carlos, CA. Living on the Peninsula usually means there is a good chance you've been exposed to some pretty unique neighborhood spirit. One such place that you may or may not have heard about is located in a fabled residential neighborhood nestled in San Carlos called Eucalyptus Avenue that features Hollywood like "themed" events on one of your favorite holidays like Halloween. On Eucalyptus Avenue, a small group of kind hearted neighbors come together to organize and host block party like holiday events. In past years, Eucalyptus Avenue has churned out some very artistic themes such as Michael Jackson's Thriller, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings and now this year it was the Wizard of Oz. Most of the Halloween in San Carlos events on Eucalyptus Avenue draw a carnival like crowd of meandering Halloween revelers both young and old who dress for the occasion of being a part of the excitement. The depth of preparation and commitment to bring the best artistic value out of the themed Halloween events on Eucalyptus Avenue deserves an award of some sort but despite the lack of praiseworthy award for excellence, the lack of an annual award has not seemed to deter the integrity of the Eucalyptus neighbors to host their events. What is even more impressive is the awesome "legend" that results from the special holiday theme events like Halloween on Eucalyptus Avenue which has drawn an increasing amount of interest to that small neighborhood street. But, have you ever asked yourself "What's the big deal about artistic or historical value of dressing up in costume on Halloween anyway, I mean why is it so popular?"
According to Wikipedia, Halloween represents "All Hallows' Evening.., and it is also known as All Hallows' Eve." Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on or about the last day of October and its significance follows the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. While the religious implications of Halloween go virtually unheralded as a Christian based tradition, Wikipedia tells us that "It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers". Whoa! Did you catch all that? Is it possible that deep down somewhere in all of us is a religious purpose to dress up in artistically themed costume just to remember a Christian feast or to remember the dead martyrs of our generations past? Oh boy, that's a heavy load to think about each year on Halloween even if the Wizard of Oz came to Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos this year. Instead, I think that we all prefer to picture terrific little morsels of candy in all shapes and sizes being handed out by a spooky looking witch or goblin with a smile on their face! I think it's much easier to imagine a Hollywood theme of Michael Jackson's Thriller like Halloween characters coming to life in front of us on Eucalyptus street in San Carlos rather than remembering dead Christian martyrs.
What about you? What kind of artistic Halloween costume did you where this year if at all? If you ever need any ideas on what to do next time then why not try Halloween in San Carlos next year on Eucalyptus Avenue? See you there?! Boo!