Saturday night was a big night for our little town! The streets were packed with ghosts and goblins, both large and small, from well before sunset until long after dark. The Bartons had their house decked out for the night, much to the delight of their friends and neighbors. I visited a new (for me) haunt this year. Across the street from the Bartons, Jason and friends staged a great "spookhouse", and decorated their home in all manner of frightfulness... complete with a man hanging from a gallows, a graveyard with a fog machine, spooky creatures of the night, and a giant ghost-like creature to welcome you into their yard.
Our church hosted the annual Trunk or Treat/Hot Dog Supper, and we probably had close to a thousand trick-or-treaters come by to see us. It is our largest community project of the year, and such fun to see the little ones come around. I love it that a good many of our senior adults also get involved in the project, and we all work together to get the job done. It's always a very tiring evening, and there are moments when things are happening so fast it's hard to catch your breath. By the time we're finished with the cleanup, everyone is tired, but always happy to have hosted another successful event.
As I left the church around 8:30 pm, I decided to ride down Broad Street and check out the activity. It was still a parking lot, with people everywhere. So many memories came flooding back to the days when I was a kid and we would go up and down Broad Street, knocking on the doors of our neighbors. The smell of burning leaves in the air, and the excited squeals of children having fun. Back then, the only decorations we'd see were jack-o-lanterns glowing in the night. Those were the days!!
Now it's time to shift gears, and start preparing for the holiday season. It is with mixed feelings that I approach this time of year, for reasons regular readers will know and understand. As our attention turns toward the time of thankful hearts, (even though we should be thankful every day), it is my hope that we will slow down enough to embrace the season, even the parts that are painful, and wind down the year with peace in our hearts.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.