Halloweenfest is one of our town's biggest street festivals. Vendors line the closed streets offering all sorts of craft items and foods. The stores are all decorated. Music fills the air. And the laughter of the children is heard everywhere. It is such a fun time.
Our little town has many hills and there are three streets that are the best for trick or treating. The streets run parallel to one another and have lots of houses in a concentrated area. Because so many children trick or treat on these three streets, the whole town helps out. Various stores have boxes for donations of treats or money to purchase them. These are distributed to the folks living on these three streets and in some cases people volunteer to assist giving out candy if needed. Most of the children limit their trick-or-treating to this area. Safe for the kids. Easy for the parents. And community participation. What a great little town.
I'm sure that one reason we celebrate Halloween with such vigor is that our county is Transylvania. Many cars have stickers of bat silhouettes and proclaim, "Transylvania County. Bite Me!"
There are so many things for the children to do at Halloweenfest. The usual face painting, cookie decorating, tractor rides, bouncy houses, etc. But my favorite by far is the Great Pumpkin Roll.
The event is called the Great Pumpkin Roll
But almost everyone in town calls it the punkin' roll.
Local farmers donate the roundest pumpkins for the roll.
The pumpkins vary in sizes encouraging speculation as to which is better, the small ones or the larger ones.
Everyone has a "scientific" reason one is better than the other.
This is the top of Jailhouse Hill
(Yes, the hill that no longer has the jail.)
There are bales of hay at the bottom where the street is barricaded.
No, there has never been a pumpkin making it to the bottom of the hill.
The kids line up and lots of folks cheer them on.
Wave after wave of children participate in the pumpkin roll.
I especially love watching the children gesture and shouting encouragement to their pumpkins.
When I was a child, we went trick-or-treating at night and on Halloween night. Most communities now have designated hours the weekend before. In the daylight. I know that is how it must be but I'm sorry that children no longer have the scary fun of going out in the dark.
We also had large Halloween Carnivals at school. I'm not sure if they do that anymore, but I still remember those peeled grape eyeballs, spaghetti brains, and the fortune teller who looked remarkably like my friend's mother. What a fun time. Thank goodness our little town still celebrates Halloween.
So today is actually Halloween. And we are in the 70s here in the mountains. We may set another record for high temperature this last day of October. And the heat is expected to continue all week. Seriously?