The cool air that comes over our island homes coincides with pumpkins, skeletons, spider webs and goblins appearing in our front yards. That can only mean one thing - Halloween is back!
Halloween 2020 became the ghost of Halloween past with empty streets, no downtown treats, and the sadness of telling our children they had to stay home. After a year enduring COVID restrictions that kept us from doing the things we cherish during our beloved holidays, we are back to “normal” and our streets are filled with decorations and the excitement of preparing the best costumes and buying endless candy to deliver to those ringing our doorbells.
Halloween 2021 brought out excitement for all ages this year. Trick or treaters on Orange Avenue were out by the thousands as shop owners happily handed out candy to a sea of Marvel and Star Wars characters, princesses, unicorns, and ghouls participating in the annual “Mainstreet Goes Ghostly.”
Once that early festivity was complete, those same characters left main street for the welcoming neighbors awaiting this occasion for a year. Driveways and yards were filled with anticipating homeowners passing out candy and realizing how great it was to see the kids out again for Halloween. It wasn’t just the children that got in the spirit this year however. The amount of adults that prepared elaborate costumes and walked with their kids enjoying trick or treat freedom was truly amazing. It was an evening with family and friends as buckets were filled with candy, and instead of a mask hiding their happiness; you were able to actually see a child’s smiling face.
2021 Halloween brought the joy of homes staying lit till almost 10 p.m. (that’s past Coronado bedtime) until the last possible piece of candy was taken from each and every bowl. Downtown businesses reported children in the thousands and homeowners (this one included) saw at least 200 ghosts and goblins at her door. Just when I thought it was safe to watch the World Series and put away the candy, the doorbell rang again! The good news is I won’t gain my usual five pounds this year because I have no candy left to eat!
Thanks to all the dedicated businesses that participated in the celebration downtown and to the great painted windows in the storefronts. Thanks also to our neighbors who took the time to decorate their homes and bring the sprit of Halloween back for all to enjoy.