Not sure how things are in your neck of the woods when it comes to Halloween, but it is a BIG holiday down the bayou. Some folks go all out and stuff clothing to look like real people and place them on their front porches. One family stuffed male clothing, added a milk-jug head, and propped the poor fellow on top of a riding lawn mower in the front yard. Porches are covered in spider webs. Yards are full of grave markers–some with names and messages.
Others recognize the night for more religious reasons, with today being All Saints Day. Many local folks spent last week white washing their family tombs that sit above ground here due to flooding and high water tables. After they are pressure washed and painted, they are adorned with fresh silk or plastic flowers, paying respect to the dead buried there.
As I dropped Termite off in a subdivision in town, the number of adults getting ready for the tricking and treating amazed me. Not only were the porch lights on, but the fire pits glowed in the driveways, tables sat near the streets loaded with candy and other goodies. Grills smoked, sending mouth-watering smells of burgers and dogs throughout the neighborhood.
At one point, it even seemed that there was a competition going on among the neighbors to see who could offer the biggest shindig. And the lastest thing? Golf carts. Folks down in laid-back Grand Isle have been getting around in golf carts for years now. Then the fad carried over into gaited communities. But in a subdivision?
Yep, sure enough. There were kids, teens, and adults putting around the hood in golf carts decorated for the occasion–some even had colored blinking lights mounted in the undercarriage. I do believe I have seen it all.
Later, at the First United Methodist Church in Houma, there was another kind of celebration going on: Trunk or Treat. A sort of trick-or-treat fall fest, where those who live in neighborhoods not as Halloween friendly as the one I had just left, could join in the celebration of costumes and candy.
After seeing one little fellow in his very-original costume, I had to run back to the truck and get my camera. Turns out, I have a good eye for costuming, as he and his brother won the “Group Costume” competition later that evening.
And now, I’ll let the photos do the talking. Enjoy! I know I did!
Another very original costume!
So, we passed a good time. Saw some really cute kids. And handed out 7 bags of tooth decay.
Happy All Saints Day, everyone!