Monday, October 31, 2005

Enough Already!

OK! I think this is it! Halloween is officially over. This year Halloween turned into a four-day holiday! Actually, judging from the store displays, Halloween is the beginning of the Christmas season.
Our Saturday was fun-filled and very hectic. The Petersen Automotive Museum held a Vintage Hearse Procession starting at the Museum (Wilshire and Fairfax), traveling east down Wilshire, south on La Brea, west on Olympic, then back up Fairfax to the Museum. I was racing from the westside of town (yarn shopping, you know), so I just caught the tail end of the procession on Olympic Blvd. A vintage ambulance truck brought up the rear. It was a traffic stopper!
Later in the afternoon our neighborhood, Wilshire Vista, held it's annual Halloween Haunt for the kids. It was really well-attended. All of the little kids and many of their parents were in costume. There were games, storytelling, bouncing environments, a haunted house, food, candy, prizes, etc. We have so many talented residents that donated their time, energy and artistic know-how to prepare for this event. It's always a fun time.
Around 9pm Larry and I bundled up in warm clothes and drove up to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It took us at least 30 minutes to find a place to park....what a crowd!!! For about 5 years the HF Cemetery has hosted a Dia de Los Muertos Festival on their grounds. People set up altars to their departed loved ones. There are art displays, food booths, vendors, live music, projected videos and movies, etc. We had never been to this event. Wow!!! It started at 3 pm and ended at 11 pm. This was the most elaborate Dia de los Muertos display I have ever seen. Next year, I want to go at dusk so I can really see all of the altars.
It was a busy Halloween, but a really satisfying one.

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