Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gathering Places


Dressing-up and stepping into the character of being someone other than yourself, is just one reason I treasure Halloween!

These days, parents are hooking up trailers for their little ghosts and goblins and adults to enjoy!

Halloween has always been one of my most favorite of celebrations.
But not in the spooky, dark side of ghoulish pranks.

Little Batman running across yards, dogs in costume and glow sticks everywhere!

It's a magical time to express our inner sides of life!
Miniature superheroes and other delightful characters.

An evening of smiling Spider-Witches!

and cheerful carefree Spygirl with her kitty-side-kick.

Above my daughter and her Spygirl (portraying a monster) five years earlier and below, this year!

Gone again is another Halloween filled with
delicious carved pumpkins and unexpected surprises designed to please.
Another evening event of dressing up in costume while
trick-or-treating from door to door in a mildly scary, but buoyantly sort of way.

Eek! That's a gigantic spider!

Halloween decorating has really evolved since my childhood days of knocking door to door.  Even as a little girl seeing all the Halloween displays and the glow from inside their houses was most delightful for me!

More charmingly creative than spooky!

Halloween has never been all about scary and candy,
but rather friends and family across the neighborhoods coming together
in joyous fun, sprinkled with a few silly pranks.

This year it was in the 50's, way better than last year and 36 degrees!

A wee bit scary Jackson!

Alien forces beware of human Halloweeny entities scurrying about.

"I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their Halloween costumes everyday of the year, not just on Halloween.  Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they?  Who made the rule that everybody had to dress like sheep 364 days of the year?  Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day.  People would be so much easier to talk to - like talking to dogs."

 - Douglas Coupland


TexWisGirl said...

i like cute better than scary, too!

Linda said...

Awesome photos, Karen, and I love all the costumes and decor! :)

Christine said...

Looks like a fun filled evening indeed! Cute kids!

humbird said...

What the excellent description of Halloween! I like your view and photos are really interesting and spooky/funny. The last quote and the idea of wearing costumes everyday would make world so much confusing, but a kind one! ~ Much Love!

Gail said...

A wonderful time for creativity and unlimited imaginations proving you can become anything you want to be.

Oh, the wonder and joy of children.

Thanks for visiting.

Elephant's Child said...

Just lovely.

RedPat said...

I'm for wearing a costume every day! ;-))

sage said...

Great photos--it appears the kids had a great time which is how it shold be!

Debbie said...

It's such a fun holiday!! I also prefer fun, pumpkins and mums over spooky stuff as well!! Decorating around here has changed so much as well, lots more spirit and lights!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Karen; How great to see this awesome Halloween pictures and hello to your family 5 years ago and this year♪
I had my first experience of saying 'Happy Halloween' to cute little kids with costume. And Enjoyed very much♡♡♡
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear Japanese friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Jeanie said...

Looks like you had a busy and delightful Halloween! What cute goblins and goblettes!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Haha! Excellent post Karen, so much fun. We went to a do at the zoo, you would have loved it!

Murees Dupé said...

Cute pictures. We don't celebrate Halloween in South Africa, but it sounds fun. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jenny Woolf said...

What happy little faces! I am glad that Halloween has been transformed into a time of happiness for so many. As my aunt used to say, any excuse for a party!!