Most of the western world celebrates November 1st as the holiday, but in Exotic America, we like to do it up for Halloween. I’m a big Halloween lover myself and it’s nice to be back for the jack’o’lanterns and fun size snickers bars after a several year hiatus. And this year, we threw in the kiddie parade into the mix, because apparently that’s what you do with kiddies on Halloween. Well, and take them trick or treating. Out with the day-glo orange punch and late night costumed gallivanting (although, to be honest, we still did that too but let me tell you, we paid a price that following morning), and in with the furry toddler costumes and street party.
Our friends were kind enough to invite us to the Del Ray Alexandria Halloween parade, an annual event that has no less than 3000 (gah!) children in all sorts of dress up march the route to the high school band who’s rocking a pretty good brass section. I have to say, I saw some pretty elaborate costumes – in addition to the furry toddlers, there were vehicles and floats constructed, not to mention pet dogs in all states of dress to build a more comprehensive halloween picture. Speaking of which, in a rush back from London I tried to purchase myself a costume this weekend and all I could find were dog costumes, which were more extensive than human options available this year. And not costumes of dogs for people to wear, costumes of just about anything for dogs to wear. When did that happen?
Time for me to starting thinking about next year – I have set my eye on the prize. But I think the little hamburger takes the cake for this year, don’t you?
|Japanese Tourist enjoying the festivities, not all hampered to fly solo in the kiddie parade.|