Idyllwild loves Halloweeen! Lucy dressed as a unicorn, Bowden was a Samurai, and Jack prowled about like a roaring lion looking for candy to devour. We met our friends the Whites (of course) up by Cafe Aroma with the intention of Trick or Treating together, but that soon proved impractical as our chirrens were moving in different directions and at different rates of speed. We met up with them later at the inn for a pizza dinner though. I used to think that homemade pizza was never as good as pizzeria pizza, but the last few times I've had homemade pizza I found it to be surprisingly more delectable. I'm becoming a homemade pizza kind of guy. What does this have to do with Halloween? Nothing, but it's my blog so I can write about whatever I want. You don't have to read it! Of course, real food always tastes better after feasting on jolly ranchers, tootsie roll pops and such. Thanks for the pizza Emily.
This picture doesn't do justice to the throngs of people who came out for the festivities. I was surprised by two things. The first was that there were more people here for Halloween than actually live in Idyllwild, and the second thing that surprised me was how many of them I knew. I saw a lot of familar faces.
This guy was crazy. Red in the face and with eyes bugging out he was dispensing crazy amounts of candy and with a passion I have never seen before in a Halloween observer. He was surrounded by crowds of screaming kids in front of Idyllwild Heating (I think he's the owner) like a pop idol with his adoring fans. Lucy was too timid to fight her way to the center of the hurly burly at first so I muscled in there with her in my arms. The man was grabbing enormous handfuls of candy and pouring them into the bags and plastic pumpkins in front of him. His eyes landed on poor timid Lucy for a moment and he bellowed, "A UNICORN!!!," and then deposited a night's worth of trick or treating into her bucket. I said, "thanks," but he had already turned toward the shop and was yelling, "more candy! I need MORE CANDY!" ...and the crowd went nuts. I removed Lucy to safety and then dove back in to find Bowden who was literally crawling between the peoples legs, risking his little digits to scoop up butterfingers, smarties, and snickers. I had to use force to remove him because he didn't want to go, but it was for his own good.