After finding out that Anna's art class had been canceled, the prudent thing to do would have been to high tail it to a neighborhood near us. But no, I still clung to my original idea. Soon, it became apparent that everyone else in town was headed there as well. Hundreds. Thousands? Really.
The side walks were lined three across as people shuffled along, looking at decorations, laughing, enjoying the "festival". In fact, I found out after that this neighborhood is such a destination on Halloween, that the city wants them to get a permit next year. As many adults were costumed as children, which made for amusing viewing.
Anna and I most enjoyed a large rubber spider, suspended from a tree, that was let down by it's operator from a hidden location onto the unsuspecting crowded sidewalk. One large black woman walked right into it. "Sheeeeeeeee-it" she screamed, swatting at the air and doing a little dance. Then she bent over the stroller she was pushing. "My apologies," she said, "to all you children, but that scared the sh*t out of me." Then she laughed. And we laughed. We could have stood there all day watching that, but William was not pleased.
"I am like a puppet, being pulled and pushed," he said. Short and dressed all in black, he was not enjoying the crowd. As dh, Anna and I pointed out something new to see, he only wanted to go home. So much for my great idea, and likely, he'll be too "old" next year. Ah, well, I tried.