When it comes to Halloween, Alameda has a great sense of humor. The Island has been preparing for the hordes of young ghosts and goblins to descend on the city Thursday night, some developing elaborate, decorative displays to convey their enthusiasm for the macabre holiday. A resident on Grand Street, above, will likely host hundreds of trick-or-treaters and chose to invoke psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead with their display. Other Alamedans have set up a haunted carnival, a scene from Disney’s Fantasia, glowing ghouls and more.
The Alameda Fire Deparment received some help from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, last Friday, during the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch hosted by the department. Kids of all ages get to take a home a free pumpkin each year at the event which took place for the 19th year. The man behind the patch (and behind Presley’s sunglasses) is Alameda firefighter, Adam Sizemore, who has organized the event at Franklin Park for many years.
Last Sunday’s Halloween Hoopla on Webster Street was another success this year. It brought several scary figures to the West End for some festive fun. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) hosted the Hoopla last weekend, prior to Halloween. Among the attendees were the Loorz family of Alameda (above) dressed as characters from Nightmare Before Christmas. Family members include: Felicia Chavez-Loorz as Barrel, Rob Loorz as Mr. Oogie Boogie, Lilith Chavez-Loorz as Shock and Xavier Chavez-Loorz as Lock.
In typical Alameda form, the streets were stormed by ghosts and goblins in the vicinity of Grand Street on Halloween. Glowing jellyfish were definitely a theme this year (above). Of particular note was one little girl dressed as “presidential” candidate Donald Trump (left). She was said to be determined to “make Halloween great again.” According to her dad, they were letting her stock up on candy to help her deal with her upcoming loss next Tuesday.
Halloween must have cast a powerful spell over Alameda long ago. It has such a special love for Halloween. It’s a magical time of year on this Island.
A group of Alameda’s finest and most powerful witches took a casual group bike ride on All Hallows’ Eve. They enjoyed the sights and sounds of autumn in Alameda and spread a few smiles. The purpose was simply to joy ride through space in a pack.
Word of Alameda’s giant Halloween celebration must have spread to other galaxies as some unidentified flying objects recently landed outside Angela Hill and Matt Hunnicut’s home on Santa Clara Avenue. The couple annually presents a masterpiece in Halloween decorations featuring original art, animatronics, a smoke machine, "Pigs in Space" and lots more. Keep an eye out for little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating for Halloween the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31. The Gold Coast and East End neighborhoods should expect lots of traffic.