Wednesday will be my fifth Halloween in rural Alaska. Halloween is a big deal out here. All of the kids dress up and trick or treat. The
mischief genius ones hit up teacher housing two or more times. I have caught them doing so many times! Last year we had over 250 trick or treaters!
We have a costume parade at school at the end of the school day. The audience judges the costumes based on applause. Joey and I have won 2nd and 3rd place in the past. We lost to a couple of Eskimos dressed as Eskimos last year.
We plan our costumes over the summer, as costumes and materials used to make costumes are often very difficult to obtain out here. Plus, we really enjoy making our own unique costumes. I can’t wait for Wednesday to show off our awesome costumes!
We usually go home for Christmas, so we do not decorate our Alaskan apartment. Instead, I like to do a little decorating for Halloween. In the past, I have decorated all of the windows. This year, I decided to stick with the entryway and kitchen windows. The BOO was made out of clothes hangers a few years ago. The blue light is a high efficiency bulb from Home Depot. I wanted a red one (Woo Pig Sooie), but Joey said it was not the red light district, so Mountaineer blue it was! I’m sure some kids might be scared, but hopefully most will enjoy our festive decorations. Now all we need is spooky music and sounds!
We are all decorated, have costumes and candy, and are completely ready for the big day, except… there is no SNOW! I have so many memories of watching children run through snow to get to our house. Having to shovel the porch immediately after school has also been a common activity. This year, we have gotten snow twice, but each time it has melted off. I guess it would be nice to begin November without snow, it wold just be very different, as it has never happened to us before!