Have you noticed that, in the last couple of years, Halloween decorations in your neighborhood are both more common and more elaborate? That’s certainly the case in my neighborhood, so I am inspired to share some images of the season. I encountered all of these while out on my regular walks in my neighborhood.
Of course there are quite a few traditional images associated with Halloween. One of the most iconic is the jack-o-lantern. This is the most creative one that I think I’ve ever seen: an entire tower. Someone had fun carving and then ensuring that they all stayed in balance!
Another traditional image is the ghost, often depicted in a white sheet. Here is a group of 6 ghosts, appearing to dance and chant in a circle.
Not surprisingly, there were lots of skeletons. This is one of my favorites, giving the appearance of trying to emerge from its grave.
Perhaps the second most iconic Halloween image is the witch. When I was young, it was one of the most popular costumes for young children, and I wore it proudly until my younger sister could. This witch seems to have lost her way flying around, and ran into a tree!
There is one particular yard in my neighborhood, on a cul de sac, which gets co-decorated by the owners of the houses on both sides. For Halloween they set it up as an elaborate cemetery, the Haunted Valley Cemetery, complete with gravestones, skulls, a casket, and a scarecrow at the back.
Another neighbor has a unique variation on the traditional ghost: his are orange, and in recent even-numbered years have honored the San Francisco Giants (note the numbers on their fronts). The figures are equipped with lights, so they are internally illuminated at night. The trellis at the left has strings of lights that spell out a few letters. This year it’s Boo!
One house on a corner has a low stone wall along the side. There are often small figures sitting on the wall, changed out periodically. These two lovely ladies of the Halloween season are less than 1 foot high.
Some decorations are a bit more on the scary side. In particular, I’ve noticed that spiders have become quite prevalent. Some are quite large and are often placed with swaths of spider web. The smaller spider in the background is hanging from a tree branch.
Bats or vampires can be scary, too. Here is a large one, very furry and fierce-looking. It particularly got my attention because the eyes were glowing red.
Some decorations depict “accidents” that happened to people. This figure makes clever use of an ornamental rock in the garden.
Some of the spider decorations have colored knees: often orange or green. This spider is completely blue.
I also want to include a couple of images of local flora. Here is a pretty leaf, still on the tree but changing colors and getting ready to fall off.
Finally, I want to note that in the San Francisco Bay Area Halloween is still in season for (some) roses. This is a particularly nice example in someone’s front yard.
The variety and creativity in neighborhood Halloween decorations certainly enhance my daily walks during October!