Halloween colors

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!

image of jack-o-lantern tower

Jack-o-lantern tower

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.

photo of ghost circle

Ghost circle

Not surprisingly, there were lots of skeletons. This is one of my favorites, giving the appearance of trying to emerge from its grave.

picture of skeleton emerging from the grave

Skeleton emerging from the 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!

image of witch plastered against a tree

Witch plastered against 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.

photo of Haunted Valley Cemetery

Haunted Valley Cemetery

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!

picture of illuminated figures

Illuminated figures

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.

image of ladies of the season

Ladies of the season

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.

photo of scary black spiders

Scary black spiders

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.

picture of bat with glowing red eyes

Bat with glowing red eyes

Some decorations depict “accidents” that happened to people. This figure makes clever use of an ornamental rock in the garden.

image of body under a rock

Body under a rock

Some of the spider decorations have colored knees: often orange or green. This spider is completely blue.

photo of blue spider

Blue spider

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.

picture of multi-colored leaf

Multi-colored leaf

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.

image of Halloween season rose

Halloween season rose

The variety and creativity in neighborhood Halloween decorations certainly enhance my daily walks during October!

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