Monique and I went to the Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village celebration with our neighbors Wendy, Anna, and Lexi Eckman. Every year they bring in the ghosts, ghouls, and a bazillion Jack O'Lanterns for a good old-fashioned fright.
Come along and stroll with us:
Monigue dressed as a ... well, a ... um, I dunno. You'll have to ask her yourself. I'm sure it was scary.
Our expedition (top, left-to-right): Anna Eckman, Wendy Eckman, Monique Magee, and (bottom) Lexi Eckman, who fainted after seeing the corpse coming out of the coffin in the Hearse behind them.
The Grim Reaper.
Uh-oh. There goes the sun. It began to get dark and spooky.
Hey, girls, why don't you stand by that fence so I can get a sunset photo? I'm sure it's safe.
Jack O'Lanterns as far as the eye can see. We talked to one of the volunteers about them. They have to carve more than a thousand new Jack O'Lanterns every weekend. Volunteers carve most of them, and some of the most complicated designs are carved by a robot.
The Jack O'Lanterns lined the entire pathway we followed. They were an amazing display. I've never seen anything like it on that scale.
The Wizard of Menlo Park. Literally.
There were some amazing costumes on display.
Monique, Wendy, and Anna had to stand in back to watch the old Hallowe'en cartoon because some witch was in the front row and everybody was too afraid to sit next to her.
Probably a Grateful Dead tribute band.
The haunted covered bridge. This was my favorite display of the night. Inside was thickly fogged with truly eerie lighting.
Living scarecrow. He leaped off his post moments later.
The bride on the balcony.
Jack O'Lanterns piled high.
The pirate cove.
Igor busy at work.
Witch Hazel's Broom Lot.
Anna and Lexi try out a gently pre-owned ride, used by a little old hag who only used it to go to coven meetings at midnight of the full moon.
A performance of Hansel & Gretel.
A haunted bell clock.
More Jack O'Lanterns piled high.
And even higher ... an entire Jack O'Lantern tree!
And then the Headless Horseman came by and lopped off all of our heads.