The Annual Silver Strand Halloween Celebration began in the 1980s when homes on the Strand were few and far between. Many of the new residents had children living in isolation from traditional trick-or-treat sites. At the request of his young daughter, pioneering homeowner John Conner took the initiative and decorated his garage as a site for spooks. Other homeowners followed. Eventually the event became the annual extravaganza that it is today attracting families, not only from the Silver Strand, but from adjacent communities. It’s popularity is due to the fact that is a safe place for families and their children and because homeowners on Roma Court go all out to provide a wonderful evening for everyone.
The first sign that something odd was about to happen on Roma Court had to do with our beloved Halloween Mascot, the Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand, who perches on a Northstar Mall roof.
As usual, strange apparitions began appearing on Roma around 5:30pm. First a trickle, then a stream and finally a mass. They were the living and the dead, some very small, some very large. There were witches, devils, insects, princesses, pirates, ghouls, cabbages and kings and all manner of things.
Splendid Offerings Await for Trick-or-Treaters:
Participants this year, whether homeowners or trick-0r-treaters, were exceptionally creative this year.
Best Homeowner Exterior Display:
Best Garage Displays:
Best Witches (with entourage):
Best Inflatable Ensemble:
Best Figures from Literature and Film:
Best Insects and other Creatures:
Best Religious Figures:
Best Good Samaritans:
Best Individual Costumes:
At 8:00am, the morning after, the Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand was still absent from her rooftop perch. We were informed that following her final flight this Halloween, she was rushed to the world-renown Weather Vane Hospital in Los Angeles, where she is recuperating from surgery to replace some of her rusted parts. Too many flights over the last 30 years have taken their toll. We are told she will return to her post before Halloween 2013.
With thanks, as always, to our Photographers: