The Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand prepares to take off from her Northstar Mall perch on All Hallows Eve. Mourning Doves assemble to watch her.
Halloween on Roma Court in the Silver Strand began as a small local event in the early 1990s. In 1992, John Conner was the first homeowner to transform his garage on Roma Court into a haunted house at the request of his 8-year-old daughter Samantha. Other homeowners followed his lead. Since then, Halloween on Roma Court has become an annual tradition when homeowners decorate their homes and garages to create a magical wonderland, which now attracts several hundred parents, children, relatives and friends. Thanks to all participants for making this another wonderful Halloween. And a very special note of thanks to our photographers, Clarissa Cervantes and Penny Akashi (with Dan Avila) for contributing their great photos to this post.
John Conner (above), Roma Court Halloween Pioneer.
A homeowners beautiful pumpkin: First Prize best Pumpkin.
The Welcoming Committee: Many witches, a nun and a geisha girl. One of these ladies is the Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand in disguise during her Roma Court “Fly By.” Our guess is the benevolent nun or the geisha.
And there are other players too, both evil and good:
For the Good.
And for the wicked
Garages Decorated for the Occasion:
As usual the Garland home wins First Prize for Decoration
The audience is captivated by spooky videos at the Garland home
A mysterious graveyard appears next to the Garland house at the Lighthouse mini-Mall. Could the ghosts of the founding fathers of our neighborhood, the Tongva (Native Americans and first residents of the Silver Strand), the Talamentes and Machado families (Rancho La Ballona) and Abbot Kinney be roaming nearby tonight?
A very spooky ukulele player
Visitors came mostly on foot, perched atop a parent’s shoulder or in strollers. One very suspicious “family” arrived by car:
First Prize: Most original Halloween Concept
A couple of parents got creative at “wagon-pooling: “
As always, the children stole the show:
Flora and Fauna: First Prize most original child’s costume
No Halloween is complete without a Princess.
A dubious, but adorable, baby elephant
Pretty in Pink
I think I have enough candy.
Whoops! I dropped part of my costume.
The climate here is so000…… different from where I come from.
Homeowners greet the Trick-or-Treaters:
The Trick-or-Treaters: Some came alone, some in groups, not as themselves but as their fantasy avatars:
Miss Haversham perhaps. First Prize most Original Adult Costume in a tie with Route 66 below.
Bride of Frankenstein. Shade of Elsa Lancaster. First Prize in originality and economy in costume design.
A Lady Bug accompanied by her dog “MagDonna.” Look at the dog carefully.
Route 66, the famous “Mother Road,” and most beloved highway in America: First Prize most original adult costume in a tie with Miss Haversham above.
A spooky take on vintage seamed nylons. Some of us may remember these from the 1940s.
A taco with all the trimmings: First Prize most unique Food Costume.
A hot dog with all the trimmings: First Prize most original dog costume
A very mysterious but intriguing costume: First Prize for Complete Strangeness.
A beautiful Clown combining sadness and humor: First Prize Best Clown.
A big cat
Some Came as Duos:
The King and Queen of Hearts, both in real life and on Halloween
UPO: Rock Lives!
Which comes first?
I’ve got the feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore
If I’m the daughter of a Viking, how did I get red hair?
Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly in Pirates of the Caribbean: First Prize for most beautiful adult costume design.
Odile and Odette from Swan Lake. First Prize most original duet costume.
Hannibal Lecter-Silence of the Lambs. First prize for Scariest Costume.
Frida Kahlo, the exotically beautiful and extraordinary Mexican artist: FIrst Prize for portraying an historical figure.
Zombies on the Move
The odd couple: Town Crier and a Bear?
And Finally the Groups:
Elvis Lives! First Prize for portraying the importance of music in our lives.
First Prize : Trio Group most imaginative costume design
And so the Evening Ends: The Wicked Witch of the Silver Strand has returned to her post. Hundreds of pounds of sweets have been distributed. The joyous sound of excited children has died down to complete silence. The crowd of visitors have left to resume their normal lives. Roma Court is empty except for Herb Wilson, one of our ever watchful and valued 24/7 patrolmen who keep us safe from the Witches of the Night on Halloween and every other night.
And so, good night one and all. Sleep tight, don’t let the witches bite and hope to see you again next year.