On Halloween, upon each doorstep an orange face glows, with a cockeyed grin, a winking eye that says to all, Welcome, but beware. The street fills with ghouls, ghosts, goblins, and Gagas; witches smeared with green facepaint, applied by tiny hands; mischief-makers, young and old; and vigilant cornstalk men look on. Behind each door the promise of surprise — bowls of chocolate, delicious morsels, and into eager pillowcase sacks they go. On Halloween, smeared facepaint dissolves behind chocolate smiles, as tiny ghouls are tucked in tight to haunt again next year. Trick or treat!
Many folks had a head start on Halloween fun last weekend, with storefronts downtown offering sweet surprises for young trick or treaters, and later, the Atlantic offering dancing and costume prizes for the adult crowd. Granite was the place to be Saturday morning, where everyone was fulfilling last-minute costume and decoration needs. I ran into Andrea Dello Russo, who was looking for the goods to help her kiddos, Summer and Hudson, make scarecrows for the Charter School's annual fundraiser. The end result were life-sized Viking Miss Piggy and Doctor Teeth, complete with piano, of Muppets fame.
Joel Graves perused the hardware section to complete the homemade yellow helmet for son Connor's Lego man costume, and I found just the stuff to finish off my transformation into a unicorn.
Don't worry though — the Halloween fun is not over yet, as the Edgartown School PTA will host their annual costume party Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 6 pm in the school gym. So go bob for apples and jump for donuts, or whatever it is the kids do these days.
Several of Edgartown's favorite party people celebrated milestone high school reunions this week. At the Port Hunter, the MVRHS Class of 1993 caught up with each other after 20 years, While Lee and Cheryl Welch traveled to Halifax to check in with Lee's Class of 1963, 50 years later.
Vineyard Montessori will host their second annual Truckin' M.V. day, Saturday, November 9, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, in the high school parking lot. Touch and explore over 25 big trucks and vehicles from the Island community. Call 508-693-4090 for further info.
Attention Seniors: There is still space available on the Council on Aging's upcoming tour of the Newport Mansions that is scheduled to take place Monday, November 18, leaving on the 8:15 am boat and returning on the 6:15 pm boat. Tour the famous Breakers, Marble House, and Elms, with a lunch break in the middle at LaForge Restaurant. The deadline to sign up is Friday, November 8, so call 508-627-4368 today to reserve your space.
The M.V. Museum has a cool new exhibit about the history of toys, opening up November 8, from 5 to 7 pm. Through the museum's toy, game, and oral history collections, this exhibit tells the story of how our community's changing ideas about childhood, gender, and recreation are reflected in the objects of play. Learn about how the late 19th century board game Mansion of Happiness taught young children about good and evil, or discover a small collection of toys hidden beneath the floor of an Island home. Sounds pretty fascinating.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Heather Murphy, who celebrates November 1; to Paul Moreau, November 2; and to Kiernan Komarinetz, November 4. Have fun, and Go SOX!!!