Hoorah! It's that wonderful time of year again when you start seeing ghosts. Pumpkins pop up on porches and skeleltons appear in the funniest places. The air turns crisp and the trees dance gently in the breeze.
Alameda just seems particularly well-suited, with its historic architecture and lovely avenues, to the charms of fall. The leaf-scattered streets and lawns, the distant sound of children at recess, the wounderous, woodsy smells - all a sure sign it's time to start packing away the beach gear and start unpacking the cozy sweaters and boots ... and, most importantly, all those frighteningly fabulous decorations I know you have tucked away.
Having been born and raised in Alameda, I've watched many seasons turn on the Isle of Style. I do love summer but the season I always look foward to with the most excitement is - Halloween season!
About six years ago, it occured to me I wasn't alone. So many residents here take pride in haunting their homes and sharing their talents with friends, neighbors and the multitude of eager trick-or-treaters, why not celebrate their efforts and make it a community event?
That's when Alameda-Haunt Your House! was born. With just my meager piggy bank and a song in my heart, I rallied some friends and we started the annual Alameda Halloween house-decorating contest and canned food drive in support of the Alameda Food Bank.
Over the course of these last six years, we've had so much fun meeting the great folks and fellow Halloween enthusiasts who participate and make the contest and canned food drive a success. We are so proud to report our participants have donated over 1200 lbs. of goods to the Food Bank in 2010 and 2011. We're also excited to have Bike Alameda as a regular addition to the event.
Alameda is such a unique and lovely place to live. Why not get into the spirit of the season and decorate your home for Halloween this year? It's all in good fun and it supports a great cause. Please join us and do your part to make Alameda even more boo-tiful. For more info go to: alamedahaunts.com