YES, IT’S upon us. Halloween, which leads quite quickly to Thanksgiving and beyond . . . to 2019. But to stay in the moment, we LittleBirds poked around our neighborhoods to see what creepy-crawly stuff might be afoot. Just about every front yard in suburbia seems to have turned into a graveyard, with all those plastic headstones and, sometimes, skeletal arms reaching up to grab innocent passersby.
There are instances of genuine originality and one big delightful occasion of too-muchness. The latter is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a splendid event benefiting Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, in Upstate New York. Some 7,000 pumpkins, hand-carved or painted, fashioned into a bridge, a windmill, a tunnel, plus (below) a merry-go-round where even the horses are skeletons—in short making a carnival of the holiday.
The Blaze also features some friendly faces (below).
And some decidedly masterful carving (below).
In the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC, LittleBird Kathy stumbled upon the cleverest display we’ve seen in a while. Goodness knows how long these designer duds (below) will be safe from marauders, but at least we got a picture.
And be sure to take a good look at the designer pumpkins. There’s no logo on the blue pumpkin, but robin’s-egg blue and that nice white satin ribbon . . . how many more clues do we need? (Don’t miss the Burberry doggie coat.)
P Street held some other treats, including the witch head-down in the ground and (presumably) trying to get out. Then there is the scaredy cat (but who’s scaring whom is hard to tell).
Elsewhere in Washington, Nationals fans have gathered their favorite players, in skeletal form. Not sure if there’s a message there (below).
Finally, from Washington’s P Street NW and the leafy Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh come tasteful displays. The checkerboard effect of the pumpkins scattered around the front lawn gives the festivities a grace they rarely get. And the window box isn’t so much Halloween as autumn. And that’s just fine by us.