For me the whole event was a happy community gathering. It was the first time I had been and the feeling of joy and camaraderie was everywhere: in the licking neon purple icing off a cupcake, the 20 minute pumpkin carving contest, the pinata bashing, the trick or treating and the kids being scared by the ghoulish decorations.
People’s costumes were simple and elaborate, sweet, funny, crazy and risky. There were many parent/child matching costumes which were wonderful, such as the mother big crayon and the child little crayon.
The mother of the chili pepper baby told me that this costume had been a bust when worn by the older sibling in the east, but here everyone thought it fabulous. Me too.
It was special to see families, dads with kids, moms with kids,
grandparents with kids as well as many of us with no kids, enjoying the whole scene. Good for the Santa Fe Community College for putting on the event and pulling it off so successfully.
fuelled by chocolate
is all smiles
holds out her pumpkin
wings frame gold halo
Photographs and haiku by Ursula Moeller