Christmas with its festive decorations, food and presents is arguably the biggest and most uplifting holiday we have in any given year. Red, white and silver seem to be the dominant colors and Santa Claus surrounded by elves and reindeer are the stars of the season. Everything sparkles!
But that’s not for a few months, so right now there is Halloween! Sure, orange and black are the primary color scheme, but that’s where uniformity ends and human imagination takes a (strangle)hold on costuming and decorations. Most is all in the theme of having fun looking and acting like some terrible ghost or zombie, but you can never call Halloween “predictable”.
In earlier years, the celebration of Halloween was pretty mild. Carve a pumpkin, drape a sheet over yourself with eyes and mouth cut in the middle (hoping you didn’t grab one of Mom’s best ones!), and trick-or-treating was limited to the neighborhood, with the treats being homemade. That was a long time ago, and by today’s celebration yardstick, pretty pedestrian.
Now entire retail stores stock an amazing array of costumes—for young and old. Makeup is realistic in a scary way, with wigs and coloring to portray the worst of evil spirits imagined by the wearers. Treats? Well they range from seasonal cocktails made up especially for the adults, and pre-packaged treats sold by the bulk for those participating in the celebration of treating without tricks.
We here in the city of Tustin have a terrific “Halloween Howl” put on by the City’s Parks & Recreation. Held at the Columbus Tustin Activity Center, it features costume contests, family entertainment, carnival games, prizes, and of course candy! It is a big event for the whole family.
Nearby Santa Ana has “Boo at the Zoo”, with events and entertainment for all ages. They have a theme of a “Merry not Scary” zoo atmosphere with lots of educational presentations, storytelling and even a grand finale—the costume parade!
It seems like every community has some sort of planned, supervised activities that assure the “trick” is taken out of the treat we call Halloween.
There is a side of tricks that happens every day to us adults carrying the responsibility for the safety and security of our families. BMR Insurance Agency has a full range of insurance programs to protect your family and property from those accidental freaks of nature—and of man! Feel free to call us at 714-838-1911 for an appointment for a free assessment of your insurance needs. We promise it won’t be scary, and there might even be a candy treat if your costume is creepy enough! BOO!