Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween

Ok, it's our fourth year here - we got a phone call that there would be a Halloween parade in "town" at 4:00 this afternoon. I decided it was time to go see the kids and their costumes.
This is a little town that used to have lots of businesses and people, but as many smaller towns on the Great Plains - population is dwindling.  There were 15 (count em - 15) kids in this year's extravaganza.

But that doesn't cut down on the creativity of some parents - those wheels are painted paper plates, the engine a painted box, with shoulder straps, a black plastic tub for the smokestack.  Woo - woo!
There are many great ladies in this town.  They spread out a "Trunk or Treat" at the end of the parade route.

And, yes, this was my favorite costume (and hair).

We hung out til the sun went down...those cirrus clouds are making for some awesome sunsets.


Victoria on Okinawa said...

Cute kidos! I just read a section from a book I'm reading "Switch..." that tells how a small farming community turned things around by doing 1 thing to begin with then everything began to change, that was those living in the local community to start buy 10% of all their purchases in that local community! It was awesome how that one change changed everything.

Pattie Wall said...

Interesting. Here, you buy 4 tires and they don't tighten down the lugnuts and your 2 of your wheels fall off and they laugh about it. The "shop local" thing has taken on a new meaning to's called "don't". Shouldn't mean to sound crass, but the merchants (for the most part) here, never smile, aren't at all friendly and could care less to sell you something, even though they have a "shop local" campaign going on right now. It's an attitude, for sure. If you are an outsider, you aren't anybody and they don't care to know you either. That's why I save my 'shopping' for the bigger cities. Plus if you need it, they usually don't have it. Just my take on the whole thing...

Victoria on Okinawa said...

I totally understand, been there had it done to me too, it does take a whole community to make a difference so if everyone doesn't get on board esp with a welcoming and caring attitude it will never change. Then they wonder why "shop local" doesn't work? all they need to do is look at themselves, I agree it does begin with a welcoming attitude all around.