HALLOWEEN IN SUNOL, like all else here, is unique unto itself.
There isn't much traditional trick-or-treat activity, mostly
because there isn't much in the way of sidewalks, and many of
our homes are pretty inaccessible. Nonetheless, there is plenty
of Halloween spirit here.
The Saturday before Halloween, Kilkare Woods resident Klay
Kunkel and his girlfriend Tere Hurst put on an outstanding costume
party at the KWA clubhouse. The decorations turned the rustic
cabin into an All Hallow's Eve nightclub, with the dance floor
defined by shimmering streamers revolving overhead. Klay's an
engineer, so the guests were pretty confident whatever was holding
the mechanism onto the ceiling would keep it there!
The costumed guests included a Grecian princess with an enviable
tan, a bawdy monk who kept up a continuous banter, and a Girl
Scout with some very questionable merit badges. There was even
a paramecium, but I'm not even going to try and describe that
one! And then there was the mummy. Part of one eye was all that
was visible from within the endless, creepy wrapping. There
was an opening where the living have mouths, and beverages and
food did seem to find their way in, but it sure looked like
there was nobody home!
Later, when continuous dancing began to unravel Mr. Mummy,
a few of the ladies present, um, helped the process along, until
KWA Pres Stephan Doyle was revealed. This is a family newspaper,
so I'd better add that he was wearing white jean shorts under
all those bandages, and took home the Best Male Costume prize
for his efforts! A standing "O" for Klay and Tere,
who really know how throw a Halloween party.
HILLSIDE HALLOWEEN: Another Sunolian who takes Halloween
to heart in her own unique way is Rebecca Douglas. She and her
husband Malcolm have lived here for about 25 years, and have
carved an amazing environment out of their hillside property
on Kilkare Road. There are countless paths and terraces winding
up the hill, with rock walls defining some of the areas, steps
climbing from level to level, four distinct patios, and plants
absolutely everywhere. Several unusual gates stand guard over
some of the flowers and greenery - and Becky claims fences may
join them at some point!
I could easily write pages about the Douglas' property - the
job Malcolm has done shaping it into a hillside marvel, Becky's
estimable green thumb and artistic eye, and their countless
charming and unique collectibles - but then I wouldn't have
room to tell you about their Halloween extravaganza.
The place is Halloween Land, folks. There are lighted pumpkins
everywhere - many expertly hand-carved by Becky, and all manner
of ghosts, masks and statues. Trees are decorated with light
strands in bearing pumpkins, ghosts, skeletons, and giant candy
corns. Little twinkling lights glow in bushes, on trees, along
walkways. Each patio is filled with Halloween ornamentation.
Every turn of the head brings another fantastic scene into view.
"I just love holidays," Becky reported, and she does
Christmas all the way, too!
KID-SIZED FESTIVITIES: Sunol's younger set had a great
Halloween, too. The annual school parade wove its way through
town from Sunol Glen, with costumed students and teachers escorted
by police cars and fire engines. Sunol is still a place where
traffic comes to a halt for kids in super hero capes and sparkly
angel wings. On Halloween night, Sunol 4-H held its yearly "Trunk
or Treat" event, where parents fill the school basketball
court with cars that look like Halloween floats, trunks filled
with treats, and there are games and contests in the cafeteria.
Our new neighbors Alex and Marianne Vlacos and their children
were abuzz with excitement preparing for their first visit to
this unique Halloween party. Fourth-grader Aris was mighty scary
in his Edvard Munch "Scream" costume, while first-grader
Cade was a very spooky skeleton, and their sister, Tessa, three,
was a perfectly adorable Scooby Doo. And though trick-or-treating
may have its logistical challenges here, there was lots of candy
given out neighbor-to-neighbor, and house-to-house where possible.
All in all, it was another magical Sunol Halloween.
DEMOCRACY'S A PRIVILEGE: Tomorrow is Election Day, and
I'll be working at the polls as usual, along with Pat Stillman,
Steve Doyle and Cindy Frillman. Don't forget to vote, okay?
And bring cookies.
Next week, the Freebo report - I promise!
Mummy (Stephan Doyle) relaxes outside the Kilkare Woods
club house in Sunol during a Halloween party there.