It was perfect weather for Scare on the Square and I took the afternoon off from work so that I could come down and enjoy the goings on. I’ve been right there with everyone else wondering why it was held during work hours. I had heard that it was because several of the shops where closed on Sunday, the actual day of Halloween. After attending, though, I think that there may be some wisdom to it because I don’t know if the square could handle, in terms of capacity, the number of people that would show up on an actual weekend day.
It was crowded and the lines were long but the costumes were great and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
My husband and I walked up to the square just before 4 and stopped in at the Pub McKinney for a couple of soft drinks before venturing out on the square.
Scare on the Square started at 4 and people began converging on the square in droves. It was so nice to see families, hand in hand, strolling onto the square. An air of excitement was palpable.
The merchants really outdid themselves with great costumes. The Mario Brothers manned the candy station outside The Sauce Restaurant.
The Mad Hatter blew up balloons outside of Smitten.
There were witches outside Plum Creek Primitives.
Therapy on the Square had a great idea, using the therapy booth from Peanuts.
The gals over at Rick’s Chophouse had amazing costumes too.
I caught the merchant from The Book Gallery giving a peek from behind his mask.
There was a black cat handing out candy at the newly opened Olive Branch boutique.
Laura Moore of Laura Moore’s Fine Art Studio went Egyptian.
But the merchants weren’t the only ones with great costumes. There were a lot of great costumes on both the kids and the adults in the square.
I think this was my favorite. I didn’t even notice the little eyes peering out through the mouth until I got home.
The little Avatar was perfect.
This take on the White Rabbit outside of Dawn’s Salon was especially frightening. This must be from the Johnny Depp version.
Speaking of Johnny Depp, there were a couple of Captain Jack Sparrows. I wish the shutter had gone off just a second later when this captain’s expression changed to “I’m hot. I know it. You’re welcome.” I think I might have even blushed.
Then there was this one who had the walk down perfectly. His wife was done up beautifully too and allowed him to push the stroller which he used to his advantage. He could lean back, pushing the stroller way out in front in just the way that you would expect Captain Jack to do.
And speaking of “moves”, the Joker also had them down pat. When he spotted me taking his picture, he gave me a great shot, matching Ledger’s aggressive posture with a slight forward tilt of the head.
The Storm Trooper and Jawa on the corner of Virginia and Kentucky were so expertly costumed that I asked them if they were with the city. They weren’t.
I think the cave man was with the fire department. Check out his feet!
Like any respectable ghost, I had to chase the Lady in White across the square but I got a great shot when I finally caught up with her.
I was especially excited to see Bert. In fact, I was so excited to see him that I immediately smiled and waved excitedly as if I was a child myself. I don’t know why I responded so positively to this character. It must be a result of years of Sesame Street viewing when I was a kid. I couldn’t remember if he was Bert or Ernie, but seeing him made me very happy and I was tickled to get a shot of him.
But this event is really all about the children and they were great. Two hours is about as long as the kids can last. Around 5, I heard the first child cry and then another. They were getting pooped.
They really make the event with their sense of wonder and adventure. This is really what it’s all about to me. Not gore and fright, but possibilities and a spirit of fun. This is the one time of the year that truly encourages us to look around us with new eyes and challenges us to see beyond the facades. It is a warm-up for the fellowship of the upcoming holidays.
As I headed home from the square, I happened on an adorable scene in the alley. The children were lined up against the wall for photos. I was thinking about how this was probably unusual for a scene in an alley, thinking about the cop shows with the perps lined up facing the wall with their hands up on the wall when one of the mom’s yelled out “Butts against the wall!”. I’m sure the irony wasn’t lost on her either.
As usual, there are more photos posted on my Shutterfly share, http://onthesquare.shutterfly.com/
Happy Halloween, ya’ll.
Until next time,