Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Cape Charles Fall Festival

Thanks to the weather, our original plans didn't work out today. Thankfully, Chelsea discovered that the town of Cape Charles was having a  fall festival today. We packed up the dog, made a little offering to the rain gods, and got on our way. It wasn't such a big festival, and was mainly situated in one building and a parking lot. All the businesses were open though, so we had plenty of places to stop in and look around. I was mainly looking for seasonal stuff, and I'm sad to report there really wasn't much in the way of fall or Halloween themed products or displays. The couple of things I did find though, more than made up for it.

This house was just down the street from the fall festival, and it's the only one I saw decorated for Halloween. And decorated it was. I hate to be a jerk, but I think the condition of the house only adds to the effect of the decorations. I don't know who lives there, but it looks like the kind of place my parents would drive by when they took me Trick or Treating. I like how they've draped the cobwebs over the bushes. I could almost believe they were made by real spiders. For all I know, they really were made by real spiders. That one spider to the right looks almost as big as some real ones I've seen around here.

Right out front we are told to "Keep Out!", and "Beware!". That all seems to contradict that happy skeleton next to the chair though. He looks like he's more than happy to entertain us, so why shouldn't we go in? I wish I could tell you what that thing is leaning against the chair, but I seriously have no idea. It's a Beaches sign, wearing part of a stocking, with a card that says "Kill" slid in there. As far as what's on the end of it, your guess is as good as mine. I got close enough to touch it, and I still couldn't guess what it was supposed to be. A murder weapon from a pumpkin massacre perhaps?

Over here we have more warning signs, as well as what appears to be a skull garden. Some folks have rock gardens, so why not? The tree is possessed by at least half a dozen spirits flying around here. I'm pretty sure the one in the back is a dog toy though. I wish I had inspected it a bit closer.

Further down the street, this old, abandoned storefront caught my eye. It looks like they're not quite finished yet, but I still think it looks great. I'll have to make the trip down here in a couple of weeks to see if they add more to it.

This is part of the display at the Cape Charles Coffee House. It actually caught me off guard, because a witch hanging out with her large pet crow was the last thing I expected to be starting out at me. I started looking around, and I realized they did both sides of the entrance.

This is the setup behind the witch, though I think they missed out by not making a fake fireplace with a monster coming out of it. Ooh..every year Sam Haim comes down your chimney to bring treats to the good kids, and tricks to the bad ones. I need to write that down somewhere. I'm still trying to figure out who the green head is from. It looks like it could be anything from a dead Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, or a zombie.

Speaking of Sam Haim, here he is in all his glory. He was hanging next to what appears to be a jack o' lantern wreath.

Here's the rest of the display from the other side of the entrance. It's interesting how they've decorated using fall and Halloween decorations. I guess that could be an evil scarecrow, but I doubt it. Of course, I might be wrong in assuming those are evil spirits back there. One thing I am sure about, that is one evil owl sitting in the front of that wagon. When have you ever seen an owl that black not be evil?

Make that a pitch black owl with red eyes. Yep, definitely evil. I'm also leaning more toward evil for the scarecrow as well. When in doubt, assume they're bad.

That's about it for this trip. I was a little disappointed there weren't more seasonal decorations to be seen, but then I don't think that was the point of the festival. At least it got us out of the house for a bit. I have another field trip in mind, but that isn't going to happen until next week at the earliest. Stay tuned..

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