Halloween in the Sunnyside

Dear Liza,

This yard, with metal cutouts of dragons and Bigfoot on its fence, has been a favorite for while. But now, their fantastical critters are joined by witty headstones. “Hamlet…. not to be” and ”Elphaba… It isn’t easy being green” cracked me up. I admit, I had to look up who Elphaba was. According to the Broadway show WICKED, Elphaba is the given name of the Wicked Witch of the West in ”The Wizard of Oz” stories.

Down the street from the headstones was this entertaining scene. On one side of the yard, several skeletons were working very hard to keep make sure whatever was in a coffin stayed in that coffin.

And on the other side of the yard, two of Hamlet’s Weird Sisters were hard at work, stirring a cauldron. I can imagine that on Halloween night it will be properly lit up and have dry ice bubbling out of the cauldron!

Our house is getting sort of Halloweened up, too. Our biggest decoration, The Assistant, is sitting at the table, wearing a witch’s hat and, of course, a mask. He is enjoying some properly Halloween colored flowers.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

3 thoughts on “Halloween in the Sunnyside”

  1. I used to decorate… it was fun… but this year I have 2 pumpkins sitting on bales of straw outside… the pumpkins I grew in my patch by the studio and I have a small grapevine wreath with a ghost cutout on it for the front door… Its not that I’ve lost the desire to decorate, but with the many floods we’ve had I’ve lost all my decor. It’s sad and I can’t store it all in the garage, so…


    1. Oh, honey! I can imagine how sad it must have been to lose your collected treasures. Bridgett has such affection for her holiday ornaments, they are like old friends. But if you can’t store them and, obviously, can’t buy new every year…you become an accidental minimalist.
      I hope you have a fun Halloween, anyway.
      Love ya.

      Sent from my iPad


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