Just like on the mainland, Halloween on Catalina Island conjures a cornucopia of ghouls and goblins, princesses and vampires, superheroes and witches. Halloween brings out the kid in all of us and spending All Hallows Eve on the island is a lesson in small town fun. As you can imagine, school on the island is just a bit different from school anywhere else and Halloween is one of those times when the unique atmosphere on the island is on parade. Literally.
At about 4 p.m., all of Avalon’s grade school children – and I do mean all – line up for a parade along Crescent Avenue. Beginning with the Island’s two preschools, each grade level is led by their teacher as the kids get a chance to showcase their costumes. Visitors and locals alike line the street to appreciate the show. With less than 300 kids, the parade doesn’t last long, except in everyone’s memories.
As soon as the parade disperses the trick or treating commences. Many of the businesses join in the fun, dispensing goodies and good cheer. Throngs of kids and their families ply the flats, ringing bells and knocking on doors. All of the Halloween action is centered in the center of town, rarely do trick or treaters brave the hills, content with the prizes to be had in the few short blocks in town.
By 8 p.m. or so, the kids have succumbed to their sugar crash and night belongs to the grown-ups. Most local bars can be counted on for live music, a costume contest or other shenanigans, adult beverages optional, but highly recommended.
So, what are you going to be this Halloween?