Paul Croce, Halloween Night: Window to Fantasy.
Fantasy ruled the night.
I’m not referring to election night, but to MegaHalloween on Minnesota Avenue in DeLand. I met about 1000 festive and creepy characters, and there must have been at least that many more on the street, making it a carnival. From my random sampling, as the social scientists say, I got a hint of the taste for fantasy among the outfits with people who graced my front yard. And fantasy-fueled imagination also meant a lot of characters crossing over into all kinds of combinations.
People dress in outfits from the world around them, like the 4 Doctors including 1 Dr. Decay (how does this one stay in practice?), 1 Tacky Tourist, 6 Football Players and 5 Cheerleaders (including 1 Gothic Cheerleader), 5 Police Officers (one was “Buff”) but only 4 Robbers (1 had his “gun ready” and another was also a Nun!), and 1 Overweight Gen Xer. They tap long spans of history such as with Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, a Renaissance Woman, Bob Marley, 4 Native American Indians, including 1 Pocahontas, and 2 Flappers; and the natural world with 4 Butterflies, 3 Foxes, including 1 with a sword and 1 downright “Foxy Fox,” 2 Cheetahs, 1 Bunny, and of course 2 Spiders. Continue reading