When The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie starts lining up pumpkins on the porch, you know Halloween can’t be far behind. Because island residents are spread out, and dark rural lanes the norm, Halloween is celebrated in the centrally-located, well-lit, easy-to-navigate town of Vashon. Merchants open their doors to hordes of goblins, ghosts, ninjas and fairy princesses, and Vashon Highway is closed for several blocks, becoming a pedestrian friendly promenade for the night. It’s one of my favorite spectacles on the island, kids, parents, kin and crazy revelers take over town, with a community block party that would warm a skeleton’s frame like a dip in a hot tub.
As for me, I dressed up as a happy local enjoying the evening. Next year, I’ll get a little more creative, I promise.