Vashon Island Halloween Spills Into the Streets{15}

Vashon Island Roasterie pumpkin display

A pride of pumpkins: The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie bedecks and bedazzles its porch rails with jack o’lanterns galore and aglow, each carved by an island volunteer.

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.

The Witches of Burton bring a little style and a lot of candy to town.

The Witches of Burton bring a little style and a lot of candy to town.

clown witch halloween

Role reversal: bad clown (sorry Miffy), and good witch.

Two of my favorite Vashonistas taking Harajuku excess to a whole new level.

Two of my favorite Vashonistas taking Harajuku excess to a whole new level.

skulls in a coffin halloween

Aptly named Zombies Drive-in displayed some patrons who didn’t pay.

halloween raven

A costume Edgar Allan Poe could embrace, the Raven said.

vashon bob monster

A rare sighting of the Vashon Bog Monster, elegantly attired in a tux for his annual visit to town. (Though one friend said, that’s what she looks like after a winter in the Pacific Northwest.

Bulldogs on the sofa

Gracie and Boz opted for an evening in, reminding me that they don’t do dress-up. (Though here I do believe they are disguised as retired guard dogs).

As for me, I dressed up as a happy local enjoying the evening. Next year, I’ll get a little more creative, I promise.