On Friday, October 30, our town held an event to commemorate the completion of the dratted construction that has been going on downtown since May (or possibly earlier). It was called "Treat Street" and was exactly that. Everyone went in costume, and all of the businesses downtown handed out candy. You could stop in at the City Hall and get a special goodie bag and enter a costume contest, and one of the businesses even took free photos.
The best part was the weather. It was a balmy 60 degrees (don't laugh, Arizona friends! We have now acclimated, [I think]), so there was no need for the girls to wear coats and cover up their cute costumes.
So, first we took pictures in our front yard (which I will post throughout the week), and then we headed downtown. I love the fact that we live so close to everything. Since it was such a nice night, we walked.
On our way, I wanted to take some more pictures of them sitting on this wall. Bria wasn't really into it and Sophia was oblivious. Chloe, on the other hand, was all about being in character.
In fact, she was totally eating up the whole picture taking business.
Once we got downtown, we waited in line at City Hall for what seemed like an hour, but probably only half that. When we realized we had made little to no progress in that time, we decided to forget about the goodie bags and costume contest and get down to the business of Trick-or-Treating.
Unfortunately, we saw way too many signs telling us that the candy was gone. There were seriously so many people there, and I just don't think anyone thought the event would be quite so popular. Or that the weather would be quite so accommodating.
But we forged onward, and the girls ended up with plenty of candy.
And then the sun began to set.
This is what it looked like across the canal. That's the Quincy mine hoist there, and the whole hillside bathed in the evening sunlight like that absolutely took my breath away. Too bad I was on a city street, so there was no way to get this shot without that telephone/electricity wire. And I am much too lazy to Photoshop it out.
Even after dark, the weather was warm enough that we didn't regret not bringing coats. (Well, I was wearing a coat. But I am not the hardy one in this family, apparently.)
And Treat Street was pretty beautiful after dark, too.
After hitting up every place that still had candy left, we called it a night and walked home by the light of the street lamps.
Only to go out again the very next night.
Okay, so I am totally stressed out this week. I must find time to practice for Messiah, and that means no blogging. So, I've spread out all the Halloween pictures for the whole week. Aren't you excited? An entire week of Halloween, just when you were glad it was over! Besides, I took way more pictures this year than usual, and where's the fun in that if I'm not going to share them all?