A Halloween treat delivered door-to-door

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A pumpkin (Carol Cormaci/Valley Sun)

It seems everything’s in high gear in the foothills for Halloween. There’s a new shop devoted to the holiday that opened on Verdugo Boulevard between Burger King and New Moon.

This weekend, Descanso Gardens is having a Pumpkin Festival. The La Cañada Elementary School PTA staged its annual Halloween Haunt today, no doubt bringing lots of fun to the little ones. The silent auction had tons of opportunities (seriously, I printed the list out and it filled 51 pages!) for parents’ consideration, not the least of which was a week in a Park City, Utah condo valued at $9,000.

Next Friday and Saturday night the Quirings at 4800 Grand Avenue will allow visitors into their Haunted Maze (we’ll have an article on that in the  Oct. 29 Valley Sun). Last year, according to Molly Quiring, some 500 people visited their backyard to tour their creation.

We haven’t yet heard from Dr. Sharon Rae Deacon, but she usually sets up a “Pumpkin Alley” in her front driveway on Earlmont Avenue on Halloween Night  that features 100 jack-o-lanterns carved by local teens.

But, I’ve got to tell you one of my favorite Halloween traditions is the FREE delivery of a pumpkin to my doorstep every year by local Anita Gray, an agent affiliated with Dickson Podley Realtors. Gray blankets the neighborhood with these small pumpkins, accompanied by a simple, photocopied note on a small piece of orange paper: “Happy Halloween.”

The gourds aren’t really big enough to carve unless you’re particularly adept at working with sharp knives in small places, but they are charming nonetheless. And it’s just plain fun to open our front door to find a the little surprise sitting there. Nothing is asked in return; it’s a true freebie, although I’m sure Gray wouldn’t mind it a bit if we remembered her name the next time we decided to get involved in a real estate transaction.

Good things come in small orange packages.

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Written by Carol Cormaci

October 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Posted in la cañada

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