The Ocracoke School was abuzz Friday night with children, parents, teachers, and neighbors for the annual Halloween Carnival. There were hot dog sales and the usual games of chance (basketball toss, dart throw, quarter toss, etc.) as well as bingo and face painting.
I missed most of it because I was helping out with the Howard Street Spook Walk. More than a dozen volunteers participated. We were all made up, some with green faces or bloody hands, others with warts and oozing wounds. Torn and dirty grave clothes, rotted teeth, and wild hair were popular. We had grave diggers, exorcists, chain saw murderers, and ghosts. Strobe lights and a fog machine added to the already creepy atmosphere of Howard Street after dark.
For two hours we escorted groups down the lane. Nearly everyone was looking over their shoulders with wide eyes and fearful glances. Blood-curdling screams erupted regularly.
A great time was had by all.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of George & Jule, published October 29, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102905.htm.