Halloween in Ramona

As many of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have boxes upon boxes of decorations stored in my parents’ basement and normally would be in my element this time of year. Due to the heat, Andy and I were determined to boycott the holiday this year until we could celebrate in a place that was not 90-some degrees.

Still, we did end up celebrating to some extent — though it did not include carving pumpkins or decorating the RV.

On Saturday, we helped the neighboring campground with their annual “haunted trails” event.

I was a spirit guide and Andy, well Andy was a terrifying clown like last year.

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By the time the trail had started, the weather had cooled down and it almost felt like fall — not to mention the beautiful silhouette of the foothills on the pond at sunset.

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That night, we decided to get out of the house and go to a house party that a friend had invited us to. Man, do I have some new life goals now! Their house was decorated to the nines, and the party-goers did not skimp on their costumes. When I host my next house Halloween party, I have some new goals to achieve in my decorating.

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Bob Ross and his painting.

It was even catered, with an open bar, and a costume contest with prizes.

The party made me feel like I got to experience a little bit of Halloween anyway — something I thought I was going to miss out on this year.

Sunday, we attended a Dia De Los Muertos event in Oceanside.

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It was held at the Mission, and the clothing and makeup were stunning (not to mention the Mission itself, built in 1798).

Before and after attending, I learned a lot about Dia De Los Muertos, and it is a very interesting tradition (dating back more than 3,000 years!). Though I had learned about it in school when I was younger, learning more and refreshing my memory gave me a better appreciation for what the celebration is all about — and it is fascinating.

Monday, we decided to take the dogs on a new hike, so we went down to the San Dieguito Lagoon, which is among the most rare and threatened habitats in Southern California.

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We saw lots of wildlife — mainly birds, but also some fish and rabbits.

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Great blue heron
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Snowy egret
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Hard to see, but it’s a green heron

The dogs had a good time on the trail, and we took them out to a dog-friendly restaurant for dinner.

On Halloween, I helped my work decorate for the annual Trick-or-Treat event on Main Street in town, and I got to take photos of the masses of people who come out in costume. I was prepared to be royally disappointed for this Halloween — and even though it was low-key, it was still a fun time!

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Teddy just chillin’ in the hammock.

 


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