Halloween in Colville Lake was unlike any Halloween I have experienced in my life. Much like all holidays here, Halloween is a community wide event. Children and adults both spend a lot of time thinking about and planning their costumes. Jenn and I put less thought into our costumes. Halloween kind of snuck up on us and by the time dressing up arrived we were both exhausted. A little eye liner and painted on kitty whiskers did the trick. Martin and Louie were more prepared and dressed as a demon and a pregnant lady.
On the saturday night before Halloween there was a party for the adults of community. I was asked to attend as a judge for the costume contest. The costumes were next level. Some genuinely scared me and others gave me a good laugh. Cash prizes were given to the top three contestants. The teacher in me LOVED the rubric that I was given to assess costumes on.
Halloween night was all about the children. Kids trick or treated from 5-6:30. Every child from the community came to my door. I loved seeing their costumes and excitement. After trick or treating we had a party in the gym for the kids. There were games, food, and a costume contest. Colville Lake is loyal to tradition. The events of Halloween have become tradition in the community. Everyone knows what to expect and where to be because this is how it has been done for years.
The highlight of my night was trying to figure out who were behind the masks. One of the categories the kids are judged on is how well they stay in character all night. They pride themselves on being unrecognizable to all those around them.