Posted on October 19, 2010
Yes, it's harvest time here on Whidbey Island, with pumpkins ranging from huge Jack O'Lantern size to the small sweet ones perfect for pie making. Pioneer Farms just off Highway 20 in Coupeville has a great selection of locally grown beauties, as does the farm at Dugualla Bay, where you can wander the U-Pick area and get lost for a while in their corn maze.
Come Saturday, October 23rd, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association puts on their annual "Torchlight Halloween Parade", which starts at Town Park at Main & 9th at 5 pm and heads down Front Street to the Museum grounds. Firefighters will be handing on cute "torch" flashlights to the 1st 200 children under 10, and there are prizes to be awarded for best costumes in a variety of categories.
Kids big and small love the parade, and merchants will be tossing candy to the marchers along the route. Costumed families, little groups of preschool marchers, lots of elementary school children join in the fun. This year will feature an antique hearse! At the end of the route, candy bags from local favorite shop The Honeybear will be given out, once again. Fun! Prizes include gift certificates to Kapaw's Ice Cream, The HoneyBear, Hunter Art Gallery and Ebey Bowl.
Hope you can come join the fun or at least watch along the parade route.
Nothing beats a small town parade, where friends and neighbors gather to celebrate life where the crowds are smaller and traditions cherished.