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Alegria Halloween Decorations and Pumpkins Alegria Avenue on Halloween has taken on a life of its own lately, and has become a major attraction.  People come from all over to see the wonderful displays put on by the residents on Alegria.  Traffic is blocked off and the street is barricaded, and thousands show up during the course of the night.  Kudos to the Sierra Madre Police Dept. for maintaining order and keeping things running smoothly.  One of the initial draws to Alegria was the annual Switzer pumpkin extravaganza, with anywhere from dozens to hundreds of pumpkins.  This year, Bud Switzer once again spent several hundred dollars on pumpkins, and carved dozens to place in his front yard.  Bud didn't have help from son Kevin this year, as he has in the past, so thanks Bud for working so hard to get it done.  Bud told me this year that I had to be sure to check out Doug Parker's house, as "Doug has taken pumpkin carving to a whole new level."  Bud was absolutely right, with dozens (hundreds?) of beautifully carved pumpkins, including, among many others, highlights such as the  700lb. "Rupert", an amazing serpent head jack o'lantern, and a multiple pumpkin "spider" structure set up on the front lawn.  But there's more to Alegria than pumpkins.  Most of the houses on the block have intricate and elaborate decorations, with recreations of graveyards, flying ghosts, skeletons, giant scrolls with the story of Halloween, a photo op with a witch, and much, much more.  Many of the homes even set up little "gatehouses" down on the sidewalk, to dispense candy to the thousands who now come by each year.  Congratulations, and a hearty thank you, to all of you on Allegria, who take the time and make the effort to make each year special on Halloween.  Click on the thumbnail to see the picture full size.


Candy distribution

Flying ghost

Candy distribution

There's a witch for photo-ops

The story of Halloween

Between sittings

Some of the Switzer pumpkins



End of the Switzer pumpkin pictures

My, what friendly ghosts

If I remember correctly, the Doug Parker pumpkins start here.  Look closely, that's a side view of a serpent's head

A jack o'lantern fireplace

A front view of the serpent

A closer look

Totem pole jacks

700 pound Rupert was a "big" hit

Front view of the spider, look close you can see his legs


Side view of the spider


Witchy Woman

Another shot of the flying ghost



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