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Click here for photos from the Window painting contest

Click here for photos from the Sierra Madre School costume parade

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Click here for photos and video from the City/Kiwanis sponsored Costume Contest - Page A

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Click here for photos of pumpkins and decorated homes on Alegria - Page A

Click here for photos of pumpkins and decorated homes on Alegria - Page B

Click here for photos of pumpkins at the Switzer home on Alegria


Bud Switzer is the man largely credited with helping get the Alegria tradition started.  When they found that kids didn't want to come up his long winding driveway on Halloween because as he says "Halloween's supposed to be spooky, but it was too spooky" he and wife Donna Mae didn't know what to do.  But one of the local supermarkets had a penny a pound sale, and he carved up a bunch of pumpkins to light the way up the driveway.  Over the years, he added more and more pumpkins, some years numbering well over one hundred.  Neighbors on Alegria started decorating their homes and putting out pumpkins.  Now, Alegria has reached a whole new level, with thousands appearing each year and the street blocked off to through traffic.  Ironically, there are so many people that now the Switzers sit at the end of the driveway to dispense candy to the trick or treaters, as there are way too many people to allow them onto the property.  Bud has backed off quite a bit on the pumpkin carving, this year carving three large pumpkins, and he says the new generation of carvers, particularly neighbor Doug Parker, has taken things to a whole new level.  You can see Doug's amazing pumpkin art on the other Alegria pages, follow the links above.


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Bud setting up the yard for the evening's festivities

Bud's "greeter pumpkin" placed near the gate, daytime

How it looked at night

Bud described the second pumpkin as a little less friendly than the greeter

How it looked at night

The farther from the gate, the less friendly they were, Bud described this as the angry pumpkin

Bud with his greeter


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