The holiday’s come and gone but we thought we’d share a few images of some of the more creative decorations from around Virginia-Highland. This is just a sampling from driving up and down a few VaHi streets – by no means a complete review. Be sure to scroll to the end for several pictures of a home on Amsterdam that gets our Editor’s Choice award for Best Decorations. Not that there aren’t some other very impressive displays of creativity, but those folks on Amsterdam really know how to do Halloween.
Before we share some of your neighbor’s decorations with you, here are some photos from a fun Halloween event held this past Saturday October 27 along the retail area adjacent to Blabla at Virginia Ave. and Rosedale Dr. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the holiday spirit and the last day of warm weather before the temps turned cooler.
And now some photos of Halloween decorations around the neighborhood:
1132 St. Charles Pl.
1102 St. Charles Pl.
908 N. Highland
908 N. Highland
Corner of Chalmette and Briarwood
750 Virginia Circle
Across from 759/771 Adair
847 Virginia Circle
965 Todd Road
1117 N. Virginia
The pictures below show decorations at 1045 Amsterdam where the home owner has put together quite a display of Halloween spirit. It gets interactive on Halloween night with ghosts, witches, zombies, etc. so if you’re looking for a great place to take the kids for some scary trick-or-treating, this is your place.
Halloween is fast approaching and some wonderfully creative displays of decorating talent are cropping up around the neighborhood. VOICE wants to share photos of the best decorations our neighborhood has to offer with other VaHi residents and the rest of the digital world.
If you or someone you know has done an awesome job getting ready for the trick-or-treaters, either send us a photo of the decorations, or just send us the street address and one of our crack photographers will stop by and take a picture. We’ll also be out and about ourselves scouting for well-decorated homes. Next week we’ll post the photos online for everyone to see. We’re giving some thought to turning this into a contest where residents can vote on the best decorations – more on that later this week. But, at the very least, we’ll have a great online album that everyone can view to see the incredible creativity of VaHi residents. Only requirement is that the home you’re suggesting be located within the boundaries of Virginia-Highland so please include the address of homes shown with any photos you send in.
Send your suggestions in as soon as possible (photos or addresses) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a busy weekend for family activities.
Saturday morning from 9 to 11 there will be a cleanup in Orme Park – bring your gloves, trimmers and pruners to clear out invasive shrubs and enhance the recent repainting of the bridge.
Saturday afternoon at 4 – get dressed up in Halloween garb (adults, children and dogs), and bring a potluck dish to share, at the annual Atkins Park Halloween party in the new parkland at North Highland Avenue @ St. Charles Place.
Sunday morning – the Atlanta Marathon will be coming north on North Highland Avenue, west on Virginia Avenue, and then turning onto Park Drive to go to Piedmont Park. Plan your Sunday morning driving route accordingly. www.atlantamarathon.org
Sunday afternoon – get dressed up in your Halloween garb again to attend the Orme Swarm at Orme Park from 4 to 6. Bring a potluck dish to share as well as your drinks and blankets for seating.
Monday evening – traditional “trick or treat” night. Drive carefully this evening.
All of these events provide an excellent way to meet new neighbors.
I was a little concerned about this mixture until Kathryn King-Metters, Jane Rawlings and myself had a face to face meeting with Lt. Dancy, who is heading up the off-duty patrol security for the Pride festival. Lt. Dancy was very receptive to listening to our neighbor’s concerns and is passing on these concerns to the 40 some off-duty APD folks who will be on our streets and in the park this weekend. Lt. Dancy will be using the same basic traffic/parking format that has been in place now for some time regulating Class A Piedmont Park events, and we know now that this plan works for our neighborhood safety. The usual water-filled barricades will be posted on Monroe at Cresthill, Elmwood, Park and Orme. You should be able to find an officer posted at these barricades for questions, concerns or for serious problems, a 911 call will notify the off-duty and on-duty police during this event. The 911 operators are to have been notified this festival is in progress in our area.
I would think that using good parental supervision of your trick or treaters anywhere in the neighborhood is necessary for this Saturday evening. The trick or treaters I have seen on my street in previous years have always been well controlled and this year should be no different. We have the advantage of one more day of DST which will really help also.
This Class A event in Piedmont Park will bring large crowds to our area on Halloween weekend. I still don’t have the specific plans – but will be finding out Friday 10/23 and will be letting you know if the usual traffic/parking procedures will be in place.