Commentary: A thousand trick-or-treaters? Just a normal Halloween in Alhambra, thanks to my neighbor
Published: Thursday, October 2, 2012 at 10:43 PM.
Yes. A lot.
“We have a lot of trick-or-treaters in this neighborhood,” says Lillian Foy, the retired director of the Alhambra Historic Preserve and the Alhambra Village Planning Commission.
As I write this, we’re at 10 p.m. — or almost midnight for those of us who are in the East Bay region where Halloween is celebrated at one point or another.
The children are trick-or-treating. I’ve seen them out on their rounds, too. I walk the streets in Alhambra and elsewhere in the East Bay with my dogs, the two golden retrievers, T-Rex and Scooter. They seem to be out in force at Halloween. That said, I’ve never seen anything like it.
There are children trick-or-treating all over the country with the best of intentions. I’m surprised, however, to note that not so many have taken the time to reflect on the reasons for the popularity of Halloween in this area.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it,” says Foy.
Foy is the author of “Alhambra Halloween: A History and a Season.” She is also president of the Alhambra Library. She has a passion for history of Alhambra and the historical preservation of the city, which she sees as a cornerstone of what’s happening at the present time.
“We’re in the beginning stages of preservation here in Alhambra,” says Foy.
Foy also oversees the Alhambra Village Planning Commission.
The idea to create a neighborhood planning commission was born of Alhambra’s desire, over the years, to create a master planning document for the city.
For Foy, this is the third time she has gone through this process. She says it is no different from most of the public meetings on urban development and other community topics held in the city.
The point, she says, is to give everyone a chance to