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Walking around the streets of Salida, one can’t help notice all the creative decorations celebrating this season of change.  It’s obvious from the shape of the pumpkins at residential porches some of the pumpkins have already become a delicacy for the local mule deer population.

Ghost scarecrow

Ark Valley Voice staff encourages folks to submit favorite photos of Halloween decorations to add to the photo archive.

Please submit your original medium-sized photos no larger than 1,200 by 800 pixels to Please include a short description of picture location and permission to submit the photo for inclusion in the Ark Valley Voice. Staff is looking forward to photos from across the county.  Come on BV, Salida, Howard, Nathrop and all of Chaffee County show us your pumpkins!

Spooky porch on F street.

Caution, cob webs and spooks galore.

Below is an excerpt on Halloween according to the History Channel.

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on Oct. 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, Oct. 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated Nov. 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.

Witch pumpkin with legs.


Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

Spooky front yard graveyard

Mule deer buffet

A few little munchies for the local foragers

Soon, my little pretties.