Friday, August 10, 2012

Last Year

Approximately 3,200 people visited Maryland Street last Halloween. Across the street (next to the Wizard of Oz house), we dressed the little yellow house to look like a circus tent using a multi-colored parachute and strings of lights. Occasionally, I’d hear bursts of laughter coming from the Trick-or-treaters as they passed the psycho circus. Turns out the “mystic swami” from the circus was asking passers-by if they’d like their palm read. Any takers were treated to a performance of creepy chanting and rhythmic swaying as the swami took their hand and examined their palm. Eventually he would produce a large bingo marker and stamp their up-turned hand leaving a large red blotch. “Anyone else want their palm red?” he’d shout, pushing the person aside to roars of laughter.