On a night that brings back such fond memories of thinking about what costume I would sport for the school parade and running from house to house to see how big the next candy bar might be, it brings me great happiness to see the Halloween tradition alive and well in Valmonte. With this year’s big night landing on a Saturday, it was sure to be a success. For this Valmonte family, it started early with the VELA Preschool Halloween Parade on Friday. Once the highly anticipated evening came around after a busy Saturday, my little tribe was set and ready to go and we joined some friends in the Hollywood Riviera for a little gathering before we met up with some neighbors for a party with a spread fit for Count Dracula. The best part of Halloween besides seeing the kids’ excitement, is seeing how decked out our Valmonte neighbors get for the crowds of parents with their little witches, ninjas, princesses, and superhero’s in tow. Via Larga Vista is a personal favorite but Via la Selva and many of the other streets raise the bar each year with more spectacular lighting effects and decor. As for treats, the full size candy bars are always awesome, but one neighbor on Via Nivel really put on a delectable show with the cotton candy machine. Words don’t really do it justice, so here are a few images from this year’s Halloween . . .