Southport Stroll

I have to share a favorite Halloween tradition.  The Southport Stroll, here in our neighborhood, is always held just before Halloween.  It is just charming.

I live in the city, and am always filled with great appreciation for any type of small town hospitality organized for the modern urban family.

This event is just that – and is one day where everyone comes out of the house, their busy, busy lives, and celebrates as we all should.  All of the small boutiques, bistros, bars and businesses along Southport go all out for the occasion.  They dress in Disney costume, decorate with hay bales, corn stalks, spooky spiders, and hand out candy in what must be two ton quantities.

The family themed costumes this year were fantastic – I couldn’t get enough of them.  Each block was filled with more and more clever creativity.

Divine Dr. Seuss – one of my favorites of the entire day.

Genius – Mom and Dad went “ape” for their bunch of bananas.

Looking for The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?

Look at this flock of feathered friend sisters – hands down the most elaborate handmade costumes of the day.  This is the big sis Peacock…

The fuscia feathered flamingo…

And of course, the sweet as sugar petite white swan.

And a real highlight each year – the doggie costume parade.  Bow WOW – a banana split brown lab?

A petite pink piggy en tutu – a la Olivia the famous children’s book heroine?

A tooth fairy Dane meets a petite pumpkin pooch.

Who wins the cute contest – puppies or babies?  Really hard to call…don’t you think?  My daughter, the opinion expert Miss Lil, says puppies.

Strawberry stroller shortcake…

Even cuter than the real Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

Did anyone else love the cartoon Hagar the Horrible as a child?  That was my favorite…and this pint sized Helda won my heart.

A handsome mini muskateer in his royal carriage avec la femme muskateer.

This geisha won my prettiest costume award.  I love her beautifully painted face to match the exact oriental rose pattern of her dress.

The Lakeview Chamber, always doing so much for the neighborhood, puts together a block party with fabulous face painting, balloon twisting, pumpkin patch and painting, haunted bounce houses, and carnival games.  Rumor has it my handsome husband is now the official “strong man” – the only dapper dad to ring the bell on the high striker.  Oy.

I love a balloon twister that really appreciates detail – and twists his own color themed bow tie to match the occasion.

Smarty Pants is really the bomb of balloon twisting.  I challenge each of you…what praytell do you think he is creating here for one lucky little critter?

Did anyone guess?  Be honest.

Seriously – it is a custom fit 3D tortoise shell!  I mean wow…mind blowing…just amazing.  I can sit and watch him craft for hours.

Balloon envy?  Like me, this snuggly, shaggy dog just couldn’t get over his artistic attention to detail as well…

Bob the Builder had to capture it on film like me…with his genius hard hat weighing him down…obviously.

For any upcoming kids or family party – the face painting just makes the entire event sing.  Miss Dena, also of Smarty Pants fame, is ever the artist as well – making her the perfect wife for her balloon twisting groom.  Have you ever seen a prettier bumble bee?

Happy Halloween…I’m off for the final stretch of the week long marathon with some enchanted wonderland-esque evening haunting.

Debi Lilly,

1 Comment on Southport Stroll

  1. Marty Pants
    December 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Hello, thanks for the great photos and nice comments about Smarty Pants at the Southport Stroll this past Halloween 2010 in Lakeview. The event is produced by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and we always enjoy working with this great CoC. Appreciate the kind feedback about my balloon twisting skills and will be sure to forward this link to Miss Dena as well!


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