I live on a nearby street where we do not get nearly as many trick or treaters. From what I hear, Jefferson gets upwards of 1500 tricker treaters, not to mention all the double and triple dippers. We're Pomonans after all! This year, thanks to a tip from another Lincoln Park mom, I shopped Pomona for my Halloween candy: 100 individually-wrapped gummy fangs for 99 cents a box at the 99 Cent Store on Foothill just west of Garey. I dare anyone to beat that deal, or the probable toxicity of the ingredients.
Mr. Big went as Dr. Who (the 11th doctor) this year, thanks to Quality Thrift Store down on Easterly Holt Avenue (not sure if it's in Montclair or Pomona). Quality is hands-down the best thrift store in the area. Be sure to have them text you a discount coupon while you're there.
Even empowered as Dr. Who, Mr. Big refused to go to a certain house on the 300 block of Jefferson where teenagers have been known to chase little ones down the street with chain saws. He seems to have been permanently traumatized by that. But as scary as Halloween in Lincoln Park can be, our Pomona city government is still the scariest trick about living in Pomona. If only the city government were as child-friendly, creative and community-building as Halloween in Lincoln Park. Now that would be a real treat!