Halloween has been and gone and as usually Artoo was out to share the night. We mixed it up a bit this year and setup a movie projector to show The Star Wars on a big screen.
I also setup Vader and Yoda in the windows.
We had a big turnout and everyone was very well behaved. Had our far share of SW costumes, but not as many as usual. I would say Mario and his brother was the top choice this year, closely followed by Transformers.
As usual more photos in the gallery.
Here’s some photos from this years Halloween. We didn’t go far, and just step up on the drive way with Artoo, with his very own candy holder and Vader standing guard in the backfround.
We quickly went thru our candy stash, but the kids didn’t seem to mind that we had run out.
We got our far share of vaders, clones and jedi
and even the odd robot (or 3PO wanna be)
The town is pretty small, maybe 2,000 people, but we were totally swamped with people most of the evening. My wife took this shot looking town on the drive way from the house.
One of my favorite costumes was this guy who came as the elderly gentleman from the movie “UP!”, house and balloons and all in tow.
and this was probably the cutest trick-or-treater of the evening
We didn’t go far for Halloween this year. The forecast was for rain, but I decided to camp out on the driveway with Artoo and big bucket of candy and waited for the throngs of kids to show up.
There were a couple of parties going on around me so I knew I’d get a good turn out, keeping my fingers crossed the rain would hold off.
Word quickly got out that there was an “Real” R2-D2 in town and people were coming from all over to see him. Someone proclaimed that I was giving the “Witches House” around the corner a run for their money 🙂
I was surprised by how many Star Wars character that showed up. I counted at least a half dozen Jedi and maybe as many clonetroopers. There was a sprinkling of Vaders and a couple of Princess Leia’s and one Queen Amidala and Clone Wars Anakin.
By 10pm I was out of candy and the wife called down and threatened to call the cops if Artoo wouldn’t shut up, so I called it a night.
Here’s a few photos from the evening, and as always there are more in the gallery.
“Vader, I am your father!”
C3PO stand in
For most of the night Artoo was surrounded by kids, and it was even more difficult than usual to make sure everything was in check – but I got through the evening without incident.
Quite a number of the dad’s kept on coming back, and I could tell from the questions that the wheels were turning on how they’d get started.
This group of witches were probably the rowdiest bunch having trekked half way around town in heels to meet Artoo.
It’s Halloween time again and we got a return invite to the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.
Like last year it was a low key event with mostly younger children and their parents in attendance.
Steve, his daughter Anna and myself showed up with Artoo Saturday afternoon, and were mobbed from the outset, it was hard to see Artoo at times.
What’s nice about children of this age is that they totally believe that Artoo is real and very rarely look for an operator.
This kid dressed as a Commander Rex was a real pain, he wouldn’t stop beating on Artoo and kept on trying to open panels or rip something off.
To escape we went on a little tour of the museum.
There were a also few bounty hunters there from Black Fleet, but it looked like most kids were scared of them 🙂
As always more photos in the gallery.
The weekend before Halloween Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos threw a two day Halloween bash, and of course I had to take R2 along for a spin.
They had a lot of children activities and of course encouraged everyone to show up in costume.
R2 was a big hit with children young and old and I had a blast running him around. For part of the afternoon I hid myself up on a balcony overlooking the main atrium and most of the children and adults alike though that he was autonomous. I a little trouble from some over excited children, but security stepped in to keep everyone in check.
The cutes thing of the day was probably the little “pepe la peu” guy running around, he was fearless and kept on sprinting toward R2. His mother though that R2 was autonomous and was worried the robot would run her child over 🙂
I probably hadn’t been to Hiller since the Pod Racer Exhibit back in 2001 and my first trooping event, but I’m hoping to go back soon.
A big thank you to the museum staff for making me feel so welcome, and to Jeff the museum Director for taking and sharing photos that are so hard to take when running R2.