Hundreds of costumed children and adults alike swarmed Perry Avenue in Kensington on Monday for its yearly Halloween celebration, fittingly named “Scary Perry.”
In its 20th year of celebration, the annual block party featured dozens of ornate houses, specifically decorated for Halloween, between St. Paul Street and Lexington Street in northern Kensington.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the road closed, and trick-or-treaters began streaming into the newly decorated neighborhood. As twilight neared, around 7 p.m., the street was entirely transformed, as hundreds of residents and visitors enjoyed the sights and sounds Scary Perry had to offer.
House themes included a pirate ship, Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts,” and a handful of classic haunted houses.
Neighbors on Perry Avenue have decorated the block for 20 years. In the late 1980’s, when neighbors agreed that their street did not attract enough trick-or-treaters, Scary Perry was born, according to several residents.
Only on Halloween, and not a day beforehand, residents fill their yards with intricate and eye-catching decorations, fog machines, spooky music and creative costumes, only to remain for a couple of hours.
On Nov. 1, however, Perry Avenue yet again becomes an indiscreet small-town neighborhood.