11/1/2012 12:50:00 PM This year's Halloween was a real Thriller
Left to right: Zaydra Harper, Gabi Navarro, Nevlin Harpet and C.J. Phillips flanked Michael Jackson alter ego Jen Phillips (Not pictured here but please see the Facebook post and the slideshow below.) Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
Aubry Jones, 9, sported a beautifully-created cat face, while her sister Ashlin Jones, 8, dressed as a butterfly. Friend and fellow trick-or-treater Maleigha Peterson, 7, dressed in bright pink and purple visit store owners, Benjamin and Guadelupe Sanchez. Mirror photo by Vince Lovato
It may be the only day each year when being creepy in Chelan is kind of fun.
Scores of creepy-looking kids, teens and adults swarmed downtown Chelan on Halloween night showcasing their creepy side to friends, family and strangers.
Among them were tiny ghouls, mid-sized zombies and adults who didn't get enough sleep.
Those who dared to walk downtown faced kooky canines, painted pirates and fuzzy felines who turned out to be girls.
Cemper, a brown miniature 2-year-old labradoodle, dressed in a witch's hat, a scarf and a T-shirt, wagged his tail ecstatically.
Cemper is in training to be a therapy dog. When he is ready, his doggy-mom, Katie Peckham, will take Cemper to go to cheer up folks at places like Heritage Heights and Regency Manor.
Beverli Joi, owner of Spirals, sat in her doorway giving out rocks - special rocks. Kids got the chance to fish through a wicker basket full of smooth, colorful, polished stones. Joi gave the stones out for the past 4 years and said she really likes what the stones offer.
"Every stone has different metaphysical properties," she said. "Each one says what it does. For example, amythest helps drop unwanted habits. There are stones for easing trauma, relaxing, healing, calmness, etc."
Joi tells kids to take the stone that they like the very best. "When people come here and choose a stone and then look at the list, people seem to be attracted to what they need," Joi said. "The fun of it is that they can choose what's best for them. That's what I love about them."
While Joi sat inside her store's doorway, her son Zac Robertson, whose face was covered in red, stood outside. Joi was dressed as a white witch and Robertson was dressed as a bad apple.
Down the street in the doorway of Novedades Lupita, sat owner Benjamin Sanchez and his wife, Guadelupe, who enjoyed the steady stream of kids approaching their door. Guadelupe sat in a chair next to a giant tamale pot, otherwise known in Spanish as an olla. In it she placed hundreds of candies for enthusiastic trick-or-treaters.
Among the hundreds of kids who came to see the Sanchezes were Aubry Jones, 9, who sported a beautifully painted cat face, her sister Ashlin Jones, 8, who dressed as a pink butterfly and friend Maleigha Peterson, 7, dressed in fuzzy bright pink and purple. Outside the store, Kiera Austin and Jordan Ryan, seventh graders at Chelan Middle School, went trick or treating with Kiera's brother Nathan Hart, 7. Austin's parents, Carrie and Ed Melton supervised.
When asked how old is too old to trick-or-treat, Carrie Melton replied: "Never."
At about 6 p.m., a crowd of costumed crusaders ringed the intersection of East Woodin Avenue and Emerson Street under a canopy of darkness and spitting rain, and waited for something to happen.
Two of the smaller members of the crowd were 3-year-old friends Reeghan and Colton. Dressed as a Halloween princess and Scooby Doo, the two danced to a holiday tune while everyone else was waiting.
Suddenly, a zombie woman dressed in red leather standing in the crowd started jumping up and down.
"What did I get myself into?!" she said.
Moments later the preamble of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" began blasting through speakers and the red-leathered zombie, who turned out to be local dance instructor Jen Phillips, began stumbling forward into the street as if she were one of the ghouls in the famous video.
Behind Phillips, a crowd of zombies stumbled forward into the intersection then collapsed in a square formation on the wet street.
Once the stage was set, and all zombies were safely in place, Jackson's "Thriller" kicked into gear and called the Chelan zombies to life, inspiring them to re-create the classic music video from the 1980s in which Jackson was clad in a red leather suit much like the Phillips wore.
While Phillips hit every beat at the front and center, many other dancers hit every beat behind her.
A scary cheerleader boogied to the beat near the middle of the formation and a tall zombie rock star made his moves near the back.
In the last row, a housewife from Hell, who donned a bridal veil, an apron and a wooden spoon, moved her zombie body along with the beat to re-create the classic dance of the un-dead.
Once Thriller was over, the zombies disappeared into the crowd and the trick-or-treat along downtown Chelan party, resumed.
It was just in time for Olivia, 7, to test her 4-inch, green glowing fingernails while her mom, Dani McCrady, flashed her I Love Lucy costume.