It was a dark and dreamy night in Anza Oct. 29 only three days before Halloween, “Dia de Muertos,” the day of the dead in Anza.
A single spotlight cast a shadow of an armored knight his sword drawn in the darkness of the cool night. But it wasn’t a challenge to visitors, it was simply a friendly, knightly greeting from Mike Mrsny at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1883 on Baily Road.
More than 50 VFW members, their family and friends, most dressed in scary or funny costumes, attended the Posts’ Scarey-Oke Halloween Party and Potluck. Stepping inside the Post headquarters, the costumed guests were delighted to hear some of the musical talents of their fellow-members singing along with the words and music provided by Ralph and Dottie Hatcher’s Karaoke system.
The VFW members also proudly brought in their favorite food dishes for the potluck. A spider-webbed decorated chocolate cake that matched the theme of the nights’ festivities was quickly consumed after the guests satisfied their palates with every kind of delicious entrée imaginable.
Along with lots of fellowship, trading compliments about each-others costumed creations and poking a bit of fun at each other was a highlight of the evening. But the television set in the Post’s bar soon became the center of attention as attendees tuned in to the World Series game between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, with many cheers going up for their favorites.
A few local Anza ghost stories were swapped among a few seated along a table in a dark corner. Fear of the tales never showed with the veterans who were now far away from the real horror of war and chaos they had seen in other lands.
For these fine veterans making their homes in Anza it was fun night to be together, safe and secure.
Some of the costumed veterans, friends and family attending the nights’ fun celebration were: Mrsny; the Hatchers; Mikaela, Lenton and Chrissy Garrison; Randi Sokel; Linda Nickels; Lela Sewell; Sandra Munn; Tricia CornanRiker; and Marj Kohler. Many others enjoyed the evening just being themselves around the best of comrades.