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VIDEO: Halloween Night on Hill Drive

The turnout proves less spectacular than last year, but there’s plenty of fun to be had, including an outdoor screening of a captivating music and dance video at the home of Chamber of Commerce President Michael Nogueira.

The crowds were a lot thinner and the decorations somewhat subdued, but the mood among trick-or-treaters who flocked to Hill Drive to celebrate Halloween Wednesday night was every bit as cheerful as last year.

And as was the case in 2011, the largest crowds were seen visiting two homes within a block of each other. The first destination was a sprawling Cape Cod house that is the residence of Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce President Michael Nogueira, who was recently elected president of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council.

Nogueira mostly featured the same elaborate decorations as last year, including a vintage car with some shady characters inside it and a guy hanging from a construction crane. But a broomstick-borne witch who appeared to have collided with a wooden power pole on the sidewalk was a new feature, as was a set of peppy music and dance videos being broadcast on a screen in a corner of the Nogueira home’s front yard.

The other attraction was a Spanish-style mansion in which longtime Eagle Rock resident Louis Herrara lives. If trick-or-treaters thronged to the Nogueira house partly to see the special effects, they lined up outside the Herrara home for the candy, many of them secure in the knowledge from past visits that the place never runs out of Halloween goodies.

Herrara, who takes the distribution of candy during Halloween very seriously, estimates some 2,000 trick-or-treaters visited his house.

Jinx November 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
well, that's embarassing. i mean really, that other little dog showing up in the exact same pumpkin cape!
Terry G. November 02, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Fun video.
Gayle Kempf November 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Hello, just wanted to let you know. There was more on Halloween night then Hill Dr. We live 1 block south of Mike's house at Eagle Rock Blvd and Las Flores. For 25 yeats we have decorated our homemade graveyard. We were blessed with the most ever trick or treaters this year. We had 1,359 kids stop by and made us very happy. Thank you to the Eagle Rock community for coming by. You made our year. Sorry you missed it, maybe next year.
Natalie November 05, 2012 at 11:09 PM
You always seem to miss another favorite! On the corner of Hill Drive and Townsend is a Spanish Style home that is decorated front, side and back and people always come looking for the "Bushman" who manages to scare people into dropping their candy! Make sure you don't miss this annual favorite!

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