Clovis resident Bea Krocak put on her witch hat, her white ghost-shaped earrings, and then headed out to do some trick-or-treating Thursday evening.
But she didn't need to apply makeup wrinkles or don a gray wig — at the age of 93, Krocak already has that part of the outfit nailed. Instead of a broom, she opted for the safety of her walker — with a broom tied to it — while passing out red "poison" apples as she went door to door in her Silver Ridge neighborhood. (The apples weren't really poisoned.)
"Sometimes when you get an idea, it doesn't matter how old you are," she said. "If it's not offensive to anybody, you should go for it."
Krocak told her friends and family — she's the mother of three and grandmother of five — about her idea, saying "it might be my last time."
"I got so much encouragement from my family, they even put me on Facebook," she said.
Jan Silveira, who has lived near Krocak for about two years, said she wasn't surprised when she heard her neighbor's Halloween plans.
"Beazzle — I call her Beazzle — is the sweetest, most wonderful, lovable, fun-loving lady I know," she said. "She's like this all the time."
Krocak doesn't have many memories dressing up for Halloween during her childhood in Minnesota — she lived out in the country on a dairy farm.
"Kids out in the country didn't do that much stuff, but I always liked dressing up," she said.
Krocak said she loves trick-or-treating because it brings joy to people's lives.
"As you get older you think of different things, I think of happy things," she said. "Maybe the fun crazy part of me is still in me."
It has been about five years since she dressed up and went around the block with one of her friends passing out healthy snacks. But what she loved the most was that it was all spontaneous.
"We just threw something together and had so much fun," she said.
Delia Nino, whose parents used to live in the same neighborhood, and her 7-year-old daughter, Brea, love to visit Krocak.
"She just cares about everybody and has a lot of love in her heart," Nino said.
Brea said Krocak's more like family than just a friendly neighbor.
"She plays with me like she's my grandma and I'm her granddaughter," Brea said.
And apparently they share the same love for Halloween — Brea was decked out in black-and-white striped leggings with pink bows, a pink tutu skirt, black T-shirt with skeleton bones and a pink hair bow.
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