By Ken Stern 

Jo Mitchelle’s Halloween dress-up town party


October 13, 2021

IN THIS BEWITCHING TIME, CASTING A SPELL FOR FUN AND HAPPINESS – La Conner’s Jo Mitchelle, left, and her friend, Suzie, whom she created out of straw, cast-off clothes and a pumpkin – of course – are enjoying halloween all month long. You will find Jo’s special friends around town and her decorations, too. She has invited everyone to join her in the spirit of the good old days of 1970s La Conner. That is the spell she has conjured up. Good for her. – Photo by Ken Stern

Jo Mitchelle is petite, an imp or a elf. But she is executing big ideas, conjuring up a 1970s La Conner Halloween by placing corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds at light posts up and down Morris and Streets. Those are minor decorations compared to the “fake people” with which she has populated the downtown: Bob and his dog by the boardwalk at Dirty Biter Park, Suzie on her bench near Step Outside and Lolita the fortune teller by the post office. Get up close and see that they are stuffed with straw and have masks pulled over their pumpkin heads.

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