The last time the Headless Horseman appeared in the Sleepy Hollow area of Chino Hills was at least 15 years ago when he galloped on Rosemary Lane on Halloween night.
The horseman returned to the hollow last Saturday with his head “severed” and holding a pumpkin at the Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council’s (CCFSC) trunk or treat event at Western Hills Golf Course.
Children gazed at the creature riding a horse and collected candy from decorated cars and costumed characters. A walking “dinosaur” roamed the premises.
Firefighters cooked hot dogs, and games and prizes abounded.
Fire Safe Council member Laura Dawson said the council discussed the possibility of a Headless Horseman to appear at the event.
She posted on the Chino Hills Connections Facebook page that a horseman was needed, and her friend recommended Jen Pena of Rowland Heights.
“It turned out this was a lifelong fantasy for Jen, to be the Headless Horseman,” said Ms. Dawson. “She volunteered without expecting payment.”
Ms. Dawson said she made the costume for Ms. Pena as a gift to keep.
“She loves it and wants to do it again next year.”
Eric Johnson of CCFSC said the council holds a fire safety event every year but decided to do something different this year.
“We handed out fire-safe materials but in addition, we had all the fun Halloween activities,” he said. “We definitely had more people at this event than at previous events.”
He praised community groups for coming together, including the Western Hills Golf Course for allowing the use of its parking lot without cost, the Chino Valley Professional Firefighters union for grilling and giving out 100 free hot dogs, Chino Valley Fire and CalFire for providing fire trucks, fire board member Sarah Evinger for providing water and sodas, and the Fire Safe Council volunteers and community members who decorated their cars and gave out treats.
The Fire Safe Council
The Fire Safe Council meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Sleepy Hollow Community Building, 16801 Rosemary Lane, to discuss fire and community safety.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The council holds a wildlife awareness fair each year, conducts brush clearance, removes flammable reed from stream beds in the canyon, develops a wildfire protection plan, brings together ham radio groups in Brea and Chino Hills, and partners with agencies to remove vegetation that impedes creek flow.
Information can be found on Facebook by typing Carbon Canyon Fire Safe Council.