In Newport Beach's Eastbluff neighborhood, there is a small street called Arbutus where neighbors know each other's names, have watched each other's children grow and get together every year for a Halloween pumpkin carving party.
After 25 years hosting the party that introduced neighbor to neighbor, Betsy Livingston, 50, is putting her yearly tradition to bed. Neighbors though can't say enough about what the mother of three has done to bring the street together.
"We're just thankful to the Livingstons for making our neighborhood feel like an actual neighborhood," said Jen Baker, who was helping her daughter Tessa, 7, carve a pumpkin heavier than her.
Livingston and her husband Dan hosted their final pumpkin carving party Saturday night. Children and parents sat on the floor of the three-car garage pulling out gooey innards and carving spooky faces into the orange gourds, while adults sat around tables talking on the front lawn and a TK Burgers truck served up dinner.