OAK CREEK - "We had a whirlwind of a trip. It was fabulous."
Those were the words of Oak Creek resident Alison Carlson, who recently took a trip to Hollywood to appear on "America's Funniest Home Videos." The episode featuring Carlson's son and another Oak Creek boy, Cayd Vetter, in a fake fight dressed as dinosaurs, will air March 19.
Carlson's son, Cayden, went dressed as a T rex for Halloween 2016 and ended up having a play fight with another T rex in the same costume. The exchange was recorded by neighbor Patti Rosandich. The video was submitted to "AFV" and was selected to run on the show.
Before it was selected, a dino hunt took place in Oak Creek to find the family of the second T rex for consent. Mother of the elusive dino, Jill Vetter, saw the article in South Now about Carlson trying to find the family and contacted her.
Carlson and her son, Vetter and her son, as well as Patti and David Rosandich, took the trip to Hollywood.
The group flew out Friday, Feb. 3. After arriving, they visited the Hollywood Walk of Fame in downtown Los Angeles, among other stops. Saturday morning was spent at the beach until the evening when they were picked up and taken to the taping of their "AFV" episode.
"We were directed to the green room," Carlson said. "We all then had our makeup touched up — yes, even the boys."
She called host Alfonso Ribeiro an "excellent host" who was "hilarious all the time." Carlson said he did his famous "Carlton dance."
The taping lasted about an hour and a half.
On Sunday, before heading home, the group visited Universal Studios, where they took every ride and visited a number of exhibits.
"The boys loved the backstage tram tour of the movie and TV sets along with the Harry Potter portion of the park and the Walking Dead exhibit," Carlson said.
Carlson said she wasn't at liberty to share the show's outcome, simply saying to "stay tuned."