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October 23, 1999
Alex Coolman As if ordinary life wasn't scary enough, here comes Halloween. Around town, the children are getting antsy and mischievous, normally staid adults are planning to dress up like pirates and princesses and organizations that are typically the most responsible segments of society are gearing up to show a different face to the community -- a face that has vampire's fangs and yellow eyes of a zombie. With haunted houses, carnivals and parades, the Newport-Mesa area offers a variety of options for the witching season.
NEWS
By Matt Murray | October 22, 2011
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year. But it's actually become a second Father's Day in our house. It could have something to do with the kids going back to school, the changing of the seasons or the anticipation of a good scare, or the scores of candy that we purchase for the kids in our neighborhood. Since we live in my childhood home, I can recall that the house has been decorated many different ways. When I was younger, DayGlo green paper skeletons and funky homemade decorations adorned the windows.
FEATURES
October 28, 2006
What do you like best and hate most about Halloween? I will be in Transylvania this Halloween. I am traveling to Romania with my son to visit some dying friends. We don't hold Halloween in very high esteem. Hate is strong word, but I am very uncomfortable with the focus on death and destruction that dominates the celebration in costumes, house decorations, etc. We focus on a great event in church history that happened on Oct. 31. Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the door of the Church at Wittenburg.
NEWS
October 26, 2004
Andrew Edwards With a band of fake rifle rounds slung in a belt across his chest, Wills Johnson stood in his green, camouflage uniform with his parents and Minnie Mouse. "I am a secret force," the 7-year-old said after having his picture taken with the cartoon character. Wills' bullets and a knife stashed in his Halloween bag were only plastic replicas, but the junior soldier had everything he needed to complete the day's mission: fun. For the hundreds of children who attended the 13th annual Pumpkins and Pancakes event Sunday at South Coast Plaza, having a good time was the plan.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | November 2, 2009
Special education students were given a special Halloween treat Friday when they went to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District office to trick-or-treat in a safe environment created just for them. A conference room was turned into a haunted house for the day, with caution tape, strobe lights and a machine that produced fog-filled dry-ice bubbles. The tradition began with the district’s transportation department, and has expanded to several others like student services, human resources and information technology.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2007
Newport Beach playwright, screenwriter and director Cecilia Fannon will take you back to the days of 1930s radio programs when her Halloween play, “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” premieres at the Bowers Museum Oct. 26 and 27. Standing at microphones, seven actors will read three classic horror stories from Edgar Allan Poe, W.W. Jacobs and Arthur Conan Doyle, complete with sound effects created onstage by a Foley artist — named...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sue Thoensen | October 31, 2007
Hilber Graf hopes to scare up some money for a good cause this Halloween. Graf has been setting up a free haunted-house attraction in his Costa Mesa garage each Halloween for the past seven years. This year, visitors to “Curse Of The Forbidden Jungle” haunt will be asked to make a donation to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area. Graf is as passionate about the charity as he is about all things spooky. His wife, Rhea, is treasurer of the Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club, and the couple is hoping the public will come out and help support children in the community.
OCNOW
October 24, 2012
The folks at Roger's Gardens made this cool video featuring its transformation into Blackstone Manor for Halloween this year.  Have you checked out the Halloween boutique yet?  The video was posted on Roger's Gardens' official YouTube page last month.  For Daily Pilot photos of Blackstone Manor, click here . 
NEWS
October 25, 2001
If you're into dressing up like food -- specifically a burrito, taco or ingredient -- you may just get some food. That's right. As part of its "Boo-Rito" event, Chipotle restaurant wants people to stop in on Halloween and show off their Chipotle food costumes for a free meal. So, you've gotta sell out to pig out. Too bad you can't get food by wearing one of those cute M&M get-ups. Those are so cute, for kids ages 1 and up. Just open the fridge and cupboards for these ingredients Ato7 http://www.
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By Hannah Fry | October 26, 2013
As the moon rose above California Elementary School on Friday night, masked and cloaked figures emerged from nearby parking lots. Students, their families and community members, some dressed in costume, celebrated the spooky Oct. 31st holiday early at the elementary school's seventh annual Halloween Hoot. Cari Christie, president of the Parent-Teacher Assn., helped organize the carnival, which aims to entertain and bring families together to raise money for the school's foundation.
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NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | October 25, 2013
I have received many questions lately from religious parents of all faiths who are not completely comfortable with allowing their children to celebrate Halloween. The holiday's pagan past disturbs them, and they feel somehow that a victory for Halloween trick-or-treating is a defeat for their faith. Every year, I try to gently comfort them. Herewith, I present this year's effort: Holidays come in three forms: purely religious holidays, holidays that are purely secular and holidays with a mixed history.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | August 28, 2013
Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, rather than drive to the Orange County mortuary where he works, Mark Trask pulled into the Roger's Gardens parking lot. It was opening day of the Halloween display hosted annually by the long-established Corona del Mar home and garden store, and Trask hoped to be first inside. Among the wares on sale: wobble eyeballs, fake syringes and decorative pumpkins. "They go pretty quick," he said of the spooky items. Staff opened the gates at 9 a.m., guiding the early bird shoppers to an entrance cut from a giant gray-scale replica of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream.
SPORTS
November 9, 2012
The U8 local Bat Rays club baseball team won the championship at the USSSA Halloween Haunt tournament recently. The tournament was held for a great cause to "Strike Out Cancer" and took place at the Big League Dreams Park in West Covina. The tournament was the qualifier for the 2013 Global Sports/USSSA World Series in July and had over 120 teams competing at the event. The U8 Bat Rays, formed this past summer, is comprised of standout baseball players from Newport Beach and Irvine.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 31, 2012
Normal clothes were left at home Wednesday morning as Woodland Elementary School's students dressed in their Halloween best. "It's awesome!" said second-grader Nathan Thomson, a gruesome zombie. Halloween costumes came out early at the Eastside Costa Mesa K-2's annual Costume Parade. Students walked around the blacktop twice, giving parents and siblings a chance to check out the many different costumes. "Wow, do you guys look great," Principal Lauren Medve, dressed in a Dodgers jersey and hat, said to the students.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Newport Shores was in full Halloween spirit Wednesday night as residents decked the neighborhood out with spooky, Hollywood-esque props. The Newport Shores House of Horrors, which has been put on for nine years by David McKinnon and his family and friends, featured zombies, dead people and operating room with mad scientist Ryan Somers. Teenagers from the community also volunteered to scare attendees for the evening. McKinnon said that the idea started after a Halloween party at work.
NEWS
By Megan Clancy | October 30, 2012
Optimus Prime, Elmo, Rapunzel and even Darth Vader visited South Coast Plaza last weekend - all in the name of helping children. The 21st annual Pumpkins and Pancakes event offered up the aforementioned breakfast staple from Plum's Cafe & Catering, along with fruit kebabs, pastries, quiches and various beverages to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA), Orangewood Children's Foundation and Children's Hospital of Orange County Children's Foundation.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 26, 2012
Among the kids dressed as everything from cats and angels to Buzz Lightyear and Rapunzel at Mariners Elementary School Thursday night, zombies lurked, waiting to show themselves. When the sun finally set and the moon shined brightly in the sky, the zombies made their move and made it a thriller, thriller night. Parents and peers were surprised by a fourth-grade flash mob to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" during the Newport Beach school's annual Boo Fest. The more than 100 students moved, shook and waved their hands in claws to recreate the King of Pop's iconic dance from the song's music video.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint | October 25, 2012
The longtime tradition of ghouls, ghosts and Pickle Nose at one Eastside Costa Mesa home will continue to delight and fright visitors of all ages this Halloween season. Colleen Hanson and Dale Parker, along with sons Davis Parker and Josh Hanson - the family whose home at 276 E. Wilson St. has unofficially been dubbed the "Halloween House" since 1995 - will set up all their figures, scenes and gags up until the candy-filled holiday Wednesday. Neighbor and friend Cathy Belmonte helps too. The last night is the house's most active, but it's a busy one. As many as 3,000 people come by. "It starts at about 5:30 and it just continues on," Colleen said.
OCNOW
October 24, 2012
The folks at Roger's Gardens made this cool video featuring its transformation into Blackstone Manor for Halloween this year.  Have you checked out the Halloween boutique yet?  The video was posted on Roger's Gardens' official YouTube page last month.  For Daily Pilot photos of Blackstone Manor, click here . 
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