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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.
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By PETER BUFFA | October 25, 2008
It’s back. Happens every year about this time. Is there a holiday more fun, more meaningless and more goofy than Halloween? There is not, with the possible exception of Groundhog Day, which I also love. But we’re not here to talk about Groundhog Day. We’re here to talk about Halloween, All Souls Day, El Dia de Los Muertos, your choice. We’ve already covered the history of Halloween for you. It all started with the Celts, ancient people who lived in what is now Great Britain and Ireland from about 500 B.C. on. A Celtic festival in late October called Samhain was a cross between a religious ritual and an end-of-summer rager, with a lot of the same stuff we associate with Halloween today — black cats, jack-o’-lanterns, spooky costumes.
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November 13, 2001
What are some of the images that come to mind when one thinks of Halloween? Jack-o'-lanterns? Candy? Costumes? Anthrax? While Halloween is a holiday that generally places an emphasis on the creepy and unusual, this year's Halloween was itself quite unusual. The main reason for this was that Halloween this year was very quiet and lacked a lot of what Halloween is generally known for. For example, there were far fewer kids out trick-or-treating and filling themselves with sweet treats this year.
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October 31, 2001
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- Harbor View residents still horrified by Halloweens of 1999 and before are reenacting last year's efforts to avert problems in their popular trick-or-treat location. "My biggest concern is getting through Halloween night," Jill Money, board member of the Harbor View Homeowners Assn. said. "Last year, the police did an outstanding job. But before that, we had terrible vandalism, weapons -- it's been awful." The Harbor View area -- known best as the port streets bordered by MacArthur Boulevard, San Joaquin Hills and Old Ford roads and San Miguel Drive -- is unusually prone to trouble, said Newport Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Shulman.
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By Joseph Serna | October 22, 2009
Have you ever been to a Halloween costume party where nobody dresses up? Well, this ain?t one of them. Organizers of Un4seen Productions? annual Halloween Yacht Party in Newport Harbor said one of the best, most surprising things they saw at last year?s party was just how many people got into the Halloween theme. ?I can think of maybe 10 people I saw not wearing a costume. Out of maybe 400,? said Ryan Doll of Un4seen Productions. ?I was blown away.? Doll said it?
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By Peter Buffa | October 23, 2010
You have one week. Not to live — until Halloween. Sorry, didn't mean to scare you. As you know, Halloween is the official, certified start of the holiday season. How is that possible? Wasn't the Fourth of July about six weeks ago? Wasn't Labor Day the weekend before last? I don't get it. Anyway, here we are, coming up on Big Spooky Pumpkin-Goblin Cheesy Costume Day. You also know that Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays, along with Groundhog Day — two wonderfully goofy, profoundly meaningless holidays that don't even pretend to celebrate anything but fun. I'm bummed that trick-or-treating seems to be going the way of calculators and snail mail, though, at least for little kids, which I totally understand.
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By Paul Anderson | February 13, 2009
It was Halloween night. 2007. John Park’s sister Monica instructed him to come over to her house. “My sister said, ‘Johnny, I’ve met your soul mate.’ I said, ‘I don’t want a soul mate.’ And she said, ‘She’s going to be here Halloween night. You have to be here.’ I just said, ‘I might or might not.’ So I was sitting at home trying to decide If I wanted to go and at the last minute I went down there.” Franny Prevell remembers he was wearing an “old sweater” as if he had rushed over there and wasn’t exactly dressed to impress.
NEWS
October 19, 2003
Visions of pillowcases and plastic pumpkins stuffed full of goodies are beginning to dance in children's heads. Halloween is fast approaching. Visions of spooky stories can also play a part in the festivities with a trip to the Newport Beach Public Library this month. Books for the brave, and not so brave, abound with creepy fun. Choosing a costume is always of prime importance. Mark Todd explores this weighty issue for the younger set in his book "What Will You Be for Halloween?"
NEWS
October 31, 2003
Deirdre Newman For some, Halloween is a time to throw a few cobwebs over the house and call it a night. For others, Halloween decorations start to materialize weeks in advance and take on the grandeur of a Hollywood movie set. "Decorations" don't even begin to describe the macabre yet humorous scene that Colleen Hanson and Dale Parker have concocted in their front yard at 276 E. Wilson St. Furnishing their...
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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.
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NEWS
November 2, 2010
Costa Mesa police arrested nine suspected drunk drivers and ticketed 17 others during a Halloween night checkpoint and increased police patrols on Sunday evening. Funded by a state grant, officers working overtime stopped 579 of 2,147 cars at Newport Boulevard and Flower Street on the night of Oct. 31. A saturation patrol had extra officers patrolling city streets and looking solely for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The checkpoint netted five DUI arrests, and 17 tickets were handed out to motorists without a valid driver's license.
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By Peter Buffa | October 23, 2010
You have one week. Not to live — until Halloween. Sorry, didn't mean to scare you. As you know, Halloween is the official, certified start of the holiday season. How is that possible? Wasn't the Fourth of July about six weeks ago? Wasn't Labor Day the weekend before last? I don't get it. Anyway, here we are, coming up on Big Spooky Pumpkin-Goblin Cheesy Costume Day. You also know that Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays, along with Groundhog Day — two wonderfully goofy, profoundly meaningless holidays that don't even pretend to celebrate anything but fun. I'm bummed that trick-or-treating seems to be going the way of calculators and snail mail, though, at least for little kids, which I totally understand.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joseph Serna | October 23, 2009
Have you ever been to a Halloween costume party where nobody dresses up? Well, this ain’t one of them. Organizers of Un4seen Productions’ annual Halloween Yacht Party in Newport Harbor said one of the best, most surprising things they saw at last year’s party was just how many people got into the Halloween theme. “I can think of maybe 10 people I saw not wearing a costume. Out of maybe 400,” said Ryan Doll of Un4seen Productions. “I was blown away.
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By Paul Anderson | February 13, 2009
It was Halloween night. 2007. John Park’s sister Monica instructed him to come over to her house. “My sister said, ‘Johnny, I’ve met your soul mate.’ I said, ‘I don’t want a soul mate.’ And she said, ‘She’s going to be here Halloween night. You have to be here.’ I just said, ‘I might or might not.’ So I was sitting at home trying to decide If I wanted to go and at the last minute I went down there.” Franny Prevell remembers he was wearing an “old sweater” as if he had rushed over there and wasn’t exactly dressed to impress.
FEATURES
By PETER BUFFA | October 25, 2008
It’s back. Happens every year about this time. Is there a holiday more fun, more meaningless and more goofy than Halloween? There is not, with the possible exception of Groundhog Day, which I also love. But we’re not here to talk about Groundhog Day. We’re here to talk about Halloween, All Souls Day, El Dia de Los Muertos, your choice. We’ve already covered the history of Halloween for you. It all started with the Celts, ancient people who lived in what is now Great Britain and Ireland from about 500 B.C. on. A Celtic festival in late October called Samhain was a cross between a religious ritual and an end-of-summer rager, with a lot of the same stuff we associate with Halloween today — black cats, jack-o’-lanterns, spooky costumes.
NEWS
October 31, 2003
Deirdre Newman For some, Halloween is a time to throw a few cobwebs over the house and call it a night. For others, Halloween decorations start to materialize weeks in advance and take on the grandeur of a Hollywood movie set. "Decorations" don't even begin to describe the macabre yet humorous scene that Colleen Hanson and Dale Parker have concocted in their front yard at 276 E. Wilson St. Furnishing their...
NEWS
October 19, 2003
Visions of pillowcases and plastic pumpkins stuffed full of goodies are beginning to dance in children's heads. Halloween is fast approaching. Visions of spooky stories can also play a part in the festivities with a trip to the Newport Beach Public Library this month. Books for the brave, and not so brave, abound with creepy fun. Choosing a costume is always of prime importance. Mark Todd explores this weighty issue for the younger set in his book "What Will You Be for Halloween?"
NEWS
November 13, 2001
What are some of the images that come to mind when one thinks of Halloween? Jack-o'-lanterns? Candy? Costumes? Anthrax? While Halloween is a holiday that generally places an emphasis on the creepy and unusual, this year's Halloween was itself quite unusual. The main reason for this was that Halloween this year was very quiet and lacked a lot of what Halloween is generally known for. For example, there were far fewer kids out trick-or-treating and filling themselves with sweet treats this year.
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