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Halloween

by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the biggest, the best, and the most Spooktacular Halloween Party in Fresno, look no farther than The Standard’s 10th Annual Halloween Party. Known far and wide for this event, which continues to grow and grow, the Standard’s 2017 Haunted Mansion Halloween Party promises to offer another bewitching night of fun and festivities.

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by Kathleen Costa


Zoe Donovan-Zimmerman always promised that when pregnancy came it would not effect her behavior; she could handle it. But if crazy dreams, emotional overload, frustration with her mother-in-law over ‘pink,’ and tears coming at the drop of the hat were any indication, she hasn’t been successful. BFF Ellie understands completely, wasn’t it her in tears last Halloween who Zoe helped over costume problems!

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The Haunted Yard

IN THE October 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As we continue to cover fun things to do this Halloween, the latest one is The Haunted Yard, put on by the City of Fresno’s P.A.R.C.S., and a Production of The Ted C. Wills Community Theater, a free drama program for youth ages 8–17. We chatted with Wendi Danyluk, a Recreation Specialist with the city, and she runs the Rec. and Drama program at TCW’s.

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by Kathleen Costa


No matter what they call it: Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain; no matter who they are: witches, ghosts, druids, talented or amateur, good or evil. These short stories are exciting and great entertainment. Like most short stories, these are little adventure snippets with your favorite characters from your favorite authors, and some totally new. Although background and character connections are not revisited like in full-length books, it’s not required for the fan’s and newbie’s enjoyment because a summary is provided to set up enough details to get you off to a good start.

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by Kathleen Costa


A big storm! A lightening strike! The lights go out! The book club is plunged into darkness, so they decide to wait for the worse to pass, and when it seems safe enough, the group decides to head home. Closing up the Coffee Cat Books, Caitlin and Tara notice Paula’s car is still in the parking lot. It wouldn’t have been unusual for her to decide to get a ride from one of the other bookclub members…safety in numbers and all.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have always thought that an awesome place to celebrate Halloween would be at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. I found out this year that they do actually have special candlelight tours for the Halloween season, along with some other Halloween fun. I recently chatted with them about this fun and spooky possibility for your Halloween experience this year!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I remember attending the Halloween Carnival in Reedley all the way back when I was a kid–it was a highlight of the season. It is still going strong and now combined with Red Ribbon Week, and I took some time to chat with one of those in charge of the event, Sarah Reid, the Community Services Superintendent. One of the Red Ribbon events already took place on October 5-a newspaper sale which is their annual fundraiser. This year’s Red Ribbon theme is “Your Future is the Key; So Stay Drug Free!.” The Halloween Carnival is scheduled for October 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Reedley Armory Building.

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by Cynthia Chow


With Halloween the big attraction in Salem, Massachusetts, the week following tends to be a rather disappointing lull. The students of Maralee “Lee” Barrett’s Television Production class intend to change that, proposing a November Dia de los Muertos celebration that will fulfill a historical video assignment while spicing up the community and attracting tourists. The former “psychic” host of a late night television show, Lee has given up her acting job to teach at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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Top 5 Halloween Treats

IN THE October 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun
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by Jennifer Smith


Halloween is just around the corner. Of course, this spooky season won’t be as jovial as it should be if you don’t prepare great treats for your family and some random kids who will do some “Trick or Treat.” Well, you don’t have to fret too much about this. After all, preparing for this annual event should not always incur you hassle and expenses, especially when it comes down to food.

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by Sunny Frazier


Witches, Black Cats, and Ghouls, Oh My! Shivers galore in this month’s mysteries. Also, welcome several new series from your favorite authors.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mystic Isle Mystery series is set on the edge of the glorious and mysterious Louisiana bayou. A short ferry ride from the Big Easy across Ol’ Man River visitors dock near The Mansion on Mystic Isle, a renovated plantation jewel catering to those who are passionate about the paranormal, supernatural, and all things just plain creepy.

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by Gail Farrelly


I’m baaaaaaaaack. Not much to brag about though.
Here I am lying on the train tracks in a dark, dreary NYC subway tunnel under Grand Central Station. Just hit by a speeding train, my body is bloody and battered. Ouch!

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by Vicki Weisfeld



Morning light poured onto the front porch like syrup. It glowed through the leaves of the sugar maples, setting them afire, though their blaze gave no warmth, and the chilly fingers of night clung in the air. Ghosts of leaves burning a long way off floated and hovered.

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by Bartenn Mills



Tiffany tried 9-1-1. Didn’t that go through everywhere?
All that came back was a crackle of dead air.
Why didn’t they answer?

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