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November 4, 2013
At least two children in Southern California have reportedly fallen ill after possibly eating Halloween candy tainted with drugs, authorities said. On Sunday, police in Huntington Beach investigated an incident where a child reportedly began showing signs of having consumed methamphetamine after eating Halloween candy. The candy was collected from a home near Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue, Huntington Beach police said in a news release. Investigators said they haven't yet collected evidence directly linking the drugs to the candy.  Another incident occurred Saturday night when a 2-year-old boy got sick after eating Halloween candy at a friend's house in Moreno Valley.
NEWS
October 31, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Dia de los Muertos. Translated into English, it means "Day of the Dead." It's not the title of the latest teen horror flick being released just in time for Halloween; it is the holiday celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1, the day after Halloween. The holiday came somewhat as a surprise to Lisa Botts, a Spanish teacher at the Pegasus School. "I learned about the Day of the Dead in college," she said. Not knowing about the holiday until then, Botts figured that most of her third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students probably didn't know a thing about it either.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
Mike Swanson Children at Agnes Smith Elementary School had a sneak preview of Halloween when the bell rang early one day last week to make time for the first campus-wide pumpkin patch and bake sale fund-raiser. Each of Smith's 25 classrooms turned a pumpkin into a work of art that was displayed and sold to the highest bidder via silent auction. A pumpkin transformed into the Mighty Ducks' mascot drew the top bid of $210. Children at the pumpkin patch spent more time running around, expending energy gained from the table full of sweet baked goods, than they did deciding which pumpkins they liked best.
FEATURES
October 15, 2009
Get into the spooky spirit early with the Huntington Beach Central Library?s Halloween Magic Show. Magician Johnny Ace Palmer will perform at 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Library Theater. Children can wear their Halloween costumes and show their spirit in a parade around the library after the show. Tickets for the show sell out, so advanced buying is recommended. Tickets are $4. For more information call (714) 375-5107. The library?s In-N-Out Burger Program is also in full swing.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
HAPPENINGS One-woman show Edison High School graduate Bethany Owen, the woman of 1,001 voices and faces, has taken her talents across the country and back. B1 ALSO: Reel Critic Jim Erwin gives his list of the top 10 greatest Halloween flicks. B2 Michele Marr offers families safe alternatives to trick-ortreating this Halloween. She also tells us what it means. B6 Tom Titus gears up for two viewing of "Ten Little Indians." B3 CITYSCAPE Success story Since the city handed the reigns and responsibility of the Oak View Community Center over to a nonprofit, it has flourished and added many new programs.
NEWS
By CHRIS EPTING | October 25, 2007
Halloween is next week, and so the young troops dressed as wizards, princesses, mummies and the like will be headed door to door, bags open, imaginations poised. Will they encounter spooks and goblins? Perhaps. Will they stand before monsters? The odds, sadly, are growing higher that they will. For real. At least that’s my conclusion after studying the Megan’s Law website ( www.meganslaw.ca.gov/ ) where it’s possible to search by name, address, city, zip code, parks and schools to see information regarding the more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders.
LOCAL
March 13, 2008
A 28-year-old man accused of stabbing his roommate to death on Halloween three years ago was found guilty Thursday. Vladimir Benitez faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison for slaying Enrique Martinez, full name Camilo Enrique Martinez-Santiago, with a kitchen knife. On Monday, prosecutors and Benitez’ attorney will return to court to argue whether he was considered legally insane at the time of the attack. If he is found insane then he would be ordered to a mental health hospital.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
MICHELE MARR In some parts of the country, when Halloween falls on Sunday it's celebrated Saturday evening, so as not to conflict with the community's Christian worship. Not here. In Huntington Beach, when a secular holiday falls on a holy day, the holiday holds the trump card. Last Sunday, many homes in my neighborhood -- and no doubt yours -- were cloaked in cobwebs overhanging a gaggle of jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treaters; lawns were gardens of skyward-reaching skeletal arms and lopsided tombstones.
NEWS
October 28, 1999
Ellen McCarty HE IS Patching things up. JUST KIDDING AROUND Johnson has forgotten how to act his age. The 40-year-old Fountain Valley resident knelt down before a group of pumpkin-eyed preschoolers and asked, "Have we all got our ears on? Let's check." Dozens of children let go of their buddies' hands long enough to reach up to touch their ears. "Yes," they sang in unison. "Welcome to my pumpkin patch," he said with a booming voice. "Please do not drop or throw the pumpkins or they will be very sad pumpkins because no one will want them on their doorstep for Halloween."
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 13, 2011
Residents along the quiet Huntington Beach street where the suspected shooter in the Seal Beach rampage lived were in disbelief that their friendly and caring neighbor allegedly killed eight people. Scott Evans Dekraai allegedly walked into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Wednesday and opened fire. It was the deadliest mass killing in Orange County history. "I thought I knew him well," said Stephanie Malchow, who lives next door to Dekraai. "He always seemed happy. " Malchow said she went to Dekraai's home about two and a half years ago for his wedding to Mindy, his new wife.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 6, 2013
As Huntington Beach police Sgt. Kent Ferrin made his laps around the city's downtown area, costumed patrons commented on his standard black uniform. "Hey, that's a really convincing cop costume," and "I've seen better cop costumes tonight" or some iteration of those phrases were said over and over by young adults on Halloween night as they stood in line, waiting to enter bars and restaurants. "I don't think I can hear that one more time," Ferrin said. "It's going to drive me crazy.
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NEWS
November 4, 2013
At least two children in Southern California have reportedly fallen ill after possibly eating Halloween candy tainted with drugs, authorities said. On Sunday, police in Huntington Beach investigated an incident where a child reportedly began showing signs of having consumed methamphetamine after eating Halloween candy. The candy was collected from a home near Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue, Huntington Beach police said in a news release. Investigators said they haven't yet collected evidence directly linking the drugs to the candy.  Another incident occurred Saturday night when a 2-year-old boy got sick after eating Halloween candy at a friend's house in Moreno Valley.
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By Michael Miller | November 16, 2011
So it turns out Huntington Beach is haunted. And by a pretty renowned specter too. That was one of the things I learned Tuesday morning as I took a walking tour of downtown with two members of the city's Historic Resources Board. On the tour, we passed 100-year-old buildings, vintage houses and the onetime sites of City Hall and the Fun Zone by the pier. All fascinating, sure. But I'm an old movie buff, and so my favorite part of the tour was the courtyard haunted by the ghost of Rudolph Valentino.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | November 2, 2011
A Huntington Beach man was charged Wednesday with breaking into an Anaheim couple's residence on Halloween night and sexually assaulting a woman as she slept next to her husband. Christopher David Schwanke, 35, allegedly broke into the victim's home through a back door about 11 p.m. and entered the bedroom, where the couple was sleeping, and sexually assaulted the wife by digitally penetrating her. The woman awoke, then woke her husband when she realized he was asleep. Schwanke is accused of attempting to hide by lying on the floor next to the wife's side of the bed, where the husband found him and tackled him. Schwanke was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 19, 2011
Residents along the quiet Huntington Beach street where the suspected shooter in the Seal Beach rampage lived were in disbelief that their friendly and caring neighbor allegedly killed eight people. Scott Evans Dekraai allegedly walked into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Wednesday and opened fire. It was the deadliest mass killing in Orange County history. "I thought I knew him well," said Stephanie Malchow, who lives next door to Dekraai. "He always seemed happy. " Malchow said she went to Dekraai's home about two and a half years ago for his wedding to Mindy, his new wife.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | October 27, 2010
What started as a birthday party for Ken and Teri Earwood's 5-year-old son turned into a night of pure, unmitigated terror. And the family loved it so much, they've done it every year since. The Huntington Beach residents celebrated their child's birthday seven years ago by converting their spacious home into a haunted house. Everyone had such a great time that the Earwoods decided to make it into an annual tradition — only now, they invite the entire community to stop by. Friday and Saturday night, the home at 5631 Serene Drive will turn into the eighth annual Earrywood Haunted House, with more than 25 monsters lurking about and elementary, middle and high school students working in the shadows.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Britney Barnes | October 29, 2009
With Halloween only two days away, the city is gearing up its spooky spirit with fun events for everyone. With movies, potlucks, skate contests and haunted mansions, there will be something for everyone. Movies The Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center is showing “Ghost Town,” a movie about a man who is brought back from the dead, but can still see ghosts. The movie is part of the center’s afternoon at the movies series. The event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Council on Aging.
FEATURES
October 22, 2009
There will be more trick-or-treaters running around in full costume this Halloween, thanks to the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley. The organization teamed up with toymaker JAKKS Pacific Inc.’s Halloween division to donate 1,000 costumes to Oak View Elementary School students. Kids were able to pick out their favorite costumes and, for some, their first. Kids could choose to be a beautiful Disney princess or a Power Ranger. Students could even dress up as the evil and slimy Davy Jones from “Pirates of the Caribbean.
FEATURES
October 15, 2009
Get into the spooky spirit early with the Huntington Beach Central Library?s Halloween Magic Show. Magician Johnny Ace Palmer will perform at 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Library Theater. Children can wear their Halloween costumes and show their spirit in a parade around the library after the show. Tickets for the show sell out, so advanced buying is recommended. Tickets are $4. For more information call (714) 375-5107. The library?s In-N-Out Burger Program is also in full swing.
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