October 17, 2003

Library Plans Harry Potter Twist To Halloween Program  

The Children’s Librarians of the Oceanside Public Library are planning a different approach to Halloween this year. Instead of the usual ghosts, pumpkins, and black cats, the Children’s Program Room at the Civic Center Library will be transformed into the Shrieking Shack made famous in the Harry Potter series. Library staff dressed as Hogwarts professors, ghosts, and Dementors will combine storytelling and acting to create an interactive program with the audience. Children in grades 3 through 8 will be “first year” students trapped in the Shrieking Shack by Dementors, as Hogwarts professors and resident ghosts share the scary history of the school with tales of local ghosts and witches. The students will escape after a lesson in fortune telling and palmistry and then enjoy a feast of chocolate frogs and other tasty treats. Students are welcome to dress as Harry Potter characters or in Halloween costumes.

This free program will be held Monday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway in Oceanside. Attendance is limited to children who are currently in grades 3 through 8. Free tickets may be picked up at the Children’s Desk of the Oceanside Civic Center Library. For more information, please call (760) 435-5590.

Meet Bood Characters at Library Pumpkin Patch

Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy not-so-scary stories at the Oceanside Public Library and have the opportunity to stroll through Pumpkin Patch Storyland to receive treats from various book characters. Library staff dressed as the Cat in the Hat, the Grouchy Ladybug, a Fairytale Princess, and other book friends will give out candy, stickers, and other treats after presenting a half hour program of picture book and flannelbaord stories, songs, and puppetry. Refreshments will be served after the children exit Pumpkin Patch Storyland. The program is open to ages 2 through 6 and costumes are optional.

This free program will be held in the Children’s Department of the Oceanside Civic Center Library at 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside on Tuesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call (760) 435-5590.

10th Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Calling all Goblins, Ghoulies and Ghosts! The National City Recreation Department is sponsoring the 10th Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Friday, October 24th.

This annual haunting event will take place at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 140 E. 12th Street in National City. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. starting with the 0-1 age category.

First place winners from each age division will receive a $30 Walmart gift-card, followed by $20 giftcards for 2nd place and $15 giftcards for 3rd place. In addition a $30 first place gift card will be given to the overall contest winner. The age divisions are 0-1 years, 2-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-adult.

The decor will feature a huge Frankenstein on stage, ghosts, bats, and other creatures of the night and spooky music. The first 150 participants will receive halloween candy.

Come out if you dare! Wear a costume and participate or just come out and get ideas for your Halloween costume. It promises to be a haunting good time!

For more information call 336-4290.

Spooky October Fun Awaits in San Diego County Parks

Full Moon Family Sleep-out. Friday/Saturday, October 10/11, 4 p.m. 10 a.m. Stelzer Park, Lakeside. Sip hot chocolate and toast marshmallows while enjoying an evening of storytell-ing, followed by a night hike with Park Rangers, pancake breakfast the next morning. $5 for adults, children free. Reservations required: (619) 561-0580.

Great Snoopy Stelzer Pumpkin Hunt. Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. Children 4-12. Stelzer Park, Lakeside. Free. Hunt for pumpkins in the park. All children who come in costume receive a prize. Reservations required: (619) 561-0580.

Kid’s Pumpkin Carving Contest. Saturday, October 25, 11:30 a.m. Children 6-12. Stelzer Park, Lakeside. Free. Kids: bring your already carved pumpkin. Judges will select winners in several categories. Reservations please: (619) 561-0580.

Hoot Howl and Prowl. Saturday, October 25, 5:30-9 p.m. Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway. $2 donation requested. Groups are led into the Reserve where they meet the canyon’s “wildlife” (really costumed docents.) End the evening with cocoa and warm cider. Children are encouraged to dress as animals. Bring your flashlight! Reservations please: (858) 679-5469.

Whaley House. It was been called “the Most Haunted House in America.” Special happenings throughout the month, including special Halloween hours. The house, owned by the County, is under the stewardship of the Save Our Heritage Organization. For more information, contact SOHO’s events hotline at (619) 297-7511 or visit www/whaleyhouse.org

Heise Halloween. Saturday, November 1, 4:30 p.m. William Heise Park, Julian. Kids: come in costume and bring your carved pumpkin for the costume and jack-o-lantern contests. Games, treats and prizes. (760) 765-0650.

Halloween at the Whaley House

The nights of Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th; and Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th, from 10pm to midnight, promise to be an adventure in the supernatural. Intrepid visitors will meet at the Whaley House (2482 San Diego Avenue in Old Town San Diego) front verandah and be led to El Campo Santo cemetery where they will visit the graves of some of San Diego’s now famous, and some infamous citizens. In fact, there is a possibility of actually meeting some of them in the unflesh. A candlelit procession back to the Whaley House for an intimate ghostly tour led by experts on the haunted history of the house.

Each evening is limited to 40 persons. Reservations must be paid in advance. Available now at the SOHO Museum Shop or call the SOHO Events Hotline (619) 297-7511, tickets are $35.00.

Then be prepared for five nights in a row of special nighttime hours. Beginning Sunday, October 26th, through Thursday, October 30th, the Whaley House will be open from 9pm until midnight; last entry into the house at 11:30pm. Purchase your tickets upon arrival, the cost is $10 per person (no SOHO discount).

For an extra special Halloween night, Friday, October 31st, the Whaley House will be open from 8pm till midnight. Admission for all is $15.

Frighteningly Frugal Fun! Money saving tips for Halloween creations …

By Tawra Kellam

  The average American family spends over $100 per year on Halloween goodies. As your kids drag you through aisles full of ghosts and goblins, the scariest thing about Halloween is threatening to leave bite marks in your pocketbook.

No wonder so many moms flee screaming from the store...

It can be much less expensive and a lot more fun to devise your own chilling creations.

Here are a few tips that you can use to stave off the greenback gremlins and exercise your creative muscle. It won’t hurt a bit! These and other free frugal tips are available at: http://www. notjustbeans.com/

Face Paint
1 tsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
food coloring

Mix all ingredients together in an old muffin pan and you are ready to paint. This amount makes one color.

Fake Wound
1 tbsp Vaseline
cocoa powder
2-3 drops red food coloring

Place Vaseline in a bowl. Add food coloring. Blend with a toothpick. Stir in a pinch of cocoa to make a darker blood color. Separate tissue. Using 1 layer, tear a 2x3 inch piece and place at wound site. Cover with petroleum jelly and mold into the shape of a wound. The center should be lower than the sides. Fill the center with the red petroleum jelly mixture. Sprinkle center with some cocoa. Sprinkle a little around the edges of the wound to make darker.

Fake Blood

Mix 2/3 cup white corn syrup, 1 tsp. red food coloring, 2-3 drops blue food coloring to darken and 1 squirt dish soap (helps blood to run well).


Dab brown, red and black eye shadow on area. Apply blood over area with cotton balls. Use comb to gently scratch area in one direction. Apply cocoa or dirt over wound with cotton balls.

Black Eye

Apply red and blue eye shadow to depressions around eyes.


Rub red and blue shadow over bony area to simulate recent bruises. Use blue and yellow eye shadow to create older bruises.

Look Old

Cover face with baby powder. Draw dark lines on your skin for wrinkles. Smooth edges to blend. Cover again with baby powder. Add baby powder to your hair to create gray hair.

Deviled Eyeballs

Make deviled eggs. Add a green olive with pimento in the center for an “eyeball”.

Radioactive Juice

Mix equal parts Mountain Dew and blue Kool-Aid

Toxic Juice

Add some green food coloring to lemonade for a spooky color!


Scramble eggs with some green, yellow and blue food coloring

Bloody Eyeballs

Boil cherry tomatoes 30 seconds. Allow to cool; then peel skin.

Goblin Hand

 Freeze green Kool-Aid in a rubber or latex glove, float in punch. Use the tape from old cassettes or black yarn to make spider webs. Use cotton balls stretched out for small spider webs.

Glass Jack-o-Lantern

Outline a pumpkin face on a spaghetti or pickle jar with black paint. The paint around the outside of it with orange paint. Place a candle inside for a jack-o-lantern.

Halloween Guess It Game

In this game, you challenge the participants to reach into mystery boxes filled with creepy things and try to guess what each item is. The person with the most correct answers wins the game. An example is if you want them to guess “grapes”, you might try to confuse them by saying, “I think it’s eyeballs...”

Cut a hole in the top of a shoe box or laundry box for each item to be used. Cover the box with black spray paint. Decorate each box with pumpkins or spiders for a more festive flavor.

Place the following items inside, one per box. Be sure to place enough of each item so the guests can adequately “feel” the guts.

Eyeballs - grapes or peeled cherry tomatoes

Intestines - Cooked Spaghetti

Skin - oil a piece of plastic bag

Brains - scrambled eggs

Hair - an old clown wig

Bone - thoroughly washed chicken bones placed in some sand

Vomit - chunky salsa

Fingers - hot dogs cut into finger sized pieces

Teeth- corn nuts, pine nuts or popcorn

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