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October 24, 2007 > Pirates and Princesses

Pirates and Princesses

Halloween is almost here and, in Fremont, one major event overshadows almost everything else. The Candle Lighters Ghost House entices thousands...with a bit of trepidation...through its doors every year. Although evil-looking witches wander the grounds and can be a frightful, good witches are also on hand to keep them in order, especially to help younger children enjoy the fun. Adventurous souls who venture within the historic Carriage House are anxious for a peek at the current year's otherworldly sights inside. Some, who need a bit of protection from the obstreperous denizens inside, can call on the services of a good witch to ward off their evil ways as they wander within. Outside, games, lollipops, caramel apples and a decidedly upbeat atmosphere prevails.

Each year, one Saturday afternoon is reserved for a younger variety of ghosts, goblins, fairies and popular characters. Led by the American High School band decked out in Halloween finery, these costumed visitors vie for top honors, although all are declared winners with a pass to the ghost house and other goodies. This year, the procession was, as always, colorful and included many representatives from the land of imagination including princesses, pirates, a family of bobbie soxers and even an ipod. They were joined by a bug, speed racer, gorilla and slasher among many others. As they circled the gazebo for judging, it was clear that Halloween is close and these characters and creatures are ready for the big night.

For more information about the Candle Lighters Ghost House and other Halloween related activities, see the Boo Calendar listed on pages 8 and 9 of this edition of Tri-City Voice. (Note: Harvest Festivals are listed on page 9).

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