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November 17, 2015 > Letter to the Editor: Reminiscences of the Candle Lighters Ghost House

Letter to the Editor: Reminiscences of the Candle Lighters Ghost House

Growing up in my family it was tradition to visit the Candle Lighters Ghost House every October. My grandmother, Sandy Fraga, was an orange smock-wearing volunteer in the 1980s and Ô90s, and she just loved to show off all her grandchildren! Not only did we enjoy the game booths presented by the Candle Lighters, especially the part of the day when our very own length of tickets would be handed to us, but also participating in the Kiddie Parade. Every year my parents entered us into the parade, and on my second Halloween (when I was 13 months old) I won the award for Cutest Costume in the 0-2 age range. My mother and grandmother both beamed with pride! Yes, because they felt I was cute in my own right, but also because my ladybug costume had been designed and sewn by my very own mom! As I went through life as an adolescent I kept that trophy on my shelf as a reminder of the fun we had as kids.

Now, its 25 years later and I have a child of my own. My son is seven months old and is experiencing his first Halloween. I decided to carry on the tradition, even though my grandmother has passed. I made a date with my sister-in-law (a lifetime resident of Fremont who had never enjoyed the Candle Lighters Ghost House before) to enter our children into the Kiddie Parade. We spent three weeks getting excited for the event, and when the day came we too beamed with pride as our homemade costumes paraded through Williams Historical Park on our own children. No, our kids didn't win any awards, but we had a blast participating in an event that makes our ever-expanding city still feel like the small town it was when I was young.

Thank you Candle Lighters for continuing a tradition for so many generations of children and costume makers. 47 is an exceptional number, and I sincerely hope that your group and everything it stands for continue for another 50 years, at least!

Kelsey Camello

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