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Southwest Ambulance personnel are collecting candy for those who aren’t able to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.
It’s not like most of us need help looking forward to Friday, but the end of this work week has something special in store: Friday begins 18 days of rides, games and deep-fried food at the Arizona State Fair.
Despite the persistent heat, it feels like we've made a subtle shift toward fall. Tailgating, crockpot meals, pumpkin lattes and Halloween costumes aren't far away, and neither is the state fair.
Cooler weather has brought pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses to the Valley, but you can find fall color and seasonal frights farther afield. Get your autumn on with a day or weekend trip to these destinations not (too) far from home.
Hybrid novels are all the rage with young readers, who love the mix of pictures and text in a chapter book.
Universal City, Calif. - With his legs propped up on a teacher's desk, shock rocker Alice Cooper looks right at home inside a demented science classroom filled with phony spiders and snakes. The eerie enclave is just one of the stops in a haunted maze attraction inspired by the "School's Out" headmaster at Universal Studios Hollywood's annual Halloween Horror Nights event.
Now that October is upon us and football season is well under way, it is time for Chandler Recreation school intersession camps to begin next week followed by a variety of all-ages community special events later in the month. From the annual Day of Play event to Rhythm Fest to Halloween festivities, October offers a lot of outdoor fun opportunities and the promise of cooler temperatures to help us forget about the long summer.
Yes, it's only October, and I'm as disturbed as you to see Santa Claus next to the Halloween candy on store shelves (lay off the Reese's Pieces, St. Nick). But the holiday season is just two months away. I'm sorry to bring it up, but it's time to figure out your holiday gift-giving and merriment budget.
This Halloween, treat your young readers to one of these books: Halloween can be a difficult concept for young children to grasp, as all the focus on ghosts, mummies, vampires and other things can be scary if you're just a baby or toddler. That's why the best Halloween books for little ones often are simple explanations of the holiday, such as author/illustrator Tomie dePaola's classic board book "My First Halloween," for infants to 2-year-olds. It's now out of print, but available from libraries and as a used book. Taking a humorous look at Halloween also works well for young children, as author/illustrator Kevin Sherry demonstrates in his board book "I'm the Scariest Thing in the Castle" (Dial, $6.99, ages 1-3). The protagonist, a pint-sized purple bat, doesn't look very scary, but he insists that "I'm the scariest thing in the castle!" When the castle's other residents tire of the bat's bragging and decide to scare him, however, the little bat breaks into tears, prompting h…
Cotton candy, corn dogs and funnel cake may be fair staples, but a long list of new foods debuts each year at the Arizona State Fair. This time around, three particular items are generating enough buzz and demand to rise to the top of the culinary crowd, says spokeswoman Kristi Walsh.
Look out for goblins, ghouls, zombies, and werewolves this month, as two new haunted houses are raising goose bumps around the Valley.
Her name is La Calavera Catrina — Katrina, for short — and she’s one stylish dame, even if she doesn’t look quite as, um, alive as she used to.
Color usually peaks Thanksgiving weekend at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, when the facility hosts a two-day festival.
Inside Monsterland in downtown Mesa, shown Monday, September 26, 2011 which is opening early in October. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
A fun new exhibition features the skeleton-heavy work of 20 local artists, including Patrick Murillo and Blackbird Music & Art Center’s Melody Smith (whose art is pictured). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 5. Xico, 44 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Free. (480) 833-5875 or www.xicoinc.org
Essence Bakery Cafe chef Eugenia Theodosopoulos combines organic pumpkin, brown sugar and European butter with freshly ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger to create a creamy pumpkin filling, which is sandwiched between a dense, chewy, delicately flavored orange spice macaron, shown Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Tempe. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]