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Beyond haunting By Rebecca Wallace I f horror movies and gory haunted houses aren’t your thing, take heart. The Midpeninsula has plenty of Halloween events planned that probably won’t spark nightmares — unless you see some kid dressed as Honey Boo Boo. Here are some of the local events coming up, including pumpkin-decorating, orchestra concerts and carnival games. HALLOWEEN CONCERTS, CARNIVALS AND PARTIES PROVIDE MANY NOT-SOSCARY OPTIONS Mountain View’s Shoreline Lake is sprouting a PUMPKIN PATCH by the water this year, along with family activities held at the Aquatic Center and Lakeside Cafe on the weekend of Oct. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A bake sale, a pumpkin-decorating contest and a Halloween jump house will be among the offerings. The cafe is at 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. Go to or call 650-965-3779. Members of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo can start the festivities early with HALLOWEEN ZOO NIGHT on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors will come in costume to the zoo at 1451 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto and learn about “Halloween science” while seeing the animals and sharing refreshments. (The cost to become a member is $100.) Go to or call 650-326-6338. See HALLOWEEN, page 26 October 19, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 25

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