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Modern-day Halloween traditions take away from its religious background
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Engineers count down to launch Engineering student clubs prepare for pumpkin launching competition ETHAN HAWKES Daily Titan
Last November, a group of Cal State Fullerton engineering students aimed their slingshotlike pumpkin launcher at a target more than 100 feet away. Instead of soaring through the air as they intended, their pumpkin anticlimactically launched in the wrong direction. While it was a bit embarrassing for the CSUF chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, this Saturday they are taking every step to make sure history does not repeat itself. Teams will take to the soccer field with machines primed for tossing pumpkins as far and as accurately as possible at the sixth annual Pumpkin Launch event, hosted by the Discovery
Science Center. This year ASCE built a nearly 16 foot tall wooden trebuchet in an effort to improve their performance from last year. Trebuchets have been used for centuries to fling objects using the leverage of a long arm with an attached counterweight. “We shouldn’t be showing up with this dinky little slingshot,” John Thurlo, the treasurer of CSUF’s American Society of Civil Engineers, said. “I mean if these people can build big old trebuchets we should be able to build a big old trebuchet.” The team has been worked on their latest pumpkin-launching siege weapon for six to seven weeks, putting in about six hours each week. “It doesn’t require so much engineering knowledge. It requires basic carpentry knowledge,” said Ryan Visperas, a member of ASCE who worked on the trebuchet. Thurlo said he expects to see
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other trebuchets, catapults and slingshot-like devices to compete in the main event. Pumpkin launchers powered by compressed air have been banned from competition since 2009, when one team shot a pumpkin through the soccer stadium scoreboard. Other teams did not create a whole new launcher, instead deciding to improve on previous launchers. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has been using the same slingshotlike device for years, said Melissa Broguiere, the president of the IEEE. Since the club has done fairly well in the past, the team is approaching the event with the
hope that minor fixes will give their machine the competitive edge needed to win. The team replaced some of the aging parts on the launcher, such as the pumpkin holder and the bungee cords. Families are encouraged to show up and participate in the various events that are set up throughout the day before the main pumpkin chucking event. Kids will build their own miniaturized launchers out of popsicle sticks and launch marshmallows. Victor Delgado, the assistant dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the event is a way to encourage kids to become interested in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Each of the clubs associated
with the College of Engineering and Computer Science will be required to participate in the event. Members can either volunteer, show off their latest projects or build a pumpkin launcher and competing with the other teams. “We are trying to promote that math is fun, physics is fun,” Adriana Cardenas, the Inter-Club Council representative for IEEE, said. ”Some of these things are incorporated into small little things that make the world as it is and we would want to show that in something as simple as launching pumpkins.” Pumpkin launcher building is not only limited to the clubs at CSUF. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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ROBERT REYES / Daily Titan Second place winner, Jim Fredricks from Santee, poses with his son and his 1,030.5 pound pumpkin.
Local farmers share secrets of growing massive pumpkins for competition ROBERT REYES Daily Titan
A forklift hoisted pumpkins weighing as much as half a ton to weigh them at the 13th annual Pumpkinmania WeighOff on Sunday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. Local pumpkin growers brought in their giant pumpkins, competing to see whose was heaviest. This year marked the first year that four entries surpassed the 900 pound milestone and that two pumpkins passed 1,000 pounds. The event has changed since its inception, according to its creator Stuart Shim. During the first Pumpkinmania, Shim estimates his winning pumpkin weighed 400 to 500 pounds, but they didn’t have the equipment to actually weigh the entries. To get pumpkins as big as they can, many of the growers have their own techniques, ranging from only using sun-warmed water or burying the pumpkin’s vines. Chris Dunn, who won the top prize at this year’s Pumpkinmania narrowed down the factors to three things: the weather, the seed and the soil. Dunn and his family devoted all of their 750-square-foot backyard of their Lomita home to growing their prize-winning pumpkin. “Our whole backyard is a pumpkin plant,” Dunn said. Dunn, who works as a painting contractor, starts his pumpkin growing process in April by germinating and planting his pumpkin seed. To keep the temperature consistent for his pumpkin, he blankets them with a down comforter at night and
keeps a fan aimed at the stem to make sure it doesn’t get too moist or grow mold. He also sends samples of his soil, leaves and vine to a lab in Idaho to analyze what nutrients his soil is lacking. With the guidance of his mentor Steve Daletas, Dunn started to put in a quarter-cup of cleaning product Borax into his irrigation system to address the boron deficiency in his soil. “I can go on for two hours about how ridiculous it is,” Dunn said. When it came time to weigh the pumpkin, Dunn’s pumpkin, nicknamed Big Mama, came in at 1,063 pounds, good enough for first place. However, it fell short of the Pumpkinmania record of 1,172 pounds. Next year, Dunn hopes to return with a 1,200-pound pumpkin. Prizes were also given for best color, funniest shape and the ugliest pumpkin. Mae Powell, 94, received the most experienced grower award and Dunn’s five-year-old son Kingston won a prize for being the contest’s youngest participant. During this year’s Pumpkinmania, pumpkin growers and spectators watched Tanaka Farm’s pumpkin cannon shoot gourds into the nearby hills, enter the corn maze, or walk around the pumpkin patch for free. For Tanaka Farms, events like Pumpkinmania help supplement their core business selling fruits from their produce stand and their Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). The program provides a weekly or semiweekly subscription to consumers and offers them a box of vegetables available for pick up at select Orange County churches, schools, and groceries. The farm relies on “agritourism” to bring people in and to educate them on eating local, fresh food, said CSA manager Eileen Sagara.
Sagara said people are looking for a better pumpkin buying experience than just buying pumpkins from a pop up shop at a parking lot. “I’ve noticed as each year has gone on, more and more people are coming to pumpkin patches, not just our pumpkin patch, but pumpkin patches all over,” Sagara said. The Pumpkinmania WeighOff is part of the larger pumpkin growing community, which Shim writes about in his blog, also called “Pumpkinmania!” Shim started to get involved in the giant pumpkin growing community after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about the Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seed variety. Earlier this month, a grower in Napa broke the world record for heaviest pumpkin with a 2,032-pound Atlantic Giant. But like thoroughbred racehorses, Atlantic Giant seeds from a contest winner are worth more than regular seeds. One seed from a former world record-holding pumpkin sold for $1,600, according to a 2011 New York Times article. On a website called Pumpkin Fanatic, visitors can browse a database of pumpkin genealogy, going back four generations in some cases. Dunn has three seeds from Ron Wallace’s former world-record holding 2,009 pound pumpkin. He estimated that the seed would start selling at $700 and go for $1,000 at auction. “My wife wants to sell them; I said absolutely not, I want a big pumpkin,” Dunn said. First place winner Dunn received $1,000 for Big Mama. Second place winner Jim Fredricks from Santee received $500 for his 1,030.5-pound pumpkin. John Sach from Whittier received $300 for his third-place pumpkin that weighed in at 959 pounds.
The federal government’s budget deficit is below $1 trillion for the first time in five years, according to the Washington Post. The Treasury Department said the deficit for the 2013 fiscal year is $680.3 billion, down from $1.9 billion in 2012. The deficit “is now less than half of what it was when the president took office,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew in a statement Wednesday. It is the fifth-largest budget deficit of all time, but also the lowest since $458.6 billion in 2008.
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The Orange County District Attorney’s office reported that a 57-year-old Orange County man was convicted Wednesday for having illegal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old boy that he met on Craigslist in June 2010. Mark Aime Brosseau, of Stanton, Calif. was convicted of one felony count each for meeting a child with the intent to commit lewd conduct, contacting a child with intent to commit lewd acts, and lewd acts on a child. Brosseau could serve up to five years and four months in state prison and will have to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
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Paranormal Fullerton The 13th annual Haunted Walking Tour will explore eerie Fullerton sites ABRAHAM JAUREGUI Daily Titan
Courtesy of the Arboretum Guests of all ages were spooked by ghoulish creatures as they toured the Haunted Garden.
Haunted Garden thrills Arboretum Children and Arboretum visitors were spooked in this year’s ghoulish Haunted Garden BRIAN CHESTER Daily Titan
As darkness filled the night, the Arboretum transformed its naturally serene atmosphere into a chilling Halloween fright fest. A long line of children draped in creepy costumes anxiously awaited their turn to tour the ghostly garden. The Arboretum regularly houses the largest botanical garden in Orange County, but these plants got a ghoulish makeover for the 10th annual Haunted Garden. The two day event on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 packed the Arboretum with spooky creatures and scary music. Students and volunteers disguised themselves as zombies, werewolves and other monsters as they waited to scare the next group of screaming guests. Each tour throughout the path contained a unique theme of monsters. Zombies slowly limped toward visitors, begging for brains and human f lesh. Alligators lurked around patches of water filled with layers of thick fog. Ghosts hid behind trees, jumping and screaming at any intruder who crossed their path. Children jolted and shrieked in shock as monsters popped up around them. Strobes pulsed and f lickered in the night, bouncing beams of light throughout the path. Arboretum Director Greg Dyment said the event was put together by two Cal State Fullerton theatre arts students this year. Friends of the Arboretum, members and volunteers also helped create sets throughout the garden. Dyment said the Haunted Garden is geared toward children 5 and older. “Here with our Arboretum, it’s naturally scary in the night time because it’s dark,” Dyment said. “It’s meant to be scary for them (younger children). Big kids want a big scare.” The Haunted Garden which emerged the weekend before Halloween, and draws in a healthy crowd every year. Participants can purchase tickets online or at the gate, keeping the line full throughout the night. Every cent made on tickets goes to operating the Arboretum. Dyment said a different theme fills the garden each year. This year, the focus is on Dr. George Crook Clark, one of Fullerton’s oldest doctors. Clark built the Heritage House in
1894, which still resides on the Arboretum’s property today. Decorated with colored lights, cobwebs, tombstones and creepy creatures, the house sat eerily in the night, adding an extra boost of horror to the haunted tour. “It’s got a Victorian sort of theme,” Dyment said. “I believe it’s Dr. Clark’s Circus.” Children did not walk the path unsupervised, volunteers led groups through the ghostly garden both Friday and Saturday. Dave Drees has volunteered at the Arboretum for seven years, and said the event is an enjoyable place for kids. “For little kids it was sort of scary,” Drees said. “The big kids laughed, which meant they had a good time.” During his time as a volunteer at the Arboretum, Drees has done everything from repairs to wedding security. He said he is only used to seeing the Arboretum in the daylight. “It’s a lot of fun,” Drees said. “The night looks completely different.” As kids reached the end of the tour, they were greeted with an array of games and candy for an entertaining relief from the scary monsters. Arts and crafts tables provided a creative outlet for youngsters, and a fortune teller sat ready to predict their future. Cages of classroom pets rested in the pavillion, housing snakes, worms, spiders and other creepy crawlers. A zombie day care kept zombie replicas encaged and secure from “attacking.” Alumna Denise Auyoung, 35, got her teaching credentials at CSUF. She came to tour the garden with her 6-year-old daughter on Saturday, and said the tour was both fun and scary. “It was a good amount of scary, but not too much,” Auyoung said. “It wasn’t so bad that she wanted to leave.” David Lux, 30, accompanied Auyoung and her daughter, and enjoyed watching them get scared in the garden. “I thought it was really fun,” Lux said. “Just seeing their reactions made it worth it.” Dyment continues to do the Haunted Garden every year because of the high turnout. “We add to it some characters and some lighting and some smoke and it becomes surreal,” Dyment said. “It’s magical.” The Arboretum organizes several special events throughout the year. On Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, the Arboretum will be holding its Victorian Christmas Traditions.
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When the spooky season arrives on the streets of Fullerton, residents are invited to encounter stories and evidence of the paranormal this Halloween season. The city of Fullerton will be hosting its 13th annual Haunted Walking Tour, scaring visitors every Wednesday and Thursday until Nov. 7. The walking tour of some of Fullerton’s most haunted locations begins its two-mile journey from the Fullerton Museum and lasts about two hours. It is one of Fullerton Museum’s biggest fundraisers, putting over 12,000 children through the museum’s educational programs every year, said Susie Dittmar, Board of Trustees, Member Chair. An hour before the walking tour, inside a classroom of the museum, NOPS (North Orange County Paranormal Society) presents their latest and past evidence of paranormal encounters with videos and EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenons). NOPS co-founders and lead investigators Sam Neil and Jim Van Eeckhoutte teach the tech-
niques and tools they use in paranormal investigations. On Harbor Boulevard, tour guides, NOPS and people who currently work in downtown Fullerton will be sharing ghostly experiences with the other side. Stops on the tour include the Schumacher building, the old California Hotel, the Fox Theatre, Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante and Le Potager. The Schumacher building, built in 1905, is where Peter Schumacher made his fortune in citrus, walnuts and real estate. He committed suicide and is said to be seen still roaming the building, Dittmar said. The Fox Theatre, built in 1925 and closed in 1987, is currently undergoing a large renovation and has been the setting for many eerie experiences. Many of Fullerton’s residents who have assisted in the restoration process said they have encountered dreadful occurrences in the old building. Angelo’s and Vinci’s Ristorante is an Italian restaurant residing in a building built in the early 1900s and served as a marketplace when Fullerton was an orchard community. Patrons of the walking tour are taken to the third floor banquet room and the cold, dark basement to hear stories and possibly encounter their own ghostly connection. Another stop along Fullerton’s haunted walking tour is
Le Potager. This decorative shop once housed famed Fullerton resident Lillian Yeager, who built this Italian country-style estate in 1917. Yeager was a pioneering businesswoman in Fullerton; she ran the county’s first Dodge showroom and one of the most popular automotive repair shops in the city. She died in her home in 1978. Patrons of the haunted tour are allowed to walk the home and are encouraged to guess where Yeager died. Owner John Reed and employee Jennifer Owens share tales of their encounters working in the old Yeager home. NOPS members will also join in and share their experiences of their investigations of locations along the walking tour. Some of their results are shared through stories, EVPs, videos and photos. There has to be more than what we perceive is real, Neil said. The NOPS team said they do not charge to investigate haunted areas, but admit they will go months without finding anything. What keeps them going are the moments when they do capture great evidence of the otherworldly. “We’re in this to educate,” Van Eeckhoutte said. The haunted tours cost $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. They begin at 6 p.m.
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Jennifer Owens, store owner of Le Potager, shows off a haunted artifact said to be displayed by Lillian Yaeger, Fullerton’s first female mechanic from the 1920s.
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Courtesy of Alicia Pimental / Flickr Claims that razor blades are found in candy apples are an urban legend.
No chance for a poison apple The fear of homemade candies being harmful for children is unwarranted MIKE TRUJILLO / Daily Titan
Halloween has old roots The holiday’s modern day celebrations take away from its religious origins NICOLE WEAVER Daily Titan
As Halloween ominously looms its creepy head, it’s time to get into character and resurrect some annual traditions. Crack open some fireball whiskey and apple cider, put on a Friday the 13th marathon, carve ghoulish faces into pumpkins and eat enough candy to induce a sugar coma. Though the tradition we have come to enjoy at the end of every October may appear to be a national treat, Halloween itself is not a tradition with uniquely American roots. The Halloween ritual originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which honored the Celtic Lord of the Dead. The Celts believed that this time of the year, the end of summer and beginning of winter, was associated with human death, with the ghosts of the dead returning to Earth. During this festival, the Celts would light sacred fires and
dress up in costumes, believing it would ward off demons and ghosts. At some point during the eighth century, after the Roman Empire had conquered Celtic territory, Pope Gregory III changed this festival to All Saints’ Day to commemorate all Christian saints and martyrs. Later on, it was changed to All Souls Day and moved to Nov. 2 to honor the day of the dead. It is believed that the Christian church was attempting to replace Samhain with a religious-sanctioned holiday. The practice of “trick-ortreating” most likely dates back to the Middle Ages when it resembled the late medieval practice of “souling.” Those who were poor would go door to door on Nov. 1 and beg for “soul cakes,” which were usually baked goods or some sort of food, in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. This practice evolved into children visiting houses in their neighborhood to be given ale, food and money, and now in contemporary culture, candy. As All Souls Day, or Halloween, crossed cultures and became more widespread, certain
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new traditions were cultivated. In Mexico, Halloween falls during the three days of the Día de los Muertos celebration which begins on Oct. 31. Día de los Muertos translates to Day of the Dead, when people honored the dead by creating sugar skulls and skeletons. Mexicans also practiced the ritual of “trick-or-treating” and dressing up in costumes, similar to America’s present-day celebration of Halloween. Since Halloween traditions date much farther back, before America was even colonized, our country became a melting pot of traditions which essentially left us to create an entirely new culture of Halloween festivities. Very early Halloween celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events to celebrate the harvest, share ghost stories, dance, sing and cause mischief. As the United States continued to be flooded with new immigrants around the mid1800s, the move towards more community gatherings and less involvement with ghosts and witchcraft began happening. Trick-or-treating soon be-
came popular and Halloween parties began to be the most entertaining way to celebrate the day. What once was a “frightening” and “grotesque” holiday soon spawned a holiday that centered on lighthearted fun. Now, Halloween has become just a thrilling night of debauchery that has left its roots of religious tradition. Horror movies have become largely popularized and Halloween celebrations like Knotts’ “Halloween Haunt” or haunted houses like Rob Zombie’s “Great American Nightmare” have glamorized the concept of Halloween. Children may love Halloween for all the candy and for the opportunity to dress up as their favorite superhero, but as we now know, the history of the holiday is much more extensive. Our contemporary ideas of Halloween seem much more enjoyable than what it has been centuries ago. Slasher films, jack-o’-lanterns and ghost stories are nostalgic of our childhood and have become a fitting celebration of what once was a very eerie holiday.
Halloween is a night of goblins, ghouls and children filling the streets dressed as their favorite characters running through their neighborhood to see what great treats each house will offer. Unfortunately, in recent years, Halloween has been tainted by the concern that the homemade candy may be unsafe to give out to trick-or-treaters. Local policymakers have f loated the idea of banning the distribution of such treats altogether, without weighing the merits of such a proposal. Is making a law about passing out homemade candy on Halloween a good idea? Would it take away this spirit of the candy-driven holiday? Laws regulating substances have proven to be arbitrary, as the United States both banned and reinstated the consumption of alcohol during the era of prohibition. Even if such a measure were passed, imagining the ways in which such a ban would be enforced seems a bit silly. Would the police be driving from house to house with their sirens on, inspecting everyone’s candy? It is the responsibility of parents to choose what a child can and cannot eat on Halloween. If a parent suspects that a treat given to his or her child may have been tainted with harmful elements, he or she can simply discard it. The term Halloween Sadism, which refers to poisoning candy, has been used for more than 30 years when discussing people who poison candy treats. Most researchers have found the rare instances of candy poisoning do not merit the hype driven by the media. A sociologist from the University of Delaware, Joel Best, has been researching the myths behind candy poisoning for years and has yet to find a child who has died or been injured from tainted Halloween candy. There is evidence that parents have found contaminated treats in their children’s
candy bags, but this only underscores the importance of parental involvement in the trick-or-treating experience. The notion that there are razor blades or needles in candy apples and other homemade treats have been attributed to scare tactics by local media, which is a point that Best made clear in his research. Best’s research concluded that there have been little to no cases of children getting poisoned from Halloween candy. Restricting certain types of candies from being distributed may also give parents a false sense of security. As the measures of enforcement have yet to be penned out, there’s no guarantee that the measure will achieve its intended purpose of keeping trick-or-treaters safer. According to a 2011 national survey conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, only 24 percent of parents worried about their children getting poisoned by Halloween candy. This rate may have increased in the last few years, but Halloween traditions have changed to adapt to the challenges of the time.
“ According to a 2011 national survey ... only 24 percent of parents worried about their children getting poisoned by Halloween candy.” If there is a real chance that the neighborhood you are trick-or-treating in may be distributing contaminated candy, there are now alternative options. Local malls and churches host trick-or-treating events, where the source of candy is more reliable. Halloween is an American tradition that generates $6 billion each year in confectionery sales alone. The threat of candy contamination may exist, but legislation is no substitute for effective parenting and vigilance.
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Safety tips for Halloween BRITTANY CURRIE Daily Titan
Halloween is a time to dress up, eat tons of candy and get in the spooky haunted spirit. However, it is important to know the dangers that can be lurking around the corner. Here are some easy tips on how to avoid accidents and ways to prevent mishaps from spoiling your Halloween night. Halloween parties: Use the buddy system: Go out in a group and try to avoid being alone; whether at a party or simply walking home, don’t leave your group. It’s always a good idea to leave an address or location with a parent or a friend in case you don’t make it home someone will know where you intended to be through the night. Always be with your drink: Officer Jose Rosales, a community service corporal, warned if you leave your drink unattended, get a new one. Leaving your drink alone gives people the chance to slip something unwanted into your beverage. Additionally, always know what you are drinking. Rosales urged young adults not to drink homemade concoctions like “potion punch,” since you cannot discern the alcohol content. Use taxi cabs: Don’t risk the chance of driving
drunk and getting pulled over. It will be cheaper to take a taxi than to get a DUI. Designated drivers can also be benefical, but make sure they vow to not drink, and if they do, avoid getting in the car with them. Many people drink and think they are fine to drive but really aren’t. Be cautious and trust your instincts: “Don’t let your guard down, be aware of your surroundings and what’s happening. Look out for your interest and your friends interest,” Rosales said. If you see something bad happening or about to occur, don’t be afraid to call the police. By intervening it can prevent anything from a violent confrontation to sexual assaults from happening. Trick-or-treating: Reflective tape: It is always a good idea to put reflective tape somewhere on kids costumes, this way when it’s dark, kids can be easily spotted. Costume length: Long costumes can increase the chance of kids tripping or falling; it is recommended that kids wear costumes that fit them and are above the ankle. Props for costumes, such as swords or knives, should always be plastic or foam, nothing sharp that could hurt someone or themselves.
Halloween festival has something for all ages The 13th annual OktoBOO-Fest was hosted at Fullerton Market ANDRES GARCIA Daily Titan
The weather was perfect on a late Thursday afternoon in downtown Fullerton. The sun was still out, but the light and warmth were waning, allowing a slight chill to settle in. Wolfman roamed about the grounds, torn and bloodied with his shirt in tatters. Witches clutched their bags, filled with the supernatural items of their craft. Arguably the world’s tiniest old-time strongman—complete with a gentleman’s hair style and handlebar mustache—marvelled onlookers with his strength as he trotted along, effortlessly lifting a dumbbell almost his size. He even got some passing glances from a princess or two. It was a ghoul’s night out in downtown Fullerton, and mom and dad brought them trick-or-treating. The 13th annual “Okto-BOOFest” at the Fullerton Market was a display of community cohesion. People of all ages gathered to sift through the more than 30 arts and crafts vendors while showing off their costumes and collecting some candy. “It’s just a fun way to get out
with the community and spend time and interact,” said Fullerton resident Natasha Shapiro. This was her sixth year attending. For some, like Fullerton city employee Jake Bargas, the event was a new experience. Bargas was not accustomed to working with kids and being around all the arts and crafts. He worked behind the scenes preparing for the event, doing the manual labor. “It’s good to see that people are still in the spirit,” Bargas said. “I know where I live, a lot of people aren’t in the Halloween spirit anymore. So nobody really dresses up, nobody really gives candy. So it’s good to see kids out here with costumes just looking to have a good time.” An estimated 1,500 people attended this years festivities, with somewhere between 75 to 100 kids marching in the two costume parades along Fullerton’s Downtown Plaza. However, Okto-BOO-fest wasn’t just for kids; there were plenty of adults joining the festivities. After sunset, the lights went up and the crowd reveled the music of the band, Bubba and the Big Bad Blues. Christopher “Bubba” LeClerc is a Fullerton native who has performed with the likes of Ike Turner and Nat Dove. For Alex Galvan of Fullerton, one thing brings him back week after week.
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“The food, definitely the food ... it’s always the best,” Galvan said. Attendees lined up for traditional market fare of funnel cake and deep-fried Oreos. Others opted for market staples of pizza or hotdogs. Those not afraid to get messy dug into Mexican grilled corn or esquites—warm corn in a cup mixed with a bit of mayo and butter, covered with crumbled cotija cheese, lime juice and a pinch of chilli powder. Parents congregated under the grand tree and conversed, keeping an eye on the children and an ear towards their conversation. Some families dressed up as a unit. There was a group of vampire hunters, who had their work cut out for them that night. Another family created a spoton rendition of Scooby-Doo and his gang, complete with a scaleddown version of the Mystery Machine–perfect for a baby-sized Scooby. “This year we did a whole fam-
Candy: Parents should always check through their children’s candy before consumed to make sure it has not been tampered with. Baked goods: Rosales recommended children should only eat such items from people they know, because you never know what could be cooked into them. “They can put some pesticides, or whatever I mean it’s so easy to just inject things into candy or it’s expired candy, that’s not good, there’s so many possibilities,” Rosales said. Stay on the sidewalks: Try to keep children from walking or running in the streets which is common and can be unsafe. “People get excited. You know, a lot of teens, they go trick or treating. They get excited, then they start running around the street in front of cars sometimes, just trying to be funny and they don’t understand what could happen,” Rosales said. Home safety: Candles: If you are using candles in the home for decoration or for lighting up a pumpkin make sure flames are not close to curtains or fabric that can easily catch on fire. Always keep a fire extinguisher in the house for
emergencies. Keep flames that are in pumpkins away from children who could brush up against them and catch their costumes on fire. A good way to avoid flames in the house and outside is using fake or battery operated candles to place around the house. Driving around the neighborhoods: Make sure to drive the speed limit because it could be hazardous. Rosales said if drivers see a group of kids, it is a good idea to drive just a little under the speed limit and to be aware of other things around them so no one gets hurt. If you are driving slowly, you have a better chance of avoiding an accident if someone unexpectedly runs in front of your car. House lighting: Make sure houses are well lit for children to easily walk up to your doorsteps. If it is dark don’t approach the house. Always carry a flashlight for walking through dark areas. An alternative way to pass out candy is to put a table in your driveway. This will make it easy for kids to walk up and also keep away any unwelcomed visitors. With these helpful tips, everyone can have a safe and festive holiday.
ily theme,” Chris Rosales of Ontario said. “Except for Shaggy. We couldn’t convince my little girl to do Shaggy.” In the Kids Korner, Snow White did face painting for the kids while a neon-colored Raggedy Ann contorted multi-colored balloons into animals and other beastly arrangements. One could see small figures darting across the grass to fill the bouncy house, then immediately start ricocheting off of every surface inside. Those with strong stomachs clasped themselves to the roundabout, holding onto the spinning contraption until gravity and centralizing force combined to fling them away. But many would only get back up to try again. Okto-BOO-fest closed out the 22nd season of the Fullerton Market. But people like Rosales are already beginning to think of themes and ideas for next year’s Halloween festival.
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Children dress up at the annual Okto-BOO-Fest to celebrate Halloween.
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Spread the fake blood downwards in dripping patterns.
Use the fake blood to cover your head. If you’re afraid it will stain your hair use gel to give it the same wet look.
Put on the dress and cover face, neck and chest with fake blood.
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Titans control own fate CSUF can secure a spot in the Big West Tourney with a pair of victories VINCENT LA ROSA Daily Titan
Just two Big West matches remain in the 2013 season, and the fate of the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer team has been laid at the Titans’ feet. With a 3-2-1 league record, the Titans’ 10 points have them currently sitting third in the Big West Conference heading into road matches with Long Beach State on Thursday and UC Irvine on Sunday. If they win both matches, the Titans will return home to take part in the 2013 Big West Tournament hosted at Titan Stadium. Dropping any points in the form of a loss or tie in either match will mean the Titans have to hope the teams below them falter as well. While it may not be an ideal situation for a CSUF team predicted to repeat as Big West regular season champions by coaches around the league prior to the start of the 2013 season, a team cannot ask for much more than to have a chance to decide their own destiny. Up first for the Titans in their final pair of matches is a Long Beach State team sitting just two spots back of CSUF with eight points and a 2-2-2 record in the Big West. Despite being one point back of the fourth and final spot for entrance into the Big West Tournament, the 49ers did themselves no favors in recent matches drawing 0-0 with Hawai’i at home before losing 1-0 to lowly Cal State North-
ridge at Matador Soccer Field. The 49ers loss to the Matadors was CSUN’s only victory in Big West play so far this season. Like the Titans, the 49ers have relied heavily on a stingy defense and strong goalkeeping to carry them this season. Giving up only 17 goals in 16 matches, Long Beach State boasts the Big West’s thirdbest defense behind UC Santa Barbara and CSUF. In front of goal, the 49ers leader is freshman midfielder Mimi Rangel. With five goals and four assists in 2013, the freshman has played a part in over half of Long Beach State’s goals this season. Add to the mix forward Elizabeth Lyons with her Big West leading seven assists; they’ve proven they can be a handful for teams despite the 49ers’ less than stellar record. Following their match at Long Beach, the Titans will close out their 2013 Big West campaign with a short trip to face second-place UCI, whose qualification for the Big West Tournament is no longer in doubt after defeating CSUN 2-1 last Sunday. Holding a 5-2-0 league record and 15 points, the Anteaters can finish no worse than fourth place no matter the results in their final two matches of the season. Junior forward Laura McGrail has led the way for the Anteaters in 2013 with her team-high seven goals and 17 points, including goals in each of her last two matches. UCI has also enjoyed excellent play from goalkeepers Jenn Randazzo and Corey Tobin, with Tobin having wrestled the starting spot away
from her teammate despite Randazzo’s Big West best nine goals against. On the Titans side of things, a recent two-match winning streak to snap a previous streak of two losses in a row is great for CSUF. It has proved monumental for the Titans who now have the chance to decide their own destiny which is something Head Coach Demian Brown’s team relishes, especially with the Big West Tournament taking place at CSUF. However, the team may have to face their final two opponents without their two arguably most consistent players. Although she is available for selection, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic was carted off the field in the final minutes of the win last Sunday over UC Davis when she collided with her goal post, sustaining a cut over her right eye that required treatment. Freshman defender Jazzmin Mancilla, who has started in 15 of the Titans’ 17 games in 2013, will have to sit out the Long Beach State match after picking up two yellows in the same contest Maricic was injured in. If Maricic cannot go, the Titans will have to rely on freshman Jennifer Stuart in goal to marshal the Big West’s leading defense and hope a shuff ling of the back line isn’t damaging come Thursday. The Titans shouldn’t be too worried with Stuart in goal as the freshman has only given up one goal in her 185 minutes in goal. In the end, it all comes down to win and you’re in for CSUF. For more information on the CSUF women’s soccer team and all Titan Athletics, go to FullertonTitans.com.
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Senior midfielder Jordan Wolff charges up the field with his teammates.
Men’s soccer to face off with in form Anteaters No Titan has double digit points this year, but the team is in the playoff hunt VINCENT LA ROSA
After back-to-back Big West losses, the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer team is back in action Saturday as they travel to UC Irvine to face the No. 16 Anteaters. With 10 points from seven Big West matches, the Titans are clinging to the third spot in the conference’s south division. And now with just three matches to go, having started brightly in league play, CSUF needs to get back on track if they hope to hold off fourth-place UC Riverside to clinch the division’s final Big West Tournament berth. Standing in the Titans’ way this weekend is an Irvine side finding form at just the right time. They have won their last two matches, including a 1-0 away victory over No. 5 Cal State Northridge. If the Anteaters’ last
match against the Titans is any indication, they could be in for a wild one come this weekend. When these teams last met, the Titans were riding high in the midst of a three-match winning streak and leading UCI 1-0 into the 85th minute at Titan Stadium. Then came three goals in just under two minutes in the match and the Titans were lucky to finish level after two overtimes with the Anteaters. Since that match, CSUF has struggled on their current twomatch losing streak, while UCI has jumped up to a tie for first place with CSUN in the south division. For the Anteaters, much of their success centers around their strong play in the defensive half of the field. Conceding just 15 goals in their 16 matches, UCI is tied with UC Santa Barbara as the Big West’s best defensive side. Much of the credit has to go to UCI’s sophomore goalkeeper Michael Breslin. A rock in the back, the goalkeeper has played every minute for the Anteaters
this season and leads the league with seven shutouts. Offensively, UCI senior forward Enrique Cardenas provides the cuttingedge for the Anteaters with his five goals and seven assists tying him for third in points in the Big West. On the Titans’ side of the ball, the theme all season long has been selfless team play on both ends of the pitch. Without a single player in double-digit points offensively, the Titans have had to rely on spreading responsibilities between their hardworking attackers. Junior midfielder Garrett Losee has come on strong lately with two goals in his last four matches, while fellow midfielder Ian Ramos leads the team with three goals and two assists for eight points. Defensively, the Titans thrive off the acrobatic play of senior goalkeeper Bryan Escalante. Despite being at fault for the game-winning goal in an overtime match with CSUN, Escalante has been one of the best shot stoppers in the Big West this season with 56 saves. In away matches for much of the season, Titan Head Coach Bob Ammann has set his side out to play a conservative match going forward with numbers behind the ball defensively. With the Titans being so strong on set pieces this season, it is an approach that has been successful in keeping CSUF compact and tough to beat. But Cthe Titans have had problems when they needed to take the game to their opponent and seize the initiative to score. With UCI’s stellar defensive record, it will not be easy for the Titans to sit back and hope to nip a goal. Ammann will need to figure out a way to allow his team to get forward and create more chances if they are going to have the opportunities necessary to beat the Anteaters.
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