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Myths & Superstitions *In Greek superstition, salt has great purifying powers and can be used to ward off demons and evil spirits . *If a bat flies into your house, beware! You may have some ghosts or spirits visiting! *If you hear a cat sneeze, you will be lucky. *If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one that is watching over you. *If you walk into a spider web, you will meet a friend that day.

Sir Walter Scott once wrote: “Ah! cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of. It comes no doubt from their being so familiar with warlocks and witches.”

Barks & Meow’s Express! CV - OCT 2016 OCTOBER 2016 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Oct 2nd 2016: Blessing of the Animals (Simi Valley) Starting at 10:15am at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 280 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley. CA 93065. For more info: or call: 805-526-5141 OCT 9TH 2016: Grand Opening - Valley Cats, Inc (Westlake Village) 5pm -10pm at their new location: 790 Hampshire Road, Unit H, Westlake Village. Come tour the new center, online & live auction, food trucks, For more info: 818-992-3225: or OCT 15TH 2016: 2nd Annual Hogs for Dogs “Poker Run” (Camarillo) 9am - 11am: Bikers Registration begins at Ventura Harley Davidson, 1326 Del Norte Dr, Camarillo. Last Stop at VCAS, 600 Aviation Dr. in Camarillo. (Non-riders are welcome 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at VCAS) Ride to benefit Ventura County Animal Services. For more info: Call Jan at (818) 298-8488 or visit our Facebook: Oct 22nd 2016: Garage Sale Fundraiser (Simi Valley) 8.00am at 3004 Kilaine Dr, Simi Valley CA 93063. Fundraiser for Petstop Rescue. Lots of items and more! All donations will help to rescue animals/find homes along with spay/neuter/medical bills. Your help is needed to keep these animals alive. For more info: Denise Esswein 805-583-3037. or website: Oct 29th 2016: Howl-O-Ween Coffee & Canines (Camarillo) 9am - 12pm: Mission Oaks Park (off-leash area), Camarillo. Enjoy a casual social event. Coffee provided. Logo wear available for a donation! For more info: or Oct 30th 2016: 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade (Simi Valley) 10am to 3pm: 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade at Lemon Park, Simi Valley. Trick or Treat for the kids, Pumpkin decorating, Costume contests, Nationwide #88 Race car. Presented by the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset. For more info: Oct 31st 2016: Halloween in the Park (Camarillo) 5pm - 8pm: Halloween in the Park & Creepy Crawly Show (Bugs, Tarantulas, Snakes) at Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo. Trick or Treat Village, Costume Contests, Games, Crafts & More! Organized by Pleasant Valley Recreational Park District. For more info: or call: 805-482-1996.

HALLOWEEN TRIVIA *If the flame on a candle goes out and it happens to be Halloween, then you have a ghost visiting you! *The black cat has long been associated with witches. Many superstitions have evolved about cats. It was believed that witches could change into cats. Some people also believed that cats were the spirits of the dead. *Legend claims that if you see a spider on this particular night, it could be the spirit of a deceased loved one who is watching over you. *In Scotland, a strange dog coming to the house means a new friendship, while in England, to meet a spotted or black and white dog on your way to a business appointment is lucky. *Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees. *Did you know that in the dictionary there are no words that rhyme with orange. *Owls are associated with Halloween because, in Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches. To hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

Did you ever wonder where the whole Jack-o-Lantern thing came from? Well, before there were flashlights and glow sticks, Irish people used to carve out turnips and put a candle in them for a lantern. When they came to America, they noticed there weren't many turnips, but lots of pumpkins, so they used pumpkins instead!

BAT FACTS There are more than 1,000 bat species in the world. About a fourth of all mammals species! They are the only mammals that can fly. They live much of their lives hanging upside down. Most species are only active at night, dusk and dawn, spending their days in dark caves. Bats are very clean animals and groom themselves often to keep their fur clean. Bats use echolocation to find their prey. With echolocation the bat can determine where the prey is, how big it is and in what direction it is moving! Vampire bats adopt orphans, and are one of the few mammals known to risk their own lives to share food with less fortunate roost-mates.

QUIZ 1. Who was the author of the poem "The Witches Spell"? 2. What took place between June & Sept 1692 in Salem, Mass? 3. Who is said to haunt the White House Rose Garden? 4. What is the fear of Halloween known as ? 5. What is Triskaidekaphobia a fear of ? 6. What year was the movie Hocus Pocus released?

Answers: 1. William Shakespeare. 2. Salem Witchcraft Trials. 3. Dolly Madison. 4. Samhainophobia. 5. The number 13. 6. 1993.

Silly Halloween Q & A Q. Who was the most famous witch detective? A. Warlock Holmes Q. Where do most werewolves live? A. In Howl-y-wood, CA. Q. Why can't a Skeleton Lift Weights? A. He's all bone & no muscle. Q. Where does a ghost go on vacation? A. Mali-boo. Q: What happens when a flying witch breaks the sound barrier? A: You hear the broom boom. Q. Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist? A. To improve his bite…! Q: Which story do all little witches love to hear at bedtime? A: "Ghoul Deluxe and the Three Scares." Q. Why did the skeleton climb a tree? A. Because a dog was after its bones... Q. Which building does Dracula visit in New York? A. The Vampire State Building.

Candy Apples The fusion of Celtic and Roman traditions is behind Halloween’s candy-apple staple. Samhain was around the time of the Roman festival honoring Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees. The goddess is often symbolized by an apple, so the fruit became synonymous with Samhain celebrations of the harvest.

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Trick or Treat One Halloween, a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as 'Rocky' in boxing gloves and satin shorts. Soon after I gave him some goodies, he returned for more. "Aren't you the same 'Rocky' who left my doorstep a few minutes ago?" I asked. "Yes," he replied, "but now I'm the sequel. I'll be back three more times tonight too."

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In the United States, the first citywide celebration of Halloween was in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921. The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920’s. The 1978 blockbuster movie “Halloween” was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget. Over 20 million pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes each year. Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.

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Early Century Witches Lady Alice Kyteler, Ireland's earliest known accused witch, was condemned to death for using sorcery to kill her husband in 1324. (Kyteler escaped, and her maid was burned at the stake in her stead.) The English historian Raphael Holinshed later recounted the case and described some of the supposedly damning evidence authorities found against Kyteler: "In rifleing the closet of the ladie, they found a pipe of ointment wherewith she greased her staffe (broomstick), upon which she ambled and galloped through thick and thin." Another often-cited account comes a from 15th-century manuscript by theologian Jordanes de Bergamo. In his "Quaestio de Strigis" of 1470, Bergamo writes of witches who on "certain days or nights they anoint a staff and ride on it to the appointed place or anoint themselves under the arms and in other hairy places."

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