In the United States,
children carved faces on hollowed-out pumpkins and put lighted candles inside to
make jack-o'-lanterns. Halloween celebrations today reflect many of these early
customs. Stores and homes display orange and black figures of witches, bats,
black cats and pumpkins. Children put on costumes and masks and go from house to
house demanding "trick or treat." The treat, usually candy, is generally given
so the trick is rarely played.
In San Pedro, Halloween is also
celebrated with much revelry. Lavish decorations adorn businesses such as the
Holiday Hotel, the Pier Lounge and Wet Willy's, popular "haunts" for local
ghouls and goblins. For those wishing a good scare, the Pier Lounge is providing
ghost stories tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. Terrifying tales will be told, but
only to children who are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Children are
asked to bring a flashlight along to add to the fun. Treats will be provided and
a prize given to the child with the best costume.
number of residents and visitors celebrated this spooky occasion last weekend.
Witches, wizards, zombies, devils and even cute fairies enjoyed a howling good
time at the many activities held at several locations around San Pedro
On Friday afternoon, the Beginners
class of San Pedro Roman Catholic School took to the streets of San Pedro in
very creative costumes visiting residences and businesses asking the question
"trick or treat"? Later in the evening, Barbara's Dance Group held a Halloween
Fair at Central Park. While the dancers entertained the gathering, brave souls
enjoyed the haunted castle and other amusing activities.
ABC Pre-School also held its Annual Halloween Bazaar that same night at the
Esmeralda Park. The children enjoyed scaring each other and entertained
themselves with games such as fishpond and tombola. Prizes were awarded to the
following children in disguise: Most Creative - Scarecrow - Ezra Jacobs;
Scariest - The Glowing Skeleton - Anthony Rivero; Funniest - Scream - Flavio
Vasquez; Most Elegant - The Mystical Spider Web - Alejandra Gomez; Judges'
Favorites: The Witch - Stacey Rodriguez, The Nun - Alexis Williams and The
Princess - Kaira Vasquez.
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Not even ghastly weather could keep the creatures of the night away from Holiday
Hotel's Halloween Festival last Saturday. Donning their most grisly and gruesome
guises, specters and spirits of the dark provided much entertainment during the
night. Winning the Grand Prize for Most Creative, a roundtrip for two to the US
sponsored by Continental Airlines, was Esneda Warner bedecked in a most stylish
coffin, accompanied by her own frightening pall bearers. Other prizes were given
as follows: Scariest - Patty Lopez (Werewolf), Elegant - Candice Usher (French
Maid), Funniest - Jorge Torres (Baby Piggyback), Group - Aaron Hildred, Mike
Crockart and Dan Stuart (Chippendales), Judges' Favorite - Glen Schwendinger
(Undietaker) and Manager's Choice - Dulce Wolfe (Llorona).
On Sunday, October 27th, the
San Pedro Roman Catholic School hosted a Grand Halloween Bash. The fair was a
great success with lots of games, food and drinks galore. A costume competition
was held, as well as the selection of Miss Halloween 2002-2003. Winning the
prize for the Most Original costume was JoVan Ayuso as Dr. Brain; the Cutest
prize was awarded to Joswannie and Stacey Rodriguez as the Twin Witches; the
Most Scariest prize was won by Diovan Sanchez as the Pitch Fork Devil; the Most
Elegant prize went to Joanna Lisbey as the Vampiress; the Prettiest costume went
to Elina Gomez as the Garden Fairy; and the Most Funniest was awarded to Sheila
The Miss Halloween popularity contest was highly
contested with ten students working hard to gain the most points. It was a close
race but at the end of the evening the following contestants emerged victorious.
In the Infant Division, Cynthia Xiu won with points worth $1,562.36. In the
Middle Division, Angelina Guerrero won with points worth $1,654.25 and in the
Upper Division, Robin Gillett won with points worth $1,142.66. All the proceeds
from this year's Halloween Bash will be used to complete the school's fence,
replace dilapidated doors and windows, and to acquire additional furniture for
the classrooms. Happy Halloween!