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Southwest Ambulance collects unwanted candy for troop pick-me-up

Southwest Ambulance personnel are collecting candy for those who aren’t able to go trick-or-treating on Halloween.

  • Arizona State Fair: Light at the end of work-week tunnel

    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.

  • Concerts, contests and ribbons — get ready for the 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.

  • Autumn in Arizona: Fall fun not far from home

    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.

  • Kids will love mixing it up with these new hybrid books

    Hybrid novels are all the rage with young readers, who love the mix of pictures and text in a chapter book.

  • Frights from Cooper, Roth fill Universal Studios backlot

    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.

  • 3 to Try: The flavors of fall

    Nothing says autumn like the smell and taste of pumpkin. Here’s where to get your fall fix.

  • October brings Chandler Recreation fall break camps, special events

    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.

  • Think about your budget as holiday countdown begins

    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.

  • Tricky treats for young readers

    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…

  • Mesa police stress Halloween safety

    The Mesa Police Department has provided the following tips for Halloween safety:

  • 3 to Try: Fair foods

    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.

  • A sudden harvest of Valley haunted house businesses

    Look out for goblins, ghouls, zombies, and werewolves this month, as two new haunted houses are raising goose bumps around the Valley.

  • Connect with the spirits at Valley 'Dia de los Muertos' events

    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.

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