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Choosing the winners in this year’s Spokesman-Review Halloween coloring contest turned out to be quite the trick. In the 4 and younger category, judges were impressed by Izabella Vezinanto’s creative use of found materials, Ellasynn Adams’ Picasso-like eye treatment and Parker Wirth’s bold exploration of deep winter colors.
Despite the past few dreary, rainy days, trick-or-treaters might actually stay dry this year as they collect their Halloween bounty. There is a chance of scattered showers this morning, but meteorologist Rocco Pelatti said the system would probably pass before it’s time for trick-or-treaters to take to the streets.
Among the sweet treats of this Halloween weekend’s monster mash of live music is L.A. surf-noise-pop duo Best Coast. Playing dreamy lo-fi fuzz, Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno have been lighting up the blogosphere over the past year with a series of EPs leading up to the July release of their full-length debut, “Crazy For You.”
With Halloween just around the corner, churches are planning special parties and festivals. At Liberty Park United Methodist Church, 1526 E. 11th Ave., the church will hold its 15th annual Hallowed Rest Stop on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m.
Ghouls and witches, from toddlers through fifth grade, are welcome to wear their favorite costume Friday to the Pence Union Building at Eastern Washington University for the Harvest Tour and Carnival. The tour begins at 3:30 p.m. and the carnival will be held in the Pence Union Building Lounge, from 4 to 6 p.m. Children can enjoy Halloween fun, carnival games and goodies.
Scary Halloween movies are nothing new, and some of the best of them were made decades ago, said Bill Stimson, president of the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater, a nonprofit organization in Spokane. As part of its fall classic film series now under way, the group is presenting three vintage flicks tonight at the Bing Crosby Theater at Sprague Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Spokane.
As that noted philosopher Donovan once observed, it “must be the season of the witch.” Unless, of course, you are U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, who swears she is absolutely NOT a witch!
The weather has been a little dreary, but what better way to get into the Halloween spirit? The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Pumpkin Lane on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. For a map and list of participating merchants where to trick or treat, see the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce website at: www. deerparkchamber.com.
Molasses and spice make for great autumnal flavors. In this cookie sandwich we’ve taken a chewy gingerbread pumpkin cut-out cookie and added fun jack-o’-lantern faces and a lightly sweetened cream cheese filling. For another fall theme, the cookies also could be made with leaf-shaped cutters.
Up the gore factor of this Halloween sangria – designed to resemble swamp water but to taste like a sweet autumnal nectar – by adding a drizzle of green swamp slime to the rim of the serving glasses. Making edible slime is a snap. In a wide, shallow bowl, mix together a few drops of green gel food coloring and about 1/2 cup of glucose syrup (light corn syrup also can be used), which is available online and at baking and craft stores.