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Halloween hotspots

Scare up a good time this holiday weekend with parties, costume contests, pumpkin carving, haunted houses and more.

October 28, 2010|By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com
  • In the spirit of Halloween, a "cucurbita maxima" or giant pumpkin rests on display at the Laguna Nursery on South Coast Highway.
In the spirit of Halloween, a "cucurbita maxima"… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

As Halloween nears, ghosts and ghouls get ready to spread bone-chilling fear. Witches and devils will soon roam the streets, causing mischief and haunting for treats. Skeletons and vampires again will rise to the smell of soul cakes and blood-red apple pies. Bonfires, Jack-o'-lanterns and spooky pranks, pirates' victims emerging from the sea back onto their planks. Children play dress-up and knock door-to-door, "Happy Halloweening" for treating, more horror and lore.

Laguna will honor the history of old Samhain's day, brought to us by the Celts 2,000 years ago, which marked the end of summer and a long winter stay. Locals will open the gates to the spirits of past, invite them to mingle and have a blast. They'll throw parties, host contests and offer great deals, shake up cocktail potions and slice up tasty meals. So check out the list to follow this rhyme, and go celebrate on the town and carve out a great time.

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A group of businesses between Thalia Street and Bluebird Canyon in Laguna's new Hip District, will hold Laguna's HIPest Halloween from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday where they will offer special discounts and gifts in celebration of the holiday.

The Rooftop Lounge, 1287 S. Coast Hwy., in La Casa del Camino, will provide a free appetizer for every one bought.

K'ya Bistro Bar, also in the hotel, will give a free Small Plate Card valued at $10 with proof of receipt of purchase from any HIP District store dated Oct. 30. For more information, call (949) 376-9718

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., will offer a mysterious free gift with any purchase. For more information, call (949) 494-4779

SOHO By the Sea, 1277 S. Coast Hwy., will take half off Brazilian blowouts and color hair treatments from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Limited space available; call (949) 376-6003 to reserve an appointment.

Chocolate Soldier, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 103-B, will hold a costume contest at 2:30 p.m., where a goody bag will be awarded to the scariest and funniest costume. For more information, call (949) 494-4462

Artist Eye Gallery, 1294-A S. Coast Hwy., will provide complimentary refreshments to anyone who checks out Dick Marconi's Color Infusion Art exhibit that day. For more information, call (949) 497-5898

Studio Arts Gallery, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, will hand out Halloween toys to children 10 and younger. For more information, call (949) 376-1619

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