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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

October 25, 2018
Parkston is Haunted!

Spooky Books!

Halloween Fairy Tales

Sleepy Hollow, The Musical

Fun Events!
Halloween Fairy Tales continued
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  Parkston is Haunted!

(0 A October 2018) Halloween_ChildFernCreek.jpgThis is a must see! On Halloween night, the small mountain town of Parkston that occupies the front yard of the Fern Creek and Western becomes mistily haunted. Gracing its railroad circuits is a full size haunted grave yard!

Complete with fog, creepy ghouls and candy for the kids, we will be open with trains running on Halloween night for everyone to see. Come (0 AB Widgets) HalloweenFun.jpgjoin in the fun! Meet engineers Eric and Trevor. I'd be afraid to miss it! Wednesday, October 31, 6pm, 419 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz

Have a spooky weekend with the family. Perhaps make a big pot of fall witches soup (butternut squash soup with a dab of creme fraiche topped with a little black plastic spider!). Parmalee

 

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  Spooky Books!

Please don't let an 8 year old read Grimm's Fairy Tales alone, at night,  under the covers, with a flashlight... Select age-appropriate scary stories! Your librarians love to help you!

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  Halloween Fairy Tales

Trick-or-Treat Your Kids to Some Fairy Tales this Halloween

By Anjali Shastry

Halloween is right around the corner! Children dressed up as princesses and princes, witches and skeletons or a favorite super-hero will go about their neighborhoods trick-or-treating. But that is just part of what makes Halloween so memorable and meaningful for children.

(0 A October 2018) Samhain.jpgHalloween started out as the festival of Samhain, a time at the end of summer when the Celts believed that spirits on the other side of the veil would roam the Earth. In order to scare the ghosts away, they would hold a big party. This tradition eventually became known as All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween.

If spirits roaming about sounds spooky to you, that's because it is. And it's meant to be. Interested? Read more>>>

 

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  Sleepy Hollow, The Musical

(0 A October 2018) SleepyHollowHeadlessHorseman.jpgSleepy Hollow, The Musical Welcome to the international premiere of Sleepy Hollow the Musical, a dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Halloween! Written by Santa Cruz County long-time residents, Katelyn and Sierra Laird, this innovative adaptation of Washington Irving's Headless Horseman features a new story of love and the supernatural with an all-original score.

The show begins a national tour with October performances in the newly refurbished Matthews Theater of the Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building. Delight in a professional and family-friendly production featuring Broadway-style vocals, choreography, and scenic design in a whirlwind musical that is suitable for adults and children alike.

Enjoy a mysterious tale of adventure and romance, love and laughs, the dark mysteries of a seemingly sleepy town, and the strength of the human spirit. Come celebrate the Halloween Season with this fun and fabulous event that is sure to become a holiday tradition for the entire family.

Showtimes are:
Friday, Oct. 26th*
Saturday, Oct 27th: 2:00 Matinee AND 7:30 Evening Show
Sunday, Oct. 28th: 2:00 Matinee

*Notice: Special Performance Friday, Oct. 26th. Check out our website (www.luasolproductions.com) for details and updates on this unique, one-night-only outdoor experience.

Get Tickets $12-25 •website Santa Cruz

 

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Kirby Preparatory School 6-12, Open House for Prospective Parents 10/20

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Open House 10/28

 

Expedition Academy Middle School, Coffee and Q & A 11/8

 

Mount Madonna School PreK-12, Panel Discussion with Veterans 11/9

 

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Super Moist Pumpkin Bread

 

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7th Annual Day of the Dead Watsonville Library
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  7th Annual Day of the Dead Watsonville Library
Library Watsonville
Date: 10/25/2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
City: Watsonville Phone: (831)768-3400 view all details >>
     
Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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  Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
Roaring Camp
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 13-Oct 28)
Details: Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities
City: Felton view all details >>
     

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Art Factory
Date: 10/26/2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: 7-12
Details: Includes: pizza, a pumpkin for carving and a spooky project!
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 688-8862 view all details >>
     
Boo!
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  Boo!
Date:
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Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
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  Gault Halloween-DIa de los Muertos Parade
Gault Elementary School
Date: 10/27/2018 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Celebrate Fall at the Annual Gault Elementary Halloween - Da de los Muertos Parade & Carnival
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-3856 view all details >>
     
Free Pumpkin Carving
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  Free Pumpkin Carving
Library Boulder Creek
Date: 10/27/2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: Childre of All Ages Welcomed
Details: Free Pumpkin Carving
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Pros and Cons of the November State Ballot Measures
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  Pros and Cons of the November State Ballot Measures
Library Central
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Come hear the arguments, both for and against, the statewide propositions to be voted on during the November 6, 2018 General Ele
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
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  7th Annual Day of the Dead Freedom Library
Library Freedom
Date: 10/27/2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: Come together to create art, follow traditions, or create new traditions.
City: Freedom Phone: (831)768-3420 view all details >>
     
Haunted Harbor
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  Haunted Harbor
Santa Cruz Harbor
Date: 10/27/2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come enjoy a "spooktacular" evening of trick-or-treating at Santa Cruz Harbor!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831)425-0690 view all details >>
     
Sleepy Hollow, The Musical
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  Sleepy Hollow, The Musical
Lua Sol Productions
Date: Every Su, Th, Fri and Sa (Oct 19-Oct 28)
Details: A dazzling new production based on the beloved classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, just in time for Hallowe
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Chile Cookoff - 7th!
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  Chile Cookoff - 7th!
Beach Boardwalk
Date: 10/27/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Special Instructions: $10for a tasting kit
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 426-7433 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
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  Santa Cruz Glass Pumpkin Patch
Live Oak Grange
Date: Every day (Oct 27-Oct 28) from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Beautiful hand-made glass pumpkins and gourds created in the glass blowing studio of local artist Cris Johnson
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
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Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: 10/28/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Santa Cruz Noir
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Rites of Spring
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Santa Cruz Symphony
Date: Every day (Oct 26-Oct 28)
Ages: all
Details: "Rites of Spring," featuring excerpts from composers Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Debussy
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Halloween at Seymour
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  Halloween at Seymour
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: 10/31/2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All ages.
Details: Wear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Spooky or Not Spooky!
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  Spooky or Not Spooky!
State Park Big Basin
Date: 10/27/2018 at 1:00pm
Details: A special walk for Halloween! We'll take a walk in the forest with an eye out for the weird and wonderful. Geared for young chi
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
     
Hotel Transylvania 2
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Valley Churches United Missions Holiday Projects
Date: 10/26/2018 at 4:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Monster comedy adventure - wicked good fun!
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
 Watsonville PAL HarvestFEST!
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Watsonville PAL
Date: 10/26/2018 at 5:30pm
Details: Come out & Join us for this year's Watsonville PAL HarvestFEST! There
City: Freedom Phone: 831-763-4147 view all details >>
     
     
  Halloween Fairy Tales continued

For children, Halloween is a real-life extension of the world created by fairy tales: a magical, mysterious and somewhat ambiguous space and time filled with monsters and spirits, and also the heroes that defeat them.

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Fairy tales are part of the oral tradition of storytelling. Some contain morals: don't talk to strangers; listen to your parents; don't eat someone else's house, no matter how many gumdrops are on it.

Others are indeed frightening. There's the impish trickster who will spin straw into gold for you - if only you'll give him your firstborn. The girl who goes to visit her grandmother and finds instead a wolf dressed in the old lady's clothes. Poisoned apples - enough said.

These tales can be found everywhere - from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, to India's Panchatantra stories and the oral folklorico traditions in Mexico - to the friendlier versions we see today in pop culture.

According to the British Library, fairy tales are a sort of bildungsroman for young'uns, "formation" or "self-education" stories about young protagonists who learn through a series of challenges. Through their hero proxies, children learn to cope with rage, sadness, grief, discomfort, pain, and other negativity.

In his landmark 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment, child psychologist and fairy tale expert Bruno Bettelheim wrote that fairy tales help children visualize and ultimately mitigate their innermost anxieties. "The child must somehow distance himself from the content of his unconsciousness and see it as something external to him [if he is] to gain any sort of mastery over it," he wrote.

Essentially, fairy tales allow us to trifle with disaster from a safe distance.

These stories also serve as a jumping-off point for discussion. How would you handle being lost in the woods? What would you do if someone offered you a poisoned apple? Should you kiss a sleeping princess in a tall tower?

It isn't just old fairy tales that have survived; new ones are always emerging.

A modern giant of fairy tales, Maurice Sendak, frightens children with Where The Wild Things Are. He believed children are complicated beings who experience profound emotional turmoil, and he addressed that dark side.

"From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can," Sendak said. "And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."

Ultimately, fairy tales enthrall the imagination, and that is what engages children as they grow, learn, explore, create, and express their thoughts and feelings.

So this Halloween, take your kids on the adventure of a lifetime. Read them a fairy tale thoughtfully chosen to be appropriate for your child!

As writer G.K. Chesterton put it: "Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed."

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