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I do consider myself a little superstitious. The hair on the back of my neck rises when a black cat crosses my path, I won't walk under a ladder, I always knock on wood, and I haven't quite figured out my opinion about the number 13. I am not a triskaidekaphobic (someone who has an irrational fear of this numerological pariah), but it does make me a little uneasy. When we first moved to Bakersfield and we were assigned a home phone number with two 13s. I thought it meant bad luck. Quite the opposite has been true; we have had a wonderful life here with many opportunities. However, the other day when I bought lunch at Costco, and the cashier told me my total was $13.13, I had to pause and wonder if bad luck was around the corner. So far, it hasn't been.

Because of this folklore, Halloween fascinates me. I think it's my favorite holiday. During this time of year, common superstitions, myths, and omens carry more weight, and I enjoy it all – costumes, candy, trick-or-treating, caramel apples, and especially scary movies.

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Vaun and her daughter, Bryce
As a mom, my favorite part of Halloween is watching my kids' excitement over their costumes. I find the fantasy and role play they experience when they change their wardrobe and add accessories charming. Our cover kids were picture perfect in their costumes – I am a little partial because the beautiful princess is my 10-year-old daughter, Bryce. I also interviewed my friend, Rebecca, whose two children, Abby and Walker, grace our cover and learned how she made the classic story of "Alice in Wonderland" come to life with her children's costumes – Alice and the White Rabbit.

For all of us Halloween junkies, we have many scary and ghoulish treats inside this issue, including how to make an edible haunted house. Also, check out the recipes for Easy Vampire Bites and Them Bones with Chili.

We are lucky to have many crafty moms who can share their talents with you. Tracie Grimes puts her creativity to work in the "You Can Do It" article where she teaches us step-by-step how to make an edible Haunted House. In her monthly feature "Humor at Home," she talks about her childrens' back-to-school night.

Another creative piece we proudly print each month is "Nanny's Story Time" by Joan H. Haskins. This month, she featured KCFM's own Amber Fox's children, Chey and Haliee, as the main characters in a Halloween story. If you have a story idea and would like Joan to write about your children, please send your information to www.kerncountyfamily.com, and you may have it published in an upcoming issue.

In our "Mothers, Shakers, and Community Makers" article, I had the privilege of interviewing two remarkable people who make a huge contribution to our city. Nine-year-old Lucas Pauliukonis sold almost $40,000 in popcorn for the Boy Scouts of America and was named the number one seller in the nation. Sheri Horn-Bunk, Development Officer for California State University, Bakersfield, has helped raise thousands of dollars for many philanthropic projects.

You will find our "Family Favorite Awards" results in our Special Features, where we asked you, our readers, what you like about Bakersfield—from health care to shopping to birthday parties—and you told us. We are excited about the participation and feedback, and happy to award these deserving businesses with this distinction. Congratulations!

During this month of ghosts and goblins, find the magic in your childrens' costumes. And, when these cute little monsters, witches, and Hannah Montana look-alikes, ring your doorbell on Halloween asking for a trick or a treat, surprise them!

Happy Halloween…Eat, drink, and be scary!

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