For a large group of people, Halloween isn’t just one day of the year.
It’s a way of life. They plan and anticipate and countdown for Oct. 31. And they do all they can to keep it going for as long as possible.
I am one of those people. In fact, I love Halloween so much that I created my own website for it.
Some of the those featured in the pages of this month’s Halloween issue are equally as passionate as myself: from themed restaurant The Cauldron in Buena Park, inspired by a witchy aesthetic, to paranormal investigators who dedicate themselves to uncovering what lies beneath mysterious activity in homes, businesses and purportedly haunted places.
There’s a wide range of what Halloween can mean. And it doesn’t all have to be spooky. Sometimes it’s parents dressing up their one-year-old like an airplane as part of a family costume theme (In the Moment). And other times it’s simply paying a visit to a seasonal pumpkin patch (Calendar).
For this issue, we’ve tried to incorporate all levels of Halloween enthusiast and all variety of creative expression.
Our main feature pays homage to the haunted history of The Queen Mary in Long Beach—along with other haunted locations—and all the inspiration it elicits. With this feature, we also welcome our new photographer Ralph Palumbo, who brings with him many years of experience not only in kids’ themes, but also in shooting spookier subject matter. The Queen Mary has a rich history of ghostly legends, and with our shoot, we tried to create our own version of mischievous ghosts.
Not everyone is as enthusiastic about the holiday as some of us, but my hope is to offer all readers an appreciation for how this passion flourishes. And maybe the next time you’re in Fullerton, you’ll check out Zombee Donuts to nibble on the Eyeball, a red velvet cake donut with white icing and a chocolate ganache “pupil” in the center. Or maybe you’ll surprise your kid this Halloween and create a unique costume inspired by our other feature, which officers pro tips for assembling an impressive ensemble at home.
When it comes to Halloween, just about anything goes. Let your inner child out and allow him to create and explore. Your own kids are likely to appreciate a partner in all the fun.