Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween, Haunted Mansion, French Park, etc.

Happy Halloween!
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Today's photo was taken just before the 1950 Anaheim Halloween Parade. I'm particularly fond of the two-headed cat. I'm not sure what the creature on the far left is supposed to be -- Perhaps a shark with a moustache, or something out of a Peter Max drawing?
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For those (*ahem*) who didn't like my "ghost story" yesterday, there's a whole mess of O.C. ghost stories posted on socalspooks.com.
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The ultimate haunted house is Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. And nobody covers the history and mystery of that imposing manse like Doombuggies.com. Webmaster "Chef Mayhem" has been carrying visitors "into the boundless realm of the supernatural" for over a decade now.
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Daveland is also featuring a great construction photo of the Haunted Mansion today.
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The French Park Home Tour in Santa Ana will be held Dec. 8th & 9th. Visit FrenchPark.org for details. (I suspect I'll be writing more about this tour in a few weeks.)

Bowers' blog recently posted some photos and information about the early history of the Santa Ana Fire Department.

Dana Point Historical Society president Carlos N. Olvera has contributed an article to the November County Courier about the old Capistrano Hill Climb (1916-1927), a famously difficult annual motorcycle race. You can pick up a copy of the Courier at the O.C. Archives or at the next Orange County Historical Society meeting, which will be held Nov. 8, 7:30pm, at the new Muzeo, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim.
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Thursday will be the 231st anniversary of Mission San Juan Capistrano. A small celebration will be held there at 10am.

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