Have a fat fun (and safe) Halloween weekend!

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With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, Halloween parties and harvest festivals will provide plenty of opportunities for all ages to get into the “spirit” of the season. In Canyon Lake, the Family Matters Club wants to make sure families have a good time together before the trick-or-treating starts by hosting a Halloween Carnival at Holiday Harbor.

This free event will start at 11 a.m. with games and crafts, followed by a costume contest at 2 p.m. This will be a fun, safe and friendly event, with nothing too scary, according to spokesperson Shawna Bowen.

“Remember, this is a great event for all kids,” Shawna says. “We do not hand out candy for the games or prizes; they receive toys and other goodies. So no worries about any food allergies. There are prizes galore and each kid will find plenty of great items to take home.” Lunch food and snacks for purchase will include rib plates with corn, beans and rolls, chili cheese nachos, barbecued chicken sandwiches, jumbo hot dogs, deep fried Oreos, make-your-own ice cream sundaes, cotton candy, assorted candy, packaged snacks, soda and bottled water.

There will be free games with prizes (no wristbands) and a costume contest with prizes. Free candy goodie bags will be given to the first 50 people to make a purchase at the snack bar.

Adults will find parties with live bands taking place at the Lodge and Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant. Many local churches will host harvest festivals; check their websites or Facebook pages for information.

Motorists are reminded to drive slowly through community streets throughout the evening. For safety tips, see Page A-10.

And don’t forget – everyone will gain an hour overnight Saturday as the clock falls back when daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

As always when the time changes, fire officials urge everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.

For any emergency – police, fire, medical situation or suspected drunk driver – call 911. For POA rules and curfew violations, call Community Patrol at 951-244-6841 ext. 410.

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