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Halloween lovers float on flights of fantasy at Escondido Grape Day Park



Christina King, owner of The Fairy Godmother costume shop, at left, recently bought the home-based business from Nancy Benson, at right. Modeling their creations, from rear left, are Willie King, Sophia King, Raven Winter, Elisa Noriega and Brittany Basquin.

Christina King, owner of The Fairy Godmother costume shop, at left, recently bought the home-based business from Nancy Benson, at right. Modeling their creations, from rear left, are Willie King, Sophia King, Raven Winter, Elisa Noriega and Brittany Basquin.

Friends and family of Christina King, of The Fairy Godmother costume shop showed up for a photo shoot in Grape Day Park last week. King recently purchased the home-based business from Nancy Benson, who started it 14 years ago.

Benson, who worked in Escondido school administration, started making cos­tumes for fun, but soon demand had her turning the hobby into a business.

King assembled some traditional cos­tumes for the shoot with two young wom­en modeling Steampunk attire. Steampunk is a mixture of the Victorian era’s roman­tic view of science and elements from the early steam-based Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1800s. The fashion is designed with a post-apocalyptic era in mind.

Meanwhile, Halloween is busting out all over, from Bates Nut Farm to North County Fair, merchants are pushing cos­tumes and shoppers are loading up on pumpkins and holiday candy.

The California Center for the Arts is running a special on Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, starting Saturday through November 22.

The museum’s exhibition “Re-Mem­bering Our Ancestors, Discovering Our­selves” will be free starting Saturday.

Local, regional, traditional and non- traditional artists will share the exuberance of the All Hallows holiday, while remind­ing onlookers how memory can reintegrate lost family members and deepen cultural roots.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, children can mold and create a sugar skull and learn about the history and significance of one the Dia’s most interesting icons.

At 4 p.m. on All Hallows Day, Novem­ber 1, the Tierra Caliente Academy of the Arts will perform “Mexico, Vive Su Folk­lor” with dancing, music and traditional costumes. At 6 p.m. guests will be invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside the museum.

The outdoor festival will start at 6 p.m. on El Dia with featured live mu­sic by Son de San Diego and Mariachi Divinas and Ballet Folklorico.

Turn to Page 8 for a list of costume providers and All Hallows fun.


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