'Halloweentown' really exists, you can visit this month

Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 @ 6:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

"Halloweentown" is REAL

If you were a fan of the Disney Channel original movie "Halloweentown" and were disappointed that you couldn't join Marnie and Aggie there in real life, be disappointed no more. 

The town that served as the spooky town is real and is ready to give you all of the spooks and scares that come with the Halloween season.

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St. Helens, Oregon, hosts the month-long "Spirit of Halloweentown" festival, not only to celebrate all things Halloween but also to commemorate its role in the Disney movie series that stared Debbie Reynolds.

Fans can have their photos taken at the courthouse and throughout Old Town, which served as the otherworldly setting.

Oct. 14, Kimberly Brown, the actress who portrayed Marnie in three of the films, will be on hand for photo ops. The actors who portrayed Marnie’s mother, brother and sister will also be there.

The month-long schedule of events can be found here.

And if you're not a fan of "Halloweentown," or have never heard of it, St. Helens has a connection to another hit film franchise. The town was also a setting in "Twilight," according to Buzzfeed.

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Fairborn to host block party, parade and fireworks over two days

Published: Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 11:07 AM


            Fairborn hosted a parade for Fourth of July in 2017. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF
Fairborn hosted a parade for Fourth of July in 2017. CHUCK HAMLIN/STAFF

The city of Fairborn has two days for residents to celebrate the Fourth of July with a block party, parade and fireworks.

On Tuesday, the city will host a block party from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Fairborn. The block party will have vendors catering to food, crafts and information.

Cherry on Top will be one of the bands that perform at the block party. There will be rides, and Main Street stores will be open.

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The city hosts a Little Mister and Misses Fairborn contest that starts at 6:30 p.m. The contest is for students of the Fairborn City Schools that are ages six to nine.

On Wednesday, the city will have a Fourth of July Parade that starts at 10 a.m. There will be bands, floats, police and fire vehicles and the Shriners.

The party moves to Community Park at 5 p.m. for food, rides and entertainment. The party ends with a fireworks show that starts at 10 p.m.

“A nice, fun, family event for every age,” said Fourth of July committee member Jamie Bauer.

Visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Bauer at (937)672-1928 for more information.

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Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Father's Day - By the Numbers

Happy Father's Day!

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Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.

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Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:

1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround

2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR

3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns

4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x

5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt

6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy

7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles

8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie

9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309

10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38

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Twins born Memorial Day weekend celebrate 'cookout style' in adorable costumes

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 7:22 AM

Twins Born Memorial Day Weekend Celebrate "Cookout Style"

Twins born at Pittsburgh's Washington Health System Washington Hospital over Memorial Day weekend were dressed to impress.

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Posted by Washington Health System on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"

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We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day...

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How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Published: Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2018 @ 6:40 PM

Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and before everyone gets ready for happy hours and parties, it helps to go in with a plan.

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, during the French-Mexican war.

Make sure you do not do any of the following:

Dress up in sombreros and fake mustaches

There is no need to "dress up" for this day, but if you do, do not wear a sombrero, mariachi suit, serape, fake mustache or anything of the sort if you are not a member of that culture. Those things have historical and cultural significance, and donning them just for a day caricatures and stereotypes people. That's not fun.

Go out and get drunk

There is nothing wrong with drinking in moderation and doing it socially, but responsibility is key. What is the use in celebrating a day if you get sick or can't remember it?

Make English words Spanish by adding an "o" on the end

Not only does it not make any sense, but by doing this, it makes fun of another language and turns it into a joke. The same goes for plays on the holiday name, so no parties or themes like "Cinco de Drinko."

You can make a margarita cupcake or a fun cocktail, or have dinner at a family-owned Mexican restaurant. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without doing any of the three above.

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