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Princess, vampires visit the Village

DEL MAR — The year’s spookiest holiday arrived a week early during Del Mar Village Association’s fifth annual Halloween Trick-O-Treat in the Village on Oct. 24.
Participants included youngsters, and a few adults, dressed to draw scares, stares and the frequent, “Aww, how cute!”
About 300 children strolled down Camino del Mar collecting candy from participating merchants. Arts and crafts projects were available in the library and the L’Auberge Del Mar amphitheater, where Betty Lovegren, sporting her best pirate garb, offered face-painting and henna tattoos.
Costumes included everything from a quadruplet of Disney princesses in store-bought attire to an airplane crafted from a trash can by Del Mar resident Marlo Kincey, determined to make his grandson’s Halloween costume wish come true.
“He wanted to be an airplane so I made him one,” Kincey said.
The free event included dance routines by the Scripps Performing Arts Academy and culminated with a show by Hollywood illusionist Joel Ward.
Sponsors included the Del Mar Plaza, Mind Body Partnerships, the Del Mar Art Center and Del Mar Highlands UltraStar Cinemas, which provided free movie tickets for a prize drawing at the end of the day.