Halloween

The costume contest at the 25th Annual Halloween Haunt at the La Canada Elementary School on Saturday. (Photo by Mike Mullen / October 27, 2012)

Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, October 31. Happy Halloween!

Throwing a party in the Northeast Valley? The police department may be monitoring them more closely after City Councilman Richard Alarcon won support for a "party patrol," reports Contra Costa Times.

A 19-year-old North Hollywood man pleaded guilty Monday to pointing a laser at a Pasadena police helicopter last March, reports the Daily News. He faces up to five years in prison.

A standoff early Tuesday in Valley Glen led to one arrest, reports City News Service.

Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman finally agree on something — opposing a mailer sent out by an outside committee to support Sherman, reports the L.A. Times.

Curious as to why people continue to celebrate Halloween, and how the celebrate it? A bookseller at North Hollywood's Iliad Bookshop has penned a history of the holiday, reports Boston Globe.

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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