Spooktacular set to entertain LV

Jason D. Cox
Staff Writer

Costumed trick-or-treaters of all ages have a chance to join the Halloween fun at a live taping of La Verne Community Television’s “Halloween Spooktacular 2010.”

There will be both tricks and treats in store for those who arrive from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Maniero Square in dowtown La Verne.

“This will be LVTV’s second year in a row of putting on the Spooktacular,” Shane Rodrigues, radio-TV operations manager, said.

The previous format took place in studio rather than out on the streets where the public can directly participate, Rodrigues added.

Filmed on the streets of downtown La Verne, there will be plenty of room for surprises for viewers and participants of the newly annual event.

Former Miss La Verne Jennifer Barlow, and ULV alumna Taline Baghdadlian will co-host together for this television special.

Viewers can expect Halloween-themed jokes and even a few special guest appearances including Magic Wayne the magician and “Billy Bob.”

Baghdadlian, who majored in broadcast journalism, remembers working on Halloween specials in 2007 and 2008 while she was still a student and is eager to take on the role of co-host this year.

“I’ve heard it called the best place to trick-or-treat in La Verne,” Baghdadlian said. “People come from out of town just to come trick-or-treat in this cute little residential community we have here.”

Providing the tricks for this event will be professional magician, “Magic Wayne” Kawa­moto, who has performed at venues including Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles County Fair and the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Senior television broadcasting major and “Halloween Spooktacular” producer Nick Pignotti said that the live-to-tape Spooktacular production will feature clips from avant-garde films.

“We hope everyone watches and that they all have a good time,” Pignotti said.

The Downtown Coloring Contest arranged by La Verne Community Development head Hal Fredericksen will give children a chance to get into the spirit of Halloween.

Participants will be given a standard design to color and the 12 winners will be announced before the end of the event.

Working in conjunction with the City of La Verne Old Town Merchants Safe Trick-Or-Treating, the Spooktacular provides a safe and pleasant environment for trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy the holiday weekend.

The youngsters who participate in the show will receive candy as they share what costume they are wearing and their experiences trick-or-treating in La Verne’s downtown. In addition, the show will be providing a list of the Top 10 Movies For Kids put together just for the underage children that attend.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

All are welcome to enjoy the show and have a chance at being on television.

The show will be cablecast all weekend long and replay in November on LVTV-3, Time Warner Cable.

Jason D. Cox can be reached at jason.cox@laverne.edu.

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