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Trunk-or-treats capture spirit of Halloween without spooks

dispatch.com — The spooky side of trick-or-treating sometimes overwhelmed Brenton Hamer. Children dressed as superheroes or cartoon characters were fine. But when Brenton (now 7) was younger, "Once he saw skeletons hanging from the trees, he didn't want to be out there," said his father, Matt Hamer of Hilliard.

Columbus Symphony invites kids to perform at theater

dispatch.com — Thanks to a new partnership, the Columbus Symphony is planning a concert in which children will be seen and heard. More than 1,300 elementary-school children from 18 central Ohio schools (and three home-school groups) will participate in Link Up, a music-education program founded and coordinated by the staff of Carnegie Hall in New York.

Capital University student battles on ‘The Voice’ tonight

dispatch.com — A Capital University junior has an opportunity to advance tonight on 'The Voice.' Chris Jamison, 20, a Pittsburgh native and marketing major, was impressive in the blind audition round on Sept. 29. As Jamison sang " Gravity" by John Mayer, all four judges turned their chairs around, signifying they wanted him on their team.

Random Thoughts | Parade of dances here today, gone soon

dispatch.com — The request came, as so many of hers do nowadays, by text message: Hey, Dad, since I am paying for my Homecoming dress, can you guys pay to get my nails done? Of course, dear daughter, accomplished master of spending money and bargaining. Your mother and I will pay for your nails.

All Hallows Eve celebration climaxes with legendary 'Headless Horseman'

dispatch.com — Mic O'Halloran hates the blood of Halloween - especially if he thinks it's his own. For the past 14 years, O'Halloran has delivered dramatic readings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the All Hallows Eve celebrations at Ohio Village.

Farms think outside the maze for fall special events, guests

dispatch.com — Fall farm festivals have expanded beyond offering corn mazes and hayrides. This year, visitors will also find fish, kangaroos and Buckeyes - the players, not the desserts - alongside the petting zoos and pumpkin patches. Although traditional activities probably will never be eliminated, several farm owners say they place an emphasis on stocking the season with special events.

Hilliard sisters build confidence in Muslim girls through karate, soccer

dispatch.com — Dressed in karate robes, protective headgear and padded gloves, two little girls circled each other tentatively - resembling dance partners more than sparring combatants. They were among about 15 children, ages 4 to 7, taking part in a junior-level karate class on a recent Friday night in the basement of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin.?

Scary plants offer Halloween fun for kids at Franklin Park Conservatory

dispatch.com — Many plants are fragrant and beautiful. But others can stink, sting, sicken, wrap themselves like a mummy and devour insects. During the Halloween season, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will be filled with plants that can provide a fright. The "Scary Plants" exhibit that opens Saturday and runs through Nov.

Q&A | Peter Buffett: Investing guru just Dad to author, musician

dispatch.com — When they meet the son of multibillionaire Warren Buffett, people often exclaim: "You're so normal!" Why the surprise? Peter Buffett - the youngest of three children, at 56 - has a theory. "They expect what they see on reality television," he said. "Paris Hilton sort of hit the benchmark of what people expect.

Ohio State book choice intended to engage first-year students

dispatch.com — To Kory Smith, the book that he and other first-year Ohio State University students were assigned to read as they entered college last year wasn't a page turner as much as a page burner. "I didn't enjoy the book," Smith said of The Submission, a novel by Amy Waldman about the reaction to an American Muslim winning a design contest for a Sept.
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Oct 23, 2014

This burger disgusts me, and not just because it costs $350: bit.ly/1rnwOOw

Oct 23, 2014

Raise your hand if you've heard of "trunk or treat" events. Then check out the Jonah and the Whale get-up: bit.ly/1nANoOD

Oct 23, 2014

RT @cbinkley: Corrected link from previous tweet about new #OhioState allegations against Jon Waters: bit.ly/1sTOKmS

Oct 18, 2014

RT @ZacBoyer: This NY Times story about Ohio State people's disregard and apathy for Rutgers is oh so delightful: nyti.ms/1yLzhu3

Oct 17, 2014

News item: Joost Luiten leading World Match Play Championships. ...Didn't she sing "Angel of the Morning?" #Queenofhearts

Oct 17, 2014

If I wore cologne, I'd wear one called, "Fall Leaves" #greatsmell Not "autumn" because nobody calls it that.

Oct 17, 2014

How could would this be, for a kid to play along with the Columbus Symphony during a concert? My story: bit.ly/1wdAtSC

Oct 16, 2014

RT @hollyzachariah: RT@Carol_Lease: #OSU student who ran on #OhioStadium field fined $100, can keep scholarship if completes counseling. ow.ly/CRp39

Oct 16, 2014

RT @uniformcritic: The last time the #Royals were in the World Series, video game baseball looked like this. #nintendo pic.twitter.com/ufZKTSUAaF

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