Halloween 2012

PASCO, Wash. – Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

In Pasco, Washington, bakeries can hardly churn out enough seasonal pan muerto . It’s a type of semi-sweet bread that has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in.

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It’s Halloween – a time when black cats and bats are demonized or depicted as scary. But bats are actually one of the most unique mammals on the planet. Scientists say they’re vital to the health of our ecosystem.

So today, KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp met with a woman who has taken it upon herself to re-habilitate as many injured bats as she can find.

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Doesn’t this guy ever let his hair down? It’s Halloween! A long and important tradition, at least as far as I remember, was getting far too much candy and then hoarding it for months. (A parallel tradition only surfaced sometime after the 1980s: fighting over how much of the trick-or-treat take our kids were going to keep.)

Now though, there’s “healthier” candy … where’s the fun in that?

Well, Bill Gates is still just the second richest man in the world … so he has to stay on his game, evidently. So, he wrote on his blog that he’s enamored of great tasting candy that’s suppos’ to be good for you.

Vampires and monsters will be out in force tonight, but some of the darkest creatures out there might be your little angels inside those Halloween costumes.