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Halloween is on a lavish scale on Balboa Island
Halloween is on a lavish scale on Balboa Island

Three trips to the store and $600 later, Balboa Island resident Peggy Rich has finally stockpiled her Halloween candy supply. Plastic containers in Rich's living room are brimming with 2,900 packages of candy corn, fun dip and sugary bracelets. It's 200 more pieces than were in last year's stash of sweets, which ran out by 9:30 p.m. In an era in which kids commonly trek beyond their neighborhoods in search of the most bountiful candy bowls, island residents are convinced the trick-or-treaters must arrive here by the busload. In many ways, Balboa Island is nearly perfect for maximized candy gathering. A sidewalk loops the island's roughly two-mile circumference...

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