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Halloween is now the second biggest commercial holiday in America. It's such a fun holiday for the young and young at heart. We've got local holiday ideas as well as creative pumpkin ideas from Pinterest.

And as always, we've rounded up the latest Clermont news: a u-pick-it with a Halloween twist, a book about Clermont (in time for the holidays), a new restaurant and more.

Wishing you treats and no tricks,
Diane Travis, Owner and Broker

At left: Instead of carving a pumpkin, use a drill and Christmas lights.
Halloween is all about fun -- so we've put together some new, creative ways to enjoy Halloween this year, from spooky cocktails to new pumpkin-decorating tips.

Zombie Cocktail -- Use a cocktail shaker to combine 1 oz light rum, 1 oz dark rum, 1 oz apricot liquor, 2 oz orange juice and a dash of lime bitters. Pour it over ice. Top it off with Bacardi 151 and garnish with an orange slice and cherry. MORE RECIPES

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone -- This is just one of many no-carve pumpkin ideas from Pinterest. Avoid the mess of pumpkin carving and have a jack-o-lantern that will be the talk of the neighborhood. From spooky to quirky to elegant. Lots of easy ideas. MORE

Jekyll & Gin -- A glow in the dark drink? How about vampire shots? If you're planning an adult Halloween party, we've got the drinks for you. RECIPES
Oct. 13 -- Fondo Clermont cycling event
Oct. 18-Nov. 3 -- "Evil Dead the Musical," Moonlight Players
Oct. 19 -- Great Floridian Triathlon
Oct. 26 -- Harvest Festival in Downtown Clermont, 10am - 6pm
Oct. 26 -- Nightmare on the Clermont Trails 5K, Victory Pointe, 6:30pm

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There's a new book about the city of Clermont that's getting ready to make its debut before the holidays. "CLERMONT: From Gem of the Hills to Choice of Champions" is a fascinating, in-depth history of the city, from the Ice Age to the time of the Timucua and later its founding up through the present. This book has been years in the making. Proceeds will go to support Cooper Memorial Library. You can reserve your copy at
Southern Hill Farms invites the community to celebrate its 4th Annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch. The fall adventure is complete with apple cider donuts and pumpkins, in addition to sunflowers and zinnias you can pick. Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM - 7 PM through Nov. 3. The Kids Zone and live music are available on weekends only. More details at
Around the Town
LEFT: Diane and City Manager Darren Gray recently updated members of the Kings Ridge Men's Club on the latest city news.

BOTTOM: On Hancock Road, AJI Sushi & Teppan coming soon sign.