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How do I spend my Halloween? With Autumn (name changed to protect the guilty), my good friend and all-but-adopted little sister. She is married and an RN, but she likes to joke about being “perpetually 11.” Autumn is what happens when a tomboy stays a tomboy without crazy parents or society interfering. She likes fireworks, amateur bartending (I always get a gin and tonic when there), heavy metal, and talking about politics. Lest you think anything untoward is going on, she is a conservative Catholic married to a conservative Catholic convert with an ample firearms collection. (We were in College Republicans together.) Autumn is affectionate with all her friends, which is awesome, and also loves to dress up for Halloween.

Visiting Autumn’s old place for Halloween is an experience in and of itself. Her parents have a house that is already partway to haunted, and the decorations make the ancient bungalow look positively spooky. Her Mom is a blast and an awesome host, and Autumn is an incredible extrovert and organizer, so the party is always fun, with all kinds of guests. Autumn’s Dad, well, he makes Archie Bunker look like a woke hipster. Getting into politics with him can be either amusing or result in a barrage of invective. The guests are from all over the social/political spectrum – Autumn has maxed-out charisma – so the party would be fun regardless of what we did.

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Halloween is not immutable. Common American traditions today bear only the slightest resemblance to druidic rituals and superstitious people casting frightened glances over dimly lit turnips. Trick-or-treating today isn’t even the same today as it was just 30 or 40 years ago. Heck, some families meet in parking lots to distribute candy from car trunks, because walking a neighborhood at sundown is apparently too dangerous for attended kids.

Few today believe in whatever these traditions once stood for. Halloween is not connected to All Hallows’ Day in most minds. It is not about dodging ghosts or nodding to ancestors.

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I grew up in a small town in southwestern Montana. In the 1960s, Bozeman had a population of about twelve thousand, plus around four thousand students at Montana State University (go Bobcats!). Geographically speaking, you could walk the circumference of the town in about three hours. I suppose the ease with which the town could […]

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Toad Hall is hosting a Halloween Party for the first time in several years. It was an annual tradition here, until I got bit by a tick in 2011 and went through eight years of chronic and acute illness, during which we only had one Halloween party. Feeling better this year than I have in […]

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You’ll find my name under the Wimp Column when it comes to scary movies. I had to turn one off recently about the Ouija Board after ten minutes. My friend had one growing up and I swear we didn’t move it on purpose. We learned that it was a portal to bad spirits and her […]

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Remember Halloween? The homes that dropped sweets into our open and eager (paper) bags? The elastic string that held the flimsy Mickey Mouse or Goofy or Sleeping Beauty masks to our sweaty faces? For the rural among us, the eighth- or quarter-mile hike between houses, rewarded not with prepackaged bits of candy bars, but with candy apples, chocolate chip cookies, old maid-less popcorn balls, candy corn in baggies (no zip-locks), candy cigarettes, Chiclets, Necco Wafers, Bazooka Bubble Gum, and – glory of glories – whole candy bars, Snickers and Baby Ruth and Three Musketeers? 

Remember the gags? The water balloons? The tipped outhouses? The eggings? Ding dong ditch? (OK, one tipped outhouse, and it no longer “in service.”)

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Some school teachers in Idaho had a very creative idea for Halloween. Preview Open

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Some say Necco wafers. I feel about them like I do about pumpkin pie–a seasonal thing, of which I want one serving per year. But not the worst. Others will point to candy corn, Smarties, circus peanuts. Lame, but whatever, y’know? By all means share your favorites, and your hate list. Preview Open

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In ‘get off my lawn’ news, I am kinda sick of the Nightmare Before Christmas-ization of Halloween. I’ve heard the theme constantly today, and Skellington is the face of Disney’s Autumn/Winter Haunted Mansion for who knows how long? The tedious and forgettable quarter century-old movie (I admire the actors, director, and Oingo Boinger in other […]

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Ahoy Matey from the good ship Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast and her able-bodied crew, radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This is episode number 198 (God do we feel old!) and we call it the “Anchor Babies Away” edition of the show.

Our topics this week include (in reverse chronological order) the 14th Amendment (or as we cognoscenti call it, the XIV mother) and Trump’s plan to repeal it with the stroke of a pen (and perhaps a phone call). Can he do it? Can we stop the influx of pregnant ladies (do we really have to call the “ladies”) who venture to our land to drop their little miscreants on us? We will discuss.

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Today is Halloween, which means that tonight is Beggar’s Night. Or as I like to call it, my neighbor’s annual chance to confirm that someone actually does live in that house. At 6pm, I’ll need to be outside, as a bunch of rando people come walking up my driveway expecting me to interact with them.

What a horror show.

Boo! Sorry, did that scare you? Hopefully not. Because if it did, you might not be able to handle this special Halloween episode of the Young Americans. Jack and the gang discuss their most Millennial fears, their favorite horror movies, and whether horror can be respected as a genre or not. And if this episode scares you too much, please make use of the services of our first-ever sponsor: Calm.com, an all-purpose relaxation website and app.

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For Halloween, I decided to appropriate NPC culture. Preview Open

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Halloween, the most anticipated holiday by the majority of American children, save maybe Christmas, will soon be upon us. Ghosts, goblins, devils and various princesses will be running amuck throughout the streets in a neighborhood near you. Whether that’s a good thing or not is subjective. Parents with school-aged children will usually live vicariously through […]

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“What Sort of All Hallows’ Eve Trollop Art Thou?” PIT Seventeen asks. I’m not sure. I’m fairly sure what sort of trollop I’m not — I’m not the sort to consider glitter and body paint an acceptably modest substitute for undies. At least not on me. Nonetheless, The Sun alleges the black, bespangled, and quite bare bat bum is this Halloween’s fashion trend (any “trend” involving bums, of course, being of great interest to The Sun).

I stumbled on this so-called trend while perusing The Sun‘s investigation into snake handling, the ritual wherein Christian oppressors manhandle (“personhandle” would be more gender-neutral, but “manhandle” properly names and shames the unjust kyriarchy) innocent serpents, possibly without the serpents’ consent, purportedly for God’s glory. These oppressors — typically poor Appalachian whites — are themselves oppressed, of course, themselves victims of the same kyriarchy which enables their cross-species molestation. As one of Ricochet’s resident reptilians (I only self-identify as human online), I ought to have been outraged by the speciesist presumption that conscripts nonhuman species into human worship without even asking permission. Instead, I got distracted by sparkly bums.

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I’m too tired to launch any serious posts these days. I had 235 students until 10 PM last Wednesday. Now I’m down to 170, but I still have to grade those 65 papers. I feel like Gimli in this very, very inspirational quote. Now, on this Friday the 12th, I ask: What sort of film […]

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A politically incorrect Halloween, being honest about our differences and challenges, and a thought on tax policy. Links Preview Open

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