It’s nearly the end of September, which means that it’s time to prepare for the upcoming amazing, wonderful holiday of candy and decorations and cider and junk.  Still, I understand that not everyone loves Halloween the way I do.  Though I seldom engage in costumes for myself, I enjoy helping my family figure out theirs (last year, my wife did Ace Frehley makeup, put on a beret and dubbed herself “The French Kiss”, while this year Widget wants to be a meme, however that’s gonna work) and decorating my office and/or the house.  I’d do more costumes if I had options other than Fred Flintstone, Fred J. Dukes or Roland from ‘A Knight’s Tale’, leading to today’s spoopy query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to remind all Spoilerites that, in this town we call home, everybody hails to the Pumpkin King, Rodrigo, asking: Halloween: Take It Or Leave It?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I love the folks in the neighborhood who go all out for it, but I just can’t be bothered. I like the trick r treaters though – always interested to see the creativity (or lack there of) in the costumes.

  2. I like the idea of it, but unfortunately Halloween per se comes out somewhat forced to me. We got our own thing called “Pyhäinpäivä” (holy people’s day, referring to dead) of pagan origin mixed with forced christian influences at the same time. Guess we aren’t much into the fun aspect here in the north, lol.

  3. Love it. If I’m not acting as a chaperone to a relative or friend’s kids, I still like to dress up, even if it just means putting on my Star Trek (TOS) uniform shirt with black pants, or going all-out in full zombie/monster/alien makeup while I either pass out candy or go to a party (some of the local bars pass out free drinks to anyone in costume).

    I also enjoy seeing kids dress up. We had a funny adorable little girl trick-or-treating here last year that told me she was “Everything”. She had on a pirate costume, a tutu, plastic vampire fangs, fairy wings, a toy Lightsaber and Wolverine claw gloves. Gotta hand it to her, she couldn’t make up her mind so she went as “everything”.

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