Happy Halloween!

Have fun, everyone! Hope you get lots of goodies!

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31 Things I Love About Halloween: Trick or Treating

Beyond the nostalgia of wanting to treat our kids to the same kind of Halloween experience that we had at their age, Trick or Treating serves an important purpose. When nostalgia is all parents care about, we can rationalize that kids can get that same experience by dressing up and going to the mall or the grocery store or the church parking lot. And maybe they can. I’m not going to argue against it.

But what I will argue is that doing that robs us – and our kids – of the most crucial part of the entire exercise. Halloween has always been about facing our fears and in our current culture, one of the things we’re most afraid of is each other. I’m happy to blame this on the 24-hour news cycle and the ratings-crazed fear-mongering that goes with it, but whatever the reason, people are afraid to get out and meet their neighbors. We even create urban legends around Halloween to express how unsafe we find the whole thing. Did you hear about that guy who put razor blades in the apples he was handing out? Or the creepy lady who injected cyanide into Snickers bars?

Trick or Treating is one of the last neighborhood social activities we have left. It would be a serious shame to give in to our fears and abandon it for the “safety” of a corporate-sponsored replacement.

Elsewhere… Mad scientists pose as vampires

Flick Attack!

Flick Attack is a new blog by the folks behind Bookgasm, the awesome book review blog. They can explain what Flick Attack’s about much better than I can:

We’ll have no news. No scoops. No rumors. No set reports. Just one kick-ass review a day, Monday through Friday, with the occasional article on Saturday to make your weekend that much awesomer.

Yep, that’s right: Every day you get one review, so take it or leave it. While everyone else pees their pants over the latest multiplex releases, we’re gonna dig through our archives and toss out something that’s not playing a theater near you. Maybe you’ve heard of it; maybe you haven’t; maybe it’s easy to find; maybe it’s not — doesn’t matter. You will read it, and you will like it.

So if you like discovering cinematic trash-terpieces, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got horror, sci-fi, action, kung fu, comedy and sex. But no drama. If it’s tears you want, we’ll be happy to kick you in the shin.

And they’re letting me play with them. My first review – for the Bela Lugosi masterpiece (and possible origin of vampires’ saying “Bleh!”) My Son the Vampire – went up last Monday.

Food or Comics?

This week’s comics on a budget column included Beasts of Burden/Hellboy and Sky Pirates of Valendor amongst other things.

Boneyard

Finally, this week’s Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs was a look at Richard Moore’s Boneyard.

31 Things I Love About Halloween: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown isn’t the only Halloween special we watch every year, but it sure is the best. We watch it every Halloween night during dinner before David and Diane head out for Tricks or Treats.

We also live by it’s profound advice: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin” and “Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.”

Pass the Comics: Kill! Kill! Kill!

Dracula

Kate Beaton drew a whole coffinload of Dracula comics.

Your Grave is Ready

Pappy’s Golden Age Comics Blogzine shares two werewolf comics in the same post. The other one explains that Wanda Was a Werewolf.

The Legion of Monsters

If you know Man-Thing, you can see where this is going. Read more about the world’s spookiest super non-team at Diversions of the Groovy Kind.

31 Things I Love About Halloween: Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Is there any better candy on the face of the planet? I don’t know why these taste better than regular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but they do.

The only possible competition might be the new Butterfinger Pumpkins. I haven’t tried those yet, but I’ll let you know.

Update: Just tried the Butterfinger Pumpkin and Reese’s holds on to its crown. The Butterfinger one is just solid chocolate with Butterfinger chips stirred into it, not a pumpkin-shaped Butterfinger. No contest.