Wednesday, October 31, 2012



Well, it's Halloween, and hopefully you can have some fun today in whatever ways are appropriate. We also hope you've enjoyed parts of our Halloween Advent Calendar, the 21 days of which can be found in this ancient, creaking archive. Food, horror, earrings, witches — a little something for everyone. Except Halloween emoticons, so here are a few of those.

And a special thanks to Jolie Kerr, who came up with this whole idea. She's still without power, but says, via text: "We're A-OK." Also: "the house is clean :)"

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I found myself cheerfully cleaning my stove with Bon Ami last night. Is it possible to be haunted by the spirit of A Clean Person?

Also: Happy Halloween, everyone! Hands up if you're going to wait fruitlessly for trick-or-treaters to show at your apartment, then dive into the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups headfirst. I know I am!


@area@twitter Yep, we typically get around 3 groups of kids each year. I'm pretty sure that by the time I get around to having kids, Halloween will not even be a neighborhood activity anymore. It's sad.

The Lady of Shalott

@area@twitter I didn't even buy candy, because I won't get any trick-or-treaters at my apartment. Instead I'm just waiting for the Grown-Up's Holiday of Nov. 1st, Half-Price Candy Day.



I too was haunted by A Clean Person, in that I had to do a ton of dishes in order to be able to make my salad for today's office potluck. I kind of wish I could put a big fancy drape across the archway between the living room and the rest of the house, though, so all the trick-or-treaters we get (this is only my second year with any appreciable number of them) can't see into the rest of the messy, messy house.


@The Lady of Shalott I also like the reprise of that holiday on February 15th.

The Lady of Shalott

@Ophelia Also Easter Monday!

Lily Rowan

@The Lady of Shalott I feel like CVS has ruined half-price candy day by clearing out holidays on the day to make way for the next!


@area@twitter Peanut butter cups miniatures are the Halloweeniest of all Halloween candies. Especially now that they come in dark chocolate!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@area@twitter My neighbor was outside hanging up spooky decorations and asked me if I was ready for tonight. "Ready for what?" I asked, naively. He told us we should expect to get 300-400 trick-or-treaters, and to prepare accordingly.


I am glad to be one of several visitors on this great site@t


I've dressed in a way that was supposed to be Mildly Slutty Yet Still Work Appropriate Witch, but it turned out as Walk of Shame Witch because of the much-shorter-and-T-shirtier-than-I-thought dress.

<):^/ indeed.

fondue with cheddar

Goodbye Halloween Advent Calendar! I'LL MISS YOU.


@fondue with cheddar

Me too! It's made me feel so festive and in the mood this year. I even made a papercraft skull for my desk!

Daisy Razor

Ghost story thread! Ones you've heard or experienced. I'll tell mine once I'm done cleaning my kitchen in honor of Jolie.


@Daisy Razor Ugh, do you think standing in front of a mirror and chanting Jolie's name will make me want to clean my kitchen? Because I really need to, but ugh.


@Daisy Razor This is a story from a friend of mine. There's a lot of backstory involving witches and curses and spirit wolves, but here's the main bit:

My friend Lisa was at home with her two kids at night. She had noticed some kind of rustling noises earlier, but she lives in a very small town in the middle of nowhere, northern Canada, so animals wandering around isn't exactly unusual. When she was getting the kids ready for bed, her phone rang, and it was one of the cops in town who she was friendly with. He told her to lock all her doors and stay in the house, because he was driving by and noticed someone outside, staring in her window and him and his partner were going to check it out. She did what he said and moved the kids to the upper floor just in case. A few minutes later, the cop knocked on her door with his partner. He looked terrified, all white and shakey, so she invited him in. He said he had his partner go around back while he went to confront the guy at the side of the house. He said when he got to the figure and spoke to it, it turned around to look at him and he said its face was "horrible, just this horrible thing". The figure turned and walked around the back of the house, but somehow got past the partner without him ever seeing. The cop told my friend to stay somewhere else that night, since he had no idea what that was or what to do about it.

RK Fire

@MilesofMountains: Did anything ever happen to either of your cops or your friend again? Are they still at that house? Please share the back story!


@Daisy Razor
My old landlord in D.C. used to tell us about how, years ago, a little girl lived at the house who kept asking about a woman in a blue dress that no one else could see!


@Daisy Razor Yaaay, I want in on this.

No stories of my own, but my former boss told me one she swears happened to her: She was in her late teens, visiting her sister in Australia. The sister's boyfriend's family owned a funeral home and lived in an apartment attached to the funeral home by a long hallway. So my ex-boss arrives from a long flight, jet-lagged, and the sister and the boyfriend leave her to rest in a room at the end of this hallway while they go out and grab dinner.

So as she tells it, she gets a little bored and hyperactive and starts jumping on the bed. She jumps up and falls on her back ... and sees this figure gliding through the doorway. It's a young man dressed in a military uniform, maybe WWI-era, she says. She's completely frozen in terror as he glides up to the foot of the bed and leans over her. She couldn't hear his voice out loud and his lips didn't move, but she says she heard him in her mind saying, "I'M GOING TO KILL YOU."

(And that is where I got goosebumps in broad daylight at a Chinese restaurant when she told me this story.)

Just then, out of the corner of her eye, she sees another figure glide in. It's a woman, also dressed in old-fashioned clothes. She glides up to the man, gives my ex-boss kind of a sidelong, dismissive glance, and then takes him by the arm and leads him out of the room. Apparently my ex-boss just laid there too freaked out to move until her sister and the boyfriend came home.

My logical brain has like three plausible non-supernatural explanations for this, but really, AHHHHHHH.

Daisy Razor

@TheBelleWitch Okay, my story comes from my younger sister. She was a senior in high school, I was in college, and she called me, totally freaked out, right after this happened.

It was the fall and my sister was driving some friends home. We grew up on Martha's Vineyard and the first friend she was dropping off lived in Chilmark, which is the most rural, least populated of the island's towns. 900 residents, no street lights, three main roads. So they're driving up South Road when the car's headlights show a jogger coming towards them. My sister is like, "Jogging at 10pm in September on a dark road? Weirdo" and went around him. She dropped her friend off and started to her next friend's house down North Road, which runs parallel to South road by about 3 miles.

And what does she see in the glow of her headlights but the same. Damn. Jogger. Coming towards her again. The girls in the car screamed their heads off and my sister said she didn't even remember turning the wheel to avoid hitting him, so she looked in her rear view mirror. There was no one there.

Daisy Razor

@MilesofMountains That? Is terrifying.


@Daisy Razor

When my mom was a teenager, she had this little Maltese dog. One time she was alone in her room playing with a Ouija board, while the dog laid next to her on the bed. Every time she moved the little plank, the dog sat up and stared at the door. When she stopped moving it, he'd lie back down again. She did this a few times until it freaked her out enough that she put the Ouija board away and hadn't touched one since.


@MilesofMountains I wonder if it was someone like Raymond Robinson! (Careful, the picture is a little alarming.) I mean, if we're talking about non-supernatural possibilities.


(*W*) I'm more partial to the use of W for fangs and such


http://www.ironcircus.com/sleep_of_reason/ If there are any comics-making types out there, one of my favorite creators has opened up submissions for a (paid) horror anthology. And it's worth checking out the "inspired by" links, especially His Face All Red. I'm thinking about submitting, if I can convince myself that I can do it/my idea is good.


@Probs Oh man, Der-Shing Helmer is participating? I gotta keep an eye on this. Thanks for the heads-up!


@frigwiggin yep, the list of contributors so far is pretty rad. I need to catch up on The Meek...


I am currently at work, dressed like a gnome. What a surreal feeling. (I did take the beard off because it was hot and itchy, though.)


@frigwiggin Also, the "buttons" look more like big slices of pepperoni. Festive!


@frigwiggin Haha you are so cute!

straw hat

@frigwiggin I am currently at work dressed as a leopard (nothing sexy, mostly I just look silly in leopard-print thrifted clothes) and people are seriously giving me the side-eye. Boring grownups.
PS - I loved the advent calendar!


@frigwiggin Adorable! Love gnomes.
I am at work dressed as Daria. We also have a Wonder Woman, Princess Leia, Captain America, and a Knight.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@frigwiggin You are so cute! I love your sweater!


I've loved the Halloween Advent calendar! Also, it's my birthday. Wooooo.

Happy Halloween!


@Brunhilde happy birthday!

sudden but inevitable betrayal

@Brunhilde Happy birthday!!!

Lily Rowan

@Brunhilde Happy birthday!

Reginal T. Squirge

Hey, this has been great and everything (really!) but after today can we just not talk about Halloween ever again? And ENOUGH ALREADY with the Halloween mixtapes. You like "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah"; I get it.


@Reginal T. Squirge Do you want to listen to my halloween playlist? (it is Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" on repeat.)


@Reginal T. Squirge


Reginal T. Squirge

I know! I'm extra Grinchy today! Your costume is adorable, though!


Hahaha, <3 you Jolie!


JOLIE! Jolie I am wearing the spiderweb stockings from that one post! I have gotten many compliments and I feel just the right amount of spooky. Thank you!


@stonefruit Yes, I purchased the bat pair and everyone at my party on Saturday loved them! They are getting an encore tonight.

Valley Girl

"Text-based emoticons related to Halloween" is a search term that I need to memorize! "Emoticons" gets you a bunch of emoji style ones and "ascii" gets you a lot of great websites from the 90s but nothing you can paste into a text message.

[¬º-°]¬ [¬º-°]¬ [¬º-°]¬ [¬º-°]¬ <- zombie hoard, watch out!


@Valley Girl what's great about that one is that the one outstretched arm also suggests a gaunt cheekbone, emoticon perfection


Pittsburgh moved trick or treating till Saturday (this is a thing a city can do, apparently) because of the "weather." The weather right now is cold and drizzly, by the way. We reached a max of about 35mph wind gusts during the worst of the storm, which was Monday night.

Since when do cities/municipalities decide when trick or treating is? "6-8pm"?? "Moved to Saturday, Nov. 3"?? This is one of the few times suburbia beats urban living. Excuse me while I get old and cranky here, but IN MY DAY trick or treating was Oct 31st, NO MATTER WHAT (1991 Minnesotan blizzard BE DAMNED) and it went until every house was dark. If a house was foolish enough to leave their lights on, it was GAME ON regardless of if it was 6pm or 11pm. There's no "mandated trick or treat date and time," what the hell?? Trick or treating happens ON HALLOWEEN, AT NIGHT, and that is as specific as anyone is allowed to be. You go out there when it's dark and you wear your damn costume. If it's cold, you put your thin ass ghost costume over your bulky winter coat. If it's hot you sweat through your woolly rabbit costume. You get as much candy as humanly possible and then you go home and pass out with chocolate all over your face regardless of if its a school night or a weekend or a blizzard or a rainstorm.

I might do a reverse trick or treat tonight out of SPITE. I'll go door to door, ask to see the kids, and shove candy in their face. THAT WILL SHOW YOU, LUKE RAVENSTAHL, CITY OF PITTSBURGH MAYOR AND ALL-AROUND BAD-DECISION MAKER.


sudden but inevitable betrayal

@breccia Yeah, I don't get it either. Not sure where you are, but in my East End neighborhood we had a lot of leaves blown off trees. The end. Some storm!

Also, mumble mumble, kids these days...


@breccia PREACH.


@sudden but inevitable betrayal
I'm also in the east end. When I woke up on Tuesday there weren't even BRANCHES down in the yard! I thought about filing an insurance claim over the leaves, though. "They were all up in the tree just a few days ago! Now they're everywhere!!"


Your spite candy-shoving is kind of what happened in my office - one of the admin ladies went around, giving out candy saying "trick or treat!"
She was doing it wrong, but I was not going to be the one to tell her because a) so damn cute! and b) free sweets!


Argh. Last night C. said "let's wear our costumes again" so I agreed but then no one else was wearing costumes and I looked like a crazy baseball player.

sudden but inevitable betrayal




Halloween Advent has been marvelous! Jolie is brilliant.


I have really enjoyed this festive countdown. I like Halloween!

Last night I watched The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman and that is actually SUCH a Halloweeny movie! Hope that doesn't sound pretentious, but it just is. I was perfect.

Tonight I am being lame and making some pumpkiny things with my sister:
Pumpkin Fatayer
Pumpkin Bread
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Beer

...while we stream horror flicks on Netflix instant and hand out candy to whoever knocks. It should be a good night!

What is everyone else doing?


@rimy Wednesday night is when my knitting group meets, and we're going to stick with our usual plan: go to cafe, eat crappy sandwiches, and drink cheap wine out of mugs. There are a lot of bars in that 'hood, though, so I will be out among the hoardes of ghouls and goblins. We never get trick or treaters at my house, so I don't feel bad about not doing candy-duty. And I've already had my annual Hocus Pocus viewing, though I may rewatch it tonight if I'm home early enough.
Oh - and I'm totally jealous of your all-punkin menu! I may have to steal that idea some time soon, while it's still punkin season.


@rimy Yeah, the Seventh Seal is great for Halloween. I mean, it's about death.


Okay, my parents live a block and a half away from an elementary school and I went over to their house to hand out candy and we hardly got ANY trick-or-treaters. Maybe 50 kids over two hours, which for this neighborhood (suburb full of young families) is on the VERY low end. It wasn't even that cold! It wasn't raining! What gives?

There were some super cute kids, though. One little girl (maybe four or five) was wearing just the shirt and mask of a batman costume over a pink coat and another girl was a ninja. The best was a girl dressed as an ice cream cone with a giant scoop on her head.

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