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  • Happy Halloween, everybody! It’s my absolutely least favorite day to be out on the streets of New York, but I do like the idea of curling up with this list of 31 spooky books. (EW)
  • And here are ten Halloween sitcom episodes, for your streaming pleasure. (Vulture)
  • Also: A state-by-state ranking of the most popular scary movies. (Time)
  • This brief history of witches in America is entertaining. (Mental Floss)
  • And finally: here’s the story of how once, in the 70s, Joni Mitchell wore blackface to a Hollywood Halloween party. (BBC)

 

 

Posted on October 31st, 2016 6 Comments

6 Responses

  1. Dana D says:

    Just a thank you again, for all of the fine links to literary and bookish pieces…I love those and I appreciate it!

    I enjoyed Halloween when my children were small…now, not so much. (I’ll be the witch hiding alone in the back of the house tonight with all of the lights off…)




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  2. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I know it’s major denial, but I can’t even bring myself to check out the Joni Mitchell black face thing. Heartbreaking to learn your heros are flawed…




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  3. Jill says:

    We are not big Halloween-ers. My husband doesn’t like the holiday for very personal reasons, and I’ve never loved dressing in costume (though I do love dressing up). So we usually sit at the end of our driveway (because the little tykes in the ‘hood can’t always get up our front stairs very well), with a card table, drinks, and a bowl of candy. That’s about as exciting as we get, and we’re fine with that.

    BUT last year my husband’s work took him to NYC for Halloween weekend. And I LOVED it. It was so fabulous to be out on the streets with so many greatly costumed folks; we remarked on how clever NYC’ers have to be – since you are walking / subway-ing so much, you have to have a very portable costume, and this was often handled brilliantly, and thoroughly, by many folks. Saw some AMAZING getups. We went to Indochine (had never been; have a friend there who took great care of us, so we soaked up its history and goggled at the decor!) and then rode…after quite a wait, I’ll admit…the subway back to where we were staying, surrounded by all sorts of fascinating costumes, again. I get that it might get old after a while. But it was marvelous for us tourists. 🙂

    Just another perspective. 😉




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  4. Lyn says:

    I read the Haunting of Hill House every October.




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