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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…)

  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…

  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. 😉

  4. Lyn says:

    I read the Haunting of Hill House every October.