Archive for October 2017

10 (ineffective) ways to avoid scary clowns this Halloween

Scary clowns are always a popular theme around Halloween, and we are likely to see even more of them this year because of the movie IT. So, what can you do if you hate scary clowns? Where can you hide? Luckily, I am here to help. Below are a ten things you can do to completely... Read more »

Gertrude Boyle: The conclusion

A guest post by Bela Matyas Feher This is part two of two. Read the first part of the story here. I see you’ve finished your sherry. Shall I pour you another? Oh, very good. You have excellent taste! This sherry is of a very unique vintage, I am assured. Like none other you have ever... Read more »

Gertrude Boyle: An introduction

A guest post by Bela Matyas Feher Sit down, Traveler, and rest your feet a while, for you are weary from the long road, and on nights like this one, ‘tis best that you should be indoors. “Why,” you ask? It is well known in the valley here, that on nights like this, when the mists... Read more »
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Halloween trick ideas for when I'm stingy with candy

A guest post by Brett Baker I’ve always thought of trick-or-treat as sort of a challenge. The kid who utters those words is basically saying, “You’re going to give me some candy, or you’re going to risk suffering the consequences.” And most adults give in to the pint-sized extorters without giving it a second thought.... Read more »

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick-or-treating in crappy Chicago weather

A guest post by Helaine Krysik Ah, Halloween in Chicago. We just never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, do we? It could be 75 and sunny, with mild breezes going into Halloween night, then turn raw, windy, and nasty, with rain flying sideways. In that case, if you’re like me, you’re tired... Read more »

Three poems on darkness and death

A guest post by Jayson J Crady The Howling Darkness Amongst Us The howling winds outside his window keep him from falling asleep, fearing that doing so would invite an evil entity to enter his room and take his soul as he sleeps. Not even praying his soul to keep satisfy the innate paranoia that he... Read more »
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A Halloween playlist

A Halloween playlist
My Halloween decor theme this year is “Studio 666: Disco of Death.” To go with my decorations (which include blood spattered records and a sparkly skeleton) I’ve put together a Spotify playlist that mixes spooky songs, dance music (both disco and modern), and even some spooky dance music. There is more than 6 hours of music... Read more »

The Halloween we admitted we didn't hate girls

A guest post by Floyd Sullivan A short story based on real events. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. In October 1962 we were twelve and too old to go trick-or-treating. This was a more dire situation than the Cuban Missile Crisis, which had dominated the news and made most adults stop... Read more »

In a Haunted House (in the style of In a People House by Dr. Seuss)

In a Haunted House (in the style of In a People House by Dr. Seuss)
A rhyming tale based on In A People House by Dr. Seuss Come inside, Mr. Bird, said the mouse, I’ll show you what there is in a haunted house. A haunted house has things that scare like spider webs and darkened stairs. Blood-filled bathtub, floating brooms. That’s what you find in haunted rooms. Fresh dug... Read more »
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A fall poem

A guest post by James Michael Shoberg Dear Noah loved the autumn—oh, that season, crisp and cool, A harbinger to others of another year in school. But Noah never understood their misery and grief. He’d gladly trade the summer for a single tinted leaf. Despite his comrades’ sense of loss, and urge to gripe and... Read more »