Go around your neighborhood--do you see more political signs or Halloween decorations? Or an equal number of each? After heading to the Quik Stop across the street to grab the paper on Saturday, I took a quick stroll up the road and passed by a few nearby houses, seeing a few political signs (for my town's local election) and some Halloween decorations, which in this particular region, seemed to be equal in number. This was as far as I was able to go that day. A few house in the same area had no Halloween stuff and no election signs.
|A neighborhood tree covered with|
fake spider webs.
|Sign for a local mayoral candidate.|
|Sign for local school board|
|Mailbox at the same house as the tree withthe fake spiderwebs.|
Not to put down those looking forward to the baseball games, but I don't watch sports. And yes, I plan to vote like a good american, but I don't need t hear all the debates live. I could not sit in front of the TV all night for this. I'll just watch the news later and hear the recaps. That pretty much says all I need to know. The last debate airs tonight and then around Wednesday, all the popular TV shows begin airing Halloween episodes. Ironically, even though Halloween is next Wednesday, the ABC Wednesday lineup airs their Halloween episodes this Wednesday (the 24th). It stands to reason that such episodes don't often air until just before Halloween. The last three years the annual "Simpsons Treehouse of Horror" episodes have been airing in October. For most of the last decade, they would not air until November, because of Fox's baseball coverage. And the World Series begins Wednesday the 24th on Fox as well. What will you be watching?
|A scene from a local bar Halloween celebration last year.|
Speaking of which, does anyone plan on being their favored presidential candidate for Halloween? A whole section the nearby Halloween City store was devoted to masks of each of the current presidential candidates and their running mates. During the 2008 election, it was believed that Sarah Palin was going to be a popular costume, but I did not see one person in this disguise. People in my town never seem to wear the popular disguises. No Michael Jacksons or Oxi Clean Guys were spotted in 2009 and no Lady Gagas in any of the last three years or so. This article from ABC News gives a list of possible election-inspired
Ballot Box (see photo above) or making a costume out of sample ballots, getting some use out of these things before they go into the recycle bin.
Is the World Series a costume-inspiring event as well? Doesn't seem likely since it often begins just before Halloween and that would meaning coming up with something in just a week or at the very last minute. Because the teams are not determined until the last playoff game, you're probably not going to find a pre-made costume at the Halloween stores of any baseball player. But if you tried, I'm sure you could pull something like this off in only a week.
Whatever you will be doing, wearing and watching over the next weeks, the important thing is to have fun. And don't forget to vote on November 6.