It's Halloween, which means it must be time for our now-annual Halloween round-up.
- As last year, politics is mingling with Halloween partying in a variety of ways. Unsurprisingly, Sarah Palin is leading the costume race. And as the New York Times reports, it's also a thrifty choice of costume that's in line with the current economic crisis: "Many people will be turning themselves into Sarah Palin this week, and they will do it just by rummaging through their closets."
- On the other hand, Sarah Hepola runs through what not to wear this Halloween for Salon - and Palin variations run pretty high in the mix.
- Extreme Mortmain highlights the way that Halloween has crept into campaign rhetoric.
- More controversially, hanging effigies of both Palin and Obama have been put up - and now taken down.
- Away from the campaign trail, Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his regular halloween extravaganza.
- Stephen Moore argues that Halloween ain't what it used to be, for the Wall Street Journal.
- Maggie Galehouse runs through the unwritten rules of Halloween for the Houston Chronicle.
- Ever wondered what a witch does on Halloween? Lee Ann Kinkade lets you know, for Slate.
- And finally: In the Huffington Post, Mari Gallagher, President of the National Center for Public Research, attempts to get parents to reconsider their choice of Halloween treats: "I invite you to 1) give a health-promoting treat or two this year and 2) help kids and parents take the Good Food Pledge."