Friday 31 October 2008

News: Happy Halloween

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."
Are you doing anything for Halloween? If so, please take a picture and let us know about it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bruce may have cancelled his halloween party, but he's offering a free halloween themed download from his website:

Dear Friends and Fans,

If you grew up in central or south Jersey, you grew up with the "Jersey Devil." Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!