Tomorrow is Halloween!

The kids are finally starting to really get into the holiday, so it’s gonna be a busy time for the family tomorrow. Fortunately, the weather looks good; I was worried about rain, where I was. So my major worry right now is just keeping from overdosing on ALL THE HARVEST FOOD. I don’t crave chocolate*; I crave crusty bread and apple cider and pumpkin pies and slow-cooked pork and I should totally run out and get all of that tonight see my problem?

Moe Lane


So, I have a bunch of pumpkin seeds now. Roast ’em?

Feel free to either agree, agree with suggestions about how to roast ’em, or disagree with an alternative suggestion.  I separated ’em out from the gloop and tossed the gloop, which maybe I shouldn’t have done; but my wife has another* pumpkin to carve, so if there’s something that can be done with the gloop, or the seeds-and-gloop, that can still happen.

Moe Lane

*Halloween is firmly part of my wife’s domain.  This was her family’s favorite holiday, she’s good at all the things associated with it, and my job is to (happily) fetch things, stand back, and watch.  And maybe roast pumpkin seeds.

North Dakotan woman hates Halloween, and apparently small children.

Is this woman utterly mad?

A North Dakota woman said she’s not planning on handing out candy to children she believes are “moderately obese.” Instead she’s giving them letters.

The woman’s plan to take childhood obesity in her own hands is sparking much controversy after she called into a Fargo, N.D. radio station early Tuesday morning.

Somebody should explain to said woman the reason for the season. Continue reading North Dakotan woman hates Halloween, and apparently small children.

#rsrh The media is most to blame for this Depp/White House/Halloween story.

Background: it’s more or less just coming out now that in October of 2009 the White House hosted an Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party put on by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp – which was, to quote Jodi Kantor, author of a new tell-all book (The Obamas), deliberately not publicized: “White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged…”

More here, here, and here.  To get this out of the way… yes, the White House was correct: it would have looked bad if it had come out at the time.  It looks a good bit worse now – frankly, hiding this was stupid.  As is the flailing about trying to pretend that this was never a big deal in the first place; which it might not have been, if they had just admitted that the Obamas had a couple of Hollywood people over to throw them a themed Halloween party.  Then again, obviously the White House knew that this was a bad idea from the start, which is why they felt the need to cover it up. Continue reading #rsrh The media is most to blame for this Depp/White House/Halloween story.

Women won’t give birth on Halloween?

(Via Hot Air) Apparently there’s some suggestion that it’s relatively less likely to happen – at least, as compared to Valentine’s Day.  The article speculates that it might be because of a cultural subconscious desire not to have a kid on a holiday associated with ghosts and witches and spirits and whatnot.  I’m not sure why – the only thing that I remember about kids born on Halloween is that they’re supposed to have Second Sight, which would be kind of handy to have on general principles, and a marketable skill to boot.  Mind you, I’m probably not the best person to assess that sort of thing, being a weird nerd and suchlike.

As to whether or not women can control their going into labor… I dunno, ask my wife.  She scheduled the birth of my youngest around Thanksgiving dinner; at least, that’s what it felt like.