Halloween

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Richard Crowson: The Horror of the... Banjo?

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Ah, Halloween. The season of goblins, witches, zombies, skeletons and banjos.

What??! Banjos??!

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Commentary
9:37 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Halloween Horrors

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Richard Crowson: Halloween Traditions

There’s a memorable Halloween night scene in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The story’s protagonist, 6-year old Scout is walking home after dark from a Halloween school program. Scout is still wearing her clumsy chicken wire and paper costume from the program in which children represent different agricultural products: she’s dressed as a cured ham.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Richard Crowson: Finally, A Halloween Song

Christmas has hundreds of songs. Thanksgiving has “Over the River and Through the Wood.” New Year’s has “Auld Lang Syne” and Easter has “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” But Halloween has zilch.

So here’s a song for Halloween. Played, appropriately I think, on the scariest instrument—the banjo.

This is a list of each scary thing that can frighten you this Halloween:

A letter for you from the IRS
A store-bought cantaloupe
Yet another GOP presidential debate
To drain your soul of hope

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 30, 2009

Richard Crowson: This Halloween Thing Is Weird

What a weird holiday Halloween is.

It’s like some sort of phantom holiday that we all know exists and yet seems to dwell in some other holiday dimension. It’s printed on calendars, yet no one gets off work for it. The mail’s delivered.  Banks are open. Schools don’t shut down on Halloween, though some teachers trying to deal with kids on a frantic sugary candy high probably wish it was otherwise.

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