- The Saturday Evening Post’s Troy Brownfield on the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.
- Thrillist has the most popular Halloween costumes for 2018. The most popular: Fortnite (it’s a video game).
- The new Halloween sequel is making a lot of money. Here’s what the ending means (yes, with spoilers). I’m just confused as to why this sequel has the same title as the original.
- Turner Classic Movies is having a scary movie marathon all day on Halloween.
- Barnes & Noble has a list of the 25 most terrifying novels of all-time.
- If you’re looking for something a little different to make for Halloween, how about a Frankenshake or a Bride of Frankenshake?
The company was recently sold and Necco Wafers are no longer being made (along with Clark Bars, Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Candy Hearts), but there are places you can still get them.
All this month I’ll be posting some vintage Halloween ads. Or is that Hallowe’en? Apparently there used to be an apostrophe in it.
First, a thank you and hello to all of the new visitors I’ve had this week. I’ve discovered that the secret to getting tons of traffic is to put “Matt Damon” and “SNL” in the headline.
Second, today is the 16th birthday of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now instead of the magazine-like format it used to have, with essays and interviews and fiction and theme issues. Here’s our very first issue, Why I Write, with essays from Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, T.C. Boyle, John Scalzi, and others.
(And here’s more, from last year’s 15th anniversary post.)