DURST: What Halloween and Election Day Have in Common

Hasn't it always seemed more suspicious than a brown towel in a prison hospital ward that Halloween, the holiday celebrating the soulless undead means Election Day is the following Tuesday. The two do have a lot more in common than sharing the same linear space of a calendar page. The smell of desperation as the evening nears and the giddy excitement of pre- pubescent revelers for two. And purely as a public service for your edification I have catalogued a couple of others.1. The people who best pretend to be somebody else obtain the mostest bestest goodies.2. Ghouls rule.3. The real work goes on in places where darkness and secrecy reign.4. The scariest are the ones who don't even know they're wearing costumes.5. James Carville is an honorary mascot.6. If you don't come through with the right favors you run the risk of getting TP'ed. AKA: trick or treat.7. The major focus of the event is orange skinned vegetables with the smiles carved on.8. Greed is not only encouraged but rewarded.9. Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon are perennial favorites.10. Well meaning warnings not to get involved are continually made and continually go unheeded. ÊWill Durst still shudders at encountering a Calvin Coolidge mask during third grade.

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