Helloween

DAMMIT, I only realized on the way home from work that I had completely spaced on activating the CF Halloween theme this year. And given the insane amount of tweaking that will be required to bring the tired old thing even nominally into line with the more recent WP versions, it ain’t likely it’s going to make an appearance this year, alas.

On the bright side, however, it’s a matter of a paltry few days now until our beloved Scrooge Picard rears his top-hatted pate once more around these parts—since I blew off Halloween, I’m gonna inaugurate CF’s traditional holiday makeover early than ever this annum to make up to the CF Faithful. No need to thank me, folks. While you’re waiting, enjoy yourselves some spooky TuneDamage.




Not at all a Baroque-period guy myself, being the confirmed Classical/Romantic era man that I am. But could there possibly be a more fitting way to kick off our Spooky TuneDamage session than Bach’s legendary Toccata and Fugue?



Well, unless maybe it’s Chopin’s world-famous Funeral March, that is. Now let’s shift gears.



Back in my punk-rock halcyon days, I loved the Dead Kennedys all to pieces, and the lyrics of this one in particular spoke to my very soul. Why not every day/Are you so afraid/What will people say? indeed.



Sure, I could very easily have taken the easy way out and tossed up Boris and the Crypt Kicker Five’s classic “Monster Mash” to close things out, like any ordinary blogger certainly would have. But predictability and obviousness ain’t why you guys hang around here in the first place, I figger. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with “Monster Mash,” I hasten to add. But we’ve all heard it enough times, and Gene Simmons’ rollicking, lesser-known little finger-snapper sounds fresh and fun in comparison.

Now to get back to seeing if there’s anything I can do to fit the old Helloween theme into a fresh new WP framework. In case you haven’t seen it or don’t remember it, the theme’s feature image was done up special for me by the seriously amazing American artist Coop, so I’m gonna do my damnedest to make this thing work here.

Update! It occurred to me, in light of the H-ween theme’s shortcomings, that I maybe oughta check up on Scrooge Picard’s overall operability just as a precautionary measure. And wouldn’tcha know it, looks like that one’s gonna need some re-working also—thereby sending any chance of getting Coop’s Helloween masterpiece into usable condition this weekend a-swirling right down the ol’ drain, dammit.

5 thoughts on “Helloween

  1. That’s okay, Mike. The COVID Larp pretty well killed Halloween out here, anyway. Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but I doubt we’ll get even one Trick ‘er Treater before the night’s out. I haven’t seen any on our street so far.

    I’m gonna stick a copy of House and House II: The Second Story in to play, and call it an evening.

    1. We had one trick-or-treater. One. My daughter gave her a big ol’ double handful of candy.

      We’re at the end of a dead-end and besides our across-the-street neighbors no one on the street had their lights on. The road twists, so people standing at the intersection wouldn’t see our houses. The (one) girl who came got driven up to the house and I didn’t recognize her as being from the neighborhood. No big deal.

      After giving up on handing out candy, my daughter dressed up in her plague doctor costume and hit the neighborhood. (Accompanied by me because it’s an all-black costume with restricted vision even before the eye lenses fogged up.) Not many houses were lit up. One family had a small bonfire and were all costumed up and handed out candy by sliding it down a PVC tube with a dragon or dinosaur head on the end. About three other houses had someone answer the door and give out candy. About six others had bowls on a table on their porch. That was it in a mile and a half of walking in a residential development. We saw one group of trick or treaters walking along the road and heard two more, and that also was it.

      Now, I’m not saying that all of the cowards, weaklings, and tyrants should be beaten to death with hammers…

      1. Hey, no treats? They get tricks instead.
        I wore a Cheap Trick T Shirt all day.
        I’m not sure anyone “got it”.

      2. Yeah. Our neighbors across the street had a few Halloween decorations out, probably for their grandkids, but they didn’t light up their house like usual. Almost no Halloween decorations anywhere else in the neighborhood this year.

        I wore my plague doctor mask with the duster up to Braum’s yesterday evening for some milk and got a few chuckles. That was about all of the Halloween festivities I saw.

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