Five for Friday: Halloween Countdown Edition

Online games for Halloween

Halloween’s still 15 days away, but there’s no reason to hold off on a little spooky fun. Or a little planning ahead, even, so your Tricks and Treats are crafty and sweet. Five ways to work a little more October into your weekend:

WATCH:
A no-brainer: The Simpsons’ annual Treehouse of Horror episode will be on Fox this Sunday (check your local listings). Even if you believe the First Family of Springfield’s finest days are behind us, this episode is usually a can’t-miss mixture of horror-genre parody and good fun.

READ:
We recently devoured DC Comics’ massive black & white compilation “Showcase Presents: The House of Secrets Vol. 2.” These eerie tales are generally amusing and light fare that can really get you in the mood when you’re planning your Halloween costume or concocting a spooky cocktail. To quote from, well, me: It’s a little goofy, being mired in the over-the-top nature of the horror genre and being a product of 1970s comics storytelling conventions. But that goofiness, along with some genuinely poignant, frightening, and clever moments, makes this a great casual read if you’re in the right frame of mind. It is October, after all.

DRINK:
We’ll blame our betters over at the The Atlantic for this one: a recent piece on rye whiskey being under-consumed in America got us on a real rye kick. And with rye’s hint of sweetness and untamed spice, it’s perfect for a devilish drink. Here’s one from Mr. Boston we think will to the trick and be a treat:

Island Voodoo (hat tip: Averna’s Web site)

1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Averna
0.5 oz. limoncello

Add ice, stir 30 times, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an orange peel, serve.

SURF:

Since we truly believe wasting time on the Web should be mandatory.

In that spirit, we present you with Dimension’s Edge, Inc.’s Halloween Hangman flash-based online game. Word games are great time suckers, and the sarcastic skeleton is funny for at least five minutes. Check it out here.

DO:
Get that Halloween candy NOW. Do you hate lines? We certainly do. According to research from The Nielsen Company, the busiest candy-shopping days of the year are the Sunday before and Halloween itself. To boot, the company also says that brand name favorites fly off the shelves more near Halloween than they do the rest of the year.

Go against the grain — buy your Mounds and M&M’s and the like now to avoid lines and make sure you get the choicest stuff for the visiting ghouls and goblins.

After all, nobody wants to be the “box of raisins” house.

(Or the “circus peanut house” for that matter).

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