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Lenore Skenazy says you are paranoid.

So stranger danger is still going strong, and it’s even spread beyond Halloween to the rest of the year. Now parents consider their neighbors potential killers all year round. That’s why they don’t let their kids play on the lawn, or wait alone for the school bus: “You never know!” The psycho-next-door fear went viral.

H/T David Henderson

Slate lets you know when Halloween got so slutty.

In the 1970s.

And in case you spent your childhood in an insane asylum, here is a guide on how to carve a pumpkin.

Reason has a piece on the regulation [death] of Halloween.

Speaking of being raised in an insane asylum, it’s also a good time to pick up the 30th Anniversary collectors edition of Halloween. Though I must say, I am partial to Rob Zombie’s version.

A book on the history of Halloween here.


From Marginal Revolution:

1. Worldometer.

2. Reasons for abolishing the corporate income tax.

3. Ridley Scott’s 1980s deficit commercial.

4. Which books do prisoners request?

5. New theories of ideology.

6. The culture that is Manhattan.

7. Practical jokes for bees.

And the Agitator:

8. The first photo of a human.

9. It’s nice to see a piece like this at the American Spectator.

10. Mao: He was worse than you thought. But he looks great on a handbag.  Also, it’s fun to name trendy restaurants after him! Note that they don’t use artificial coloring or mass-produce canned produce. Because that would be, like, evil.

11. This seems like a bad idea.

12. L.A. Times: Disproportionate pot arrests of blacks and Latinos is unconscionable. But to stop arresting people for pot possession isn’t the answer. Which I guess means California cops should start arresting and jailing more white people, too. It’s all about equality.

13. “….there has never been a single case of any child being killed by a stranger’s Halloween candy.”

14. I don’t think this cop should be charged. But given similar stories we’ve seen, you wonder if someone who didn’t have a badge would have received the same leniency.

15. “Broke Guy Faces $2,000 Fine for Collecting Recyclables”