The Rundown

A replica of the Statue of Liberty made of illuminated pumpkins

The townsfolk on the Hudson know their business when it comes to getting down at Halloween time. The above capture is called The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and it’s a collection of lit pumpkins hand sculpted into a righteous replica of the Statue of Liberty. You don’t have to be Ichabod Crane to lose your head over this brilliant piece of boo-yeah. Props to the ghosts and goblins in the 914 for doing it up the fright way.

Let’s get to this thing . . .

It’s not heaven. It’s Iowa on Halloween. Check out the above video, which takes the top prize for being monstrously creative. A family in the Hawkeye State came up with the diabolical idea for a door and in the doing, they transformed their crib into the place to be this weekend. Boo? Meet Hahahaha!

Biggest Takeaways from the Fetterman and Oz Debate | Time

Dr. Oz . . . United States Senator.

Yeah, I know it sounds ridiculous. But celebrity politics taught me to never say clever, and Oz is as close to a slam dunk proposition as you’re gonna get right now after this week’s debate with John Fetterman. The former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania put in the kind of performance that will live on YouTube until cats rule the earth. It was disjointed, confounding and in the end, it was sad. Fetterman had a stroke earlier this year and I’m giving him a bowl of Mulligan soup because of it. This was a tough watch.

2022 MLB World Series Dueling Pin - Astros vs. Phillies

The World Series starts tonight and I have to agree with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon when it comes to the timing. Both Houston and Philadelphia wrapped up their business on Sunday, so common sense (which hasn’t been seen since hot dogs met mustard) would dictate a Tuesday start for the Fall Classic. Four days of an unimpeded spotlight, at least two games worth of grabbing the attention of fans outside of Houston and Philadelphia. But nope, the MLB is going right into the belly of the football beast by plunging head first into a college/professional football weekend in the deep get of fall. Which means that Rob “Fan Friendly” Manfred will be able to personally call every fan outside of the two cities involved in the series to thank them for tuning in.

The baseball poohbahs still don’t get it.

Actor Russell Crowe has earned his share of forgettable headlines over the years. The guy loves him some fisticuffs, I understand this. But he’s making this episode for helping to save a business that was fighting for its very survival.

Dan and Leanne Fridd opened the doors to their new business, Bookbugs and Dragon Tales Bookshop in Norfolk England, in 2019. And then came, well . . . you know. Things were keeping on but barely and so the couple started a Crowdfunder campaign in order to stow some flow. Neighbors, friends and regulars helped plenty. And then the star of Gladiator chipped in with a donation that would’ve had made Marcus Aurelius proclaim No he di . . int! 

Crowe did, and the bookstore’s keep on is looking more hopeful than ever as a result. And it’s always a special thing when people like the Fridds, who have done such great good work with schools and the community at large, receive this kind of payback.

They asked for some help and they got Maximus.

David Gordon Green seems like a genuine fan of the Halloween franchise so I ain’t gonna heap my creep into his trilogy. However- and as the Snake Charmer in Kill Bill would say, there’s always a however- the last two installments of the reboot should be evicted from the Michael Myers estate. I dig ambitious fictional swings just fine but when it comes to gold standard expectations, you gotta connect on a couple or you might as well play golf.

Editorial Side Order: That’s my capture of a life-sized Michael Myers I happened upon at Party City this week. If you have a couple hundred Bennies, you can be the proud owner of this tall, dark and murderous chap. Until the Fed Ex guy bogarts it.

Frankenstein (1931) - IMDb

If you haven’t seen the final (for now) Michael Myers picture show yet, save your cash and go with the original Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff instead. This 1931 classic is what popcorn was made for. And if you wanna binge, go with Bride and Son and you’ll be digging into a worthwhile trilogy. And not for nothing but the story it was based on, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley still holds up, two-hundred and four years after it was written.

Why haven't Spotify and Apple Music pulled Ye's songs? - Los Angeles Times

Kanye West lost two billion dollars in net worth (That’s a B for Bozo), after his anti-Semitic rants, which means he’ll probably throw his hat into the ring for the 2024 Draft Kings Presidential Octagon Match. Hey, Trump ran and won in 2016 after freely admitting that he sexually assaulted women. Why wouldn’t Kanye- sorry Ye- get right by going all in for the cast iron throne?

Too soon?

The Oklahoma nonprofit that serves the homeless needs Halloween costumes - Oklahoma News

The City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City currently houses more than 100 children. These kids are either homeless or at risk so when it comes to frightening propositions, they don’t need October 31st to provide. They’re living it. It’s why we have places like the mission; to provide a safe haven for families who need a helping hand.

Tonight the place will celebrate the kids with a trick-or-treat event. The kids get to dress up before venturing through several immersive sets constructed by the good people whose labor is all about love. There’s going to be a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory and a Candy Land as well as a scene by scene set from The Wizard of Oz.

The President and CEO Erin Goodin says the mission currently has the largest number of families it’s ever housed and that the event helps to bring everyone together in a community setting. “We want to build them up so everything we do here, we don’t do scary. We do fun and uplifting,”.

Goodin and her colleagues will play characters from the movie and she’ll be dressing up as the Wicked Witch of the West for tonight’s event. But when she taps her toes, she will be singing a familiar and much needed refrain.

There’s no place like home.


66 thoughts on “The Rundown

  1. B

    That is a very cool Great Jack O’Lantern!! The talent of some peeps..

    Speaking of talent, that family definitely digs Hallowe’en. How fun is that?

    Oh lordy. Like you, the past six years has proven that in politics, anyone can “play”… I wonder what Oz was thinking as his debate date stumbled over himself. Since he has a solution for all ills and all that… Of course, in this case, probably didn’t dwell on it as it became a gift.

    Why the hell would they do that? I don’t get it either. I’m sure the players don’t as well.

    How cool for the Fridds to have Maximus come in and save the day. That is something else!

    Excellent capture. As for the latest franchise – you know I now HAVE to watch the third one just because you made me watch the other two 😉 But I’ll wait till I don’t have to pay extra.

    Yanno, I’ve never watched the original Frankenstein. Or not all of it, anyway. I shall add it to my roster.

    Ugh. Kanye? No, thank you.

    Love what the City Rescue Mission is doing. It sucks that they have to exist in the first place, but thank Bob they do.

    Of course, we needed that wonderful classic today! Excellent choice and Rundown, B!


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    • Q

      The townsfolk on the Hudson know how to do Halloween.

      So does Iowa, it would seem.

      Oz was handed the equivalent of a big fat pitch right over the plate and all he had to do was not mess up his lines from there.

      Last nights game was the first World Series opening game played on a Friday night. And I wonder how many people watched what turned out to be a great game?

      Are we not entertained?!!!

      Yeah, you’d best wait because to shell out anything for the last one is the same as lighting your money up.

      There’s a trilogy!

      You mean Ye?

      The people at the Mission are always doing things like this. And it makes you hopeful for the world, doesn’t it?

      It’s the Halloween anthem after all.;)



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  2. A great round-up. Pilgrim. The pumpkin Liberty was terrific. Fetterman was tragic. His family and the DNC ought to be ashamed for not stepping in before now. Baseball is tone-deaf and seems to be believing its own hype. Russell Crow to the rescue. I saw the first Halloween in a theater, and a Michael character jumped out from behind the curtain after the line, “I think he is the bogyman.”. It just doesn’t get better than that. Please tell Kayne West to go away. Those rescue folks are saints. Thanks for the post.

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  3. I’ll never understand those who schedule postseason games in the NBA and MLB. No, actually, I do understand it. It’s all about maximizing the revenue they can squeeze out of these games, but so many times it makes no sense. And this year’s World Series scheduling is the same. As you point out, a couple of midweek games might have actually been more watched than on the weekend. And here’s the other thing. Part of the postseason is supposed to be about how managers line up their pitching and making them have to figure that out. Taking a five day break between the last round and the World Series completely takes away that dynamic.

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    • Last night’s game was great drama and yet, I wonder how many fans outside of those towns were even watching. I only tuned in when I saw the game was tied late.

      It was the first time an opening game of the World Series was played on a Friday. Tonight they go up against college football. Good luck!


      • I only watched some of it while eating in a restaurant, with the TV on the wall. Once we got home, I let the wife have the TV.

        MLB has a big problem with regionalization of the game. Fans are fans of their teams, not really of the game anymore. Makes it difficult to draw big viewing audiences.

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        • The idea that Houston had a 5-0 lead with Verlander on the mound and still lost . . . that ain’t great for them.

          That’s exactly right. If we get this, what’s up with the guys in the corner offices not getting this?

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  4. My wife actually wanted to put a pair of eyes under the sidewalk where the street drain is so kids and cars driving towards it would think Pennywise The Clown was down there. I told her no because that would scare the hell out of ME. Our PA debate…I didn’t see it but many are talking about how bad it was. I guess we could also admire how inspiring it might turn out to be for those who someday may have the very same medical event Fetterman did. The MLB schedule is absurd, but as we know, television often dictates where and when – they at least share the blame if not all of it. Kudos to Crowe for donating to that bookstore. I am all for having the last two films of Green’s Halloween trilogy be stricken from the record for all time. That being said, his 2018 film was a nice love letter to the 1978 classic. Kanye West certainly has had a bad financial week, but that will be rectified by his next album, I’m sure he’ll be just fine. There definitely is no place like home, but keep those freakin’ flying monkeys away from me. Thriller always is worth a view and listen at Halloween.

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    • Hahaha! Avert your eyes!

      Fetterman shouldn’t have been on the stage the other night. How do campaign managers, whose job it is to put their candidate in the best position to win, fail so badly?

      Last night’s instant classic was the first time the World Series opened on a Friday.

      Who’d a thunk?

      I agree with the 2018 film. After which they should have closed up shop.

      Yeah, Ye is gonna survive.

      The monkeys and those soldiers . . . and not for nothing but that scene where Dorothy is dreaming and the witch enters her dream, flying on that broomstick? I still think it’s one of the scariest scenes ever made.

      It’s the anthem for the 31st, for me at least.

      Thank you Bruce

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  5. Not being a fan of any gory Halloween movies, I honestly can say I haven’t seen any of them. I’m more of a Beetlejuice or The Great Pumpkin kind of gal. 👻

    I sure hope Mr. “I live in NJ” does not become the senator from PA. I gotta give Fetterman props for being willing to do a debate with the TV doc who couldn’t help but lick his chops at the chance to be on camera. Even without his speech problems, Fetterman’s no orator but I applaud his courage and knowledge of the issues. Oz’s performance was mean spirited. I would hope people might give the former mayor of Braddock some compassion for his condition. Especially a doctor!

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    • I miss the Charlie Brown episodes now that it’s gone to Apple.

      I don’t think he should have been on stage, because let’s face it, politics has long since become thirty second snippets that feast on lack of context.

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  6. Russell Crowe and the City Rescue Mission get two thumbs up.

    Giving is better than any opiate one can take for boosting one’s own hope and morale. I appreciate that you include stories like theirs.

    “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” Maya Angelou

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  7. The pumpkin statue is nothing short of stupendous!

    The door is a RIOT!

    What were the odz of Oz winning pre stroke. Sad. No way you believe Fetterman will win?

    Sports… no Canadian teams.

    Russell Crowe, huh?!

    Not wild about the bloody knife statue. Still, I worked with Jamie Lee on “Prom Night” before I started in film. The designer was desperate & I could sew. I designed and made the killer’s mask.

    Love the original Frankenstein! Drew him for my friend Frank! I’ll put it in a separate comments box.


    You ended on a fab note. All kids deserve love. That way they have a chance.

    Perfect song for Hallowe’en!


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  8. Michael Jackson was an incredible performer. I loved Thriller. Politics in the US frightens me. Whatever horrors are committed there find their way into the rest of the world. I love Americans. I don’t like American politics. But then most Americans don’t either. It’s good to see good people doing good. Thanks.

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  9. I know I’m in the minority, but I’ve never understood the purpose of presidential or other political debates. Frankly, whenever I watch one (very rarely) my take away is that I don’t like either candidate enough to vote for him or her. And since the ability to debate effectively isn’t really all that useful in politics, I don’t put much stock in it. But as I said, I know I look at the differently from most people. And so good to see the kids living in the shelter getting a chance to trick or treat!

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    • I do agree with this Ann. Debates are all about primping and skimping on the substance If anything, they have contributed to the popularity contest our politics has become.

      So yeah, it’s good to see people like those at the Mission, who are making a real difference in the world.

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