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A short Halloween wish from VEB Industries

Hey there, everybody. Today is one of my favourite holidays, as well as representing eleven years to the day since my very first front page post for this illustrious website. And yes, that makes me feel every bit as old as you probably expect it would.

Anyhow, given that today is Halloween and all, I’m not going to write a big long piece. Ben has a very interesting article going up today, and seeing as how we’re still in the doldrums of the post-World Series but pre-Hot Stove proper week of suspended animation, let’s just call this a holiday open thread for everyone to do whatever they like with.

There are topics, of course; the Cards’ potential pursuit of big free agents is destined to be the prism through which this offseason will be viewed forever after, for good or for ill. The bullpen was a suitably horrific trainwreck this past season, pretty much ideal for scary stories to be told, either in the dark or not. Perhaps some variation of that old “Room for One More” yarn from one of those glorious tomes of creepy stories and even creepier visuals.

And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I know I’ve brought it up before, but do yourself a favour this Halloween and look up the brilliant, terrifying illustrations from the original printings of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which remain some of my favourite eerie images of all time. Do not, however, bother with the later illustrations from the Lemony Snicket books illustrator, which are terrible.

I would imagine Halloween candy power rankings have been done in the comments before, but let me throw my own two cents into the ring. Skull and Bones sweet-tarts, Dots, Butterfinger skull-shaped peanut butter cups, fruit-flavoured Tootsie Rolls, and Mars bars are at the top of my list. Sixlets are a perennial favourite for pretty much every holiday or season. Down at the bottom are those horrible peanut butter kiss things that come in the orange and black wrappers and candy corn. All candies that still have lime instead of sour apple also get bumped into higher tiers for me. The sour apple encroachment must be stopped. It’s disgusting.

Just for old times’ sake, let’s do something.

The Baron’s Playlist for the 31st of October, 2018 — Spooky Songs to Listen to in the Dark

“Shankill Butchers” — The Decemberists

“The Killing Moon” — Echo and the Bunnymen

“We Suck Young Blood” — Radiohead

“St. James Infirmary” — Louis Armstrong

“Nightmare” — Artie Shaw

“Country Death Song” — Violent Femmes

“The Mercy Seat” — Johnny Cash

“Atrocity Exhibition” — Joy Division

“I Put a Spell on You” — Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

“Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” — Leadbelly

“Come to Daddy” — Aphex Twin

“Red Right Hand” — Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

“The Witch” — The Sonics

“Ghost of Stephen Foster” — Squirrel Nut Zippers

“Neverland” — Sisters of Mercy