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Options October 28, 2014: When I Was Divine
I feel terrible admitting this: I'm a Halloween atheist. I can take it or leave it. Yes, as a child I traipsed around my neighborhood dressed as a "hobo", seeking free candy: I'd be insane not to. It's true I like horror movies and all the ghoulish trappings. But I thought it was a holiday for kids, something I'd leave behind, like my Schwinn Stingray.

Back "in the day" Halloween wasn't a such a big deal for adults, who mostly looked annoyed when you rang their doorbell. Now that I'm a grown-ass man I'm apparently still expected to dress up just to attend a party (see my last "costume", beneath this playlist, in a painting by my wife, Janet. I'm also expected to decorate my house and to shell out $$$ for that Socialist redistribution of wealth known as Trick Or Treat (which is why I'm now the adult looking annoyed when my bell rings).

Like most holidays in our culture, the original idea of Halloween - using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death" - has been thoroughly obliterated in an effort to sell you something. But maybe I'm down on Halloween because of the year I dressed up as Dawn Davenport from the John Waters movie Female Trouble, almost got into a knife fight with a biker over a woman who wasn't even my girlfriend and then, on the way home, got pulled over by cops who proceeded to ridicule me and ogle her. That might be it.

I'll tell that story tonight and I want you to call 201-209-WFMU and tell your Halloween stories, good and bad. On the good side? At the 2005 Weird New Jersey Halloween Party (Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ) I met the woman who became my wife. Happy Anniversary, honey!

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Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 10/28/14 6:09pm the Master:

Female Trouble ranks as one of my top 5 films of all time. Dawn is my hero.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...okay - I'm in Retail (okay - thriftstore) - so Holidays begin @ least a Month before -uh - the Holiday. By the time it rolls around - I'm so done awlready. Also: this means that for me - they feel like the Lennon sequence in 'Magical Mystery Tour' where he's a waiter shoveling spaghetti to the fat lady: just shoveling - things - to greedy insatiable people...& okay: it started w/ being Done w/ Xmas - especially after Black Friday became a reason for people to Riot & be Violent: I click the Opt-Out box @ that point
...but now - the End of Year Holidays just blend together - one long Retail FreakOut - Oct.-Jan. ...I dressed as a Wizard the whole month of October there for three years (see?: wfmu.org... ) - The Whole Month - for Three Years. I'm done.
- Besides: No one's got good candy on my block : ( ...
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:10pm Philly_Tim:

Yep. Glenn Milstead.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:11pm dale:

rev rab - are you dressed as a wizard or rick wakeman?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 10/28/14 6:12pm Greg from Bloomfield:

JW's Role Models is one of my favorite books EVER.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@dale: which would be Trick & which Treat ? Someone else said Roxy Eno...which I'm good w/...sorta...
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:13pm Peanut:

Im in my mid 30s and can't dress up for halloween anymore for parties. its just like meh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:14pm dale:

last time i went trick or treating a neighborhood lady said 'aren't you boys a little big for this?' - my heart sank and my childhood ended. yes, it was about 12 or 13.
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:15pm marmalade kitty:

my friend and I were mugged by older kids who took almost all of our nights earnings :( bastards!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:15pm dale:

@rev- nothing wrong with wakeman - great member of yes and strawbs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

A year or two I put my hair back & wore a suit. It works if you know me. I shouted @ a girl @ the pub dressed as a 'hippy' to get a job. Don't think she dug that...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:16pm dale:

marmalade - that's cold.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Trick - deffo...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:17pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I would give you candy...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 10/28/14 6:17pm Greg from Bloomfield:

The Nerds are playing at Maxwell's, because of course they are.
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:18pm Peanut:

How are the Nerds still around
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:19pm dale:

is that where kate bush got the song 'hammer horror' - from hammer films?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...she could 'do' the Hammer Horror girl look ? How quickly can I dress like Divine for her...
@Dale: yes. Very Brit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:20pm dale:

one halloween i got nair on my ball sack and it. burned. like. HELL.
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:20pm Julia:

I haven't dressed up since I was little, but here's why Halloween has always been the best holiday: no family obligations or religious connections. Now that's a holiday.
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:21pm Peanut:

Thats a good point Julia
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@dale: ...also deffo Trick...
- that's the counter-argument Julia, yes...
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:23pm Philly_Tim:

No religious connections? You mean I've been lighting all those fires for nothing?
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:24pm Peanut:

This story sounds akward as hell.
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:24pm turtle boy:

I was more than happy to watch my ex-girlfriends cats while she went to a halloween party dressed as a black widow/scorpion hybrid with a tail that shot redhot liquor out the end. The cats and I laughed and laughed...
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:25pm Peanut:

gotta love this show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:30pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...stabbed by a Biker for the honor of a lesbian 'girlfriend' whilst dressed as Divine - Trick to live thru - Treat for a storyteller...hahaha...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hammer Horror girls:
www.bing.com...
- including [bones liquify - puddle on floor] - Caroline Munro...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:34pm dale:

the officer wanted to eff her too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...so - let's get beat down like Rodney King & go to Jail dressed like Divine...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...jayzus...
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:38pm Peanut:

oh HELL no to this story
Avatar Tue. 10/28/14 6:39pm Peanut:

sounds horrid!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- so much better than watching the News tonight...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:40pm dale:

last time i went out on new years eve was with a bunch of women and the bouncer let all the women in and kept me out. they all went in and left me. then a cab driver wouldn't take me to brooklyn cuz he would lose money on the retrurn to manhattan. my joy for going out on holidays was destroyed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:41pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- never ever got into NewYear's. Above my station.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...NewYear's & St.Paddys - the two nights to *avoid* the Pub...
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:43pm Julia:

What...? That should be a great memory, Chris. Forget the cop thing. You scared the pee out of some douchebag biker talking trash about your date. In drag. Brandishing a knife. Guaranteed he never forgot that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- awlright - turnaround ! Halloween Karma.
...You're describing the Mexican 'Day of the Dead'...
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:45pm Ike:

I really liked the newsletter this week. And hey, my aunt Cookie was in some of those John Waters movies. One Chloe Griffin just wrote a book about her. I much prefer reading Cookie's writings than watching her movie roles though, if I'm honest....
Avatar    Tue. 10/28/14 6:45pm JakeGhould:

Halloween is a great holiday for kids. But that said, I just have fear-filled memories of childhood Halloween in Brooklyn. Where egging, shaving cream & even Nair (yes Nair hair remover) were used as weapons in an attack. Mixed feelings on the holiday as a result.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 10/28/14 6:45pm Ken From Hyde Park:

RIP Marcia Strassman, 66, who was on Welcome Back, Kotter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- you really did Trick in Brooklyn !
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:48pm Jervix:

Halloween Candy is for anyone, any age, who dares to retrieve it. What other holiday allows one into the homes of strangers? Pooh, I say, Pooh, sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:53pm Mike East:

I hate halloween. When I was a kid, I wore the same home made pumpkin costume one year too many and the older kids made fun of me. Since then, I say screw halloween.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 10/28/14 6:54pm Jeff:

Frolicking?
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:55pm Julia:

Yeah, frolicking in the woods is great. I'm talking about a 3-hour midnight mass.
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:55pm dave in Vermont:

There was a house that, although decorated for Halloween was completely dark on Halloween night. Everyone was scared to go ring the door heel and trick-or-treat. Eventually a friend's mom came to pick us all up and drive us home. Before driving home there was one last chance to trick-or-treat this house. Eventually I was convinced to do it. I thought I was so brave and that it would all be fine. Everyone waited in the car. I walked up to the house. As I was about to ring the doorbell. The stuffed Frankenstein monster on the porch began slowly and silently rising. Needless to say I was scared shitless and ran back to the car terrified.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:56pm dale:

i think you wanted 'cavort'
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 10/28/14 6:56pm chad from oregon:

My final Halloween was also 12/13-ish. I went out as The Punisher, which was essentially being dressed all in black with a white skull on my chest. At one house, I recall an older woman asking me what/who I was... and that's when it happened. I was over Halloween. I wanted to avoid the explanation and sheepish replied, "A... skull...". And that was it. It was over.
Avatar    Tue. 10/28/14 6:58pm JakeGould:

The Brooklyn Halloween I remember is really just an amplifier for neighborhood bullying bullshit. The last I saw something like that was actually in Carroll Gardens in Carroll Gardens Park. The whole place was covered with shaking cream. Everything smelled like cheap menthol. It was horrifying & amazing to see as an adult.
  Tue. 10/28/14 6:59pm thatsyourtrouble:

Yes, might have been near the reservation in West Orange (you said it was close to Pal's Cabin), where there's a very good view of Manhattan. I actually live a few blocks from where this may have happened....
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