More Ideas to Ruin Your Halloween
There's no fun-spoiler like a medical fun-spoiler. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center warns grown-ups not to give trick-or-treaters anything containing "milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat"; otherwise, potential food allergies might cause dizziness, cramps, swelling, "or even anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, which could lead to death." They refer by-now-terrified readers to a list of "alternative treats" that can't kill children, such as "Origami paper & instructions," "Fancy erasers" and "Tiny decks of cards." (Maybe teabags aren't such a bad idea.)
Meanwhile bad costumes continue to compete for inclusion in our 10-Worst List. Today's favorite is the Bear Jew from Inglourious Basterds ("Just please make sure not to hit people with said bat"). Unless you live in a community of cineastes, you could end your All Hallow's Eve in preventive detention.
If you live in Canada, of course, everything's just that much worse.