halloween

Hillary Clinton seemed startled by the question.

But asked Monday night at an event promoting her new book what she was going as for Halloween, she said, "I have to start thinking about it. ... I think I will maybe come as the president."

It wasn't clear whether she meant President Trump or just "as president."

That got laughs. But if you're like Clinton and maybe pulling on a Trump mask or a Sean Spicer lectern or maybe even a Hillary Clinton pantsuit for Halloween Tuesday, you'll be like roughly 2 percent of the population.

In the vast anthropological catalog of contemporary humanity that is YouTube, there's an entire universe of videos where cute little kids bug out their eyes, gag and make hideous faces while trying not to spit out distressingly sour or disgustingly flavored candy. Videos with titles like "Extreme Sour Candy Challenge" and "Extreme SOUR SMOOTHIE Challenge!!!! Warheads, Toxic Waste (DANGEROUS!!!)" have millions or even tens of millions of views.

Halloween plays on our fears and our fantasies.

We craft haunted houses and scary decorations to evoke particular emotions. We choose our costumes to reflect something about the kinds of people we are or want to be — edgy, sexy, funny, clever. For children, Halloween is an experiment in delayed gratification and negotiation — which candies to eat now, which to trade, which to save. It's no surprise, then, that Halloween might reveal interesting features of human psychology.

But you might be surprised by just what we can learn.

Sounds... Spooky? Halloween Programming on WKMS!

Oct 28, 2016
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Boo! We've got a bounty of spooky, Halloween treats on our local music programming this weekend! See this year's scary schedule!

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Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri discuss the idea that Halloween can be a fun and effective time to practice exposure therapy to help treat anxiety issues.

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema has a full slate of horror movies lined up over the next couple weeks, including silent classic Nosferatu with live music accompaniment and works from John Carpenter and Tim Burton. John Null caught up with MAC's programming director, John Holt, to discuss what's ahead at the nonprofit arthouse theater.

Pumpkins of almost any variety have flesh high in fiber and beta carotene. Their seeds, delicious when toasted or baked, can be rich in potassium and protein.

But we didn't eat the vast majority of the 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Instead we, of course, carved faces into them, set them aglow and perhaps left them to sit outside for days. And then we tossed them.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and to mark the spookiest time of the year, we've exhumed three classic WKMS ghost stories from the archives! Todd Hatton takes us along on a ghost hunt at a historic Paducah landmark, The Hotel Metropolitan. In another story, Todd tells of a cellar door that won't stay closed. And David Weatherly relates his run-in with a spectral spectator. Listen if you dare... Mwa hah hah haaa...

It's astounding / time is fleeting / madness takes its toll ...

If you recognize those lyrics from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, you know what Riff-Raff means by madness: midnight show audiences shouting at the screen and doing the Time Warp in movie theater aisles as they've been doing for decades. This weekend will be Rocky Horror's 40th Halloween.

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Here's a schedule of Halloween programming on WKMS. Halloween specials start this Thursday! We'll update this list as more program information becomes available. This is what we've got so far:

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