A Sunday morning Sidewalk as a cold October wind blows..Get your HAZMAT Halloween costume ready. Chances are, you did not buy one.

A cold October wind

This morning is the perfect autumn morning. Cold, windy.. burnt orange and red leaves scattered across the ground.. the chilled sky with a brilliant and vibrant orange from the rising sun.

Yes, this is what an autumn morning in Pennsylvania—or anywhere—should be like.

…and with that,  time is fleeting..
I know this crunchy leaves of today will be snow tomorrow, and any memory of warmth will be long gone once the real chill sets in.

But for now, I will take the cool October charm, with decorated pumpkins and Halloween lights, witches, and all the rest. I love October.

And I especially love perfect October mornings.

There are things occurring in the world that would make my peaceful scene of autumn look like a fable .. bloodshed and trouble, toil and rubble..

Things like this: More than 100 people in OHIO are being monitored for Ebola. That is because the nurse from Dallas decided to fly there–and go dress shopping.. The good news may be that regardless of the amount of people monitored so far across the nation, real and actual cases at this point have been less than feared. But that 21 day incubation period is a loathsome part of this.. 21 days later, the numbers always may change..

Speaking of  Dallas, fear is increasing. Fear may actually turn the city into  a ”ghost town” according to some. 

The FEAR of Ebola so far is what is making real news. Some communities across the United States are taking very dramatic steps.. But flights continue and the border remains open…Oh, and no one seems to understand what Ebola is or how it is spread.. Fear does that.

With fear comes preppers doing what they do best. And now they proclaim to have a reason: The mission to prep is even more important because of Ebola and how the earth can soon be turned into a wasteland of death. While some may laugh at their premise, let us not forget what the United Nations warned us of only days ago: Ebola, if it continues, could create a global food crisis that we have never seen.  So prep away, preppers. One day soon I may ask for rice, hope you remember me..


From the world of horror movies, SNAPCHAT is fully involved in advertising for the upcoming flick OUIJA. Sort of creepy–but so is snapchat.. The timing was certainly interesting, too.. SNAPCHAT promised not to be ‘creepy’ with its first ads. 

Death to go!? A Michigan funeral home is providing something that may actually be of use to our new generation of quick clicks and drive throughs: A drive through option for funerals.. People will laugh and mock this, but think it through. It may be the way of the future–how many times do you feel uncomfortable at the viewing? You don’t want to see certain people, and certainly don’t even know many, as well.. Now you have that option to see your ‘loved one’ .. from the comfort of your car. Drive by, say your peace, and keep on truckin’ .. I think this is a fantastic idea whose time as come.

A new crime wave: People mopping aggressively. True stuff..

A one ton pumpkin is now the heaviest in North America. That is certainly amazing. Equally amazing: It is from California, the state withering in an expansive drought. Guess we know now where all the water went.

You don’t read this every day–maybe every ten years. Weird cases of mysterious spontaneous combustion are back again–ten years later in the same Sicilian City they happened in during 2004.. Interestingly enough, I recall the 2004 story, I know for sure I linked it up the HORROR REPORT at that time.. Amazing how fast time goes.. Even more amazing: These cases of supposed spontaneous combustions..

This photo is a scene from a pumpkin festival that went very very wrong.. Riots actually took place in New Hampshire, with college students getting the blame.. Now Keene State says that students will be held responsible for their actions. The chaotic scene didn’t start that way. It was a pumpkin festival. By the end, it was tear gas..

A ‘portal to hell story’.. didn’t see one of these is a while. This one comes to us from OHIO, where homeowners are at war with ghost hunters over a tunnel on private property.. There are a few locations near me where the same battles happen. Such as Centralia, PA. I always love seeing ghost hunters show up.. Folks: SILENT HILL was a movie based somewhat on Centralia. But those things really did not happen. Sometimes what others perceive as ‘ghostly’ things are just very normal and mundane occurrences.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star Nicholas Brendon was arrested in Idaho Friday night for ‘malicious injury to a property,’ according to police.
The vampire has fallen.. BUFFY star Nicholas Brendon arrested for malicious injury to property..

BONO says sorry for invading iTunes. Lots of users were confused and angry when U2 songs suddenly showed up in their music. While BONO said sorry for this stunt, I’d like to hear an apology for lamenting the sad state of charities but all the while giving less than a few percentage points of his own income to those in need..

And finally, the media tells us something and most of us don’t discern, instead just eat it up and run with it. The power of the news media is still present despite those who lament its dwindling impact. This year, we are being told with big headlines that Ebola related costumes are ”all the rage” this Halloween, and that HAZMAT suits will be showing up for candy on your porch for trick or treating. Don’t believe it.. First off, Halloween store owners are actually saying the costumes are really not selling. Sure, we are TOLD they are selling, but someone somewhere put out the same talking points for every local news station and paper.. They are NOT SELLING. And a little simple fact checking would be in order.. I went to my own local SPIRIT Halloween store. They confirmed, at least on a local level, the same thing: The costume is not selling. They actually have one 5 in stock, and they are still there despite the media’s attempt to convince us they should be sold out.  Go to your own local shop and ask the same questions–I bet you’ll get similar answers as well.. Don’t listen to news outlets attempting to tell you that HAZMAT is in. It’s not..
Unless you’re wearing a real one. Those seem to be a hot commodity in certain places this Halloween.