Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Halloween-Hurricane Hybrid

It's Halloween 2012--and this year haunted houses and scary movies aren't the only things sending a chill up our collective spinesAn enormous stretch of the U.S. is living through the aftermath of Frankenstorm, one of the largest storms in our history.  The superstorm's effects have, like a gargantuan game of dominoes, affected Americans across the country in numerous ways.  From cancelled flights, events and classes to downed powerlines, buildings and databases--Hurricane Sandy reminds us how truly interconnected we are.

To celebrate Halloween--while remembering those in real-life frightening circumstances--we present the following.  A Halloween-Hurricane hybrid, if you will.


On Halloween (Wednesday, 10/31/12) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Underground Cafeteria on the lower level of the Student Union will be offering a Halloween Lunch Special.

Also from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/31/12 the Blagg-Huey Library will be participating in Texas Library Snapshot Day.  We'll be giving away candy and you can help by filling out a brief survey.  Try your hand at Jack O'Lantern Jeopardy--and did I mention there will be candy?  The stats you help us collect will be used to promote Texas libraries--and we all love Texas libraries.

Note:  Many of the following are available on Halloween and through the following weekend.

*  In Dallas it's not too late to have your wits scared out of you at a local haunted house.
*  In Denton take a Denton Haunts Ghost Tour.
*  In Houston check out a Halloween party or haunted house.
*  The folks at have a webpage brimming with Halloween recipes, safety tips, trivia and more.
*  For a Halloween/Election Day smashup see A Brief History of Political Halloween Masks from Mental Floss.

*  Learn 25 Fun Size Facts about Classic Halloween Candy.
Listen to Halloween tunes on Pandora or to the Top 10 Halloween songs on Top 100s Radio.  Did you know The Monster Mash turned 50 this year?

FEMA has an office in Denton that processes disaster assistance requests from across the country.
See the StormCentral 2012 page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
how to help--and how hurricanes get their names.

Happy Halloween!

~Sandy Cochran

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