October 31, 2007

It is Halloween.

So let's break out the costumes. All the best lawbloggers are going with a Harry Potter theme this year.

25 comments:

Ron said...

eh? Justice Porter? That's an odd theme...

Bilby said...

Chris Dodd has a Halloween costume idea.

Simon said...

Frighteningly enough, Randy Barnett looks really good as Malfoy!

Paul Zrimsek said...

Could one of you Blawgwarts professors teach me that spell that Blackmun and Stewart used to ward off the Emanating Penumbra in Harry, Potter, and the Practitioner of Abortion?

Ron said...

I must admit that after too much cabbage I, too, have an Emanating Penumbra...

Maxine Weiss said...

Happy Halloween, Ann...and all in the Blogosphere !!

Eli Blake said...

The best Halloween photo I ever saw (and I wish I had a copy) was of a fender bender. The cars were stuck there with minor damage on the side of the road while a police officer was talking to a woman dressed as what looked like Glinda the good witch (but smoking a cigarette,) and a man dressed as the Energizer bunny (big bass drum set down next to the car.) The picture was just too funny.

My favorite costume:

Take all of the spades (or all of the clubs, if you prefer) out of a deck of cards and safety pin them to yourself. Also write the words,

SCORE: 7-7

on a piece of paper and safety pin it conspicuously in the front.

What am I wearing then?

(I'll check back later and see if anybody knows what it is.)

best part of it is: It costs a buck, and if I want to take it off I can do so in about one minute, and when i do I'm already dressed for whatever I don't want a costume for.

Jennifer said...

You look great as McGonagall.

I don't know, Eli, but my favorite is the one a friend wears every year. She dresses all in black and carries a spray bottle. If someone asks what she's dressed as, she squirts them and says "A dark and stormy night."

Eli Blake said...

Jennifer,

Your friend sounds like a lot of fun.

But you still don't know what I'm wearing :)

Paul Zrimsek said...

Got it, Eli. In token of this, let me suggest that in addition to "SCORE: 7-7" the piece of paper should also bear a picture of Queen Elizabeth scratched out with a big red X.

Peter Palladas said...

If I hate America - and I don't really folks - it's for exporting your wild extravaganza that you call Hallowe'en.

Time was it would be a couple of cute kids turn up at the door - with the ma or pa - with a handmade mask, asking 'Trick or Treat' but really only wanting the chocolates and sweets on offer.

Now it's feral packs of pre-pubescent Nazis roaming the streets, chucking bricks through windows and trashing cars.

Ah! The doorbell..........

jeff said...

Geeze Peter, what kind of weird-ass Halloween do you practice where ever you are? In this town it pretty much consists of grade schoolers wobbling up to the doorstep with parents hiding in the bushes a few feet away.

bill said...

Peter, can't remember the name of it but a few years back I happened to catch a movie from the mid 1930s with a scene depicting Halloween from around 1910 -- give or take a couple years ago. Kids were building bonfires in the middle of the street and an acceptable practice was to ring the doorbell of some old geezer you didn't like and when he opened the door yell insults and throw flour in his face.

Kids today, just like the kids from yesterday, just with more accessories.

Eli Blake said...

Paul,

No, I don't think that would have anything to do with this outfit.

Here are two hints:

1. The costume requires either clubs or spades to be exact. It is still passable, but less exact with hearts or diamonds.

2. The SCORE could also read 0-0 or 2-2 but it could not read 7-2 or 7-0.

So, what am I wearing?

Pogo said...

My sister wore a lamp shade to a Halloween dinner. As the Life of the Party, of course

Pogo said...

So, what am I wearing?

Not that's a troublesome intro.

Paul Zrimsek said...

If you adopt my suggestion you'll be wearing a black suit and tie with a Windsor-- not!

tc said...

Dear Ann,

The first few words are yours, so I hope you dont count them against my word-quota (that you imposed).

Tom


Ann Althouse said... TC, you can be a commenter here if and only if you keep your posts to 200 words or less... You can put your longer material on your own blog ( jewsyonkersialamiii-tc.blogspot.com )...I'm not imposing this word limit on anyone else...Some of the best commenters (and bloggers) put effort into producing pithy one liners.... 6:14 AM
" 200 words or less...(only TC has) this word limit...produc(e) pithy one liners " Just like I've always noted, women/feminists oppose all censorship -except if its anti-feminist, anti-gay, anti- lesbian... And my dear friend Ann Althouse is no different from any other woman...beautiful but near-terminally confused by feminist nonsense. What can a man do ? Women rule the world, no matter what. So feminism itself must be totally destroyed -along with its destructive excesses and crudities. And all women must be allowed to see feminism's horrors -otherwise nothing will change. And we'll all die -shortly.
" (P)ithy one-liners" ? That's the problem with today's world. We have the attention spans of cocker spaniels, the world is dying and nobody realizes this because nobody takes a longer look at things than a "sound bite".

Pogo said...

Tom,
The world isn't dying because you can't exfoliate here. Criminey. I didn't even know until recently that your posts actually ever contained different text. It appeared to be cut-and-paste graffiti, or some schizoid dada-ist nonsense.

Roost on the Moon said...

Best costume I ever saw:

1. Man in surgical scrubs and mask, pushing a wheel barrow, containing...

2. A woman with her legs spread, but well-covered in a blood-splattered frock. From under the frock came a long string of sausages, attached to...

3. The stomach of a grown man, drenched in blood, wearing nothing but a diaper and bonnet, walking in front of the wheel barrow, making agressive eye-contact with passers-by while screaming "WAAAAANHH! WAAAAAAAAHH!"

Eli Blake said...

Hey Paul!

You win, and you came up with a way to improve on it that was very ingenious!

Good job!

Roost on the moon:

They certainly got their point across, though it might be quite gross to actually look upon.

rhhardin said...

Warning spooks, or possibly warning of spooks.

Roost on the Moon said...

Eli,

It was gross! But the kind of gross that makes your face hurt from smiling.

Ron said...

My best friend and I took her son out as Pac-Man...couple a hula hoops with some yellow fabric, and voila!

Karl said...

Professor,

Do you miss Halloween in Madison? Around 2 a.m. will you stare distantly toward Manhattan and pine for the sound of the police rounding up the State Street crowds?

-kd