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Normally I start planning for Halloween sometime in late August, but here we are, a third of the way through October, and I haven’t even bought a pumpkin. This book release thing is really messing with my schedule. On the bright side, I’ve already got fifty dollars worth of candy (the big bars) because I forgot to “buy out” of my kids’ soccer team fundraiser. Go me!

If the real me is dropping the pumpkin (lame, I know), the virtual me says, Let’s get the party started! Which happens to be a go-to song on my Halloween playlist — but is not the song of the week. Throughout October, check back for costume ideas, autumn food faves and Halloween party suggestions — starting with this Warren Zevon classic, “Werewolves of London.”