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SCARY CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Jim Walsh recalls his discussions of the ghosts of First Avenue with a few staffers at the Walsh Files.

Sonny Rollins, Velella Velella, and Faggot are just a few of the acts playing this Halloween. Check out Chuck Terhark's City Planner at Culture To Go for a complete itinerary.

What happens if a werewolf bites a vampire? If you have sex with a zombie are you at risk of becoming one? Cecil Adams is the man with the answers at The Straight Dope.

THESE SCARY DAYS

The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, which was signed by President Bush on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows him to declare a "public emergency," station troops anywhere in America, and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."

An Idaho animal shelter has banned all black cat adoptions from mid-October through Thursday for fear they could be mistreated in Halloween pranks or sacrificed in some kind of ritual.

SCARY MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Max Sparber and Courtney Mault dive into Hollywood make-up artist Dick Smith's how-to book and photograph the results at Max and Courtney Make Monsters.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

SCARY TIME WASTERS

You'll run from the room screaming: Pop tart Mandy Moore singing XTC's Senses Working Overtime [via Shot in the Dark]

Humiliated animals in Halloween costumes

SCARY FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"It's an absolute monster! Maybe I shouldn't have said that. How uncouth of me!"

— Dame Judi Dench, discussing Casino Royale co-star Daniel Craig's penis

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