Snakes alive, Halloween has become a much bigger deal than it was in my own days of trick-or-treating. Not that it needed a lot of help, but zombie-fever’s added another kick to the festival. Last weekend I was in Reno, and a reported 20,000 folks participated in a “Zombie Crawl” through the bars that lasted until 6:00 AM. Probably a sign of the End Times, eh?

Here are some final news items of the day:

* Senate Republicans block vote on first of three D.C. Court of Appeals nominees, apparently happy to provoke another “nuclear threat” crisis.

* Study shows “Cash for Clunkers” wasn’t the best stimulus idea around.

* NYC raises minimum tobacco purchase age to 21.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein warns that trickle of House Republicans favoring vote on comprehensive immigration reform not enough to make the bill “undead” just yet.

* At College Guide, Seth Masket suggests new models for higher education won’t take off so long as people doing the country’s hiring are products of the old models.

And in sorta-non-political news:

* Stumbled across a fascinating account from 2010 of a conservative evangelical Halloween “Hellhouse” in my home state of Georgia. Seems the Antichrist sounds a lot like Barack Obama.

So that’s it for Halloween 2013. The day isn’t complete without a tribute to our pointy-hatted witchy friends (no offense to genuine Wiccans, who mostly have a good sense of humor about it all). So here’s Donovan with “Season of the Witch.”

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Ah well, let’s have dessert: David Bowie performing “Scary Monsters.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.