*UPDATE Staff Photos* Halloween 2023: FUN! curfews info, costume ideas, photos, more!

Scotty Update:

Here's what some of the radio station staff wore for Halloween yesterday...



Halloween Curfews available at time of blogging:

- DIEPPE: no official curfew but Dieppe recommends Trick-or-Treating from 4:00p to 8:00p. See their FB (https://www.facebook.com/dieppenb/).

- MONCTON: Has no official Trick-or-Treating curfew, but encourages Trick-or-Treaters to go out between 4:00p and 8:00p. See their FB (https://www.facebook.com/cityofmoncton.villedemoncton/).

- RIVERVIEW: Has no official Trick-or-Treating curfew, but recommends that you do it between 4p and 8p. See their FB (https://www.facebook.com/TownofRiverview). In past years they've also mentioned By-law 700-20: "Youth are not allowed on streets after 10p without adult supervision." Here's that past link (https://www.townofriverview.ca/news/2021-halloween-guidance).

- MEMRAMCOOK: Has encouraged Trick-or-Treating between 4p and 8p in past years. See FB (https://www.facebook.com/VillageMemramcook/)

- HILLSBOROUGH: in past years they've gone with a 9:00p curfew. Their social media is down at time of blogging. Try https://villageofhillsborough.ca/

- SHEDIAC: recommends Trick or Treating from 4p to 7p.

- REXTON: Trick-or-Treating curfew has been 8:00p in past.

- RICHIBUCTO: In past, Trick-or-Treating was from 3p to 7p.

- Cap Pele: Trick-or-Treating was from 2p to 8p in past years. In 2023 there is an event planned at the Cap Acadie Fire Station. See  https://www.facebook.com/capacadie/posts/660262456246607

🎃 List of Halloween Houses! Every year the folks at Everything Unscripted have a LIST (https://www.everythingunscripted.com/halloween-displays-in-moncton/) and a MAP (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1Ml8G_gPuj_XQ688-xvgi4gyqp06eKVcr&usp=sharing) of Halloweeny houses to check out! You should subscribe to Everything Unscripted, they have some fun Halloween activities and ideas!!

👻 Most Popular Pet Halloween Costumes For 2023 haven't changted much from last year... it's all about Pumpkins and Hot Dogs. Full list https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-halloween-costumes/

🎃 Halloween Safety tips from the Government: (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-safety/halloween-safety.html)

👻 Our Formula for Excellent Halloween Costumes:
1) Think of a celeb
2) Think of something that rhymes
3) smoosh these 2 things together
(so like Tom Hanks + Spanx = Tom Spanx!!!)

Google has a page (https://frightgeist.withgoogle.com/) where you can see what the hottest costumes are for this year... 
Some more costume ideas...

Thank you cheese slices for being the best Halloween treat ever!! (A message from the Dairy Farmers of Canada.)

Scotty note from 2022: First things first, I did not win the Company Costume Contest. Was I robbed by the people from Yellowstone? Yes. Yes I was. (*citation)

my Sen. John Fetterman costume just didn't vibe you guys... and as far as Dumpkins, our break-up-pumpkin-delivery-service? We're not sure if the business will survive. Your donations are vital!!!!

This Halloween Season say it with Dumpkins. #halloween #dumpkins pic.twitter.com/SGbTD8vRzl— scotty horsman (@scottyhorsman) October 31, 2022
BTW... after the pumpkin contest, I took the pumpkin home and we fixed it up so the whole neighborhood wouldn't be scandalized... (originally just had the "F" and "U") ...

Popular Costumes: Last year it was 1) Max from Stranger Things, 2) Elvis, 3) House of the Dragon. ICYMI, At the radio station, people dressed like "Yellowstone". For 2023, Google Frightgeist says the Top Three costumes are 1) Barbie, 2) Princess, 3) Spider-Man 

Scary Stats:
- 83% of people surveyed said they had some kind of paranormal activity in their home
- Most common types of paranormal activity are hearing sounds, lights turning on and off, and hearing voices
- 1 in 10 people say they sold their home after a paranormal experience
- Good News, Split Level Home owners, your home is far less likely to be haunted!
and https://www.cinchhomeservices.com/view-blog/-/blogs/americans-report-on-their-paranormal-experiences-in-their-home-survey

A quick and careful look at Ouija Boards...
- Steer clear of those things you guys!
- Legend: Ouija boards got their name when one of the investors of the product asked it "What's your name" and it spelled out Ouija.
- Legend: when they went to get the thing registered at the patent office they had to show the patent office guy how it worked and used it to spell out the patent office guy's name... "A patent file confirms she did a demonstration and the patent was issued on February 10th 1891"
- the things sold like crazy and they had to open more factories to produce them... in 1927 one of the guys running the company fell to his death from the roof of a new factory - one he claimed a Ouija board told him to build.
- Steer clear of those things you guys!
play with whatever this is instead. safer.
Some tips on Candy Hangovers...🍬 If you end up with a candy hangover the day after Halloween, consider eating pineapple... The article we link to says "The tropical fruit contains enzymes that aid digestion and break down proteins that usually cause bloat and also contains 180 milligrams of bloat-busting potassium per cup. Researchers have also found that pineapple can reduce colonic inflammation that may be leading to that distended stomach." https://www.eatthis.com/reduce-bloating-tips/
Other things to try if you have a candy hangover include: 1) have more candy and 2) try someone else's candy to see if it has healing properties. *citation needed*
Not much change in Popular Pet Halloween Costumes...  For 2022, according to Canine Journal, it was 
#8 Ghost
#7 Spider
#6 Lion
#5 Witch
#4 Bumblebee
#3 Bat
#2 Hot Dog
#1 Pumpkin ...
Canine Journal https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-halloween-costumes/ ...
This year, for 2023, Canine Journal updated the list to include these stats from the National Retail Federation https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/halloween-spending-reach-record-122-billion-participation-exceeds-pre ...
- Pet costume sales are projected to be $700 million in 2023...
- Pumpkin and Hot Dog continue to be a favourite dog costume... 
Here are the most popular Halloween costumes for pets in 2023 according to Canine Journal ...
#10 Witch
#9 Ghost
#8 Lion
#7 Cat
#6 Devil
#5 Spider
#4 Bumblebee
#3 Bat

#2 Hot Dog

#1 Pumpkin.
(So this year, witch and cat have moved up the list... but not much change all-in-all.)

In June we talked about the Ohio lady who made news for refusing to remove a nine foot tall werewolf statue...
- Mary Simmons says Phil the werewolf has sort of become a mascot in her yard...

- it went up as a Halloween decoration but after October was over, she started to really enjoy having Phil up as a year-round decoration... 
- Mary began to dress Phil for different seasons...
- somebody complained and the city sent Mary a warning... but... then they said they're not gonna follow up or enforce the werewolf removal! So at the time, it sounded like Mary won the neighborhood werewolf fight...
* UPDATE: Still going strong you guys. Check out Phil the Wolf on Facebook!

ICYMI, story from the other day when that Chucky Doll was placed in handcuffs, arrested, and booked for crimes in Mexico...
- At the time I wholeheartedly supported this move because if the scary Chucky movies have taught us anything, it's that you cannot trust evil Chucky...
- there was a series of attempted robberies in Mexico and authorities traced the crime back to a couple of suspects... one was a Chucky doll and the other was the owner of the Chucky doll.
- witness reports seem to indicate that the human suspect got arrested after making Chucky hold a large knife to scare people into handing over their money...
- suspect is believed to have been high at the time...
- at the time, media reports said that the police officer who put Chucky in cuffs got in trouble for not taking their job seriously...
- *UPDATE* There's not a lot of followup, still unanswered questions... the human suspect has been released but it doesn't seem like Chucky was released, and now the doll's whereabouts are unknown! This is how it all starts you guys. We need a Chucky BOLO!!

ICYMI A little while back we sent out congratulations to Steve from Missouri who broke the Guinness World Record for longest journey by pumpkin boat! It took almost 11 hours to paddle his 1200 pound pumpkin 38 miles on the shark-infested* Missouri River. (*citation needed. River may not be shark-infested. Sounded good though.) 
*Update to this one... it's fairly recent but the update is that it turns out the Missouri River is not shark-infested. It is home to thousands of piranha though. *citation needed.

ICYMI, we talked about that Big Ol' Pumpkin that broke the world record... over a ton!
- 2749 pounds!
- a farmer from Minnesota and his enormous pumpkin won the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in California...
- congratulations to Farmer Travis and the pumpkin he named Michael Jordan... (Travis is also a horticulture teacher at a college in Minnesota)
- btw, Farmer Travis says it cost about $15,000 to raise up Michael Jordan the pumpkin... but he won $30,000 in prize money...
- also btw, Farmer Travis has grown prize-winning pumpkins before, and last year's pumpkin got into the Guinness World Records book as the world's largest jack-o'-lantern... #Halloween!- ever wonder how competitors get their giant pumpkins to the weigh-off in California? Travis and his driving team of his dad and his father-in-law drove 35 hours to California inside the pumpkin! JK, they used a pickup truck you guys.
- *UPDATE* Travis and the giant pumpkin are back in the news... not because of some giant pumpkin scandal either, thank heavens. During a special city council meeting the other day, the mayor of Travis' hometown in Minnesota (Mayor Phil Rice) declared Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 "Travis Gienger Day." https://www.mprnews.org/story/2023/10/25/oh-my-gourd-anoka-declares-travis-gienger-day-after-recordsetting-pumpkin
artist rendering. actual ceremony will be fancier.
Another Halloween world record... from @GWR "Farm celebrates Halloween with giant Jack Skellington pumpkin mosaic" ...  it's a giant mosaic using different colored pumpkins on the side of a hill and these pumpkins form a scene from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
It's almost the size of a tennis court... 2081 square feet in case you want to get going on beating that record... they think there's around 10,000 pumpkins in that thing! 

Some more Halloween World Records... 
- Most people dressed in certain costume... largest group of zombies was 15458 zombies... scarecrows was 2495... then there were the 2018 skeletons... and the 1607 witches... 1580 superheroes... 1369 vampires... 1275 angels... 878 fairies... 560 ghosts... and 252 dinosaurs.
*editor's note: what if a zombie apocalypse broke out while you were trying to set the zombie record?
world record attempt. artist rendering. or zombie apocalypse?
- Fastest pumpkin carving record belongs to Stephen Clarke who carved one regulation size pumpkin in 9.4 seconds... and also carved a ton of pumpkins in 3 hours, 3 minutes, and 49 seconds!
- most pumpkins smashed in a minute is 52!

- The oldest ghost in the world is a little bit controversial because... some people don't believe in ghosts... but the oldest ghost, unofficially, is 220 million years old. There's a ranch in New Mexico where people reported seeing this sort of snake-like ghost... people reporting sightings... then in 1947 a paleontologist discovered fossils of an animal that looks like the ghost. The animal is phytosaur.

- Most TP Mummies within a 3 minute time limit... In 2015, in London, 51 people got wrapped as toilet paper mummies in three minutes.
- Largest collection of haunted dolls in the world is at the Island of the Dolls, Mexico. Imagine thousands of broken, scary-looking dolls and doll pieces hanging from trees. The article I read says it started in the 1950s and the dolls were placed around the island to appease a ghost... also the legend is that these dolls come to life at night... I will not be investigating that one so no need to hit up our patreon for that.
- Largest Ouija board in the world was 3158 square feet... record was set in 2019... unveiled in Salem, Mass. they called it "Ouijazilla"... the planchette alone weighed 400 pounds! 
This Halloween, eat candy instead of summoning spirits. Fewer curses.
And finally... not sure what you're expecting for Halloween this year... but the National Retail Federation says spending for Halloween 2023 will surpass pre-pandemic numbers... we'll spend $12.2 billion on Halloween this year. Great news! Right?