I was watching "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on TV this week, when something very intriguing struck me. The anxious look on Linus's face, as he shouts to the heavens for the Great Pumpkin to reveal himself, is strikingly and disturbingly familiar.
Now where have I seen that look before? The answer - CNBC. It's the same panicked look all those floor traders on stock exchanges around the world have had in recent weeks, as they shout to the heavens for the market to stop falling. (Photo courtesy ABC News).
If you think this Halloween seems to be about more than just scoring candy and dressing up - you're not alone. In these frightful times, ghosts, goblins and gouls are far tamer than the Raiders of the Lost 401Ks. I fear that not even Halloween can "mask the horror of the recession" as the UK's Guardian puts it.
But what better time to put reality aside for a night, and dress up to become someone other than ourselves...an evil twin perhaps, or maybe Sarah Palin. With the feeling of financial dread running rampant nationwide, public radio's Marketplace predicts economy-themed zombies will be the hit costume of the season - and the slide show on its website has the pictures to prove it!
Unfortunately, rain is forecast in my region - and nothing puts a damper on Halloween quicker than having to wear a coat over your costume. Still, my kids and their friends are hearty types who will brave a few drops if it means a bag full of candy ---- which I won't let them eat all of (so I can sneak some late at night - a real healthy plan...).
So Happy Halloween, all. Leave your troubles at your doorstep and go out and enjoy yourselves tonight. The real tricks or treats start again Monday with the opening bell and the next round of dismal economic indicators.