This year's Halloween in the U.S. can be counted on to be an improvement over last year's in at least one respect: it will be less political. Yards won't have spooky decor crowded by political signs, Halloween mask displays will have fewer political visages on the shelves, political cartoons will use Halloween themes or motifs less often, and jack o' lanterns won't sport the faces of political candidates. Although the novelty of all of that is briefly fun, I'm glad that it only happens every four years!
Here are images from last year's Halloween:
Image source for the above pic here.
Image source: Flickr account of cagedheat3
Image source: Flickr account of imakinby
Political cartoonist Lisa Benson's take on Halloween in the 2008 campaign:
Below, an editorial cartoon by Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle:
Coloradan political cartoonist Chuck Asay's take:
Found at The American Prospect was this sign of political costume fatigue, created by August Pollack as a print-out for the site's readers:
Masks of politicians become popular every 4 years:
Image source: Flickr account of theunabonger
If you MUST wear a mask of one of last year's candidates for Prez and Veep, but have no money, go to this post at Just a Memo and print one out--like this one:
This year, the only political mask to get much attention will be ones of the President, I imagine. One company, Bump in the Night, has combined a classic monster with the Chief Executive to create this:
Whether you are a supporter of our President or a critic, you have to admit that that mask is a cool sculpt!
Here's to Halloween of 2009. R.I.P. Halloween 2008.