Sunday, November 1, 2020

Halloween In These Unprecedented Times

Despite These Unprecedented Times Of Uncertainty We're All In This Together And It Came To Pass, I decided we'd still try to celebrate Halloween. We simply must. It's part of the Gay Agenda. Yes, everyone is given specific roles by Judy Garland when they come out. Some of those roles include things like ruining the definition of family or fixing straight people's houses. But all of us are assigned to celebrate Halloween and we can literally be fined for failing to do it.

Side note, moment of silence for queer icon Cousin Itt:

So, I decided to make a pumpkin stew like my momma used to make when I was a lot skinnier and shorter than I am now. If you're good, I'll write up a full recipe post on this very site. The stew was incredible. It ended with filling a pumpkin with meat and potatoes and then baking it in an oven while the man who vowed to love and cherish me for time and all eternity yelled "ARE YOU MAKING A MESS I JUST CLEANED THE KITCHEN." 

I figured we wouldn't have the usual seven trick-or-treaters because, you know, worldwide Pandemic and civil unrest. Nonetheneverthelessshepersisted, we bought a very giant bag of very good candy a week ago in preparation for a hypothetical yet irresponsible and inadvisable onslaught of children looking for candy. And so, on Halloween morning, upon discovering the original supply of candy had mysteriously disappeared, we bought a new batch.

By sunset we had seen only three trick-or-treaters, and those were guilt-trip visits shuttled to us by none other than Meg Walter, whom I texted and begged. She had just explained on Strangerville that she had tried to significantly lower the expectations of her children for this Halloween. Skylar and I stood at the front door, significantly more excited than the kids, grabbing handfuls of candy to throw at them as they resisted making eye contact with us.

I'll win them over one day.

They were our only trick-or-treaters of the night, but that was fine. We dressed ourselves in matching ghost t-shirts, we ate some stew out of a pumpkin, and then Skylar cleaned the kitchen for the second time that day.

And now, please enjoy a truly terrifying ghost story on this week's Strangerville:

This time in Strangerville, Meg visits Skinwalker Ranch and it is CREEPY. Also, two women recount the terrifying experience of trying to expel a ghost from their house.


Smoking Photograph, by Emily Clark and Karen Peterson (music by Loyalty Freak Music)

Production by Eli McCann, Meg Walter, & The Beehive

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. In these unprecedented times or otherwise, I wish I was spending holidays in your house. :(

  2. Yes please, more recipes!! This is my fav food blog 🎂 🥣

  3. I live in a haunted house - we have had a lot of things happen. Voices, objects moved, shadow people, perfume, doors knocked on and door handles moved, foot steps. You get used to it after a while.

  4. Are you offering to come fix straight people's houses? Can you come do mine please??

    1. Next in line! Duncan can come and play with my mini goldendoodle, and Skylar can come play with my kids!

  5. We moved in January and while I don't think we're likely to get many, if any, trick or treaters (our road is a very steep hill filled with houses on acre-size lots - that's a lot of work for 6 houses and not very time efficient to ensure the maximum candy haul), we didn't even attempt it this year. We took down our decorations that day (including a 9-foot inflatable dragon with flapping wings) and hid in our basement.

    Next year, if the world is more amenable to a traditional Halloween, we plan to buy full-size candy bars. We've decided we are going to be THAT HOUSE. The FULL SIZE CANDY BAR house. I think you all should do the same.

  6. Bags of halloween candy mysteriously disappear at my house too. this year I bought smarties and I think those 3 bags will still be in the pantry for next year too.

  7. These stories scared the socks off me. Which says a lot because my daughter and I recently listened to a multi episode podcast about the ranch and Meg had NEW MATERIAL. And the haunted closet??? Terrifying. Good thing it’s 2020 and I’m never home alone.