:: The plug has been pulled on the traditional giant electric pumpkin atop the 49th floor setback on the Chandler Building downtown. Vandals had redrawn the pumpkinâ€™s face with triangular eyes and a gap-toothed grin that presented an uncomfortably near likeness of the mayor’s wife, Jean Arroyo-Wilders.
:: It remains illegal to sell or purchase candy pumpkins within city limits, owing to a 1998 ordinance dedicated to eradicating “marketplace confusion.”
:: For Tuesday and Wednesday night’s games at Fourth Financial Arena, the Cosmopolitans will be offering a discount to those wearing costumes which utilize pucks.
:: Number of local businesses with “Trick” in the name: 2 (“Ms.Tricks” Gentlemen’s Club and “Tricky Rickles Buffet-Style Steakhouse”)
:: Number of local businesses with “Treat” in the name: 4 (“Sweet Treats” confectionary, “Treats by Tina” cake designers, “Heavenly Treats” croissanterie, and “Ms.Treats” Gentlemen’s Club)
:: Number of local businesses with “Trick” and “Treat” in the name: 1 (“Tricks and Treats” Gentlemen’s Club)
:: Both “Halloween” and “Dia de los Muertos” are considered viable “floating religous holidays” for municipal employees.
:: Apparently, someone has, over the last week, been periodically calling the pay phone on 17th between Archer and Bergdon, saying “You fool, Warren is DEAD” when someone answers, then hanging up.
:: Street musician Sylvester â€˜Spookyâ€™ Sherman is expected to test the new city ordinance prohibiting unlicensed public performance within 30 feet of any retail establishment by playing his 29th consecutive â€˜Halloween Concertâ€™ in front of the Arch Street Walgreens next Wednesday, October 31.
– David Andrews, Jon Morris, RJ White