bbb_Rooney Bin 11 10-25-11d.It’s time to eat, drink and be scary, the creepy time of year when spirits are high, and zombies and political candidates walk among us. Real life monsters, such as Osama bin Laden and Mohamar Quadafi have been eliminated, but the world is still a terrifying place.

As author Robert Kirby said, “Proof of our society’s decline is that Halloween has become a broad daylight event for many.”

South Florida, for example, has been invaded by eight-inch-long East African land snails. Although the prospect of oversized escargot is appealing to the
gastronomically inclined, the Achatina fulica mollusk carries a parasite that causes meningitis in humans. Larger yet are giant tiger prawns—we’re talking
serious fried shrimp—invading waters off Florida’s coast. It’s hard to fear a creature that folks like to sink their teeth into. However, envision tables turning, as in the 2004 horror flick Frankenfish, where walking catfish sink fangs into people.

Indeed, boys and ghouls, the witching season is upon us, so beware, there are a lot of dreadfully bad Halloween jokes lurking in this column. For example: what is Dracula’s favorite kind of dog? A blood hound. (Cue: evil laughter.) Muahahahaha!!!

Even more frightening than Halloween is the prospect of watching another year of political debates. As George Bernard Shaw said: “An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.”