Hello, Friends. How are you? Are you ready for the weekend? Our Halloween festivities start tomorrow with our church Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Cookoff. We’ll be making our Three Bean Chili Deluxe. I get messages and comments every year about how it keeps winning chili cookoffs across the country. I lost count, but I believe it’s over 200 wins at this point. Hah!

As for costumes, last year’s (2016) are pictured here — Pumpkin, Rubix Cube, Angel, and Guy Fieri.

This year, the kids’ costumes are 75% done. June is dressing up as Little Red Riding Hood (the same costume in this video), Betty will be Raggedy Ann, and Olive will be Napoleon Dynamite. Those 3 are pretty much set. Oscar wants to be a Photo Booth Strip. Which I think is awesome! But we haven’t started on that one yet. It will be our main activity after school today.

What about you? Do you have any Halloween festivities this weekend? Are your costumes ready to go?

Before I sign off for the weekend, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

We Art Witnesses. A portrait of crime and punishment in America today.

– Hah! The Best Places to Eat Mormon Funeral Potatoes, which the article calls, “One of the Greatest American Triumphs.”

A likely story.

Miniature furniture for cats.

– Turns out it’s less about leaning in, and more about bias.

A giant picnic at the U.S.-Mexico border.

How black Americans see discrimination. Some of the survey responses will likely surprise you.

– I finally tried Glossier. Boy Brow lives up to the hype.

– Twitter plans to label political ads with info on who bought them and how much they spent. Will Facebook do the same?

College advice I wish I’d taken. (NYT)

Women’s history trading cards.

The economics of consent.

– A modern craftsman who makes olden day daguerrotypes.

6 ideas for the costume averse.

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween-y weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.