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    Halloween Hot Takes

    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    I’m probably the only thirty-six-year old in Muscatine that had two costumes for Halloween this year. This past Saturday, I went as Chief Hopper from Stranger Things and took it upon myself to grow the most glorious mustache you have ever seen. The mustache will come in handy later this week (on Halloween) when I transform myself into Mike Lindell, aka the My Pillow guy.


    So, if you’re doing the math, I will have had this mustache for a total of seven days, which is seven more than my wife, Kasey, would like, but I love Halloween! Any excuse to wear a costume and have fun is a good one. Does that excuse my mustache for seven days? That is up for debate!

    I’m also enjoying the fact that we’re having a true “fall season” as opposed to the past few years when we’ve gone from summer right into winter. There is nothing better than grabbing a light jacket or hooded sweatshirt and being outside with family and friends. All that being said, the forecast as of writing this calls for a chance of snow on Halloween! My boys, Henry and Theodore, would be devastated if the weather prevents them from accumulating the largest amount of free candy. As I’ve previously mentioned, our new neighborhood is also a trick or treating hotspot, and somebody has already bought a lot of candy.

    Will you do anything to celebrate Halloween this week? Maybe watch a scary movie and relax at home? My favorite all-time scary movie is the original Halloween. I only watch that movie once a year around this time, and it still scares me as a grown adult. I like feeling scared, or maybe that’s the suspense? When the villain is just around the corner and you know a character is doomed, doesn’t that make you sit on the edge of your seat? Even if it is a movie you’ve seen 100 times, it still scares you, and that my friends is okay.

    Let’s also take a minute to settle the greatest debate of all-time. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are the best Halloween candy, especially when they make them in pumpkin or Christmas tree shapes. Don’t they just taste better?

    May I also recommend for consideration of Second-Best Halloween Candy the Caramel Apple Suckers made by the Tootsie Roll Company. Those little devils are just delightful but could potentially rip a filling out from your teeth! Dentists everywhere must secretly love candy like that. I need to ask my dentist, Dr. Clove, what his thoughts are on Caramel Apple Suckers. I imagine he would say “Tony, I can’t believe you’re asking me that question since you are an adult!”

    Happy Halloween to all of you that take the time each week to read this column. I truly appreciate the kind feedback I’ve received since it started, and I look forward to continuing writing it every week. Now about those Reese’s peanut butter cups–where’d you leave them?

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