* My enthusiasm for the festivities were re-kindled when we lived in Lubbock. I am not sure whether it was because we had a kid which made the holiday more entertaining or that the Halloween-deniers (family fun festivals to divert kids from the satanic rituals of Halloween) there caused me to react against them. Probably both.
* It was nice to see the enduring relevance of that fantastic movie. The students more or less got it. My other idea was to be Marty McFly since my father cleaned out his closet (well, sort of) and gave me a winter vest that looks like a life preserver (with resulting joke for Marty in the movie).I did allow the students to offer up suggestions, but it is too soon to be Zombie Qaddafi. Plus the joy of being Dread Pirate Roberts is two-fold: when I leave McGill, my replacement could wear the same costume (since there had been so many folks who helped to make up the legend of that pirate); and I could actually add a little action to the stunt. Below is a limited video--it missed the attack of the Rodent of Usual Size (Rodents of Unusual Size exist only in the fire swamp), but caught my response. The TA holding the camera, well, has a unique style.