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Is it any wonder that Halloween and Election Day fall so close together on the calendar? The two holidays are so similar. First there's the heavy reliance on yard art. Both require months for participants to transform their alter egos into appealing characters. And in the end, everyone must decide whether or not these costumes are a trick or a treat. Not to mention the American tradition of adding the dead to voter registration polls! Don't let the attack ads scare you. It's not a real (political) party until all the fears of the election are presented as Halloween attractions... -- Kenny Be