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Story last updated at 2:05 PM on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Homer's Best Bets

Men and women in pastel shirts and perfectly coiffed hairdos debating on TV. Angry mobs occupying everything from downtown New York to the arctic tundra. The European economy on the edge of collapse. Extreme tides with 10-foot waves. From presidential candidates to angry protesters, it's getting pretty scary out there.


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Occupy Homer protesters demonstrate by the Sterling Highway near Heath Street last Saturday, the second weekend of protests.

Whew! We haven't even gotten into winter yet — glare ice, skittish moose and avalanches — and already the fall is shapin' up to be one big scare-a-rama. Throw in goblins, ghouls, zombies and vampires romping through the neighborhood, and you might want to stay indoors this weekend clutching garlic bulbs and sharpening stakes.

Holy Boris Karloff! The real world is terrifying enough. Why the heck do we want to throw in made up horror? Sure, some will dress up in sweet little costumes, but if the costume previews our crack team of investigative reporters saw are any sign, expect lots of Karo syrup and ketchup — you know, fake blood.

Maybe it's that old style pagan magic. Conquer your fears by mocking them. Don't curse the dark — embrace it. Put on a mask, dress up and take on a new personality. Pirate princess? Mad scientist? Ghost dancer? Get out the greasepaint and groove, baby, groove.

It's Halloween Homer style, Betsteroids. Some times by now we'll have a foot of snow on the ground, but this year it looks to be the quaint climate of a coastal maritime world. Rain. Darkness. Wind. More rain. Surf. High tides. Young or old, we'll have a fine time this weekend not just celebrating Halloween but enjoying these other Best Bets:

BEST BE AFRAID BET: If you can't find anywhere to celebrate Halloween this weekend, you just haven't looked at our page 2 wrap up or the page 18 calendar. Kids can hit school carnivals from Chapman School in Anchor Point to McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Watch the classic Frankenstein at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre — a fundraiser for the Broomball League. Don't miss the Haunted Hickory at 4 p.m. (mild fright) and 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Pioneer Dock.

Looking to dance the night away? All the bars in town have music, dancing, treats and costume parties. Don't miss trick or treating at the Homer Public Library and the Pratt Museum Homestead Cabin.

BEST SHINE ON BET: Enjoy the Homer Senior Center's Harvest Moon Dinner and Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The Kachemak Bay Country Folk Band performs. Tickets are on sale at the senior center.

BEST HIP-HOP FUSION QUARTET BET: Don't be expecting men in tuxedos and sedate string music when Sweet Plantain performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. This international group takes classical string quarter music to a new level, with influences from jazz to Latin to Afrobeat. Tickets are $5 youth, $20 Homer Council on the Arts members and $25 general admission, at HCOA, Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore.

BEST SING AWAY BET: Don't remember all the words to the songs from "Oklahoma?" Is it "the corn is standing as high as a mastodon's eye?" Brush up on the words and music for the classic Broadway musical from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for Art City Sings and get ready for the "Oklahoma!" sing-a-long coming 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Homer Theatre.