No, I don’t mean the movie of that title, the one we were supposed to have seen already had the coronavirus pandemic not led to the movie being postponed an entire year. I’m referring to the score I made at Spirit Halloween this year.

I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. In fact I actively avoid going to the store on Black Friday, if I can help it. I for dang sure won’t get up early in the morning to go, the way some people do. Dealing with the crowds isn’t worth a few potential bargains, nor is having to get up so early (or, more and more in recent years, leaving family celebrations early, as stores have started moving their Black Friday sales to Thanksgiving Day, which is just all kinds of wrong). But this year, for the first time, I did get up early on November 1st, despite having been out late the night before, to get to the closest Spirit Halloween store when they opened, to take advantage of their offering everything left in the store for 50% off. I daresay I made out like a bandit. Nor were there many other people there, either. Maybe a half-dozen. And only two people were standing outside with me waiting for them to unlock the door. It was like Black Friday, except cool, because it was all Halloween stuff up for grabs, and without the crowds.

I have a most understanding wife, who got up to hit the store along with me.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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