Halloween was a piecemeal holiday this year. At the last minute, housemate Shawn and I bought candy and candles, hoping to entice kids to venture up our long, dark driveway. I quickly decorated the front porch and stairs with candelabras, jack-o-lanterns, and 50 tea lights. Shawn rocked the scary sound effect records. Unfortunately, we only had 8 kids (and accompanying parents) who were brave enough to approach the house. After we realized that we weren’t going to have any more costumed visitors, we decided to head downtown for the Thrill The World performance in which an amateur dance troop staged the choreographed Michael Jackson dance from Thriller. After observing downtown Olympia’s usual freaks and geeks, we returned home to our own adopted family of misfits at the ABC House who were preparing for a mischievous night on the town.