October 27, 2019

When I was a kid, I remember hating that my parents refused to buy those store-bought costumes for us. You know, they ones with a polyester smock and cheap plastic mask with an elastic band that would always break before the end of the night? My mom, ever the creative artistic type, would always make our costumes, often with the help of my gran. I was so ungrateful. Thinking about them now, it's so sad that all these costumes--princess costumes with layers and layers of tulle, 50's poodle skirt, even a detail-perfect Dorothy pinafore--were considered to be woefully homemade compared to those ugly fire hazards you could get at the Woolworth's store.

I love how inventive people are with costumes now. Go to Comicon or another one of those cosplay events and you'll see costumes every bit as elaborate as those in a multi-million dollar movie. My own kids took advantage of my mom and gran's creativity while they were alive, though in very different ways. My eldest wanted to be every Disney princess. My youngest wanted to be Chewbacca, Batman, the White Rabbit and Nala from The Lion King (come to think of it, maybe she just wanted warm costumes as opposed to thin gowns), and together, we would figure out how to make those costumes.

Now my kids think they're too old for trick-or-treating (and we don't even live in Chesapeake, VA!), but I still get a kick out of seeing people show their creativity with their costumes. The ones that parents make for their wheelchair bound kids are especially great.

I hope that you enjoy your Halloween this week. Don't get sick on too much candy. And take pleasure in these little bits of life untouched by the corruption and deception of these Sunday show jokers.

ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Will Hurd, R-Texas. Syria panel: Joseph Votel, James Stavridis and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. Panel: Matthew Dowd, Chris Christie, Yvette Simpson and Susan Glasser.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — National security adviser Robert O’Brien; Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. Panel: Lanhee Chen, Jeh Johnson, Andrea Mitchell and Amy Walter.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar; Sen. John Kennedy, R-La; former National Security Adviser Susan Rice; former Rep. Trey Gowdy R-SC. Panel: Jamelle Bouie, Nancy Cordes, Jonah Goldberg and Olivia Nuzzi.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. Panel: Rep. Karen Bass D-Calif., Rick Santorum, Jen Psaki and Mike Rogers.

CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” — Former Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power; Jimmy Lai; Iván Duque.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” — Catherine Rampell, Andrew Marantz and Sarah Ellison; Joe Klein; Ezra Klein; Bill Frischling; Jeff Zucker.

Fox News Sunday” — White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. Panel: Ben Domenech, Jonathan Swan, Gillian Turner and Mo Elleithee.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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