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I was talking to a friend of mine last night, and she’s not allowing her kids to go trick-or-treating at all this year.  It’s not that she’s afraid of them getting hurt or that it’s too scary or anything – it’s just that they still haven’t finished all the candy they got last year.




(Chosen specifically for Halloween!) “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.” –Deuteronomy 18:10-12


God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. –Romans 2:6-7


It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9




I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. — 1 Timothy 1:12


Thought: We minister by grace. We are saved and made holy by God’s grace given us in Jesus. We are declared holy and blameless before God because of the grace of Jesus. We are given a gift to use in ministry for the Church because of the grace of Jesus. We are given strength from the Holy Spirit to persevere during difficult times because of the grace of God in Jesus. So what ministry we find ourselves capable of performing, what opportunities we have to serve and make a difference in people’s lives, and what power we have in fulfilling our ministry are all given to us. It is not something to boast about. The Lord’s power is made perfect in weakness as we offer ourselves to him to be used for his glory.


Prayer: Glorify your name, O God my Eternal Father. Thank you for Jesus who has redeemed me, gifted me, strengthened me, led me, and empowered me to serve. May you be glorified in all that I say and do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.




The chapter and verse corresponds to the month and the day!

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV = So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.




(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)


Today is HALLOWEEN, established in the year 834 by Pope Gregory the 4th to honor the saints, the first All Hallows Eve was observed by all Christian churches. ***MARLAR: You didn’t know Halloween was a Christian holiday, did you?!


Today is SNEAK SOME OF THE CANDY YOURSELF BEFORE THE KIDS START KNOCKING DAY.  ***MARLAR: Actually, we started this about a week and a half ago.  We’ve already had to replenish the candy stash FOUR TIMES! And we don’t even HAVE kids!


Today is NATIONAL KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES DAY, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes.  ***MARLAR: Oh great – so not only will we hear “trick or treat,” but we’ll also hear, “knock-knock. . . who’s there. . . banana. . . banana who. . . knock knock. . . who’s there. . . banana. . . banana who. . . ”





Beggars’ Night

Books For Treats Day

Day of the Seven Billion

Girl Scout Founder’s Day

Halloween (All Hallows Eve)

National Caramel Apple Day

National Forgiveness Day

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

National Magic Day






All Saints Day

Hockey Mask Day

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos)

Extra Mile Day

Give Up Your Shoulds Day

National Authors Day

National Family Caregiver Day

National Family Literacy Day

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day

Prime Meridian Day

Day Saving Time Ends (Turn Clocks Back One Hour)

World Vegan Day



All Souls Day

Cookie Monster Day

Fill Our Staplers Day

Job Action Day

Plan Your Epitaph Day



Cliché Day

Election Day

Sandwich Day


Traffic Directors Day



National Chicken Lady Day

National Candy Day

Use Your Common Sense Day



National Love Your Red Hair Day

National Men Make Dinner Day (No BBQ allowed!)



National Nachos Day

Saxophone Day

Domino Day



Digital Scrapbooking Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Pumpkin Destruction Day

Sadie Hawkins Day

Sausage and Kraut Day



Abet and Aid Punsters Day

Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

Dunce Day

National Parents As Teachers Day

X-Ray Day




World Freedom Day

World Orphans Day




1959: Lee Harvey Oswald told reporters in Russia, “I will never return to the United States.” ***MARLAR: See where lying gets you?


1986: For the first time, Universal Studios in Hollywood opened at night. “Halloween Horror Night” featured Dracula, the Mummy, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolfman, and Rick Dees. ***MARLAR: Rick Dees?!? What were they trying to do, frighten people?!?


1991: At their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin. ***MARLAR: The groom said they dressed that way so he would know what his bride was going to look like every morning.




451: At the 15th Session of the Council of Chalcedon, Canon 28 was adopted, granting Constantinole a patriarchate extending over the civil dioceses of Pontus, Asia, and Thrace.


834: Established by Pope Gregory the 4th to honor the saints, the first All Hallows Eve was observed by all Christian churches.


1517: German Augustinian monk Martin Luther, 31, nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg a list of 95 theological points he wished to debate … and touched off the Protestant Reformation!


1832: American Episcopal scholar George Washington Doane, 33, was consecrated as second Bishop of the Diocese of NJ. Doane is better remembered today as author of the hymn, “Softly Now the Light of Day.”


1852: Swiss moral philosopher Henry F. Amiel wrote in his journal: ‘Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail.’


1870: Birth of Hugh Ross Mackintosh, Scottish theologian. Teaching systematics at Edinburgh 1904-35, Mackintosh had a firm grasp of the German theological writers of his day and sought to make their teachings known in Britain, for which he was unfairly judged a liberal.




  • Actor (Rush Hour movies, The Fifth Element) Chris Tucker, 42
  • actor (The Waterboy, Fifty First Dates, The Animal) Rob Schneider 51
  • Actor (Young Guns, My Best Friend’s Wedding) Dermot Mulroney, 52
  • actor (Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester on “M*A*S*H”, Reverend Perdy on “The Dead Zone”) David Ogden Stiers 73 (




(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1912 : Dale Evans

1922 : Illinois Jacquet

1927 : Anita Kerr

1934 : Ray Smith

1937 : Tom Paxton
1940 : Eric Griffiths (The Quary Men)

1945 : Rik Kenton (Roxy Music)

1947 : Russ Ballard (Unit 4+2, Argent)

1952 : Bernard Edwards (Chic)

1953 : Johnny Clegg

1961 : Larry Mullen (U2)

1963 : Johnny Marr (The Smiths)

1966 : Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys)

1968 : Vanilla Ice

1970 : Linn Berggren (Ace Of Base)




Is stress ever a good thing?

Stress may be good for people. Rockefeller University scientists have determined that an acute episode of stress boosts immunity, offering better protection against infection. The fact that people don’t usually catch a cold until a crisis is over may be due to the fact that humans have acute elevations in stress hormones, thus elevating the body’s immune response.




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Casting Crown’s Megan Garrett was, her words, “Getting my hair did”. Megan said it was taking a lot of product to get her hair looking just right. She shared: So far she’s used a billion foils (est), 2 gallons of bleach, 3 tubs of color (for the greys), and 2 plastic caps.


Audio Adrenaline’s Adam Agee was looking for the good in something he really didn’t enjoy doing. Adam tweeted: Beautiful day for a run. Still hate running, but it was the least miserable it could have been.


Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey says today was one of his favorite days. That’s because his wife drove 8 hours to surprise him on tour. Mike tweeted: Love this girl forever.


More than huge crowd showed up for a Finding Favour homecoming over the weekend. The members of the band tweeted: So humbled that 2,000 people would show up to our hometown show! Loved Loved Loved every second of it.


The combination of high altitude in Colorado and low blood pressure due to her pregnancy had Francesca Battistelli feeling very weak over the weekend. She posted that she would be at her concert but would be forced to sit for most of the show.


The Afters are currently on their Time of My Life tour but it wasn’t quite living up to its name over the weekend. Josh Havens says the band was dealing with a broke down bus over the weekend.



Citizenway guitarist Josh Calhoun is getting to try something a little different during their tour with Big Daddy Weave. Josh tweeted: I get to play a bit of drums on this tour.


The Newsboys were giving back over the weekend. They presented a check for $5,000 to the Harvest Hope Food Bank to help with Flood Relief. Members of the band tweeted: So honored to give back to the South Carolina community!


An embarrassing moment for Ellie Holcomb. She tweeted: That moment when you walk into the bathroom at the Nashville airport and think they remodeled…only to realize it’s the men’s room!


Comedian Bob Smiley recently found a notepad of jokes he used when he first started. Bob said: 1st one: “He had a Life Savor haircut. Had a big hole in the middle.” Hope I’ve gotten better.




Already home to a ski hill, Emirates may get a snow park
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Already home to a ski hill inside a mall, the sunbaked deserts of the United Arab Emirates soon may be home to a snow park too. Officials with Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall, scheduled to open in 2018, say they plan to build a 125,000-square-foot…


Oregon man arrested, accused of stealing woman’s underwear
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a Portland man has been arrested for breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing women’s underwear. HASH(0xc2b8a0) Police say they found the man’s jacket on the roof with two pairs of women’s underwear, maxi pads and a large bowie knife in the pockets….
Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court    photo
BOSTON (AP) — A judge granted a protective order against a warlock on Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of harassment. The two squared off in court before a Salem District Court judge, who granted the protective order to witch priestess Lori Sforza. She had…
Oh, deer: Vermont hotel to serve $75 road kill-inspired menu
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A fish and wild game supper is featuring some Vermont road kill on the menu. HASH(0xc2d350) Residents say it’s a quirky and interesting idea. The supper will cost $75 and will be prepared by chef Doug Paine. Also on the menu will be deer, bear, moose and muskrat. Paine…
Creepy Halloween doll in carpool lane doesn’t fool officer    photo
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state troopers have seen drivers use all kinds of tricks to get access to carpool lanes. During Tuesday’s morning commute, a trooper pulled over a man who tried to use a creepy Halloween doll to gain access to the carpool lane of Interstate 5 in Tacoma. The…
Dead chipmunks portray Michigan State’s miracle football win    photo
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Touchdown! Chipmunks? A Lansing taxidermist is honoring Michigan State’s stunning football victory over Michigan with dead, stuffed chipmunks portraying players on the final play. Jalen Watts-Jackson returned a fumble for a touchdown on Oct. 17. Nick Saade (SAAH’-day)…
In scramble for political finance, Bolivians turn to coca
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — While U.S. politicians are scrambling for ways to pay for campaigns, few are likely to adopt the latest Bolivian tactic. Backers of President Evo Morales say they’re bolstering their finances with donations of potatoes and coca, the crop that’s a traditional stimulant…
Officer dressed as homeless man catches drivers using phones
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police officer went undercover dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving. Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover Tuesday morning equipped with a police radio and a body camera. He held a sign that read, “I am not…
Army blimp breaks loose, drifts for hours over Pennsylvania    photo
MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — A slow-moving, unmanned Army surveillance blimp floated over Pennsylvania for hours causing electrical outages as its tether hit power lines, after it broke loose from its mooring at a Maryland military facility. The 240-foot helium-filled blimp, which had two fighter jets…
From kung fu to California cops: Nunchucks make comeback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sgt. Casey Day was skeptical. The chief of his rural Northern California police department wanted him to find out if an ancient martial arts weapon made famous in 1970s Bruce Lee movies could be used to subdue unruly suspects. But it only took a few days of training with…
Tow company charges man $48K to pull his Jeep out of mud pit
WALPOLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him $48,000. Joel Ramer says the Jeep landed in a mud pit last week in Walpole, near Boston. It took 12 hours for police and Assured Collision to…





Police, state investigate cryotherapy death at Vegas spa    photo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police said they have reopened an investigation into the death of a spa worker who was found dead in a cryotherapy chamber. In addition, the state and the family of 24-year-old Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, the woman who died, announced their own investigations…


NY agency to protect the disabled rarely brings charges    photo
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — In a video he made with his PlayStation, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy in a group home points to his swollen right eye and says, “Mom, this is what it looks like. … He slammed me.” His camera keeps rolling as his adult caretakers enter his room, where…
NY to require training for doctors who OK pot for patients
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will require physicians to complete an educational course before they can authorize medical marijuana for patients — an unusual mandate not applied to other new drugs or seen in other states with medical marijuana programs. State officials say the…
Prosthetic eye maker brings relief to wounded Gazans    photo
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Imad Abu Wadi barely slept after losing his right eye during the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The 26-year-old, then engaged, was waiting eagerly for his wedding. But with a red, hollow eyeless socket, he imprisoned himself at home….
Sanofi recalls all injectors used for allergic reactions    photo
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly…
Family stunts disabled daughter’s growth to expand her world    photo
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Whether Charley Hooper has any concept of the space she occupies in the world is an enigma. She is so disabled that her mother considers her “unabled.” At 10, her brain is believed to function at the level of a newborn’s. She cannot speak, cannot walk, cannot see…
UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer    photo
PARIS (AP) — Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts’ warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too. Meat producers are…
A look at other common cancer-causing substances
PARIS (AP) — Hotdogs, bologna and other processed meats now rank alongside tobacco, alcohol and around 100 more substances on the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s list of Group 1 carcinogens. In 2012, 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed and 8.2 million cancer deaths were…
WHO removes Nigeria from list of polio-endemic countries
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The U.N. World Health Organization is formally removing Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries, meaning the entire African continent is free of the crippling disease. A WHO statement said Monday’s move comes after Nigeria reported no new cases for 15 months…
Police, state investigate cryotherapy death at Vegas spa    photo
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police said Wednesday they have reopened an investigation into the death of a spa worker who was found dead in a cryotherapy chamber. In addition, the state and the family of 24-year-old Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, the woman who died, announced their own…
Another challenge to health overhaul heads to Supreme Court    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails. A new appeal being filed Monday by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends the law violates the…





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(None on the weekends)




Family matters is suggesting you look at Halloween in a whole new light this year. They say the holiday on the final day of October is the best day of the year to build community. That’s because people leave their fenced yards and their closed-in houses and walk around the neighborhood. Family Matters authors suggest, rather then staying in your house and handing out candy, you get out there and celebrate with everyone else on your street. ***MARLAR: That sounds like fun – but then who is going to be here at my house to pass out the candy? Waiiiit a minute… if no one is here to pass it out, that means it’s all left over for me.  I LIKE this plan!!!


Halloween doesn’t seem to be negatively affected by the bad economy. Americans are expected to spend an average of $79.82 each this year for Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. That’s up from $72.31 last year. ***Only eighty bucks to spend on Halloween? That’s not enough for my own personal stash of Snickers bars!


Halloween is a good holiday for restaurateurs looking to scare up business, according to the National Restaurant Association. Research found that 20% of Americans said they expect to order takeout or delivery from a restaurant while they wait for trick-or-treaters to visit. That figure rises to 33% for younger adults ages 18 to 34, and 28% for families with children. ***MARLAR: And even more scary than the costumes at Halloween will be the astronomical delivery fees.


Ever heard of a Mormon Halloween party?  Apparently the rules for costume selection are a bit specific. 

A recent Halloween party hosted by a Mormon church ward in Utah angered at least one resident after fliers specified no “cross-gender” costumes.  That meant no girls dressed as Harry Potter or boys as Lady Liberty at the party in Sandy Utah.  Raquel Smith says she was “appalled” when she read the flier taped to her door. She is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The flier urged children to “wear costumes” but noted, “please no masks or cross-gender dressing.”  Smith calls it “fear-mongering and hate-driven.”  ***MARLAR: So someone throws a party and you don’t like the rules they have about attending?  Used to be, when that happened, we’d just decide not to go to the party.  When did that change?








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OPEN: When last we left the jungle, Cheetah Bonita decided to stop singing with her sisters – she wanted to go solo. Then Cheetah’s band decided to leave and go solo… together. But then they all broke up because they all wanted solos too. And now it’s so bad that even individual guitar strings and piano keys are refusing to play together – EVERYBODY wants a spotlight of their own!


CLOSE: How much worse can this solo thing get? Find out what happens next time, as FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns! Last time, Marvy Snuffleson’s little sister Katie was pretty unfeeling towards Marvy and his having a cold. In fact, she showed no compassion at all. And just about that time, the snow outside began melting really fast – and it flooded the backyard, then into the house, and now she’s been swept onto the high seas!


CLOSE: Sounds like Candyland is going to be a really fun – and tasty place to visit! But what does all of this have to do with compassion? We’ll find out next time as our story continues, on As the Jungle Turns!


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Sometimes a really cool Halloween costume can become a really bad Moment of Duh.

Bryan Gibson, for a Halloween costume, decided to become the “grill master” — a backyard barbecuer whose propane tank had exploded in his face. He blackened his face, sprayed his hair into a wild pattern, splashed fake blood all over himself and used latex to create the illusion of scorched, mangled flesh. He tossed an oven mitt and a spatula into his car, then began the 30-mile drive north to his Cincinnati office. After a little while, Gibson started hearing sirens. He kept looking in his rearview, but never did see any flashing lights. So he kept driving, doing the speed limit, stopping at all the lights. He finally made it into town pulling off the highway onto city streets. The next thing he knew a car pulled in front of him and a guy in plain clothes got out and pointed a gun at him. The man forced Gibson out of his car, then flipped him onto the hood, spreading his arms and legs. More police cars showed up, and cops told him he’d “stirred up a hornet’s nest” because of the way Gibson looked. After police were told he was simply dressed for a Halloween costume contest they let him go. For the record, Gibson did win the $50 Best Costume prize.





  1. The Thingie
  2. Canterbury Tales from the Crypt
  3. The Sixth Grade
  4. John Carpenter’s “Cafeteria Lady”
  5. Friday the 15th: Rent’s Still Due
  6. Beheadin’-Shoulders: The Hair Itch Project
  7. The Snuggling
  8. The Bride of BenStein
  9. We Know How You Voted in November
  10. I’m Not Absolutely Positive What You Did Last Summer, But I’ve Got a Pretty Good Idea, and When Your Father Comes Home, We’re All Going to Have a Little Talk




One group of trick-or-treaters got a lot more than they bargained for!



FILE #1: In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, a trio of young trick-or-treaters was left a little dumbfounded Halloween night last year when a neighborhood house began handing out cans of beer instead of candy. Dave Kozicki said his nine-year-old son and two friends were nearing the end of their route when a man, apparently drunk, tossed the unwanted treats into their bags and told them not to come back. The cops were called and they charged the 53-year-old man with distributing alcohol to minors.
FILE #2: David Barnes took a cab to the local Walgreen’s, asked the cabbie to wait on him and went inside. He then went to the Halloween section where he put on a scary mask before walking up to the cashier and demanding money, gesturing as though he had a gun in his pocket. The clerk was so nervous that she couldn’t open the register and finally our frustrated would-be robber left empty handed. He got back into the waiting cab which took him home. The cops contacted the cab company, got David’s address and made the arrest.
FILE #3: Pretend you’re a parolee. Of course, stealing anything would violate parole, right? Now, what if you go out and steal something anyway… and that stolen item happens to be a prison uniform?  Florida police arrested an ex-convict at a rock festival wearing a stolen bright orange prison uniform. The 25-year-old from Lakeland allegedly stole the uniform when he was released in January. The suspect told officers he was in a Halloween costume. Of course, it was April, so the cops saw through that excuse. He was arrested for violating his parole.
FILE #4: Last year, two Richmond, California, teenagers got spooked on Halloween. The two approached a man and said the single word ‘wallet.’ Unfortunately, the man they requested the wallet from was an off-duty cop, who drew his weapon, identified himself and ordered both teens to the ground. With his semiautomatic handgun pointing its red laser-sight at one kid’s forehead, they ran. However, his co-workers soon caught the kids and took them to a non-haunted jailhouse.
FILE #5: Near Peekskill, New York, a jail went into lockdown and recounted its prisoners on Halloween night last year after a former inmate was spotted trick-or-treating in his old orange prisoner’s jumpsuit. The former inmate was taking his daughter trick-or-treating when a county correction officer — also out trick-or-treating with her child — spotted the familiar jumpsuit. When confronted, the former prisoner ran and then drove off. The officer took down the man’s license plate and called authorities. The jail went into lockdown until a prisoner count established that no one was missing. Meanwhile, police found the former inmate, confiscated the genuine jumpsuit and let him go.
FILE #6: According to authorities, Aubrey McClelland robbed the video store late Halloween night two years ago. But employees at the store know McClelland’s girlfriend and recognized his voice. Police say at first, the Blockbuster employees thought McClelland was wearing a Halloween costume. After asking about new releases, investigators say the man pulled a gun and robbed the store of about 300-dollars.  McClelland was busted later at his girlfriend’s apartment.
STRANGE LAW: Everyone walking on the streets of Elko, Nevada is required to wear a mask. Halloween or not.




Alcohol and drugs don’t mix… even if they are mixed.

Lots of home beer makers flavor their brews with something exotic. But authorities in Santa Cruz, California, charge a graduate student added kick to his suds with something very illegal. Prosecutors report Chad Renzelman has pleaded no contest to heroin possession. Police say they found morphine-spiked beer in his garage. The organic chemistry student told authorities he extracted opium from poppies, which he then converted to morphine. He claimed he didn’t know it was illegal to make morphine beer. Renzelman avoids prison time after being sentenced to a drug diversion program.




How much of the Halloween candy have you already eaten before the first costumed kid has made it to your door?


What candy do you buy – stuff that YOU would eat when it’s leftover, or stuff you know the kids would like? Or do you go the cheap route and buy whatever is on sale? And what will you do with your leftover candy? Will you give it all to the last kid of the night? Do you munch on it yourself for the next few days? Take it to the office? Share it with elderly friends and neighbors? What happens to the leftover candy you don’t dole out tonight?




QUESTION: There is an American city by the name of Frankenstein. What state is it in?

ANSWER: Missouri (about 20 miles east of Jefferson City)




QUESTION: There is an American city by the name of Frankenstein. What state is it in?

ANSWER: Missouri (about 20 miles east of Jefferson City)




Pay attention! If our next player doesn’t answer all ten T/F questions correctly we start all over from question #1! First person to answer question #10 correctly is our winner!


  1. A chameleon’s tongue is three times the the length of its body. (False – it’s twice the length of its body.)


  1. A rhinoceros horn is made of enamel, like teeth. (False – the rhino’s horn is made of compacted hair.)


  1. The only place on the body of a cow that has sweat glands is the udder. (False – it’s the nose.)


  1. The only mammal that lays eggs is the platypus. (False, the echidna does as well.)


  1. The wingspan of a bald eagle is 6 to 8 feet. (True)


  1. Ants never sleep. (True)


  1. Earthworms have two hearts. (False – they have five!)


  1. Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery of the nose. (True)


  1. CQD means the same as SOS. (True – well, it used to. CQD was the international distress signal before SOS was adopted.)


  1. Crab was the name of the only dog in a William Shakespeare play. (True)




You have to match the blank in the tabloid headline with the word or phrase that has been removed!


Over a decade ago, an exciting trend hit the toy market: virtual pets. The toys allowed kids and teens to have their own digital animal to watch over. Giga Pets were some of the most popular virtual pets on the market, but the trend soon died out and many forgot about the toys — until now.

Jimmy Thompson, a 28-year-old graduate student in the computer science program at Ohio University, recently rummaged through his old toys on a trip to his parents’ house and made a startling discovery: His Giga Pet was not only still working, it had become self-aware.

“It started just speaking to me,” Thompson said. “Told me it was glad to see me — that it ‘had been too long’ and that it ‘about time for dinner.’ I hadn’t turned on — much less fed — the thing in years.”

Thompson brought the device back to the college to confirm his findings. Though he was more than unsettled by the incident, his peers and professors could not be more elated at the prospect of a sentient virtual pet.

“Obviously, the toy was capable of so much more than we ever thought it could be,” said Dr. Dennis Chang, professor at the school. “Since it got here, it hasn’t stopped talking — demanding more food and more attention. If this guy is alive, what does that mean for the thousands and thousands still out there?”

Another professor was not so enthusiastic.

“We need to destroy it,” said faculty member Donald Felton. “If these things can do this much more than thought, what happens when we don’t give it enough. What happens when we don’t give them all enough?  We don’t want some kind of war born out of a Giga Pet.”





A man was walking home alone late one foggy night when behind him he hears: BUMP, BUMP, BUMP.

Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP, BUMP, BUMP.

Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him FASTER, FASTER, BUMP, BUMP, BUMP.

He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping, clappity-BUMP, clappity-BUMP,


On his heels, the terrified man runs. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door, bumping and clapping toward him.

The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of Robitussin! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket – and the coffin stops!



A circus owner walked into a diner to see everyone crowded around a table watching a little show. On the table was an upside down pot and a duck tap dancing on it. The circus owner was so impressed that he offered to buy the duck from its owner.

After some wheeling and dealing they settled for $10,000 for the duck and the pot.

Three days later the circus owner runs back to the diner in anger, “Your duck is a rip-off!   I put him on the pot before a whole audience and he didn’t dance a single step!”

“So?” asked the ducks’ former owner, “did you remember to light the candle under the pot?”



Boy Scouts from the city were on a camping trip. The mosquitoes were so fierce, the boys had to hide under their blankets to avoid being bitten.

Then one of them saw some lightning bugs and said to his friends, “We might as well give up. They are coming after us with flashlights!”




In the US, 45,000 hamburgers are eaten every minute. ***MARLAR: And that’s just at Michael Moore’s house.


If you want an easy way to lower your blood pressure, drink a cup of hot cocoa. It turns out that cocoa — not tea — can lower blood pressure as well as medication designed to control hypertension.  ***MARLAR: Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any chocolate or cocoa regimen.


The head of the closed circuit TV program for the London Police said filling the streets with video cameras was “an utter fiasco” that’s done almost nothing to help solve crimes.  ***MARLAR: But it has paid for itself numerous times over in prize money from “World’s Funniest Home Videos”.





Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?”


Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp which no decent human being would eat?


Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?


If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?


If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?





Marlene Wyatt went to a second-hand store in Arkansas to buy a Halloween costume. What she found, wasn’t a costume – but the very prom dress she herself made 33 years ago. She says when she spotted the dress her thoughts went from “This material looks familiar” to “Surely not” and finally “That’s my dress!” Wyatt sewed the white double-knit polyester dress when she was in high school. The store’s owner doesn’t remember where she got the dress, which she had labeled “Way Retro” in her inventory.  ***MARLAR: “Way retro”… that sounds scary enough to BE a Halloween costume!





They were looking for A Lion,
He came as a Lamb,
and they missed Him.


They were looking for a Warrior,
He came as a Peace maker,
and they missed Him.


They were looking for a King,
He came as a Servant,
and they missed Him.


They were looking for Liberation from Rome,
He submitted to the Roman cross,
and they missed Him.


They were looking for a fit to their mold,
He was the mold maker,
and they missed Him.


What are you looking for?
Lion? Warrior? King? Liberator?
What are you looking for?


They were looking for their temporal needs to be met,
He came to meet their eternal need,
and they missed Him.


He came as a Lamb to be sacrificed for your sin.
Will you miss Him?
He came to make peace between God and man.
Will you miss Him?
He came to model servanthood for all mankind.
Will you miss Him?
He came that we might have true Liberty.
Will you miss Him?
He came to give you eternal life.
Will you miss Him?


When we submit to the lamb we will meet the Lion.
Join with the Peacemaker and we will meet the Warrior.
Work with the Servant and we will meet the King.
Walk with the Submitted and we will meet the Liberator.
Concern ourselves with the Eternal and we will have the temporal.


If Jesus is not fitting into the mold you have then come to the mold maker and get a new one. Submit to His plan for your life and you will see the eternal need met first then all the other things you have need of will be taken care of as well.





A man who has friends must himself be friendly. —Proverbs 18:24

Our daughter Melissa had many friends during her high school days. One of her best friends was Katie. After Melissa’s death in a car accident, Katie told us how they had become friends.

Katie was the new girl in school in fifth grade, having transferred from California. She felt alone and awkward and out of place—until one day early in her first year. That’s when Melissa noticed her sitting alone on the bus.

Mell got up from her seat, sat down next to Katie, and started asking questions. They sat next to each other every day from then on and became inseparable friends for the next 7 years.

Our world has so many people who need just one act of love to change their lives. These people may not think they fit in, or they may be facing turmoil that makes them feel all alone. Sometimes all we need to do is extend a hand, offer a smile, or speak a word of encouragement. As believers, we know and experience the love of God (1 John 3:16), so we are especially able to reach out to people and share that love.

There are enough people to go around so that everyone can have friends. Let’s take the initiative to make sure no one is left out. —Dave Branon


I went outside to find a friend
But could not find one there;
I went outside to be a friend,
And friends were everywhere! —Payne


When you see someone in need, be a friend in deed.





Did you know that the kind of Halloween candy you give out is a reflection onto yourself? It is true, here is a few of the different personality traits related to your candy.

  • Loose Change — These people tend to be procrastinators. The fact they answer the door instead of pretending not to be there for trick-or-treaters is a sign of their genuine interest in people and loyalty to friends.
  • Candy Corn, Orange Colored Marshmallow, Puff “Peanuts,” etc. — You know how to pinch every last penny out of a dollar. You prefer spending your money on you, not someone you will never see again.
  • M&M’s/Snickers/Milky Way — Right off the top, you’re cool. Quality over quantity is the name of the game with you. You love a great party, are conscious and considerate of others. Likely to be a natural leader. Positive and upbeat on the outside even if your innards are tied in knots.
  • Skittles/Reese’s Pieces — You’re up on trends and fashion. You know what’s hot and what’s not. If older than 35, very likely to have children at home. A little different than the average bear but in a quirky way. You often feel out of place but you cover it well and no one has ever noticed.
  • Other name brand candy — You like to mix things up a bit. You hate surprises — but love to surprise others. Most likely, you bought a candy that you happen to enjoy rather than a candy that’s popular with kids. This group is the most likely to be overweight.





(From Children’s Safety Zone)


  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props. (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.


  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out.
  • Children should carry quarters so they can call home.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they’re going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.


  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.


  • Go slow, slow, slow all evening. (Adult Halloween partiers should have a designated driver.)





  • Trick-or-Treating: Shouldn’t this be seen today as a violation of federal RICO [racketeering] statutes?  While some big guys say you should pay them to protect your place of business or risk your business having “accidents” – trick or treating is asking for candy, otherwise you’re going to get toilet-papered or pumpkin’d.  Heck, they even say it right up front when they ring the bell.  No treat?  You get a trick instead.  The only thing keeping the racketeering laws from being enforced is that, for the most part, all of the perpetrators are juveniles, and thus have the civil right to thumb their noses at the law and be back on the street before the candy runs out.
  • Screaming: The scariest thing about Halloween these days is that you’re not allowed to offend or scare anyone. And if someone scares you, you can’t scream. In some communities, any auditory emissions over 75 decibels are a zoning violation punishable by a fine and/or jail term. Whether you can react instead with a sullen but non-denominational moment of silence will be considered later this term by the Supreme Court. Until then, do so at your own risk.





Just over 67 percent of trick-or-treaters are the 12-to 17-year-olds. That’s to be expected. But according to this year’s Shopping in America Halloween Survey, the second largest age group of trick-or-treaters is the 75 and up senior citizen crowd!  ***MARLAR: Here are a few signs that you might be a little too old to do the Halloween thing:

  • You get winded from knocking on the door
  • You have to have another kid chew the candy for you
  • You ask for high fiber candy only
  • When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.
  • People say, “Great Boris Karloff Mask” and you’re not even wearing a mask.
  • When the door opens you yell, “Trick or…..” and can’t remember the rest.
  • You’re the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.






When selecting treats to pass out at the homestead, avoid non-nutritious candies and gums. Instead offer celery and blue cheese sauce platters. While the neighborhood rugrats may loathe you, you’ll undoubtedly be a hit with the local dental hygienist (Quick note: House windows should be securely boarded before attempting).




  • Spinach flavored Rice Cakes
  • Teeth removing Taffy
  • Metamucil in a straw
  • Caramel Covered Zucchini
  • Hot steaming bowl of pumpkin innards
  • Chocolate Covered Prunes
  • A Handful of Red Man
  • Colored Crisco on a Stick




  • The scariest thing about Halloween is that kids don’t need to buy anything special for it. They already have the weird clothes, the black lipstick, and black nail polish.
  • I’ve had numerous emails and calls asking why I haven’t given my own opinion about Halloween.  So let me quickly let you know what I think about it all.  I don’t believe in Halloween, but I do believe in free candy.
  • Susan just called and said that her son Michael went trick-or-treating last year dressed as a Chicago Cubs baseball player. People gave him candy that was so hard he broke his teeth – so this year he’s going out as one of the Rockford Ice Hogs hockey players.




Try one of these tips from Cheryl Stoughton of Pumpkin Masters to keep your pumpkin fresh for up to seven days indoors and out:

  • Spray the carved area with water, cover the entire pumpkin in plastic wrap, and store it in your fridge or basement throughout the day or when not on display.
  • Give your pumpkin a bath. Submerge it in a filled sink for up to eight hours. “Check on it periodically to make sure it isn’t getting too soft,” says Stoughton. “If you leave it in too long, it can split.”
  • Keep the carved edges fresh by sealing in moisture with a think layer of petroleum jelly.



When it comes to candy, Halloween smokes Easter, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. According to the National Confectioners Association, more sweets are sold in the weeks leading up to the Halloween than any other time of year. Last year Americans polished off more than $2-billion in Halloween candy! The top five Halloween candies are, according to the National Confectioners Association:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Snickers
  • Hershey’s
  • M&M’s
  • Kit Kat

According to eCandy.com, 90 percent of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween bags. Parents favorite treats to sneak are snack-size chocolate bars (70 percent), candy-coated chocolate pieces (40 percent), caramels (37 percent) and gum (26 percent). The least favorite? Licorice (18 percent).

About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years. The oldest Halloween treat is candy corn, which has been filling trick-or-treat bags since the 1880s. Here are some “golden oldies” still making kids smile:

  • Tootsie Rolls, 1896
  • Hershey Bars, 1900
  • Milky Way Bar, 1923
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 1928
  • Snickers, 1930
  • Starburst Fruit Chews, 1960
  • Skittles, 1981




(Mondays Only)




Open source has forever changed the way we create and do business in the Information Age. Now, it’s also changing the world of Bible translation. According to Mission Network News, This month, Wycliffe Associate’s team finished the “Unlocked Literal Bible” — an open-licensed version of the Bible. They say Putting God’s Word out on the public domain under Creative Commons licensing overcomes a lot of the “behind the scenes” copyright and royalty fee challenges.  ***Which makes sense – I mean, does anyone else find it odd that the Bible could command a copyright or royalty fees?



An Elderly nurse survived a terrorist attack by screaming the name of Jesus. When Palestinian terrorists hijacked the bus the nurse was on, she knew only the name of Jesus would save her. She says, “The man in front of me began with a knife stabbing into me.” I cried constantly in Dutch: ‘Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus! Help me, help me.” When she did this, she said her attacker “ran away to the back of the bus.” The 78-year-old Dutch nurse is now in stable condition in an Israeli hospital as she recovers from multiple stab wounds, including a punctured lung.



Weddings should be a celebration. But for girls in India, it’s nearly a death sentence. There, the girls are beaten and abused. The most devastating act of abuse is known as bride burning, or dowry death. If grooms or in-laws are not satisfied with the dowry paid for the bride, they set an example by setting her on fire. Every day, there are an estimated 22 cases. Meanwhile, Mission India partners are stepping in to restore hope, give love, and share the good news of Christ with many such women through programs like Adult Literacy Courses. Another organization, Church Planters, is teaching families in India that both men and women are created in God’s image and are deeply loved by Him.





Since today is Halloween, I’d like to begin by asking you what you think is scarier. Hoping you have enough candy for Halloween, running out of candy on Halloween, or running out of candy for the third time and Halloween is still a few hours away?




(Updated as it comes available. The Way WE Work is written by Mark Elfstrand from 1160Hope.com in Chicago.)

Security Checkup

(*I’m traveling this week, so this blog’s topic may look slightly familiar.)
In recent days, we’ve learned of another invasion of privacy with the hacking of two well known persons’ email accounts. Regrettably, these two people have a lot to do with our nation’s security! I’m speaking of the personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The New York Post revealed it was a teenager who was the culprit. And what did he get? How about access to documents such as Social Security numbers for more than 12 US intelligence officials. This came from Brennan’s account. The hacker claims his tapping into Brennan’s AOL information contained the CIA director’s own application for top security clearance — a trove of nearly 50 pages of who knows what. Well, now the hacker does.
There appears to be a pro-Palestinian motivation behind the hacker. He claims to be non-Muslim but disapproved of US policy. He threatened more action if his views of needed change aren’t met. Even government is becoming a hacker’s paradise.
But it’s everywhere. It’s been reported that the “real problem is that so many breaches occur in the first place. Credit and debit card fraud has nearly quadrupled in past decade.” Staying a step ahead of thieves is hard work.
Security breaches in our modern age put our finances, medical history, and loads of personal information up for grabs. A news story several months back in the New York Times offered an eerie glimpse into new ways of enhancing personal security. A bank in Britain now provides voice analyzation for added security to high net worth individuals. In Japan, some ATMs scan vein patterns in a person’s palm before money is released. Fingerprint sensors on computers and smartphones are becoming more common.
As we know, pets are now commonly sold and adopted with microchips to reveal their identity in the event they are lost or stolen. Radio Frequency identification tags (RFID) are being encouraged in various parts of the globe for humans. Proponents say these devices embedded under people’s skin could help curb identity theft, improve medical care, and even help identify disaster victims.
It would seem obvious to most of us that more people are willing to sacrifice personal privacy for this sense of personal security. Cameras, for example, are everywhere. We are monitored at every turn.
So what is a person to do? Tough decisions may be ahead. How far will people go to give themselves these earthly personal protections?
Many also believe that all of this activity is connected to events leading to what are called “the end times.” One of the most difficult instructions Jesus gave his followers had to do with reading the signs of the times. Note these words of his … “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:24-26) So … are you ready?
Oddly, it seems the vast majority of people on our planet are more concerned with personal security than eternal security. We’re more worried about a credit or email account breach than a spiritual breach in our own lives. The kind that could rob us of eternal reward.
I suggest you take the best precaution possible regarding your greatest asset: YOU! Protect yourself with a “living trust.” Make a day by day decision to abide in Him. Put your faith in Jesus.
There is no more sound investment strategy. And it never needs an upgrade.
That’s The Way WE Work.




Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 30 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet. For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org. Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).


OCTOBER 30, 2015…


Our Brand Is Crisis—In a role originally written for a man, Sandra Bullock takes on politics in Bolivia. She is hired to be a campaign manager for a Bolivian presidential candidate. Shades of “whatever works.”  Her aides are Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd. What kind of strategy can she come up with?  Also in the cast  Joaquin de Almeida and  Billy Bob Thornton as her rival.. Based on a true situation.  “Our Brand Is Crisis” is rated R. Rating of 2 for fans of the cast.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse—Yup, almost Halloween and here comes another horror film. In years to come, will these young stars name this on a resume?  Just saying…Instead of a party, the three stars battle zombies.  Cast includes Tye Sheridan, Patrick Schwarzenegger (you read that right) and Logan Miller. “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” is rated R. No rating.


NOVEMBER 06, 2015…


Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant to New York in the 1950’s.


The Peanuts Movie in 3 D animation with your favorite characters. Enjoy.


Spectra and James Bond with Daniel Craig starring. What more need be said?


Spotlight stars Michael Keaton in a film of the Boston Globe coverage of the catholic church sex scandal.


Trumbo has Bryan Cranston playing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.


Miss You Already has Toni Collette battling cancer.


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