Is everyone getting excited for Halloween? Apparently I am overly excited: when I sat down to write the column this week, I was thinking Halloween was THIS Thursday instead of next Thursday. Hopefully my editor doesn’t get the itch for early Halloween as well, as I’d prefer to go out dressed as something slightly cuter than a zombie. Plus, zombies are so last year. (Cue those planning to dress as zombies returning to the drawing board.)

Okay, enough of my late-deadline rambling, we have some news items to discuss.

Getting a jumpstart on their Halloween costuming, a few of our local ladies took New Orleans by storm behind the obligatory Mardi Gras masks. The group included Barbara Phillips, Donna Montesion, Linda Smith, Faith Benefit, Karen Childs, and Stephanie Harris — who popped over from San Antonio, Tex., to meet up with the group. In following local custom, these ladies laissez les bons temps rouler. They enjoyed Cajun cooking, gospel brunch, beignets, a ride on the riverboat Natchez, and perhaps a hurricane or two, and Barbara may have made a couple quarters drumming on a bucket with a street performer. Y’all did NOLA right.

We cut a rug at Flatbread last Friday during the MV Food and Wine festivities, and I gotta tell ya, in addition to this event that I attended, watching the tents for the Grand Tasting go up in the parking lot on Mayhew Lane, and running into people coming and going from event to event, the Board of Trade has really outdone themselves. What a major undertaking! And so well attended. Bravo, folks.

All you folks still looking for a pumpkin or two, the 2nd Winter Farmers’ Market will take place this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Enjoy a much slower pace, the fireplace blazing, an abundance of fresh produce, frozen Island meats, eggs, jams and jellies, wool products, and more. Representing Edgartown will be Morning Glory Farm, Old Towne Farm, and Kevin Keady and the Cattle Drivers providing the music.

Calling all Vineyarders who have memories, experiences, or photographs from the Vineyard during World War II. You are being sought for interviews for a book about WWII on Martha’s Vineyard. In particular, the writers are interested in speaking with Vineyarders with recollection of the signal corps base on Peaked Hill, the USO, patrolling the beaches, practice invasions, and relations between military personnel and Vineyarders. All contributions are appreciated. Please contact or call Tom Dresser 508-693-1050, thomasdresser@gmail.com; Herb Foster 508-627-7456, herblf@comcast.net; or Jay Schofield 508-693-2957,

jayschofield@me.com; or visit their Facebook page: World War II on Martha’s Vineyard.

Hey kids! The Edgartown Library invites you to make a monster diorama or a glow-in-the-dark trick-or-treat bag this Friday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday, Oct. 26, from 12 noon to 4 pm. So go get your spook on!

The M.V. Museum is getting in the spirit of Halloween, hosting an afternoon festival Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon to 3 pm at the old Marine Hospital in Vineyard Haven (151 Lagoon Pond Road). The afternoon will feature contests, historic games, carvings, costumes, food, cider, and more. The public is invited to bring their already carved pumpkins to the festival to be displayed for the duration of the event. Judges will choose the best carved pumpkin and Halloween costume in two categories, kids and adults, and prizes will be awarded in all categories.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Maria Thibodeau and Raeanne Smith, who celebrate October 24; to Heather Smith, October 27; and to Lari Rega, October 29. Have a good one.