Welcome to Halloween Week. Don’t try to fool me, this holiday always seems to fall right around the time Home Depot puts up Christmas decorations, which, by the way, happened several weeks ago. I was there, in early October, watching perplexed customers get distracted by displays of Santa lawn ornaments and “energy efficient” 5,000 LED pre-lit trees.

Yesterday, I handled the information for what I believe to be the start of Halloween Week — a benefit party at The Pines on Oct. 26, a full five days before the Actual Halloween Day. My apologies if I missed an event that takes place before this event. Maybe we should start Halloween in mid-September, giving everyone plenty of time to plan.

OK, enough, let’s be serious for a minute. I’ve got a nice surprise here, and it’s no Trick.

I talked to a guy the other day. His name is Steve Forbert. He’s playing a show at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Friday, Nov. 2. And guess what? I have a pair of tickets to give away! Yes, you read that right.

Want to win them? Just email me (jdrake@hood rivernews.com), put Steve Forbert in the subject line, and I’ll throw your name into a hat. Or pumpkin. Or one of those cornucopia things. Or a stocking. The lucky winner will be drawn on Oct. 31. Now, what holiday was that?

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