Halloween is just around the corner, and people are working on their costumes. We’ve seen some scary costumes — headless horseman, Freddy Krueger wannabees…spooky characters.

Those are all pretty scary, but nothing can match the scariness of an angry NIMBY at a public meeting. Some of us have experienced firsthand some pretty angry people.

In the spirit of fun and satire, we assembled a few Spirit Halloween costumes here for your consideration and entertainment. Happy Halloween y’all, we hope no one tries to delay or deny you candy!

The Citizen Expert

The Neighborhood Scientist

The Self-Appointed Expert










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John Rees lives in Chapel Hill. His day job is an enterprise architect for a big IT company. He was, until very recently, a member of the Chapel Hill Planning Commission and former chair. He serves on...