Phish’s Festival 8 looms just two weeks away. While the identity of the album that Phish will perform for its Halloween set remains shrouded in mystery, some of the other elements of the festival have been revealed. The House of Live Phish will be back once again, permitting folks to download and and burn their own samplers in air-conditioned splendor. Another Phish Festival staple is the radio station, The Bunny, which will once again will offer Kevin Shapiro’s “From the Archives” programs as well as “frightening late-night freak outs, subliminal messages, Dr. Demento outtakes, sound effects of doors closing, classic Jerky Boys tracks, white noise, Civil War dirges, Jewish fight songs, and of course, live broadcasts of all 8 Phish sets.” New this year will be the “Eighth Annual Scent Of A Mule Horseshoe Pitching Tournament” (yes, yes, we know), with practice rounds taking place on Friday and the tourney set for Saturday and Sunday. Festival 8 also will offer a number of art installations in an era known as The Coil. Additional info and teases galore can be found at the Phish Festival 8 site.

While we’re on the topic, we wish to remind you that and Relix will be on site, creating the on-site daily newspaper, the Festival 8 Express with editions available on October 30, October 31 and November 1. You have until October 20 to contribute to the Express . Please send us 500-1000 words on one of these topics (1) Your favorite musical moment (or moments) from past Halloween shows and why they have earned this distinction (2) An account of your own Phish-related Halloween costume from years past (ideally with a photograph we can run in accompaniment). Along with the glory of having an article printed in the paper, folks who write the winning essays will receive a prize package. Essays should be sent to [email protected]