The week ahead: Halloween, the Speaker and the Series

Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-25 17:24:02-04

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HALLOWEEN — For the first time in six years, Halloween will fall on a Saturday. Still need some last-second costume or party ideas? Click here to check out loads of Halloween content that will get you in the holiday spirit — pun intended.

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME — Good news: If you're throwing a Halloween party on Saturday, it will be one hour longer thanks to the ending of Daylight Savings Time. Starting at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, clocks will fall back an hour, giving you an extra hour of celebrating.

But why do we even need to keep switching our clocks in the first place? Check out this Newsy video from earlier this year for more info:

WEATHER — Texas may have gotten hit hardest from the remains of Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever recorded. But as the week goes on the rest of the rest of the country will also feel its effects. Rainstorms spawned by the former hurricane will push through the southeast and Midwest throughout the week, meaning it's likely that you'll need to bring your umbrella to work this week.

POLITICS — The third Republican National Debate will take place on Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. Front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson initially boycotted the event, telling host CNBC that they wouldn't participate unless the debate would be limited to two hours. The network obliged, and the pair will join a field of 10 candidates.

The House of Representatives is also scheduled to elect a new speaker this week, as secret ballot elections for nominations will be held Wednesday with a full vote coming Thursday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will likely replace outgoing speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) after Ryan raised majority support with conservatives last week.

SPORTS — The Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets will square off in the World Series beginning this week. The Royals finished off the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday with a 4-3 win in Game 6 of the ALCS. It marks the Royals' second-straight appearance in the World Series, but Kansas City is seeking its first championship since 1985.

The Mets, who are seeking their first World Series title since 1986, are riding on the back of second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has homered in an MLB-record six straight postseason games. The Mets are coming off a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

QUIZ: Just how long has it been since the Cubs won the World Series?

MOVIES — Keeping in the holiday spirit, a number of horror films are slated for release this week, including pseudo-comedies Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Freaks of Nature. Both will attempt to knock off The Martian, which has been the top-grossing film for the last two weekends. 

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.