TELL US: What's one Halloween costume you'll never forget?

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 2:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The tradition of dressing up in costumes for Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival when the Celts wore animal heads and skins. When Halloween made its way to America in the 1800s, people took after this tradition and began dressing in costumes and going house-to-house asking for candy, according to the History Channel.

No matter how far back your own history with Halloween goes, we want to know:

What personal Halloween costume will you never forget?

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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Richard Saunders October 22, 2012 | 3:36 p.m.

Wow, data harvest much?

So... is this the "value" I'm supposed to associate with the new & improved Missourian?

Honestly, if you're only interested in Halloween costume stories, all you had to do is to ask for them in these comments. Instead though, it looks like you're collecting them up to "write" a story, I'm guessing.

Then there's all the personal info requested. I wonder, just what legitimate purpose could anyone at the Missourian have in this info?

So, is assembling data bases on readers the new revenue model?
Last question, just who are you selling them to?

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Joy Mayer October 22, 2012 | 5:09 p.m.

Hi, Richard.

The questions we ask as part of this Halloween invitation are part of our partnership with a project called the Public Insight Network. You can read more about that project here:

The project is designed to help us better tap into the expertise in our community.

Here's a paragraph from the FAQ about what we do with the information we collect:

"The contact information you provide is added to a database that only journalists at Public Insight Network newsrooms will have access to. The full text of any web questionnaires that you answer will only be seen by journalists working on a particular story or project related to your answers."

This is absolutely a fun, holiday-themed invitation. Sometimes our questionnaires are more serious, such as this one from a couple of weeks ago about the tobacco tax ballot measure:

We published some of the responses we got here:

And some ended up as sources in the story that reporter Sasu Siegelbaum wrote:

Thanks for your questions. And the primary answer is: We're not selling the information to anyone. And it's available to just a few journalists, to be used only for reporting.

Joy Mayer,
Director of community outreach,
Columbia Missourian

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Michael Williams October 22, 2012 | 5:32 p.m.

I'll fill out all the questionaires for $5.95 per month.........

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