By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 01, 2020 at 4:01 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

Regardless of whether you know me in real life or simply through OnMilwaukee and social media you are probably aware of my penchant for Halloween – I take it extremely seriously (I am already thinking about my costume for 2021). And you also might be aware of my ongoing penpal-ship with Milwaukee legend, The Milverine.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that this year I dressed up as The Milverine for Halloween. Or the "MOLverine" to make the look even more my own. It was also my first Halloween costume that I dressed up as a man since one-armed drummer from Def Leppard, Rick Allen, in 2017, so that was an added bonus.

For the past three years, my friend and stylist, Al Oldham of Taylor & Burton, has been integral to my costumes, providing the perfect hair and makeup. This year was no exception. He created a short-haired mullet wig and an impeccable smattering of stubble. I couldn't have pulled it off without him.

I also owe Stevie, my 5-pound Chihuahua mix, for being an elemental part of the costume. The Milverine sometimes walks with a tiny white dog, so dressed in a fuzzy white sheep costume, midnight-black Stevie nailed the look.

2020 was finally the best year for something. It was, indeed, the ideal year to adorn myself as The Milverine because it required me to walk around – mostly up and down Kinnickinnic Avenue and First Street in Bay View and Walker's Point respectively. On a sunny afternoon during a global pandemic, speed walking in the fresh air was the safest activity I could have imagined and exactly on brand for my costume. Plus, all the waving, hooting and honking from people driving by brought an unexpected element of joy to the wonderfully ridiculous experience.

It's important for me to note the relationship I have with John Hamann, aka The Milverine. I am truly a longtime fan of his and as a resident of Walker's Point have seen him shirtless and strolling with purpose for years. And as penpals of sorts, the numerous postcards and letters we've exchanged provided him the opportunity to point out that I looked like "a scarecrow getting hit by a tornado" during my weekly segments on WISN-TV.

I took the strange comment with humor, but I admit dressing as him for Halloween was my way of dishing it back – all in good fun. But truth is, I love The Milverines of the World. These colorful individuals exist in every neighborhood and make communities truly unique. Hell, my own father was well on his way to becoming one of these folks and he knew it. 

From the bottom of my heart beating behind my faux muscle-y, hairy torso, I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. Keep Mil-walking, y'all, no matter how much scary, spooky stuff you encounter this year.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.