So mystery solved a week later and it is officially the most Scooby-Doo thing to ever happen to me: there's no animal in the attic, I had just startled myself with the sound of peeling wallpaper disturbed by my movement.
We discovered this when @sakunamera went to investigate if The Attic Thing was the source of a mystery thump and decided to pull down the dangling wallpaper and I realized it made the exact sound I had heard on Halloween.
She got a bit of a spook when she opened the door and the light was on, but I am 89% that's just because I noped out of it too quickly last time.
Intellectually I know for a fact that there's nobody living in our attic because I keep a childproof latch on the outside to keep our cats from opening it, there's no room to move around without making a noise, and we're a house of insomniacs.
But that doesn't stop me from wondering/worrying.

And tonight... as we continue watching scary movies from a list we started compiling in October... we keep hearing sounds that are *probably* actually stuff from outside being funneled in through the windows.
And another mystery solved: the eerie hum we've been hearing off and on all evening is a malfunctioning Tile tracker on Tommy's collar. Her habits of clattering it against things and dunking it in water dishes (I think she likes the sounds) got moisture inside.
...and after coming upstairs to my office for my pre-bed wind-down I have solved the last audio mystery of our Evening of Spooky Noises: a clamp-on keyboard tray attachment had clamp-off'd/detachment'd itself from my desk, making the thump we heard earlier.

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soldiers: *cease firing*

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officer: Why did you stop?

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officer: I said endING. Keep firing till 11. It's only 10:17.

soldier: ...

officer: Symbolism is wasted on you.
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J. Wobbling Wibblesworth, Esquire (or Wobblesque, to friends), a blue slime lawyer whose protean nature means it can only do slime things when it remembers that it’s a slime and can only do lawyer things when it remembers that it’s a lawyer.
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