Halloween rambling 2017

NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY IN TERROR. Now, a year after its historic presentation, and in gothic celebration of Halloween, Film historian Steve Vertlieb takes us aboard a dark yet wonderful cinematic time machine, delving into the creation of Murnau’s seminal horror film, examining its influence on generations (from Lugosi and Lee, to SALEM’S LOT, HARRY POTTER and more), then reviews the startling new stage presentation.

Dead of Night- Chapter 3: Bobby

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Reminder: Race is Not a Costume

A Halloween Ghost Story

RANKIN/BASS’S ‘MAD MONSTER PARTY’ (1967). WITH BORIS KARLOFF AND ‘MAD’ MAGAZINE CREATORS

The Halloween Capital of the World Isn’t What You Think It Is

Facts for Features: Halloween

#Trumpkins and other items

Now I Know: Starving Garfield

Kickstarter for Son of Ugh. Pete Von Sholly. Deadline, November 15, 2017.

What You Need to Know About 6-Foot Trick-or-Treaters

Keep Safety in Mind This Halloween!

Candy corn

The Halloween Costume Everyone Was Wearing The Year You Were Born

Shopping and Costume Trends

50+ Spooky and Sweet Halloween Treats

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Fanta

Orange Jack O Lantern

MUSIC, mostly from Jaquandor

The Mask of the Red Death, a work for harp and string quartet by Andre Caplet

Antonin Dvorak’s The Noon Witch – the backstory is creepier than the music

Jerry Goldsmith for the movie The Haunting

Bernard Herrmann’s seminal film score, Psycho

Wojcech Kilar’s wonderful score to the rather uneven film Bram Stoker’s DRACULA

A Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

The Isle of the Dead by Sergei Rachmaninov

The Ventures – The Twilight Zone

John Williams’s rare forays into the world of horror: a suite from his score to the movie Dracula

A local (SoCal) production of Young Frankenstein

Halloween 2013

via Aaron Paul's Instagram

Each year, I just post seasonal links. I used to post them on the 31st, but then you wouldn’t have time to make use of those costume design ideas. Here’s a terrible joke I saw: A skeleton walks into a bar and says “I’d like a beer and a mop.”

Census: Halloween Facts for Features
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IBISWorld:
Halloween Sales to Grow a Slow 3.0 Percent in 2013
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All month, there are Pagan Scares from Postmodern Barney
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The A to Z of Stephen King Cinema, a comic of greatness
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Listing Toward Forty is Listing Toward Halloween
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Stephen R. Bissette’s WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!
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The work of the devil…
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11 Halloween Freebies: Where to Eat Free for Wearing Costumes
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Transforming black-light Bride of Frankenstein makeup
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Hauntbox: open-source hardware box for controlling your automated, electronic haunted house
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All Hallows Eve 2012

For all my lifetime, through 2006, the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States was on the last Sunday in October. But thanks to the powerful candy lobby, which wants children to be able to trick or treat on Halloween with more daylight, and its ally, the dentist lobby, which want children to rot their teeth, it’s been pushed back to the first Monday in November. It’s this time of year that always confuses me in terms of what time it in other countries, since the start and end of DST/British Summer Time does not happen simultaneously. Go to this site to see what time it is around the world.

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Halloween 1986: Gary Carter and a Greyhound Bus Strike

For most of the 1980s, I would travel on a bus from Albany, NY, to my hometown of Binghamton, NY to attend an annual Halloween party, held by a high school friend of mine and her then-husband. The only way to get there was by Greyhound bus, and there must have been some sort of labor dispute in 1986, because they had replacement drivers. I remember the driver on the return trip to Albany get off the wrong Oneonta exit, riding through parts of the city not usually traversed on that route, and ending up in parts of the SUNY Cobleskill campus I had never seen before; two or three passengers, including myself, ended up being the navigators during a torrential downpour.

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All Hallows Eve

The odd thing about Halloween, as I think back on it, is that I have almost no recollection of the costumes I wore while trick-or-treating as a child. I’m sure I went, mostly in my grandmother’s neighborhood, but as to what I wore, it’s a total blank. It doesn’t help that most the photos from my childhood were lost, so I have no cues. And I pretty much gave up the gig by the time I was a teenager, though I may have been called upon to take my baby sister, who was (and still is!) five years younger than I.

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A Brief Halloween Meme


From SamuraiFrog:

1. What is the worst treat to get when trick-or-treating?

Black licorice. Hated it. Now RED; that was a whole ‘nother thing. Also, I’ve never been a NECCO fan either.

2. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?

Dracula. He is primal.

3. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho? (why)

An alien. Zombies are boring, psychos are too much work. Aliens allow for greater character development.

4. How many Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street movies combined do you have on dvd?

That would be zero. Not my thing. I’ve seen one Halloween movie. But, in the day, the store I worked at used to SELL them on VHS tape.

5. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
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