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BONUS: Halloween Episode

SARAH:


Creepy vintage Halloween costumes


—------- Favorite Spooky Movies —-------


  • Hocus Pocus

  • The Craft

  • Practical Magic

  • The Exorcist

  • The Conjuring

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Ghostbusters

  • Beetlejuice

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • The Haunted Mansion

  • As Above So Below

  • Frankenweenie

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Edward Scissorhands

  • Repo: The Genetic Opera

  • Anything with the Universal Monsters

  • Trick ‘r Treat

  • The Witches (the original one)

  • Coraline

  • The Addams Family


—------- Favorite Spooky Music —-------


  • Black No. 1 - Type O’Negative

  • This is Halloween from the Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell

  • The Monster Mash - Bobby Borris Pickett

  • I Put A Spell on You - Screamin Jay Hawkins

  • Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Bloodletting - Concrete Blonde

  • Rawhead and Bloodybones, Peekaboo - Siouxsie and the Banshees

  • Witchy Woman - The Eagles

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

  • Pretty much everything by Wednesday 13 or Raven Black (if you haven’t heard of either of them, check them out - I highly recommend both of them!)

  • Feed My Frankenstein, Welcome to My Nightmare - Alice Cooper

  • Pet Sematary - Ramones

  • Spooky - Lydia Lunch

  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead - Bauhaus


—------- Favorite Halloween Fun Facts —-------


  • On average, children that trick or treat bring home a bag of candy worth about 11,000 calories or 365 teaspoons of sugar - and that is just for the little plastic pumpkin pals. Imagine if it was like when we were kids, and it was almost half of a pillowcase.

  • Some people have a legitimate fear of Halloween, and thus, Samhainophobia exists. It is said that those with the phobia have an intense, persistent, and abnormal fear of Halloween and anything associated with it.

  • The world record for the heaviest pumpkin weighed in at 2,624.6 pounds and was grown by Mathias Willemjins from Belgium.

  • Halloween is the second-highest grossing commercial holiday, second to the (in my opinion) worst holiday - Christmas.

  • The largest Halloween Parade is held every year in New York City. Every year over 50,000 people participate in the parade, which is often viewed by over 2 million people on average.

  • The traditional colors of Halloween, Black and Orange, are symbols of the holiday. Black represents death, fear, decay, and evil - but to some, it means the time when the dead can converge on the living to have fun with us. Orange represents the warmth of autumn and the end of the harvest season, while others say it's pumpkins (whisper - it’s not pumpkins).

  • In Halloween lore, cats (black cats in particular) are associated with witchcraft and are said to bring bad luck and misfortune. I don't know about that, all ours does is bring us more expenses and hairs on everything.

  • It is said that a child born on Halloween will be able to talk to spirits. They will also be immune to evil spirits and have the ability to read other people's dreams.

  • What do you think the #1 highest-selling candy is during Halloween? It’s Reese’s Cups. The second is Snickers.

  • Most animal shelters will not let you adopt black cats near Halloween, as there have always been ritualistic killings involving them on Halloween night. If they do allow adoptions, black cats' adoption fees skyrocket immensely to help steer away those with less than admirable intentions.


—------- Stupid Halloween Laws —-------


  • It is illegal in Alabama to wear a priest or nun costume. In fact, it could land you a $500 fine AND a year in prison. The legislature passed this in 1965 as they say it disrespects religion and those that choose to put their faith in it.

  • If you find yourself in Vendargues, France, for Halloween, keep in mind it is forbidden for anyone over the age of 13 to wear a clown costume. If you HAVE TO for any reason, say you do children’s parties or whatever, you must get special permission from the town's authorities.

  • In Rehoboth, Delaware, you can’t celebrate Halloween on October 31st if it falls on a Sunday. You will be forced to celebrate on October 30th.

  • The sale of silly string is prohibited in Hollywood, California, from 12 am October 31st to 12 pm November 1st. You can get a $1000 fine just for having a can of it in your hand.

  • If you’re in any grade above the eighth, you aren’t allowed to trick or treat in Bellville, Illinois.

  • If you’re over the age of 12 and live in Roanoke, Virginia, you’re also shit out of luck when it comes to trick or treating.


—------- Halloween Trivia —-------


  • Q - What was candy corn originally called? A - It was called chicken feed because of its size and shape.

  • Q - Do you know which famous magician died on Halloween? A - Harry Houdini.

  • Q - What was the Munsters’ address? A - 1313 Mockingbird Lane

  • Q - What serial killer inspired the movies Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, and Silence of the Lambs? A - Ed Gein

  • Q - Are pumpkins a fruit or a vegetable? A - Fruit…they have seeds

  • Q - What country did Halloween originate? A - Ireland

  • Q - What were early Jack O’ Lanterns originally made from? A - Turnips

  • Q - What is the #1 city for trick or treating in the US? A - San Francisco


 

DAVID:


Haunted house


Haunted houses, now I am not meaning actual haunted houses where in the state of New York law was put in place that you have to disclose if the house is haunted or not in the 1990s. I am talking about haunted houses as an attraction. The earliest haunted houses date back to 19th-century London. One of the more famous types of haunted attraction is Madame Tussaud’s “Chamber of Horrors”. The chamber of horrors depicted UK murders, notorious historical figures, and serial killers.


The closest relative of modern haunted houses originates in Paris, France is the Grand Guignol theater. Where they would become notorious for on-stage depictions of dismemberment. The theater's director would judge how successful the show was by how many people passed out in shock in the audience.

The great depression is when haunted houses would really become popular in the United States. Some of the antics young men would get into during the depression would start off as harmless like ding dong ditch or jumping out and scaring them to downright vandalism like flipping cars or cutting down telephone poles. 1933 would be the year of “Black Halloween” in reference to Black Tuesday when the great crash of wall street happened.


At this point, cities are starting to consider banning Halloween altogether because of acts of vandalism. Luckily, community groups and neighborhoods started hosting “spook houses”. It could be as simple as a setup in a neighbor's basement typically with different themes such as a mad scientist’s laboratory or possibly a witch’s hut. Where most of us played a Halloween game, withered corpse or monster maker where we would touch different things in the dark such as peeled grapes as eyeballs. Or tortillas for the skin. And a half-boiled cabbage as a brain




Some of the crude effects in early haunted houses might have been:


  1. strips of old fur or raw liver on walls as people went through haunted houses.

  2. Weird moans and howls come from dark corners.

  3. Sheets painted up like ghosts

  4. Hanging damp sponges and hair nets from ceilings to touch people's faces.

  5. Blocking doorways would force guests to crawl through a long dark tunnel. Where they would find a cardboard cutout of a black cat painted in glow in luminous paint.

  6. Plainly jumping out in the dark to scare attendees.



The popularity of haunted houses could be accredited to the United States Junior Chamber or the Jaycees. A non-profit to help young people between 18 and 40 develop leadership skills through community services. The Jaycees generally had what they called haunted trails which were very similar to haunted houses. The Jaycee haunted houses or trails were mostly used as fundraisers for various charities in their areas.


One of the oldest Jaycee ran haunts is in our backyard in Niles, MI. They are confident that next year will be their 50th year of haunting. I have never been there myself and after an encounter in a haunted house in another nearby town I just can’t really bring up the nerve to do them anymore.


Every good story does need a villain, right? Well in the Southern US you will find something called a “Hell House” or Judgement house in the Northern part of the country, typically ran by Protestant churches. Where they try and use the same model of the haunted houses to I guess “scare” people on the right path with God. Typically, with a guided narration in short vignettes of:


Abortion (hot button topic of 2022)

Alcohol and drudge use

Suicide

Premarital sex

Themed around the seven deadly sins


The hell house idea became more popular in the 1970s by Rev. Jerry Falwell. In 2000 a documentary was filmed named “Hell House.” (Not to be confused with the Zak Bagans documentary.


I got curious how hell houses are compared to haunted houses and, after watching a few videos on YouTube they are more amusing to me as an adult but, I could see how teens and younger could easily be influenced by these hell houses to accept Jesus into their lives. I am not trying to bash religion in any way shape or form but when you have to manipulate children in this manner it irritates the fuck out of me. If you yourself have become interested in what these hell houses depict get on YouTube and search for “hell houses” and quite a few will come up.


Today haunted houses are still evolving into a 300-million-dollar industry. Some are even located in world-famous locations like Eastern State Penitentiary. With professional actors (not taking away from volunteers at much smaller ones), Hollywood-level props, and effects. Some are even far as pushing the envelope of haunted houses with waiver-signed attractions where they are allowed to touch you.



Well, that's about it for us today as the clock is about to strike midnight. So, from us to you:

Happy Halloween and remember to creep it real.


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