Halloween Hayride

I’ve got your primal fears right here…

I’m not terribly keen on Halloween, which gets a little more meh for me each passing year, particularly with my kids grown and beyond all the mummery and high-fructose foolishness. I still enjoy tickling the ol’ primal fears a bit during falling-leaf season, when the air chills, the fog creeps in, and the wind whistles through the trees in the dark of night. The mood just seems right, somehow.

Then, around All Saints Day, I bash the ghoulies back under the bed with a baseball bat and return to the business of life.

Anyhow, the Ghost Train is towing a flatbed car full of hay and pumpkins through the Frederation tonight. Hug your date close, take a sip of fresh apple cider, and enjoy the scenery, if you dare.

Princess Deadpool Wins Halloween – I don’t know what’s scarier, the sheer chutzpah of a princess/Deadpool mashup, or the fact that a three-year-old knows who Deadpool is. Costume + Attitude = Awesomesauce.

The Best Scares in Life Are Free – 33 horror classics, all free. Read any of them. Read all of them. They’re free. I suggest “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W.W. Jacobs. Did I mention they’re all free?

dtg1Watch it With the Lights Off, You Coward!  My vote for the definitive creepy Halloween website goes to Ed Bain’s The Devil’s Tramping Ground, which uses Flash animation and a black-and-white palette to create a collection of clever interactive vignettes and ghost stories that will send a prickle up your spine. Start with “The Banshee,” which may be enough all by itself.

This Just in From Grover’s Mill – The complete script of the Mercury Radio Theater’s immortal production of War of the Worlds, featuring Orson Welles. For the full experience, here’s the audio, best listened to while bundled in a blanket beside a large window with a clear view of dark, starry skies.

se1Wouldn’t You Like to See Something Strange? Danny Elfman’s ghoulish ditty, “This is Halloween,” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, is kicked up a notch or three in this music video combining Marilyn Manson’s cover of the song with scenes from the anime Soul Eater, which is like Halloween all year long. It’s…intense. Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise…

Oh, Just One More Thing – Boo. And remember to check under your bed before you turn out the light. They’ll be glad you did.

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