Halloween is a magical time, with roots in many traditions and beliefs. Beyond costumes and candy, Halloween is also connected to the celebration of All Soul's Day, a time to remember departed loved ones. All Souls Day, November 1, was a holy day during which people prayed for the souls of their departed loved ones.... Continue Reading →
Do you dare to come nose to nose with The Bunny Man?
The quaint and prosperous suburban hamlet of Clifton, Virginia, nestled in Fairfax County, seems an unlikely locale for reputed incidents of UNSPEAKABLE HORROR!!! Ah, but it is. And they are downright proud of their spooky notoriety. Why, you cannot throw a rock in Clifton without hitting a Bunny Man t-shirt for sale. (On the other... Continue Reading →
Crushing on Dracula – why we adore vampires
It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out -- and come back for more. -- Bela Lugosi, star of Dracula (1931) In 1979, a new film rendition of Dracula was released in theaters on Friday the 13th and I begged my... Continue Reading →
The History of Halloween (video)
In this 3-1/2 minute video, the History Channel explores Halloween's ancient origins and how they took their modern form in the United States. I love all the vintage images and footage in this video!
Iconic horror movies from the Reagan years…and what they meant
I want to share some horror movies from the 80s -- because they're awesome! But also because they demonstrate what life was like for "Generation X" in the 1980s and provide truly important clues about our society then and now. During this decade, neo-conservative legislative policies, consumerism, deregulation, the changing role of women and families... Continue Reading →
Halloween origins – Disney video (1984)
With the help of Goofy, learn about the origins of this fun-filled holiday. A discussion on superstitions and traditions are also covered. Features the pumpkin host from "Disney's Halloween Treat," and many of the cartoon clips featured in that production. Enjoy!
New USPS #HalloweenStamps are available today!
Today, the Postal Service will issue four Forever stamps, just in time for Halloween, and they are beauts! They will be officially dedicated at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford, New Hampshire at 5 pm. The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with Halloween motifs rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. The images... Continue Reading →
The October moon is full tonight!
Arroooo! I hope you saw the full moon on September 22nd and 23rd. It was a full harvest moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is considered the harvest moon) and it also marked the first day of autumn. However, October is usually no slouch when it comes to spectacular full moons. In... Continue Reading →