Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
When the Halloween season begins, my mind is on all the cool decorations, movies, TV episodes, and music that comes with the holidays. But as we get closer to the big day, my mind turns to more practical things: trick or treating, kids getting excited for the candy they'll collect, adults enjoying the kids' enthusiasm, and the warm feeling the holiday fills in our hearts. That's what today's post is about.
Here are some real life Halloween home movies that evoke what I'm talking about. No fantastic monsters or ghosts here, just the innocence of children and their families enjoying the day. Really, this is the coolest part of Halloween.
Enjoy! See you tomorrow for the finale!
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Today I offer the Great Pumpkin soundtrack. Although this is an official release, the quality is not great, as the soundtrack contains some sound effects from the special, which is unusual for a TV soundtrack. Still, it's lovely music. Please especially enjoy "The Great Pumpkin Waltz," which is one of the most warm and soothing pieces of music I've ever heard. Perfect for fall, perfect for anytime.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Today I have an especially fun treat. Today I present an episode of the classic radio drama Suspense.
Suspense was a top-notch radio drama with A-list writers and actors that ran on CBS radio from 1940 to 1962. Most episodes featured stories of crime and danger, with the occasional dive into the fantastic. This is one of those episodes.
"Ghost Hunt" features Ralph Edwards, most famous for being the host of This Is Your Life, as a disc jockey who enters a supposed haunted house as a stunt for his radio show. He of course doesn't believe in such things so he enters the house willingly with an expert in the paranormal.
Let's just say the jock shouldn't be so skeptical.
I loved this episode when I first heard it years ago, and I hope you enjoy it too. Thanks!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
It's Friday, which means a long form program, and this week, we are paid a visit from our old friend Vincent Price.
An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe features Price acting as Poe reading four of his classic tales: "The Tell-tale Heart," "The Sphinx," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Pit and the Pendulum." Price performs in front of a live audience, which gives the program a theater-like feel. A great way to spend an October weekend.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
The start of the second full week of the Countdown to Halloween brings you a Halloween episode of the classic 1980s Saturday morning cartoon The Smurfs.
In "All Hallowseve," according to the official Smurfs YouTube page, "While out on a mischief-making mission to destroy the Smurfs Happy Halloween Party, Gargamel and Hogatha catch Lazy, who has accidentally been turned red by Mother Nature. Papa and the Smurfs help Lazy escape while Mother Nature has Father Time turn Lazy’s red into blue just in time for the Halloween party."
Friday, October 9, 2020
In this special, Dr. Frankenstein invites all of the famous monsters to the wedding of his monster and newly created bride, but the doc's assistant Igor is jealous and attempts to stop the proceedings. Hilarity ensues.
Although I've seen the stop-motion animated Rankin Bass theatrical movie Mad Monster Party before, this is the first time I've seen this. Let's check it out together.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
Friday, October 2, 2020
Sure, why not?
Thursday, October 1, 2020
WELCOME, MERE MORTALS, TO THE 2020 COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEEEEEEN!!!!
And oh what a Countdown it's going to be! There'll be thrills, chills, spills, and other things that rhyme with ills! There'll be cartoons, movies, commercials, songs, and spirits of every kind. There'll be things you won't forget, things you CAN'T forget, things you'll WISH you'd forget! And most of all, there will be FUN!
Soak it all in, Halloween lovers. Savor every day, every minute, every treat this month has to offer, because in the bat of an eye, it'll be gone.
Special thanks as always to the curators of this multi-blog event, and this year we have new blood in the mix! Welcome to Michelle, aka Naila Moon, and Michael May, both longtime Countdown participants who are now helming this great event. Thanks to them for all of their hard work this year! Also thanks to John Rozum, the previous Countdown master, for his great work these past years. Be sure to check out all the great blogs here and leave comments letting my fellow bloggers know how awesome they are!
Once, again, welcome one and all, to the 2020 Countdown to Halloween!
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