October 31, 2014 — “Eat, drink and be scary.” – Unknown
October 30, 2014 – Only one more day until ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches get to freely roam the streets. Not to mention slutty nurses, maids, cops, hamburgers, Chinese take out containers, and anything else marketers can conjure up with as little material as possible and call it a Halloween costume. The craziest costume I spotted this year – a slutty Ebola hazmat suit. At least the slut craze keeps up with the headline news.
Slutty dressing wasn’t the fad when I was in my teens and twenties, although it seems like it has been around forever, and that it gets worse every year. A Google search shows that the craze began with the Halloween parades in Greenwich Village in the 1970s, since many gay men enjoy dressing in flashy costumers. That doesn’t, however, explain why it took such a huge swing past flamboyant and turned young women walking the streets on Halloween into actual street walkers.
Halloween’s origin goes back to a pagan ritual celebrated by Celtics 2,000 years ago when they believed that the dead could walk among the living during the harvest season. That doesn’t sound very slutty, does it? The dead walking among the living evokes images of zombies, not hookers. Years later in Europe, it became a tradition to walk throughout the town and ask for sweet treats referred to as soul cakes in exchange for prayers. After that, it became an American tradition for kids in the early part of the 20th century, most likely because of our dense Irish population, to go door to door asking for treats. Neither of these events encourages scantily clad dressing, either.
Sure, advertising executives say sex sells, and many times in that world females are treated as sexual objects. Choosing to buy these costumes year after year only adds to the problem.
Even the media encourages it. A radio station Philadelphia (WMMR), is holding a contest tomorrow that encourages women to come to their studio dressed slutty. Yes, that’s right. They didn’t ask for sexy, they asked for slutty, which is why I have an issue with it. The sluttiest costume will win its owner $500. I suppose that’s the going rate these days, whether it’s for 15 minutes of fame, or 15 minutes in the back seat of a car. We are the society, after all, that romanticized the movie “Pretty Woman”, about a prostitute who falls for a wealthy man, and refers to it of the greatest love stories of all time.
Ladies, it’s time to ditch those crude costumes and opt for something else. You can still do sexy — although I don’t equate Halloween with sexy either — but leave the slutty at home.
October 24, 2014 – Halloween is only a week away, so there’s no better time to review a Ranker.com list of the greatest horror films ever made. Do you agree with #1? The greatest horror book for sure, but not greatest horror film.
That’s why I agree with this list from litreactor.com on the 10 scariest books ever written.
This is the perfect weekend to watch or read one of these classics, and get your fright on.
October 17, 2014 – In the humble words of Linus van Pelt, Halloween is when “The Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”
I can’t tell you if it is most sincere, but here is what registers as the most popular costumes, songs and treats for Halloween 2014.
Top 10 Most Popular Costumes for both kids and adults
All but #10 has to do with popular movies and television shows, which may not be surprising, but it sure is unimaginative.
10. Nicki Minaj (Really?)
9. Daryl Dixon (from “The Walking Dead”, a highly appropriate choice)
8. Katniss Everdeen (from “The Hunger Games” series)
7. Jon Snow (from “Game of Thrones”)
6. Orange is the New Black (any character, I suppose)
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
4. Elsa (from “Frozen”)
2. Star-Lord (from “Guardians of the Galaxy”)
1. Captain America
Top 10 Most Popular Halloween Songs
A handy list to have if you’re throwing a Halloween party.
10. “Dragula” – Rob Zombie
9. “A Nightmare on My Street” – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
8. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
7. “Runnin’ With the Devil” – Van Halen
6. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
5. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
4. “Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
3. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
2. “Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers (My personal favorite)
1. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
Top 10 Most Wanted Halloween Treats
I’ll be buying #2 and #3 to give my neighborhood ghouls and goblins.
10. Candy Corn (Yikes!)
9. Tootsie Rolls
8. Gummy Bears
2. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
1. Kit Kat
Top 10 Least Wanted Halloween Treats
I hated #4 and #1 as a kid.
10. Almond Joys/Mounds (Hey, I love them!)
9. Popcorn Balls
6. Tooth Brushes
4. Any Generic, No Name, Randomly Colored, Wrapped Candies
3. Plastic Spider Rings
2. Loose Candy Corn
Enjoy the Halloween season, and I mean that most sincerely!
If you live in the Philadelphia area – said to be one of the most haunted areas in the country – there are plenty of activities to give you a good fright. Whether you are looking for special effects-type of haunted activities, or yearn to visit places that are haunted by real ghosts, here are some of the best the region offers:
Terror Behind the Walls
A tour through Eastern State Penitentiary is frightening enough, but during the Halloween season when they put on the Terror Behind the Walls showcase, you’ll likely be scared as you’ve never been scared before. Located on Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia, Eastern State is an abandoned prison that has housed some of the worst criminals in history. There are claims that the penitentiary is actually haunted, and nearly 60 paranormal investigation teams visit the site each year and have found evidence of ghosts behind the walls. So, whether you run into the real deal, or an actor trying to shock you, you’re bound to have a freakishly haunting time. Terror behind the walls is open every day except Mondays through November 2.
The Bates Motel Haunted House
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” is arguably the scariest movie in his suspenseful collection. It introduced the world to Norman Bates and his beloved mother, who run the Bates Motel. Now you can experience Norman’s crazy world for yourself with a trip to The Bates Motel Haunted House. There are three exhibits on the site, located right outside Philadelphia in Glen Mills, giving you the option of a trilogy of terror. The Haunted Hayride, the Bates Motel, and the Haunted Corn Maze will thrill even the most sophisticated of Halloween enthusiasts. The exhibits are open daily through November 2.
Halloween at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Not only is historical Laurel Hill the hippest and most photographed cemetery in Philadelphia, it’s also home of the Gravediggers Ball, an annual event held each October, and the special attraction, Halloween at Lauren Hill Cemetery. Also known as the Soul Crawl, the program focuses on the rich history of Laurel Hill that dates back to the 1600s. Unlike other Halloween events, the Soul Crawl is scheduled for two evenings only, this Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, and will be followed by light refreshments aside blazing fire pits.
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
The year round Ghost Tours of Philadelphia’s historic regions near Independence Hall are super eerie during the Halloween season. The tour guides take you on a candlelit walk through historic cobblestone streets where you will learn fascinating tales of America’s most haunted city. Walking tours depart from 5th & Chestnut Streets and finish at 2nd & Walnut Streets. Year round, tours depart on Friday and Saturday nights; during the Halloween season, tours depart nightly.
Ghost Tour of New Hope
Follow a lantern lit walking tour through historic New Hope, Pa., situated in Bucks County, right outside of Philadelphia. The streets are quaint and picturesque, and may look calm to the naked eye. Yet these streets are filled with ghosts from the past. You’ll hear tales of the haunted hitchhiker, and see the historic Logan Inn where Aaron Burr and a Revolutionary War soldier have been known to haunt. During September and October, tours meet each Friday and Saturday night, including Halloween.
Halloween at the Mutter Museum
The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia’s own medical oddities showcase, is frightful enough on a normal day, but during Halloween, it goes to extremes. During the season, the museum features the scariest of movies and guest lecturers for a ghoulish good time. Come see cult thriller, “The Doctor and the Devils”, or take in a lecture on Tales from the Dark Side of Organ Transplantation, and discover the curious adventures of a real life crime scene investigator. Only the Mutter can serve up Halloween in such unique way.