I’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion dozens of times. But one time I rode it was different from any other. I vaguely remember that one of the very first times I rode Haunted Mansion, there was someone in costume that jumped out at you.
Turns out my memory is correct. In the 1980s, Disneyland had a cast member dressed up a knight in armor. They were part of the ride and would jump out at guests.
All images courtesy of DoomBuggies.Com
The wonderful Haunted Mansion site DoomBuggies has an interview with one of the cast members who played the knight.
With only ten days away until Halloween – it’s a good time to start looking at costume kits. Now you can certainly head to your local mall and pick up a zombie mask or some such. Likewise you could really stand out this year and take a look at Travis Falligant’s Halloween Costume Starter Kits!
They are NOT coming soon anymore – they are here!
Don’t you share a lot of Falligant’s artwork?
Yes, I most certainly do. Whether it be “lost” Scooby-Doo episodes or a mash-up between The Breakfast Club and The NeverEnding Story. Travis Falligant is a very talented artist and in addition he is one heck of a nice guy. In fact if you visit the Saturday Frights Facebook Page you will see how much art he has graciously shared.
Okay. Question answered. What about these Halloween Costume Starter Kits?
I was getting to that. Travis also has a wonderful taste in movies. Cult movies that is to say. Given that the three Costume Starter Kits he is offering for example have been inspired by the likes of Blacula, Frankenhooker, and the Howling II!
I will start off with my favorite – the “Blood Sucka”!
All images courtesy of Travis Falligant.
Each of the three Costume Starter Kits cost a mere $18 and come with:
1 High quality mask printed and pressed on E-Flute Cardboard and matte laminated. Ready to wear!
1 T-Shirt Transfer Kit complete with tee design, iron-on instructions, and transfer paper.
2 Laminate stickers featuring the artwork of the character you have chosen.
Candy Starter kit to get your Trick or Treat game begun!
You can order the Halloween Costume Starter Kits right this second over at Travis’Etsy Store. Furthermore you can order all three so you can truly fit in with any creature of the night!
Halloween make-up kits were rarely used in my youth. While they might have been safer – at least in terms of no costume to get tangled up in. They couldn’t compare to the majesty of dressing up as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers.
I might also add that the lure to play the hero was incredibly strong during Halloween. How could a kid resist donning the garb of Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Batman?
At the same time there was definitely one year at least where Halloween make-up kits reigned supreme. These were the very same make-up kits that PAAS was advertising on television in 1984. I was twelve and found myself attending church related “Fall” events. After all we were not supposed to be celebrating Halloween, right?
Of course that didn’t stop a parade of Werewolves…
And even restless spirits traipsing up and down the halls filling our sacks with delicious loot.
Now is just so happened to be that I was invited to three different celebrations that year. Two at churches and one at school. None of them being held on Halloween itself of course. The PAAS Halloween make-up kits were available at our local grocery store and quite cheap. In the light of this discovery I was able to wear three of the four kits in this 1984 commercial!
The Horror Hall of Fame was a 1974 TV special, hosted by Vincent Price. A show that originally aired on February 20 on the ABC Network. It was a mixture of a talk show with comedy skits and in addition clips from classic horror films. I think you will agree though the greatest moments are the interviews that Price conducts.
The list of guest stars for this special include Frank Gorshin. While probably best known for his role as the Riddler on the ’66 Batman – Gorshin was a quite capable impressionist. Something that you will see in great effect as he pulls off a wonderful Boris Karloff.
John Carradine. This segment is probably my favorite. It is very informative for one thing, with Carradine revealing he was up for the role in 1931’s Frankenstein. As a matter of fact I wish they had included more discussions between Vincent and John. As these two friends discussing their own roles together with those actors who are being honored on the show is captivating.
Other guests on the special include John Astin, Candy Clark, William Tuttle, and Raymond McNally. Co-starring in the program is Billy Van who plays a hunchbacked assistant to Price. Van might be known best for his roles in the The Hilarious House of Frightenstein from 1971. A Canadian children’s series that Price appeared in too!
Why didn’t they make more Horror Hall of Fame specials?
There were other specials but not connected that I can tell. For three years beginning in 1990 until 1992 – Robert Englund hosted an awards show with the same name. One that celebrated the best horror films, actors, special effects, and TV series. It is a totally different beast though with actual awards being presented.
With the 1974 Horror Hall of Fame it was less formal. I will admit that some of the comedy doesn’t quite work but overall it has charm and in spades. I feel that with Halloween being only eleven days away it is definitely worthy of your viewing time!
There is no finer example of irony when you go out to the garage to pull out your Halloween decorations, and you’re too afraid to bring them in the house because they’re covered in spiderwebs. Being arachnophobic, I’m not bothered by the webs; it’s what could possibly lurk in those poorly-sealed boxes that worries me. So…..it looks like Halloween is gonna be served on the lighter side this year. Thankfully, I don’t always have to dig through boxes to create a spooky atmosphere. I took the liberty of uploading all those old Halloween-themed records and cassettes to my computer years ago, and have amassed a pretty impressive collection of sound effects, songs, stories and even old radio dramas.
One stands out above the rest and remains a perennial favorite though; the Horror Sounds of the Night by Topstone Industries.
I remember my dad buying this for me at a local costume shop back in 1986. The store was called Bonnie’s and was the kinda place that was open all year-round, but when October hit, it was THE place to shop for Halloween. It went from being a quiet little craft store to being as packed as a NY subway on a Monday morning! Everything could be found in there! It was usually where my parents went to get my costume, or costume accessories. It was also a great place for cheap decorations and toys. Since I already had my fair share of rubber skeletons, bats and Beistle die-cut outs, I found myself looking for something different to add to my collection. That’s when I found this cassette tape hanging off the rack. It instantly grabbed my attention because at the time, I didn’t have anything like it. Also, it was only $2, so there was no haggling with my dad to get it! As a Halloween-obsessed 10-year old, this cassette was a favorite from the moment I brought it home. It has been the soundtrack every October, 30 years running. I would play this in my room with all the lights out, a Jack-O-Lantern lit up and a green glow stick nearby. Even now, it provides an excellent ambiance for making Halloween crafts, sorting candy, decorating, etc. On Halloween, before we went out trick-or-treating, my parents would let me push the stereo speakers up to the front windows and turn up the volume. (Back then, stereo speakers were so big, they actually could fill up a living room window!)
Nowadays, sound effect CDs are a dime a dozen, but none have ever had the same effect on me. That’s mostly nostalgia talking, but I truly have listened to dozens of these things over the years. Even after discovering recently that a lot of these sounds were “borrowed” from older LPs (60s and 70s era stuff that was probably all public domain by then) I still believe this is the best compilation. I’ve always found this particular recording to be genuinely spooky, fun and not ruined with cheesy narration or pop songs vaguely related to Halloween. (Which is what was more common throughout the late 80s and 90s.) Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE songs like Monster Mash, Ghostbusters and Thriller, but those are songs you play at Halloween parties/dances, NOT what should be included on CDs that are clearly advertised as “Spooky/Scary Sounds”!
Although, as much as I love this tape, it’s not perfect. Right around the 6 minute mark, you start hearing a woman screaming. Not unusual for a Halloween recording, but it goes on for over a minute and a half, which is a long time if you’re blaring this out of a living room window. It’s not only genuinely unpleasant to the ears, but it quickly starts to blur the lines of reality and fiction. Shortly after the incessant screaming stops, a man’s moaning begins. It’s obviously supposed to be a ghost, but it gets a little too…ummm….adult-themed in nature. As if this particular ghost is having WAY more pleasure scaring people than he really should be. Sure, I get it….we all have fetishes, in life and in death (I assume), too….but let’s just try to keep that to their own category of sounds effect tapes. (Maybe sell them behind beaded curtains in dimly-lit shops on the other side of the tracks….?) Honestly, I just hated always having to rush to the tape player to turn down the volume when these parts came on.
Now, thanks to the beauty of modern technology, I was finally able to edit those unpleasant parts out. I’ve uploaded both the original AND edited versions to Youtube. The first link here is the original recording. The second is the shorter, edited version. (Each one has a link to the other, as well.) Both are in high-quality, LOUD, audio presentation for your listening pleasure. I also took the liberty of adding some carefully-selected, spooky images to the edited version. Now turn off the lights, crack that glow stick, light up a Jack-O-Lantern, sit back and enjoy.
[Via] Anthony Foust