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A Hallowe’en Message from Dr. Demento

Howdy, ghouls and boys! And a special spooky, scary, creepy Helloooo to all my scarily dwindling audience of listeners! As an outdated radio personality whom nobody really pays any attention anymore, except for maybe “Weird Al” Yankovic and “Grampa” Al…

Elizabeth Smart: The Christopher Monks Interview

by Christopher Monks.

MONKS: Hi, Elizabeth. SMART: Hi. MONKS: How are you doing? SMART: I’m good. MONKS: You mean ‘well.’ SMART: What? MONKS: It’s ‘I’m well,’ not ‘I’m good.’ That’s the correct way to say it. SMART: Oh, right. Sorry. MONKS: No biggie….

Lessons Learned from HBO

by Ray Stillman

Don’t cross the streams. There’s no crying in baseball. You do not talk about fight club. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Never tell anybody outside the family what you’re thinking. Never get…

Polish Fact

National Anthem
Mazurek Dąbrowskiego, written by Józef Wybicki in 1797.

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Der Tog nokh der Morgn.
The Day after Tomorrow.

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Friday, October 31, 2003   |    Calendrical Happenings

The Bone-Chilling, Spine-Tingling, Hair-Raising, Bloodcurdling Hallowe’en House of Horror

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!In which Y.P.R. scares the bejesus out of you.

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!Vampires, werewolves, mummies, monsters, zombies, witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, gremlins, skeletons, demons, devils, headless horsemen, hunchbacks, devils, imps, sprites, sea creatures, ogres, trolls, grim reapers, gargoyles, jack-o’-lanterns, mutants, mad scientists, hunchbacks, poltergeists, wraiths, phantasms, hellhounds, incubi, succubi, black cats, bats, little green men, and things that go bump in the night.

Hallowe’en is a time that reconfirms the social bond of a neighborhood (particularly the bond between strangers of different generations) by a ritual act of trade. Children go to lengths to dress up and overcome their fear of strangers in exchange for candy. And adults buy the candy and overcome their distrust of strange children in exchange for the pleasure of seeing their wild outfits and vicariously reliving their own adventures as children.

The painfully introspective Angela Chase of TV’s “My So-Called Life” once mused, “When I was little I, like, worshipped Hallowe’en. And truthfully, part of me still does. ‘Cause it’s your one chance all year to be someone else.” Although the lack of self-esteem in that statement is somewhat charming, Y.P.R. is prepared to agree with the overriding sentiment: Hallowe’en is fun. Also, we love Claire Danes.

What any of those disconnected blurts have to do with the following collection is spooky and scary indeed. Enjoy.

Gotham: Four Very Short, Spooky Plays about Monsters at Large in the City

Hallmark Holiday

It’s the Great Pumpkin-Patch Farmer, Charlie Brown!

What Are We Giving Trick-or-Treaters at Our Doorstep?

A Trick-or-Treat Guide to the Houses on My Block

A Hallowe’en Message from Dr. Demento