Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

A post in honor of the holiday, here's some Halloween videos, images and other fun.

I've always loved the Halloween season. I always have grand plans to "really get into it" and deck out the house and myself in truly terrifying Halloween spirit. Each year something seems to get in the way. All in all, that's okay though…my kids are young enough that Halloween doesn't have to be grandiose. In fact, it's best (for at least the next few years) that we don't creep the house out too much since the kids are still quite sensitive to all things scary.

We've had some fun so far this year. We've got some decorations up...did some pumpkin carving...and been to our neighborhood Trunk-or-Treat. Lynette and I are (hopefully) hitting a Haunted Cornfield tonight. We've got some kids coming to the house Halloween day for a party and then we'll do some Trick-or-Treating that night. I'll hopefully get a post up next week with an overview and some photos.

In the meantime, I wanted to bring up a brief Halloween post with some moderate creepage and Halloween spirit.

First, here are a couple of recitations of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is fabulous fun for Halloween reading and I love both of these readings.

Even though he didn't share much explicit emotion or dramatization, James Earl Jones' voice is amazing and makes this straight reading stand out.

With Vincent Price, it's hard to expect a standard reading without emotion or dramatization. I love the way he expresses the eerie fear of this poem and it's fun to see the production value of the room, the door, the desk, and the raven itself.

I stumbled on this image this week and love the concept. For anybody who's seen zombie movies or other monster hunter style thrillers, you'll love this mashup. For the rest of you, hopefully you'll get and enjoy the concept.

For some other cool artwork, check out the flickr account of the artist Dr. Monster

Being not only a fan of Halloween, but also a huge Disney enthusiast, it didn't seem right to leave out the wonderful, the classic, the fantastic...Disney Haunted Mansion.

This video is lengthy (16 minutes), but it's a ton of fun and well worth watching. It includes a great introduction and then a full walk/ride through of the attraction. The video quality isn't perfect (hard to get good video in the darkness of the mansion, especially once you board the Doom Buggies). Speaking of Doom Buggies, be sure to head over to Doom Buggies dot com, my favorite fan site for Disney's Haunted Mansion. It's filled with tons of great stuff.

And finally, what better way to party through Halloween than with the joys of Oingo Boingo. I'll include a video for one of their most popular and familiar songs. There are many others that I love so much more, but this one is rather fitting for Halloween.

Enjoy your own Dead Man's Party. Happy Halloween.

Music Videos by VideoCure

Here's hoping everybody has a fun and happy Halloween.

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