LaCreeperie YouTube Channel New Playlist: Halloween Hootenanny



Well trick-or-treaters, I have been wracking my brains to come up with a suitable post for the upcoming festivities, and I tell ya it has been hard. Really hard. Because we're a savvy bunch, and there isn't much that escapes us in the way of all-things-Halloween...

So I figured the thing to do was to compile a bunch of Halloween themed videos, music and such that I enjoy every year, and share them with you on my YouTubeChannel in a dedicated playlist called Halloween Hootenanny.

The playlist features SNL skits, some of my favorite Halloween music, TV shows from my childhood, film clips and anything else I could think of to give you an evening's worth of entertainment celebrating our favorite holiday.

So grab yer treats, cozy up and let 'er rip. Hopefully the above window will play the list in its entirety, but if you have trouble, you can always go to my YouTubeChannel and check out all the things I have curated there for you. Incidentally, I am constantly adding titles and playlists to the channel, so hit that subscribe button if you wanna stay updated. I hope you enjoy, and of course, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Triple Movie Mini-Reviews #6 - Halloween Edition: The Frighteners / Lightning Bug / Lady In White

Just passed the middle of our beloved month of October, with Halloween quickly approaching. Of course this installment of mini-reviews must be Halloween related, but not in the way you might think. If you've followed me or read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I like to do things differently, away from the masses. And so it is with this batch of films, which I might add, are not specifically about Halloween, but have the elements within them. Read on...

 THE FRIGHTENERS - 1996

Believe it or not, I had never seen this all the way through before now, and if you don't get a Halloween vibe from it, well I can't help you. I love that this is a Peter Jackson film. I love that the role was written for Michael J. Fox with no one else in mind. And I think it's a bittersweet farewell to his leading man film roles.

This film is just fun, and what a delightful surprise to see Dee Wallace, whose character is a fantastic change from her previous "cool Mom" roles. Lots of other cameos and friendly faces here, set in a deliciously Tim Burton-esque landscape. Don't be like me and wait 20 years to enjoy it!

FUN FACT: Danny Elfman loved Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures so much, he agreed to do the soundtrack for The Frighteners without previously viewing any footage, or even knowing what it was about. And of course, it's excellent.

                                                           
LIGHTNING BUG - 2004

Ok this movie appealed to me for so many reasons. First off, it's based on a true story about a kid who makes monster masks and creatures, which my hubby does, so already I was intrigued. I enjoyed this film so much, I watched it twice in as many days.

Featuring a breakout performance by Ashley Laurence of Hellraiser fame, she is heartbreaking real and raw as the broken down mother. And while Halloween does feature prominently in the film, we are reminded that monsters are real and they most often come in human form.

I found this gem while mindlessly scrolling through one of the streaming services, and it was the movie description that made me hit the play button. Having never heard of it before, it would have been a shame to have missed out on this one completely. And it makes me wonder how many other gems are out there waiting to be unearthed.

 LADY IN WHITE - 1988

My love for this film runs deep deep deep. There are precious few movies that have this much heart, and execute it without overdoing it and turning it into some twee mushfest. Likely, you have seen it and know what I'm talking about, but just on the off-chance it has escaped your viewing list AMEND THAT IMMEDIATELY.

I mean the darn thing begins on Halloween day! And, it captures the exact feeling and atmosphere of Halloween in grade school "back in my day" when we were not only allowed but encouraged to wear a costume, bring a pumpkin and/or treats for the class, and enjoy a fun-filled day of spooky stories, craft-making, many treats and at the end of it all, a Halloween--that's HALLOWEEN--not Harvest, Autumn, or Fall--Carnival in the gym after school. Sigh, those were the days...

Do not miss this delightful ghost story, oh and it's family friendly too!

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Ok kids, time to round up yer treat buckets and put the finishing touches on those costumes. I hope you've enjoyed this Halloween edition of Triple Movie Mini-Reviews, and will join me next week for a final (yeah, right) Halloween-entric post...whatever will it be about? Stay tuned!

Tales from the Darkside - Halloween Episodes


I was going to make this another installment of the Triple Movie Mini-Reviews, and I may still do that later this month featuring Halloween movies. But in my efforts to keep all posts Halloween related this month, I thought I'd get more specific, and just a little bit different...

Hence came the idea to feature a favorite show as nostalgic as big hair of the 80's, Tales From The Darkside - The Halloween Episodes. To my knowledge, there are three Halloween-centric episodes, and each is excellent and completely different from one another. Let's dig in, shall we?

 Season 1 - Episode 1: Trick Or Treat
 Frankly, it never really does get better than this. Beginning the series with an episode as good as this one, is extremely difficult to live up to. George really knocked it outta the park here, and you simply couldn't ask for a more Halloween atmosphere. Begin with this one, or save it til the end (yeah, right), it truly is the best of the bunch.

Season 2 Episode 5: Halloween Candy
This episode is special because Tom Savini not only had his hands in creating the creatures for it, but he directed this one as well. Creepy undertones abound here, and you know something is coming, but you're not quite sure until the first creature appears. This would not be the last episode Tom Savini directed, be sure to check out Inside The Closet (Season 1 - Episode 8) as well, his hands are definitely in the candy bowl there too.

Season 4 - Episode 14: The Cutty Black Sow
Now I don't know that anyone would consider tales from the Darkside really scary, but this episode is the only one of the entire four seasons to actually creep me out--for real. Maybe it's because it's one of the few that has an ending that is...well not quite as favorable as one would hope. But I LOVE it because for that reason, and because it is a genuinely scary premise, and full of Halloween trickery. Not to be missed!

HONORABLE MENTION: Another favorite episode of mine is In The Cards (from Season 1 - Episode 13) it's not Halloween related, but deals (ha) with Tarot Cards. Turn down the lights, snuggle up on the couch with your favorite treats, and have yourself a Tales From The Darkside Halloween fest! I'll be back next week with more Halloween goodies for you. Stay tuned!

Internet Radio Deadair.co - The Sound of Halloween 24/7 365

My goal this month is to feature posts that are all Halloween related for the whole of October. Kicking off this month's festivities is something I think you'll really dig, and is most appropriate to get you into the Halloween spirit.

Feast your eyes (and ears!) on DeadAir.co - The Sound of Halloween an internet radio site which features spooky cool music, film clips, radio spots and even TV commercials celebrating our beloved holiday ALL YEAR LONG.

For someone who always plays music, podcasts or movies while working, I could not ask for a better addition to my collection of favorites to play. You will literally hear a little bit of everything on this site, from silly, old-timey songs to classic bits and newer music in remixes from pop to hard rock. It is truly a ton of fun, and I really hope you'll check it out.

The site plays perfectly on desktop and mobile, and there's even running titles, so you'll always know what's playing or has just been played. It even has a Halloween day countdown!

Consider contributing to this fantastic cause, the site is run solely from listener donations. Anything that is ad -free in this day and age deserves enthusiastic support. I would imagine that even the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte would go a long way to help.

My thanks go to Miranda from the SpookyLittleHalloween Blog for the heads up on DeadAir.co, I felt it was my duty to pass along the info to you, my dear readers. Enjoy!