Things We Like: Monkey Goggles Halloween Klassics!
In honor of what may very well be our second-favorite holiday ever, the undead editors of this publication present these kreepy Halloween klassics from the Monkey Goggles vaults! Mu ha ha! No, seriously, MU HA HA!
From October 29, 2009: “I’m going to assume that you’ve already got the Halloween basics covered – that you’ve already got Oingo Boingo’s ‘Dead Man’s Party,’ ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ ‘I Put a Spell on You,’ Bauhaus’ ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead,’ ‘Alice Cooper’s ‘Welcome to My Nightmare,’ Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ et al. quietly nestled in your dedicated All Hallows Eve iTunes folder like a chorus line of vampire bats. I have those songs, too – but I’ve surrounded them with these twenty ghoulish gassers.” Read the rest here!
From October 30, 2009: “My father dresses me as Kaiser Wilhelm II, last monarch of the Second Reich. I have little say in this, as I am three at the time. This is an early example of Chekhov’s famous dictum, ‘If a German helmet from the First World War (you know, the one with the spike on top) is sitting in the basement in the first act, then it must inspire a Halloween costume by the third act.’ There’s a picture, of course: a chubby Kewpie doll with painted-on mustache, struggling to keep his head upright under the weight of a war souvenir.” Read the rest here!
From November 5, 2009: “Halloween is really only a beginning. Samhain, as it’s otherwise known, marks summer’s end — a day which ushers in the ‘dark half’ of the year. We must recall that Western horror is rooted mainly in the culture (however bastardized by modern pop-culture through the years) of northern and eastern Europe, where winter falls especially hard. The days are short, chill, and gloomy. The nights are longer, darker, colder. And mysterious footprints appear in enchanting blankets of snow.” Read the rest here!
From September 9, 2010: “Halloween candy is appearing in the grocery stores and nearly every magazine has a pumpkin, a witch, or a sexy redhead on the cover. (The best have all three.) For some, these signs mean the end of summer, but for me, it means the beginning of Flannel Pajama TV Season. This is a time when it’s perfectly okay to veg in front of the boob tube with snacks in one hand and hot cocoa in the other, and to embrace the waning sunlight in the most appropriate way: by watching spooky TV shows.” Read the rest here!
From October 28, 2009: “For most people coming up with a single costume for Halloween is stressful, but imagine coming up with a whole week’s worth. That’s the challenge of working at the Archie McPhee store in Seattle. Every year, during the the week leading up to Halloween, the staff dresses up in a different outfit every single day … At first, the employees just dressed up on the day itself. Some employees were disappointed because they weren’t scheduled on that day, so it grew to include the day before. Eventually, it became an entire week and everyone was happy.” Read the rest here!