October 30th, 2016
Over the years I have posted about my general disappointment with the direction the horror genre has taken in the western world. it’s gone from something genuinely scary to something generic and mass media, packaged for profit and not to be scary.
But this got me thinking about a beloved tradition of Halloween, the haunted house, and how they have suffered the same fate. It’s not just the big commercial ventures that have become neutered, even the small private houses, the ones that have survived at all, seem to have wimped out.
November 15th, 2014
Yeah, I know, Halloween is over but I was watching coverage of Transworld, the big Halloween and Haunt convention held every year in St. Louis, and frankly, I just wasn’t that impressed.
Yes, I know I’m hard to impress, but most of the props at Transworld are aimed at the professional haunt crowd and, I’ll be honest, often I have very little interest in a lot of “pro” haunts because they don’t look that much different than your typical backyard haunt, they’re just held in a commercial building instead of a garage. I want to see a lot better than that.
October 31st, 2013
There’s not a lot that goes on around here on Halloween, it’s become so sanitized that most people just don’t bother. Kids get to trick-or-treat down Main Street between 3-5pm, receiving safe pre-packaged and pre-inspected candy from shopkeepers who have been properly vetted by the police. Hardly anyone really goes door-to-door anymore and therefore, most people don’t really decorate for Halloween. There was a time when people really got into it and built Haunted Houses in their front yards with the goal of scaring the hell out of anyone who went through. Today, people have to have permits and insurance and can’t actually be too scary or they might get sued by overprotective parents. It used to be fun. Now it’s not.
October 29th, 2013
For any of us who have decorated much for Halloween, especially those who were really into it, I’m sure we all have our own personal favorite decoration that has withstood the test of time. Although I’ve built a lot of really cool things for Halloween over the years, from automated monsters to great makeups, my favorite has to be Evil Bear.
This is his story.