Sunday, October 22, 2006

Halloween: Kick off to the Holiday Season!

It's the last week of October, Halloween is just around the corner, and I've been watching horror movies for 23 days straight. Well, one or two nights I missed due to other commitments, a little thing I like to call life, but those missed nights were always made up for with double features the following night. So, per my annual ritual, by the time the big day gets here, I will have absorbed 31 monster movies of one kind or another. Thats roughly 60 hours of horror viewing and that doesn't even count the Halloween specials I'll sit through like Haunted History of Halloween on the History Channel; Or "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown", or, and I'm a lil' ashamed to admit it, the "Halloweentown" series on Disney!!! Sheeeeesh, needless to say, I am well saturated in Halloween vibes by the actual night of Tricks or Treats. Now, most of my nieghbors and friends (read that "all of my neighbors and friends") don't share my particular zeal for the spooky day. However, what we all have in common is the realization that Halloween is the kick off point for the whole holiday season and things really start flyin' the moment you pack up that last skeleton, or graveyard decoration. Every year I'm amazed by this swift passage of time, the days just seem to be half as long, the weeks are swallowed up by errands, shopping, planning, partying or just plain pooping out by the time its all said and done. Crazy? Yeah, sure, but its the kind of crazy you look forward to. So, with these things in mind, let me guide you to a couple of places that may help you enjoy these next few months just a bit more. First, over to the right you'll see a link for my Column Archives. Check it out and you'll find a couple of columns I did devoted to Halloween and Christmas movie viewing. Although there are some updates and additions needed (feel free to offer you 2 bits) they are pretty solid lists of dependable holiday fare. Or, just click here: As far as catching up for Halloween, you may not match me but you can make some pretty good leaps by checking out AMC's Annual Monsterfest. This non-stop barrage of classic, cult and current horror films kicks off Sunday, October 22 at 11:30 am EST with a classic; Vincent Price in "The Fly". Over on ABC's Family Channel you can find the 13 Nights of Halloween, where they showcase some fairly mild but still spooky films at 8:00 pm EST each evening. If you dig anthology countdown type stuff (I'm kind of a nut for these shows) Bravo has a repeat of last years "100 Scariest Movie Moments" and this year updates the list with "Even Scarier Movie Moments" where they add 30 more films to their list of horror hits. Of course the aforementioned "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will be having it's 40th Anniversary at 8:00 pm EST on ABC on Friday, Oct. 27th. For more kiddie scares Nickleodeon is having its Shriekin' Weekend starting Friday Oct. 27 at 7:00 pm EST and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 29th, where they show Halloween episodes of all the Nick cartoon favorites. Lastly, if you have nothing to live for, you can gouge out your own eyes are perform the television viewing equivilent by suffering through Halloween on Ice, which will feature all your favorite (do you actually have favorites?!?) ice skaters. Now, thats scary!!!!