Tag: Halloween

Unhinged: A haunted theatre experience

Unhinged: A haunted theatre experience
A haunted theatre event is happening just in time for Halloween, and I’m proud to say it includes a piece based on one of my Halloween short stories. Unhinged is an immersive entertainment experience presented by Cup-A-Jo Productions in partnership with the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival. The Unhinged team combines the talents of conventional theatre artists and experienced haunt... Read more »

How I became a real vampire

How I became a real vampire
The first person I told I was a vampire was my mom. I was seven and had just watched one of those old black and white Dracula movies on TV. I got one of my mom’s black skirts from her closet and tied it around my neck like a cape. “I am a vampire!” I declared... Read more »

The Exorcist, Axe Murder Hollow, and bad choices

The Exorcist, Axe Murder Hollow, and bad choices
A guest post by Dawn Patton In high school, I worked part-time at a local business called Home Video Exchange, a place that rented out movies on VCR tapes. It was the precursor to Blockbuster. (Anyone remember Blockbuster? Yea, verily, the long ago days before streaming everything.) Every now and again, I’d choose something to... Read more »
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The otherworldly magic of Halloween – my heart's delight!

A guest post by Colleen Sall The paper is thick, slightly warped, and as it opens, a vague musty smell permeates the air. It is a Halloween scent. The peaks of the roof appear, then close up again, unsteadily as small hands work at opening the shape, and at last, the bottom is flat on... Read more »

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!
It’s almost that time again! It’s almost October, which means it’s time for pumpkins, costumes, trick-or-treat candy, spooky stories, and Listing Toward Halloween! Yes, for the fifth year I will be transforming this blog into a virtual Halloween party. A bunch of friends have provided spooky and Halloween-themed personal stories, costume ideas, short fiction, and poems.... Read more »

Halloween isn't over yet

Halloween isn't over yet
Happy Halloween, although I realize that at this point many of you have already been to your Halloween parties and pumpkin patches. Perhaps you took your kids to a well-regulated, daylight-hours “trunk-or-treat” or “trick-or-treat at local businesses” event. You’ve already carved pumpkins, been to haunted houses, and watched your fill of scary movies. You are... Read more »
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The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic

The Sugar Prism: Halloween as a diabetic
A guest post by Adam Irving You’d think being diabetic would make Halloween a problematic yearly ritual. And for many years, that’s the way it was. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Halloween night when I was six. Yes, yes, the irony has never been lost on me. That was the end of... Read more »

My mom was a zombie

A guest post by Curt Connolly One of my favorite Halloween memories isn’t really Halloween specific, but It’s close enough in theme and timing, that I hope you can let it slide. My mother is definitely the type of person who needs to be doing things all the time, be it at work or home.... Read more »

The scariest Halloween maze in the world

The scariest Halloween maze in the world
“No adult without a child. No child without an adult.” That’s what was printed across the top of the orange flier. My son shoved the paper into my hands with the enthusiasm of someone redeeming a winning lottery ticket. “See, mom. Kids aren’t just allowed. They are required! Come on. Let’s go! Please!” Having a son who... Read more »
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The Halloween costume my mother wanted me to wear

A guest post by Jack Bonawitz My mother wanted a hero: one of her brothers had been a star athlete in small town Montana, and she believed that the genes which had propelled him to greatness would, when combined with my father’s eastern European genes, create another hero, another star. Her observations of my father... Read more »