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Spooky venues:  L.A. Haunted Hayride, SoCal’s #1 Halloween attraction

Chilly greetings, spookyfriends!  It’s mid-April, and except for a mild Passover/Easter weekend, you couldn’t tell it was spring in some places for much of the month.  The northern U.S. experienced more of the Polar Vortex early this year as Mother Nature dumped a bunch of snow on the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic over the last 3-1/2 […]

Spooky investigations at Joliet’s Rialto Square Theatre

Hey, spookypals:  don’t miss this one!  Our fave Chicago blog, The Curious Traveler’s Guide to Route 66 in Metro Chicago aka CuriousTraveler66.com, just posted about a paranormal tour at the restored downtown Joliet, IL movie palace and performing arts theater, the Rialto Square Theatre on Chicago Street.  It seems that there was a paranormal investigation […]

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Spooky venues: L.A.’s haunted Griffith Park

Hello again, spookyfriends!  Warming up to that shift in the Polar Vortex yet?  Naaah, we didn’t think so.  Stick with the hot beverages and down booties, etc.; this won’t be over for a while yet. We thought we’d give you a better reason for the shivers, one that might keep you warmer: a column about […]

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Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Valse Triste, by Jean Sibelius

Greetings, spookyfriends; are you surviving the polar vortex?  It’s going to be very cold again tonight in Chicago (less so in L.A.; be relieved, Michael), the kind of night when you want mulled wine and sad music while watching the flames dance in the fireplace.  Makes you wonder what sad, lonely spirits would dance to […]

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Spooky holidays:  Solstice tales – The Werewolves of Anne Rice

Holiday greetings, dear spookyfans!  Are you enjoying the Grim(m) Season so far?  Yes, the days keep growing shorter, which leaves us in the northern hemisphere with longer evenings for things to go bump in the night. As you may know, there are certain astronomical events during the year that held special significance for the ancients […]

Spooky bio:  Edward Gorey, author, Chicagoan, and artist of the gaily macabre

Do you know Edward St. John Gorey?  If you watch public television, we bet you do.  Gorey (1925–2000) is perhaps best known today for the wittily strange pen and ink drawings that comprise the opening animated credits of the PBS television series Mystery! (now renamed Masterpiece Mystery).  His sketches were created specifically for the series, then animated by […]

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Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Allen Toussaint, strolling with skeletons

Greetings, spookyfans!  Are you staying warm out there tonight?  It’s tooth-chattering out here in the Midwest, and we didn’t even get Buffalo’s snow!  (Buffalo has our deepest sympathies … for its snow-day off.  Wait, what are we saying?!  Never mind).  Out here in Chicago, we’re just thrilled not to be shoveling. Now I don’t know […]

Spooky folk figures:  Tales of the Golem

Now that we’re past Allhallowtide, perhaps it’s time during The Dead Season to take a look at frightful creatures from non-Christian traditions.  Given that Hannukkah will be coming up before Christmas, the Jewish story of the golem comes to mind.  A golem is a mythical being from Jewish folk culture, but it really made an […]

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Spooky TV:  Gotham, s01, ep06 – It’s All About The Goat

Greetings, spookyfriends!  Two weeks ago Sunday was November 2, the Day of the Dead, which may prompt visions of dancing skeletons dressed in their over-the-top best and sugar skulls for a gruesome treat.  If you’re of Hispanic extraction (Mexican, mostly), you probably would have been picnicking in the cemetery and remembering your lost loved ones, […]

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Music for the Grim(m) Season  – Dancing on graves

Welcome, spookyfriends!  Since this week began on Monday with the Day of the Dead, we thought this week’s music should relate to the dead.  Not the honored saints of last Sunday (All Saints’ Day), but the rest of the dead whom we remember on All Souls’ Day, November 2.  You know, that day when people […]