Spooky drinking and dining:  a Tiki Bar from the Twilight Zone!

Imagine:  could there possibly be a Tiki bar (of all things) with spooky overtones?  YES!  There is!  And it’s in Chicago!  Three Dots and a Dash, a Tiki bar with skulls lined up all around the room, and to-die-for killer tropical drinks with headbanger names.  When I read about it, I almost died laughing.  Alfred […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season: John Williams’s Harry Potter chorus

As those of you who regularly follow this blog may have noticed, SpookyThings online is really a blog for adults.  That doesn’t mean it’s x-rated or anything like that, but we deal with a certain sensibility and subject matter that (let’s face it) isn’t really for the littlest kiddies, much though they may love Halloween, […]

Spooky doings on the Chicago River:  Haunted tours by speedboat

So:  haunted houses, pumpkin vendors, and horror film fests aren’t enough for you, eh?  Well, how about this – a haunted Halloween boat tour!  How very Chicago … though I imagine you could do it in other cities, too. If you’re in town, there is indeed a spooky cruise you can take, courtesy of Seadog […]

Spooky stuff in the neighborhood: Midnight Terror Haunted House in SW suburban Chicago

Brothers Justin and Dylan Cerniuk have been making their own Halloween decorations and displays since Justin, the elder, was 10.  Their testing ground was the Nottingham neighborhood where they grew up, a thin finger of Chicago east of 74th Street and Harlem Avenue caught between Bedford Park, Bridgeview and Burbank.  An uncle began taking them […]

Spooky doings on Lake Michigan:  13 Terrors Haunted House

Greetings, haunted house fiends!  The latest iteration of your fixation for this 2013 season premiered this weekend in Chicago at the Theater on the Lake, a very fine fair-weather venue on Lake Michigan at Fullerton Avenue (2400 N).  Yes, it is too cold to go to the beach – but not to a haunted house […]

Spooky Song Of The Week for Oct. 20th:  the Vampire Waltz and Dearg Due

It’s still the weekend, so we’re not late yet (just barely) for the Spooky Song Of The Week.  This time, it’s “The Vampire Waltz,” by Hannah Fury.  Fury is an American singer-songwriter not unlike Tori Amos, except that Fury focuses more on melancholy than anything else and is too shy for live performances.  Fury began […]

Haunted by the President?  Oh, wait – it’s Honest Abe

Michael recently saw the movie Lincoln.  For those who have seen it, and those who haven’t, Daniel Day-Lewis was downright eerie as President Abraham Lincoln.  So were some of the shots, especially the first time we see Lincoln – in the dark, in the rain.   The way Steven Spielberg shot the film really transported you […]

Spooky sharing:  the stories behind our Halloween traditions

Where do we get some of our Halloween traditions?  Well, since many of them were brought along by some of the earliest settlers in the American colonies, it’s unsurprising that many of them come from either the British Isles or from Celtic culture in Ireland and mainland Europe.  And now I’ve found a new source […]

Spooky reading:  modern Gothic novels

Does anyone write true Gothic novels and stories anymore?  I mean in the tradition of The House of the Seven Gables or Rebecca.  Not horror:  Gothic suspense, with a dash of romance. These days, modern urban fantasy, updated vampire novels, Romance and other fantasy sub-genres have largely taken over where Stephen King, Batman, steampunk and […]

Music For The Grim(m) Season:  Spooky Songs Of The Week bonus tune – A-Soalin’

Aw heck, I couldn’t help myself.  Here I was, looking for material for the next post, when a tune kept nagging me in the back of my head.  The truth is that when I spent time over the last week looking into the music of Kristen Lawrence, the tune I really wanted to hear was […]