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Mochiballs
Aug 27, 2006


Hi guys. I'm from the US but I've been living abroad for a while. I've been running a social club for foreigners here to meet locals and things have been going really well. I wanted to rent a room with a projector this Halloween and show these fine people some of the best American Halloween cultural relics so maybe some TV episodes, songs, dramatic readings of poems, dishes. Whatever you can come up with. It's like 6 weeks from now but so far I really want to have everything planned out. I guess it doesn't need to be stuff from the US but stuff that you associate with celebrating Halloween in the US. Right now I'm thinking:

a Halloween episode of the Simpsons
a Twilight Zone episode
a dramatic reading of 'The Raven'
some time for ghost stories
some assorted cheesy Halloween music as people file in and socialize
Candy Apples


It's a free club so let's not get crazy and I know some people will want to suggest movies but I don't know if people will have the patience to sit still for the full runtime of a movie. What do you guys think?

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Jun 20, 2004

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You could hand out small packs of candy to all visitors, but inform them that the candy might be tainted so they would need to check each individual piece for any sign of tampering before consumption. That's pretty standard for an American Halloween experience.
Serious response: The ghost stories and reading of the Raven are good for some cultural references. I would recommend something like Urban Legends such as Mothman or even stories of American serial killers such as H.H. Holmes and his Murder Castle as unique to american culture.

Schweinhund
Oct 23, 2004

                                       


It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Grammarchist
Jan 28, 2013



The Hopewell Haunting is a short, black and white short ghost story based in rural Kentucky. Really nice Americana aesthetic and a decent ghost design. Might be a good substitute for a full-length movie, though "Ernest Scared Stupid" is something I always watch in October.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sImMmdeO0c

Harely Poe is a kind of acoustic/punk band out of my home state of Indiana that does a lot of dark comedy songs with Halloween themes. A lot of their stuff is inspired by "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and they also put out a direct rendition of the "Hearse Song" which is suitably creepy and really steeped in the old ghost lore of the 19th Century here. Their other stuff is good too, but some of it might be inappropriate for certain crowds. The Hearse Song should be fine though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJppqS8uDyQ

Another good song/music video might be "The Shadow of the Undertaker" by Backwater Gospel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQTLTKAIKvw

I guess you can also rifle through the old collection of Goon Ghost Stories from back when those were popular. I remember there being some really good stories like the Tar Lady, Marmalade and the Wire Man that work well as American urban legends without a lot of unnecessary Creepypasta flair. Wire Man was based in Louisiana, though the house it supposedly took place in was destroyed in Katrina I think. Might be good examples of ghost stories from Americans from the Goon age group.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ewg1vr4x...A%20Mystery.pdf

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Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






Those bullshit halloween cards with a nickel lined in them in place of trick r treat candy.

Those black and orange wrapped candies that i remember as being somewhere between peanut butter and caramel.

The monster mash.

A fog machine.

Bowls of covered food meant to feel like body parts when you stick your hand in (peeled grapes, etc.)

One of those jello molds that looks like a brain.

A michael Myers mask and dark blue coveralls. The person wearing them never speaks and walks around the neighborhood or gathering the entire time like a creepy rear end in a top hat until it's genuinely unsettling.

Get someone by the entrance dressed like one of those animatronic displays at spirit stores to jump scare people coming in.

Plastic pumpkin buckets.

Knormal
Nov 11, 2001



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4IC7qaNr7I
Tell them every year we Americans gather around the TV dressed in our leotards and pumpkin masks and dance along with our local TV station's broadcast of our regional Pumpkin Man.


Six-Of-Hearts posted:

Plastic pumpkin buckets.
This is the true embodiment of Halloween. Fill them with those plastic spider rings that dig into your finger and those plastic vampire teeth that cut your gums.

twistedmentat
Nov 21, 2003

What's a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?



Gorging on tiny chocolate bars.
Spoooooky movies on TV.
Halloween episodes of your favorite shows, Simpsons being the best of them.
That one kid who went way too far with their costume
That adult that went too far on their costume
Having it rain on Halloween so you have to wear a raincoat over your costume


Knormal posted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4IC7qaNr7I
Tell them every year we Americans gather around the TV dressed in our leotards and pumpkin masks and dance along with our local TV station's broadcast of our regional Pumpkin Man.

This is the true embodiment of Halloween. Fill them with those plastic spider rings that dig into your finger and those plastic vampire teeth that cut your gums.

Why'd you post the inferior version of this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5F_gfaX2B4

CannonFodder
Jan 26, 2001



Passion’s Wrench

Six-Of-Hearts posted:

Plastic pumpkin buckets.
With reflective tape on the back



Also, Tales From The Crypt

Debunk This!
Apr 12, 2011




This should be one of your songs for the night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mrGdGMNsv0

Hub Dirt
Apr 26, 2008


https://youtu.be/-FMf8ltkCgM
It's not Halloween unless you play this song! There are a whole bunch of other random old cartoons and videos that we watch exclusively on Halloween between movies like the aforementioned Scared Stupid. I'll just rapid fire a few:
Last Unicorn:
https://youtu.be/aV--HzX9__I
Cab Calloway:
https://youtu.be/bFBx3qYGxL8
Skeleton Dance:
https://youtu.be/vOGhAV-84iI

Edit- Christopher Lee dramatic reading:
https://youtu.be/Qhe3ouqiAaM

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Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






twistedmentat posted:


Halloween episodes of your favorite shows, Beavis and Butthead's "Bungholio: Lord of the Harvest" being the best of them.


At the end of Halloween's daytime, but before nighttime horror movies start, it's sacred American tradition to play poker with your friends/family and bet with your candy.
Play your cards right and you dump the stuff you dislike and win your favs.

DicktheCat
Feb 15, 2011



Getting drunk and watching the Thing.


That might just be my people, though.

Grammarchist
Jan 28, 2013



I'm loathe to admit it, but I don't think I've gone a single Halloween within memory that didn't involve at least once listening to "I put a spell on you" from Hocus Pocus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwp...nel=LegionMixes

Mochiballs
Aug 27, 2006


Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I'll definitely be loading up some of these. What do you guys usually eat that you can't buy in a shop. I live in Ukraine at the moment and I can't have some of those candies or paraphernalia shipped to me (but Jesus those pumpkin buckets really bring me back)

snergle
Aug 3, 2013


Mochiballs posted:




some assorted cheesy Halloween music as people file in and socialize





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuVifA7DSU


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQwPrcqtG-M

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






Mochiballs posted:

Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I'll definitely be loading up some of these. What do you guys usually eat that you can't buy in a shop. I live in Ukraine at the moment and I can't have some of those candies or paraphernalia shipped to me (but Jesus those pumpkin buckets really bring me back)

I almost always have a nice homemade dinner and carve the pumpkin that day or night and let the candle burn all the way down on its own.
Sorry i can't think of anything specific that can't be store bought unless you're into making caramel apples or bobbing for apples.

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






You still haven't told us what your costume will be, OP.

Mochiballs
Aug 27, 2006


Six-Of-Hearts posted:

You still haven't told us what your costume will be, OP.

I really appreciate all the contributions Well I work with 10 year olds and I don't want to buy two costumes so I'll probably wear an M&M or something . I was also considering doing a oujia board or something like that, but I don't know if I want to invest in it because then I'll have a oujia board forever.

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






I'm not seeing the downside. You'd have a costume sized ouija board which lets you summon 2 ghosts at a time, or one mega ghost.

RandomFerret
Apr 18, 2008

WHAT IS A JUGGALO?
A HULKAMANIAC

HE POWERBOMBS MOTHERFUCKERS INTO THUMBTACKS


When theme parks reopen for the last week of october and all the attractions are replaced with haunted houses and poo poo

Definitely the thing I'm saddest about missing this year

CelticPredator
Oct 11, 2013



My fuckin boy Sam and Trick r Treat is my favorite American Halloween thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bGfnwCdx84



Im happy hes been getting love at the spirit stores for the past two years.

Second runner up is Halloween Horror Nights.

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






They should do one where Sam and Rhonda team up to spread Halloween cheer.

Grammarchist
Jan 28, 2013



Mochiballs posted:

Thanks for the recommendations everyone! I'll definitely be loading up some of these. What do you guys usually eat that you can't buy in a shop. I live in Ukraine at the moment and I can't have some of those candies or paraphernalia shipped to me (but Jesus those pumpkin buckets really bring me back)

Pumpkin pie is probably too obvious, but it IS harvest time and we DID just rip out the juicy innards of 8 to 12 pumpkins and carve their hollowed out bodies into crude lamps to tell the spirits not to gently caress with us. My family always had a garden, so we sometimes had cushaw squash and other early autumn fruits. Cushaw squash cookies are actually pretty nice. I guess you could try farmer's markets for food that's seasonal and local, but not something you'd generally find in retail?

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






Oh and let's not forget Sexy _________ costume.

twistedmentat
Nov 21, 2003

What's a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?



Six-Of-Hearts posted:

At the end of Halloween's daytime, but before nighttime horror movies start, it's sacred American tradition to play poker with your friends/family and bet with your candy.
Play your cards right and you dump the stuff you dislike and win your favs.

You know, I have never seen this.

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






twistedmentat posted:

You know, I have never seen this.

We did it up through high school (at which point we were just bringing candy to play for tradition.) The idea was to end up with the candy you wanted for the movie marathon.

This thread is great and put me in the season.

Grammarchist
Jan 28, 2013



I had three sisters with very different tastes in candy so we always dumped our hauls in one big communal pot and sorted it based roughly on everyone's favorites. Nobody ever ate the candy corn, and to this day I don't know if our parents ate it, threw it away, or if there's a metric ton of melted candy corn hidden between the floorboards.

mostlygray
Nov 1, 2012

BURY ME AS I LIVED, A FREE MAN ON THE CLUTCH


It's too bad that Covid is going to kill off trick or treating this year. I'm still going to make some care packages at the end of the driveway if kids do come around. If the candy is in little bags there's less contact.

I'm also planning on standing without moving in the dark as if I'm a decoration wearing a plague doctor costume then frightening kids if any kids do come out.

Old guys used to do that all the time when I was a kid. They'd sit on their porch looking like a stuffed scarecrow. They'd shove straw into their cuffs and their shirt so they looked like a pile of stuffed clothes. They wouldn't move until a kid reached for the bowl of candy then they'd leap up and scare the crap out of us. It was fun.

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






Collecting for UNICEF before trick r treat starts.

Super Waffle
Sep 25, 2007

I'm a hermaphrodite and my parents (40K nerds) named me Slaanesh, THANKS MOM

This 12 foot tall plastic skeleton

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Ac...24738/312513260

CannonFodder
Jan 26, 2001



Passion’s Wrench

Six-Of-Hearts posted:

Oh and let's not forget Sexy _________ costume.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4rUiV_Hh74

Mochiballs
Aug 27, 2006


Grammarchist posted:

Pumpkin pie is probably too obvious, but it IS harvest time and we DID just rip out the juicy innards of 8 to 12 pumpkins and carve their hollowed out bodies into crude lamps to tell the spirits not to gently caress with us. My family always had a garden, so we sometimes had cushaw squash and other early autumn fruits. Cushaw squash cookies are actually pretty nice. I guess you could try farmer's markets for food that's seasonal and local, but not something you'd generally find in retail?

Yeah! I'm friends with someone who owns a little cafe and does a lot of baking so maybe I'll ask her to learn how to make pumpkin pies and learn how to make pumpkin spice lattes.

We don't really do them in California, but I've heard Midwestern people talk about hay rides? I might just make a powerpoint to teach everyone about these more local traditions. It could be a good excuse to teach them about hell houses and haunted houses.

Skratte
Nov 11, 2010





Roast some pumpkin seeds! Big fake spiderwebs that are annoying to clean up.

Grammarchist
Jan 28, 2013



Mochiballs posted:

Yeah! I'm friends with someone who owns a little cafe and does a lot of baking so maybe I'll ask her to learn how to make pumpkin pies and learn how to make pumpkin spice lattes.

We don't really do them in California, but I've heard Midwestern people talk about hay rides? I might just make a powerpoint to teach everyone about these more local traditions. It could be a good excuse to teach them about hell houses and haunted houses.

Oh yeah, hayrides are pretty big, or at least they were in the 90's still. Put a bunch of kids on a hay-packed trailer and take them on a spooky tour of a wooded road, or through a corn field. Usually have some older kids volunteer to jump out in costume to try to scare the little ones and/or throw candy.

It also used to be pretty common for kids to hide in cornfields and throw kernels at passing traffic, but that seems to have fallen off. Toilet papering houses is obviously still a thing. Flashlight tag in cemeteries is pretty common as well, especially in old pioneer cemeteries that nobody visits except for kid shenanigans. Older residents get pretty excited about ghost tours in various communities, even if the ghost stories themselves are generally tame. It's basically an excuse to visit older Victorian and Queen Anne homes in the area during nice fall walking weather.

Babe Magnet
Jun 1, 2008


it's this, OP

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Ac...24738/312513260

Six-Of-Hearts
Mar 17, 2009

"I want to break your heart, and give you mine."






My dad says soaping window screens was all the rage in his youth, if you're interested in bringing back the classics.

twistedmentat
Nov 21, 2003

What's a war hero got to do to get some lubrication around here?



Six-Of-Hearts posted:

We did it up through high school (at which point we were just bringing candy to play for tradition.) The idea was to end up with the candy you wanted for the movie marathon.

This thread is great and put me in the season.

That's great. And its good for when you don't like coffee crisp, but your friend does, so you can get all their kit kats in exchange for them.

Also these are the worst halloween candy

Scott Lame
Jan 8, 2014


Six-Of-Hearts posted:

My dad says soaping window screens was all the rage in his youth, if you're interested in bringing back the classics.

There were, at least theoretically, 3 nights leading up to Halloween, Egg Night, Soap Night and Mischief Night (which was really just Egg and Soap Night).

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

I will not shut up about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I talk about them all the time and work them into every conversation I have. I built a shrine in my room for the yellow one who died because sadly no one noticed because she died around 9/11. Wanna see it?


twistedmentat posted:

That's great. And its good for when you don't like coffee crisp, but your friend does, so you can get all their kit kats in exchange for them.

Also these are the worst halloween candy


Such great art for such bad candies

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Telemaze
Apr 22, 2008

What you expected hasn't happened.


Fun Shoe

Show them the Disney cartoon version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It's only about a half hour long and the music's great (it can be found online if necessary).

For food I would add popcorn balls or kettle corn.

And did anyone suggest playing Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett? That's the quintessential Halloween song to me.

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