Monday, October 24, 2016


   Take some dead body parts. Stitch them together. Add one mad scientist,
and toss in a lightning bolt for good measure. What do you get? The Frankenstein
monster! Alternately portrayed as both mindless killer and a misunderstood gentle giant, the Frankenstein monster is a classic Halloween creep. Learn more about him with these 13 freaky facts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  1. The young Mary Godwin, later wed to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen.
  2. As a house guest of Lord Byron, Mary Shelley was invited to participate in a challenge. Byron, Shelley, and the other guests set about writing the most frightening story they could. Shelley won, she claimed that her inspiration came from a vision she'd had, wherein a pale student of science knelt over a body which he had just imbued with artificial life.
  3. Doctor Victor Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist character who created the monster and gave it life.
  4. Frankenstein is a German name meaning, "stone of the Franks."
  5. Victor Frankenstein was based on a real person. Johann Konrad Dippel, who was a physician and mad scientist obsessed with creating life through scientific means. His birthplace? Castle Frankenstein, near Darmstadt, Germany.The name Frankenstein is commonly, but incorrectly used to describe the monster itself. Throughout the novel, Dr. Frankenstein refers to his creation as "devil", "fiend", and other venomous epithets-but the creature is never given a proper name.


  1. Frankenstein was released anonymously in 1818, and was originally sub-titles: The Modern Prometheus. Both Frankenstein and the Prometheus tale serve as warning against too-high aspirations.
  2. The Frankenstein monster first appeared on film in Edison Studios' Frankenstein of 1910.
  3. Universal Studios' Frankenstein was released in 1931. Actor Boris Karloff played the role of the creature. Bela Logosi was initially offered the role, but refused.
  4. The Frankenstein movies paves the way for many sequels, including Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, and Ghost of Frankenstein. Some notable Frankenstein parodies include Young Frankenstein, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which features Doctor Frank N. Furter.


  1. The Frankenstein monster makes a modern screen appearance in 1994's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, where he is portrayed by Robert De Niro. The monster is also featured in 2004's Van Helsing.
  2. Herman Munster, cosmetically based on Frankenstein's monster, was the father of a nice, if creepy, family in the television series The Munsters.
  3. In 2006, horror writer Dean Kootz penned a series of novels that reimagine the Frankenstein story in present-day New Orleans.


  The Autumn season brings with it the cool air, pumpkins, the color changing in the leaves and most of all the fun! Who can resist a fun fall festival or parade. Below are some fall parades that will be going on in the U.S. Have fun.

The Village Halloween Parade In Manhattan, New York

    With 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, The Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is said to be the most outrageous and most colorful Halloween parties in the United States. This parade has everything you would think a Halloween parade would have. Everything from huge paper-mâché puppets, jugglers, stilt walkers and break dancers and one of the hugest crowd of onlookers possible leading up in the millions. The parade takes place on October 31st at 7pm in Greenwich Village, along 6th Ave from Spring Street to 22nd Street.

New Orleans Halloween Parade ~ Krewe of Boo

    The Krewe of Boo in New Orleans is a Voodoo themed Halloween Parade that happens in the French Quarter. Come see a cast of scary creatures along with the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau that will highlight the New Orleans' Krewe of Boo. The parade pays homage to the history and culture of New Orleans Unlike carnival parades, this one is a fund raiser for the city's first emergency responders, especially those who served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The parade is on October 30th, at 6pm, starting at Elysian Fields and Decatur and down to Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard.

Toms River Halloween Parade

    Toms River New Jersey is having their 73rd Toms River Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the Toms River Fire Dept. Toms River claims this to be the 2nd largest Halloween parade in the US with everything from simple masks to full blown fire-breathing floats.
   With some 6,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, it is sure to be a wild evening. The parade takes place on October 30th at 7pm.

The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade

    The Anaheim Ca. Halloween parade takes place in Downtown Anaheim on October 30th. They are in their 74th year and they don't plan to slow down. This festival will have everything from a pancake breakfast, games, to costume contests and of course the Halloween parade. The fun starts at 11am and goes until 5pm. The parade will be at noon and will start at Harbor Blvd.

Salem Mass. Haunted Happenings

    How complete would Halloween be to visit Salem Massachusetts. Salem is full of haunting history, and every year starting in October through to Halloween night there are several events, festivals and parades that go on in this city. Some of the haunting events that are fun for kids and adults are:
    Fright Nights at the Witches Cottage, Tricks, Treats and Treasures, Spirit ways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village, Spirits of the Gables, Legacy of the Hanging Judge, Halloween Extravaganza at Vic's Boathouse, Ghost & Legends Trolley Tour and so much more.


America has a fascination with famous celebrities.  America has a captivation with ghosts and ghost stories as well.  So it's just natural that, even after a superstar dies, we're not ready to let go of them.  Maybe they're not ready to move onto the Next World either.  If you want to know where you may get a glimpse of your favorite star, find out about there famous celebrities who still haunt America.

Mariyln Monroe


   While at her home, this "sex goddess" from the 1950's, took an overdose of sleeping pills on August 4, 1962.  She lapsed into a coma, and never regained consciousness.  Marilyn Monroe was pronounced dead on August 5, 1962.
   Today, her ghost is said to still haunt the Brentwood house where she died at.  You can still see Marilyn Monroe's image in a mirror at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard too.  Monroe often stayed at that hotel when her career was its hottest.  The full-length mirror used to be located in her suite by the swimming pool.  It's since been moved to the lobby where people report seeing her image in it.

Lucille Ball

   Another one of the famous celebrities who still haunts America is the beloved Lucille Ball.  This comedic actress starred in numerous films, as well as in her own successful TV show, "I Love Lucy", in the 1950's.  Ball was 77 years old when she died on April 26, 1989 during surgery. 
   Ever since then, the ghost of Lucille Ball reportedly haunts her former home at 100 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, California.  There are accounts of strange happenings in the home, such as broken windows, haunting voices and furniture and other items moving around the house.

Orson Welles

   Orson Welles will long be remembered as one of the most talented writers,  actors and producers in Hollywood history.  His brilliant career ended when the portly man died from a heart attack in his home in Hollywood, California on October 10, 1985.  Welles was 70 years old.
   If you visit Sweet Lady Jane's Restaurant in Los Angeles, you might get to see Orson Welles, a famous celebrity who still haunts America.  During his life, the 8360 Melrose Avenue address belonged to a restaurant called "Ma Maison".  The eatery was known for its tasty food and its rich desserts.  Welles enjoyed fine dining and he often ate there.  He even had a favorite table.
   It's believed the ghost of Orson Welles has been seen sitting at that same table after his death.  Along with eating fine foods, he had a passion for brandy and cigars.  Some of the restaurant staff and customers have reported smelling brandy  and cigar smoke when he's been seen.


   Born "Walter Valentino Liberace", but known as simply "Liberace" by his adoring fans, this famous celebrity died on February 4, 1987.  He was 68 years old.  Liberace was known for his remarkable piano talents.  He will also be remembered as the man who loved to dazzle his audiences with the numerous diamonds he wore.
   Since Liberace's death, his ghost has been reported to have taken up residence at Caruccio's Tivoli Gardens.  He had owned the restaurant, and had a private lounge there he entertained his dearest friends.  The ghostly reportings include bottles that fall over, restroom locks that mysteriously lock and unlock, and unexplained power outages.  One year on May 16th, the electricity at the restaurant suddenly shut off.  The story goes that nothing could be found wrong with it.  Finally, one of the staff realized it was Liberace's birthday.  They wished him a "Happy Birthday", and the power was restored.

Harry Houdini

   During his life, Harry Houdini was Known as a top-rate magician and escape artist.  But, on October 31, 1926, this famous celebrity wasn't able to escape the final grips of death...or did he?  Houdini had a keen interest in the occult.  Before he died, he promised his wife Bess he would come back from "the other side" and contact her.
   Today, the ghost of Harry Houdini can reportedly be seen haunting the property which is located at 2398 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in  Hollywood.  This address is where his house was formerly located.  The house burned down in 1959.

John Lennon

  Singer/songwriter  John Lennon is another famous celebrity who still haunts America.  Up to his death, this former "Beatle" made his home at The Dakota Building, 1 West 72nd Street, in New York City.  On December 8, 1980, a crazed fan named Mark Chapman shot Lennon to death as he was walking into the apartment building.
   Since that time, it's reported that John Lennon's ghost can be seen walking up and down the halls of the building.



The next couple of weeks before Halloween, don't cuddle up with a book and read some kind of romance novel!   Go down to your video store, redbox rental unit or dig out one of these from your collection of movies (you do have your own stash of scary Halloween movies, don't you?).  Grab one of these and pop it in the dvd player, make some popcorn, grab some snacks (some Reese's chocolate), and a soda or two and sit back in your favorite chair or on the sofa and get ready to be entertained (or if you haven't seen them before, I hope they scare you so much that you sleep with the lights on!). Here's my top thirteen favorite scary and not so scary movies, not in any order, for this Halloween season!


30 Days of Night 

   This 2007 vampire tale has a strong story and excellent acting.  The set design is beautifully done and very realistic.  It takes place in Alaska during the time when the sun doesn't shine.  Based on the 30 Days of Night  comic books, there are some scary scenes in the film as the vampires descend on the little town.


The Ring

   A remake of the Japanese movie Ringu, The Ring is one of the top Halloween movies that may not scare you if you see it a second time,  but it will most certainly scare you the first time around. 


The Grudge

   A remake of the Japanese movie Ju-on, which is also extremely good, The Grudge is often criticized for not being as good as the Japanese version.  It does a great job of staying true to the Japanese style of horror. 


Dawn of the Dead

   (The 2004 remake)-This one is scarier than the original 1978 zombie movie, but not as scary as the first zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead, also directed by George Romero.  Dawn of the Dead, the remake, is in color and it starts out with a bang right away.  The zombies move fast and the scenes are terrifying.  The music used in the movie, such as Johnny Cash's The Man Comes Around in the opening scene, is perfect.


The Descent

   The Decent was a different movie because there were only women in the movie.  This group of women decide to go exploring in a cavern.  The trip goes horribly wrong from the beginning when there is a rock slide and their entrance is blocked.  So the only was out, they think, is to go deeper into the cave.  Wouldn't be scary without some humans that evolved into blood thirsty creatures.  These creatures stalk the women in the pitch black cavern and pick them off one by one.  These aren't the wimpy screaming women you are used to; they give these monsters a run for their money


The Strangers

   This movie was scary.  What makes it particularly scary is knowing it was based on a true story.  This young couple returns to their remote summer house in the woods in the early hours of the morning.  Strange noises begin and knocks on the door.  Then people with cartoon masks begin appearing in the yard and in the windows.  Then the couple is terrorized throughout the night by the two women and one man in the masks.  Then they get into the house and that's when the violence starts.  When the young couple asks why the three bad people are doing this to them, and one of them says, "because you were home".



   A newscaster and her cameraman are shadowing a fire department for a weekend.  The fireman are called to an apartment complex for an emergency and the newscaster follows.  Quickly thereafter, the police show up and then chaos begins.  Nobody is allowed out of the building.  Police and sharp shooters won't allow anyone to enter or exit the building, not even the police.  Then things go down hill.  Screams come from the upstairs and a bloody deranged woman attacks a firefighter, ripping out his jugular vein.  people become infected and chase, bit and kill the people i the building.  This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from all of the attacks.  You will wonder if you would rather take your chance with the sharp shooters outside or being eaten by what's in the building!


Jeepers Creepers 2

   A winged creature goes on his 23 day feeding frenzy.  He comes to life every 21 years to feed.  He picks his victims by their scent.  If its something on you that he likes he'll take it out of your body.


The Thing

   No other horror movie scared me more as a kid than John Carpenter's 1982 thriller/horror movie, The Thing.  This time it is a shape shifting alien that is doling out the carnage, and it is doing so in particularly gruesome ways.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

   One of my favorite movies by Tim Burton.  Not everything has to scary to watch during Halloween. This is a good movie for the whole family, and if you ever get a chance to go to Disneyland during the Halloween season, go take the Haunted Mansion ride.  It's decorated as The Nightmare Before Christmas and is pretty cool, even while you're waiting in line to get into it, there's alot of great looking decorations.


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

   Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to  investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.  This is another Tim Burton film, and is very enjoyable to watch.  I wouldn't recommend it for younger kids, there are some scary parts plus the decapitations of heads flying around.


Beetle Juice

   This film was one of the better films of the 80's.  Tim Burton directed this one also.  This is a great family film that is good any time of the year.


Trick 'r Treat

   Trick 'r Treat is a collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams.  In the tradition of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt comes four interwoven tales set on Halloween night; A high school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer; A young virgin whose quest for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; A group of teens who carry out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; And a cantankerous old man who battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.