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All right, you fellow Halloweenies...

Every October, stores and internet radio stations hit you with the same old Halloween favorites: "Monster Mash," The Adam's Family theme, the theme from the Halloween movies, etc. And that's all fine—who doesn't like "The Monster Mash"?—but I like to dig up and spread around some equally good or even better stuff. I do this almost every year now—put together a podcast episode's worth of Halloween or horror-themed music that you've mostly never heard, plus a mix of half-familiar and fun movie clips.

Hosted on Sidedown's podcast series, Downcast, each Hallowcast episode is a medley of awesome "scary" music that you really should be listening to. Subscribe to Downcast, anyway, for tons of music you'd never have heard before. Seriously.

So stay tuned here for the latest Hallowcast Hallowcast, Episode 5, which is nearly an hour of very old and very new stuff, mixed with fun, creepy, and goofy movie sequences.

And here are the first four Hallowcasts. You can download them here or just play them off this page.

Downcast Episode 69: Hallowcast 1

  • "Halloween" (Three)
  • "Dead Man's Party" (Oingo Boingo)
  • "The Enemy Within" (Rush)
  • "Carousel" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Gothic Party" (Action Pact)
  • "Tubular Hell" (Van Helsing's Curse)
  • "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask" (Alice Cooper)
  • "Torture Me" (Damned)
  • "Don't Fear the Reaper" (Unto Ashes)
  • "The Carnival Is Over" (Dead Can Dance)

Downcast Episode 70: Hallowcast 2

  • "This Is Halloween" (Marilyn Manson)
  • "Circus Without Clowns" (Three)
  • "Halloween" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Unquiet Grave" (Gryphon)
  • "Crows Everywhere" (The Gothic Archies)
  • "Spiderdust" (Bel Canto)
  • "Bela Legosi's Dead" (Bauhaus)
  • "Poltergeist theme" (Jerry Goldsmith)

Downcast Episode 94: Hallowcast 3

  • "Main Titles" (Dead Silence, Charlie Clouser)
  • "All That Remains" (Three)
  • "Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest" part 1 (The Nightmare Revisited, Amiina)
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • "Carousel" (The Haunting, Jerry Goldsmith)
  • "Wicked Anabella" (The Kinks)
  • "Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest" part 2 (The Nightmare Revisited, Amiina)
  • "Halloween theme remix"
  • "No One Lives Forever" (Oingo Boingo)
  • "All Hallow's Eve Ball" (Van Helsing, Alan Silvestri)
  • "The Toymaster" (Ayreon and Alice Cooper)
  • "Cry Little Sister (theme from The Lost Boys)" (G Tom Mac)
  • "Tales From the Crypt" (Danny Elfman)

Downcast Episode 109: Hallowcast 4

  • "Trick or Treat" (Paul Smith)
  • "Call of the Zombie" (Rob Zombie)
  • "The Well" (The Ring, Hanz Zimmer)
  • "Living Dead Girl" (Rob Zombie)
  • "Trouble in Woodsboro" (Scream, Robert Walsh)
  • "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives" (Mel Torme)
  • "Tainted Love" (Marilyn Manson)
  • "Magic" excerpt (Ghostbusters, Mick Smiley)
  • "Scarecrow" (Siouxsie & the Banshees)
  • "Samara's Song" (The Ring)
  • "Death Opened a Boutique" (Future Bible Heroes)
  • "The Funerals" (The Dark Crystal, Trevor Jones)
  • "You and Me and Rainbows" excerpt (The Tear Garden)
  • "Dragula" (Rob Zombie)
  • "End Titles" (The Nightmare Revisited, The Album Leaf)
  • "An Arm and a Leg" excerpt (The Legendary Pink Dots)
  • "My Thorny Thorny Crown" (The Tear Garden)
posted on 10.23.2010

I recently returned from this year's trip to Salem for some early Halloween festivities. This time we brought along some more of Marisa's family.

And this year I had myself mummified. Because in Salem, you can go about in costume when it's not yet October 31st and you won't get funny looks for it. Well, you will, but they're the right kind. I had the great pleasure of hearing "Look at that mummy!" over and over. I never tired of it.

Making on a decent mummy costume isn't an exact science. And there are many ways to do it. It's really...wait for it...a dead art. *pause for laughter* But it can be done, and I think we did pretty good.

The base of the costume was about 95% my mother-in-law's(mummy-in-law?) doing, which involved her sewing strips of torn muslin (which I'd dyed in various black teas) methodically onto thermal underclothes (likewise dyed). The rest was a hodgepodge of manual needlework I managed, and then had my wife's help with the head-wrapping. Which is harder than it seems.

Hell, I even wrapped my backpack. Where else is a mummy supposed to keep (1) his canopic jars or (2) his Salem swag? That got a few laughs. Mission accomplished!

Anyway, during the day I stood out. In bright light, even a good mummy isn't so scary—just interesting. But when night falls, it becomes much more fun. And when you switch to a lurching gait, you really catch people's eye. There's something about the eye-catching garb and less-than-human movement that strikes the right chord.

I even had fun standing to the side of the street or sidewalk—where there is a constant flow of visitors and tourists—and then holding still. This inevitably draws in some people, who wondered if you're real, and then move in close to get photos taken. As if you're a wax figure. And then of course when you move, the reaction is enjoyable. I got a lot of kids' attention, and my brother-in-law, who was dressed in a simple black, hooded costume with glowing eyes, also really struck that creepy chord in people. At one point, he even made a little girl cry from a distance. Mission accomplished!

But I think my proudest moment was the end of Saturday night when were were driving out of Salem to head back to the hotel. In the passenger seat, I leaned out the window as we went past another crowd, letting my wrappings blow in the wind. One of the Salem trolley tour guides said through his microphone to his group, "Only in Salem is it normal to see a mummy driving by in a car." That got some laughs.

I've successfully made myself part of the scenery.

Anyway, I'll probably give the mummy costume another go on Halloween day, and I'm going to try and really mess with my face. Fun with Karo syrup, black and brown makeup, and spirit gum! Whether I can pull it off or not remains to be seen. Then it's a wrap for this year.

All right, folks. I'll BCing you.

posted on 10.18.2010

This will prove to be an industrious October. For one, our Kickstarter campaign for Foreshadows will encompasses the whole month, and then some.

Because it is the witching season, there'll probably be some Halloweeny goings-on that I'll post about.

But for now, there have been some awesome Foreshadows developments:

Shadow portraits and audio interviews have been posted for:

And there are more on the way!

Are you going to ComicCon? If so, be on the look-out for these:

posted on 10.05.2010