As Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I think it makes sense to call this a long Halloween Weekend. Much costumed celebrating and ghoulish goings-on will have already begun yesterday and continue through today and Sunday into the official Day of Frights and Jack-O-Lanterns, October 31.
Notes from a Composer has only been around a year and a half, but a few Halloween themes or otherwise shiver inducing articles have been posted already, enough to collect them here as a tricky treat.
We’ll start with the one about seeing the modern horror classic movie “Halloween” at the age of 11, me in abject terror, while my father was more afraid of the other patrons in the Upper West Side cinema:
Next let’s dive into “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, one of my chamber musicals, which you can read and listen to in total on its own page on this blog. My introduction to this tale, the original roommate from hell story, was made through my own personal roommate from hell:
A Halloween Treat: THE TELL-TALE HEART – A MUSICABRE and the roommate from hell who planted its seed
If it’s wickedly warbling witches you prefer to homicidal housemates, then this video of three songs from the musical “Witches” may be your cauldron of tea:
If you prefer your witches and musicals more child friendly – Halloween is first and foremost for the little kids, right? – this witchy First Grade Opera may be your potion of choice:
That’s a dress up performance for the kids, alright. But we all know that Halloween is also a time for adult dress up, and costumed performances of a more carnal, campy nature:
Okay, we’ve traveled away from the genuinely scary. Perhaps it’s time to return to some genuine goose-bumps. If you have a phobia of spiders, tarantulas in particular, really up close and personal, literally in-your-face! well, then you may not want to click on the next option:
And finally, for those who get freaked out by dark caves, you might get the willies contemplating losing yourself in here: