Sometime in the mid 90’s, this happened. I was 13, Chumbawamba blasted from my mom’s Suburban as we drove to the hippest part of Oceanside on a school night to go to a haunted house. If I were a few years older at the time, I’m pretty sure I would have scoffed at the low end quality of the whole production, but I wasn’t and I thought it was awesome.
The door man could have been a linebacker and didn’t speak. He was a co worker of my friends mother, but that didn’t matter. By the time we reached the front of the line, we had already been jittery with anticipation and his looming presence made it impossible to pass him without getting a shiver down your spine. The inside of the haunted house smelled like sawdust and fog machine fluid, but you forgot about that as you are scanning your surroundings trying to spot the next scare before it jumped out at you.
We didn’t know this photo was taken, but it showed up on the front page of the paper the next day. I love it because it reminds me of how great Halloween used to be when you were a kid and let yourself get caught up in the thrills of haunted houses and scary movies. It was when slasher films got you so scared ,you sat back to back with homemade weapons to make sure nothing could sneak up on you. That’s the Halloween I strive for, even though I may not always be successful, I always want to experience sheer terror and laugh about it a minute later. I think there is nothing that makes you feel more alive.
Happy Monday! This past weekend weekend we went to a Halloween party at our friends house in Sacramento! It was so much fun! I went up a day early and helped decorate which was a blast! I went as Snow White, I was sewing my costume up until about 20 mins before the party started. Talk about last minute! I ended up taping myself in and calling it a day. I have a few days til Halloween so I’m going to make adjustments before I wear this thing out in public. I’d prefer no wardrobe malfunctions.
I will gathering more posts through the week and updating, but here are the best pics I could find so far!
I never really planned on sharing this project, mostly, because I have done a lot with chalkboard paint and didn’t want to wear it out. BUT I really do love the way it turned out and thought maybe someone would appreciate it. I bought these skulls at Beverley’s in September and had no idea what to do with them. I liked the way they looked just as plain cardboard, but I can never just leave something alone. So I covered it in chalkboard paint and drew on it. It was super easy. I looked a lot of sugar skull designs and copied those. I have three hung in a row and I love it! It took about 20 minutes and looks different!
It’s not Halloween if you haven’t watch Beetlejuice at least twice. I don’t think I need to preach about how amazing this entire movie is. The production design, the music, everything about this is fantastic.
Factoid: Back before the internet had every screenplay known to man available at the click of a button, I went to a shop in the Castro that specialized in scripts. I paid $5.80 for a copy of the first draft of Beetlejuice and became obsessed with figuring out how the film ended up so different. The first draft was much more violent and centered around Cathy, the youngest Deetz who befriends the Maitlands. Beetlejuice is a shapeshifter who is often seen in the form of a bird with he head of a “middle eastern man.” A rewrite by Warren Skaaren (who also wrote Tim Burton’s Batman) changed the tone of the script to what we know today.