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The Nightmare Before Christmas

The residents in the town of Halloween take delight in fright. Each creepy and ugly, they aren’t malicious; scaring is just part of their job - in the delightful 1993 holiday offering by director (and former Disney animator) Tim Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas. In this merging of two beloved holidays, Burton brought his delightfully macabre story to life with the utilization of stop-motion animation and a wonderful musical score by composer Danny Elfman. The result was a film that quickly became a must-see during every holiday season. Continue reading...

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

It is a day set aside for the gathering of family and friends. It is a day of feasts and football, of pilgrims and parades. Most importantly, it is a day that we are to stop for a moment and be grateful for all that we have. Often containing equal portions of relaxation and chaos, Thanksgiving may have various mixed emotions attached to it, but it is a tradition that we’ve collectively celebrated, through thick and thin, throughout our entire history as a nation. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and for kids of the past few decades, one of the most beloved of them, besides the behemoth meal, is curling up in front of the television to watch the classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Created by master illustrator Charles M. Schulz and filled with all of his colorful Peanuts characters, this seasonal cartoon has delighted kids for over 35 years. Continue reading...

Halloween

Halloween

With the exception of that traditional eve when jolly St. Nick visits the chimneys of the world, there is perhaps no holiday quite as beloved, or more anticipated by kids than Halloween, the last day in October that we have long set aside as an evening to congregate in costume and perhaps even scare ourselves silly. It is a time of ghouls and goblins, of witches and black cats, of costume parties and grinning pumpkins. And, if that wasn't enough, every kid knows that it is the one night when it is perfectly acceptable to beg door-to-door for candy. Now, that's a holiday! Continue reading...

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

When it comes to Halloween, The Monster Mash may be the unofficial anthem, but Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House has served as the holiday’s soundtrack for nearly five decades. Released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964, this novelty record is beloved by millions of former kids for its spooky sound effects and campy skits, and has been played at countless Halloween parties over the years. Continue reading...

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Jack O’-Lanterns

Also known as a winter squash, our friend the pumpkin is renowned the world over as a popular food source. And when autumn rolls around, the large orange globes find their way into numerous dishes, most notably those delectable pies served around Thanksgiving. But the pumpkin also plays another role in October, one slightly more sinister, by serving as an ominous source of nocturnal illumination in the form of the jack o’-lantern. Continue reading...

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Those lovable Peanuts characters certainly have a knack for showing up each year without fail, just in time to help us welcome in some of our most beloved holidays. One such occasion is Halloween, which means it's time to huddle around the television for an annual viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. First airing in 1966, it has remained a beloved classic for millions of current and former children, and a testament to the genius of a kind man named Charles M. Schulz. Continue reading...

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Halloween costumes are a cherished part of childhood, transforming ordinary kids into superheroes, monsters, and celebrities for that one special night at the end of October. While many constructed their own costumes out of old clothes and face makeup, the rest of us relied on a man named Ben Cooper, who offered an entire plethora of choices, each residing in a small cardboard box which contained a plastic mask and accompanying vinyl garment to be worn over street clothes (and winter coats, depending on where you lived). For a child growing up in decades past, picking out a Ben Cooper costume at the local store was one of the most anticipated shopping trips of the year. Continue reading...