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Spirit of the Season Alive with Hallowe’en Nights

Posted in News with tags , , on October 22, 2015 by bluefall8

The skies were clear and the scares mild; it was a perfect night to stroll the jack-o’-lantern lit streets of Hallowe’en Nights at Greenfield Village. Each district was decorated and aglow with the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve; costumed revelers snapped photos and delighted in the festive merriment.

Here and there all manner of characters greeted children and parents whilst staff members at candy stations distributed goodies to every eager hand. Halloween music and other fall fare was heard throughout the village, long shadows were cast upon buildings and trees. There was storytelling, cartoons of old and several spooky performances. Charm and whimsy were found round every corner of this vintage holiday celebration.

Our little guy’s eyes were filled with curiosity and wonder, he braved the covered bridge as boldly as the courageous lion that he was dressed as and even managed to stay alert for the entire enchanting experience.

And for those inquiring minds — yes, daddy ate all the candy.

Halloween Spirit Triumphs over Gloom

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by bluefall8

The weather was determined not to cooperate on Halloween, but I was not about to let some rain dampen my spirits. We were forced to scale back our plans of  a multi-yard haunt and withdrew to the relative safety of the porch. Our disappointment with the weather quickly abated as we discovered we’d be able to adapt our act for this stage quite nicely; with the added bonus that we’d be able to keep ourselves dry.

The trick ‘r treaters were a mere trickle between 5 and 6 pm but as the annual rite entered the second hour the revelers began to multiply in number. A blue police beacon cut through the fading light, informing the masses that there was candy, and perhaps a good scare, to be had.

HALLOWEEN HORROR SHOW

The dreadful duo of Gerkins and Pere held court, using the initial wave of trick ‘r treaters as a warm up.  Children, teenagers, and adults alike were all made to ascend the stairs in order to collect their holiday treat; some were reluctant while others simply refused altogether. Once on the porch the unassuming rubes were subjected to a litany of strange behavior, the likes of which included passive aggressive threats, innuendo and word play, and a bizarre dance performed by Pere.

The gruesome twosome stared silently into the eyes of trick ‘r treaters for uncomfortably long periods of time and were often seen sniffing them as well. In one instance, Pere held her cane to the throat of a nervous teenager; not to be outdone, Gerkins repeatedly informed young children of his desire to keep their mommies.

In another memorable moment, Gerkins harnessed the power of the occult and correctly produced one young man’s name. When his name fell from Gerkins’ lips the boy’s eyes bulged from his head, he backed down the stairs and began to walk to the next house; all the while his face was a tapestry of bewilderment and fear.

THE FREAKS COME OUT

Nightfall had now fallen proper which afforded us more opportunities to scare and startle trick ‘r treaters, it was then that Gerkins unleashed the full force of his macabre cabal — a tall, stalking scarecrow and a statuesque harlequin with horror in her heart.

Intermittent blasts from a fog machine shrouded the area in a dense mist, a strobe light pulsed against the wispy vapors. The Scarecrow guarded the candy with a fierce greed, he often bellowed threats at those who dared indulge. It also gave him great delight to surprise individuals and groups from behind bushes, tombstones, and idle cars.

The Clown applied a more subtle technique in her attempts to spread fear. As a mute she had not the use of speech to intimidate her prey, but was able to use this handicap to her advantage. She sat silent and still upon the stairs that led to the porch, stirring disquiet and fear in the hearts of those who dared to pass. Expertly, she lulled them into a false sense of security and when they had passed she would deftly wrap an ankle in a stone-like grip.

GERKINS, HORRIBLE GERKINS

The moonlight served to intensify the actions of Gerkins, who memorably cornered one teenager on the porch. The girl shrieked and begged as Gerkins blocked her path, her gaze momentarily fell upon the porch rail and she contemplated the jump. Gerkins would eventually relent, but mere minutes after the departure of the girl’s party the barker of old decided that he wasn’t done. He called out to her, begging her to stay and play. The girl and her friends quickly piled into a mini-van but this did not stop a determined Gerkins who pawed at the vehicle and traced a smiley face into the rain water of one window.

The creatures of the night terrorized and amused the neighborhood until the last piece of candy had been claimed, and Gerkins made sure that the trick ‘r treaters worked for each and every morsel. He chased children, admonished a foul mouthed teenager, and regaled passersby with stories from the carnivale circuit which included a memory from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, as well as a rather salacious tale that detailed his trysts with bi-sexual siamese twins.

REFLECTIONS AND PROGNOSTICATIONS

What began as a simple yard haunt mutated and took on a life of it’s own. Everybody seemed to genuinely enjoy the experience, regardless of age. It reinforced in me that desire to haunt and perform and bolstered the notion that somewhere in time I will produce a bona fide haunted attraction where guests will come to scream and be merry.

The Irrepressible, Pere.

The Irrepressible Pere.

Gerkins & Pere welcome you kindly.

Gerkins & Pere welcome you kindly.

Gerkins & The Nightmare Fuel Carnivale.

Gerkins & The Nightmare Fuel Carnivale.

Gerkins & Pere Cross the Veil

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by bluefall8

If the rain shall relent, it will be a magical Halloween. Tonight I’ll be participating in a yard haunt with my in-laws and some neighbors. There will be a cemetery scene stretched across several lawns complete with tombstones, ghouls, and even a scarecrow!

Oh yes, there will be candy too for the young ones who can navigate the path through strobe lights and fog whilst festive music fills the air; but it shan’t be easy. A pair of seasoned creeps will be lurking, a duo of undead carnival castoffs who are eager to provide nightmare fuel. This terrible tandem is known only as Gerkins and Pere.

Gerkins is a carnival barker of old who delights in laughs and screams a like. He possesses a dramatic flair that sometimes erodes to reveal a bi-polar disorder. His faithful sidekick Pere is a youthful ball of energy prone to mischief and nonsense; she is often admonished by Gerkins for this but such condemnations do little to augment her behavior. Pere is afflicted with an insatiable sweet tooth and has an annoying habit of parroting Gerkins. Together, the two comprise an All Hallow’s Eve tour de force hellbent on fun and fright!

The only known photo of Gerkins.

The only known photo of Gerkins, date unknown.

Dying Days Aglow with Haunts

Posted in Haunt Schedule with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2013 by bluefall8

The final week of the haunt season is always an exciting and exhausting period of time as the opportunity to visit haunted attractions is never more abundant. A multitude of haunts will be open every night through Halloween and because October 31st will fall on a Thursday this year many of those will actually welcome customers until Saturday, November 2nd.

What a great calendar 2013 delivered for haunters, with a Friday the 13th in September and Halloween falling late in the week the haunt season will be stretched to the absolute limit! Generally our final outing of the season will come the weekend prior to All Hallow’s Eve or if we’re lucky we’ll cobble together one last haunted adventure on Devil’s Night or Halloween itself. An extra weekend to explore haunted houses is a luxury; indeed a real treat.

So how will we spend our final outings? Well, there really is no other way to spend the final week of October except to embark upon a veritable haunt marathon! On Devil’s Night we’ll experience a trifecta of terror when we visit the Wyandotte Jaycees’ Bloodbath on Biddle, the relocated Scream Machine, and Westland’s newest haunted house, Hush.

On Halloween I’ll be participating in a home haunt with my in-laws and their neighbors in Lincoln Park, an event I’ll detail further in a separate post. As of now I don’t have any plans to visit haunted attractions that night but one can never be sure what might transpire once trick ‘r treating is complete.

Friday will likely serve as our final outing of the season and it has the potential to be a doozy. We’ll travel over two hours to tour St. Charles Village of the Living Dead, then back track to Exit 13 in Mt. Morris, and if time permits we’ll come to rest at House of Fear in Hazel Park.

We don’t currently have any plans to venture out on Saturday, but there’s definitely a chance that a trip may manifest. We haven’t yet made a trip to Ohio this season and it would be a shame if our current streak were to end — five consecutive years we’ve traveled to the Buckeye State for haunted attractions. Already I feel the lure of Terror Town in Maumee and Haunted Hydro in Fremont.

All Hallow’s Eve, Our Muddy Nightmare

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by bluefall8

As I mentioned last night, John and I will venture to Maumee, Ohio this evening for Dimensions in Darkness and Terror Town. If what I’ve read about Dimensions of Darkness is true then we will surely have a Halloween to remember — voices on the wind carry to me tales of frightening intensity cocooned within an old school approach. Terror Town has me excited as well, the minds behind the madness here never fail to whip up some new trick or outrageous animatronic. Oh, how the haunt season does delight with all of it’s twists and turns — this will be the fifth consecutive year that I’ve visited Mayor Worm Face’s twisted town — you have to be doing more than a couple of things right to possess that sort of draw.

In other news, I’m very proud and excited to announce that the Mud Puppets Halloween Special, titled Our Muddy Nightmare has been released! I burned the midnight oil tying up loose ends and eagerly await feedback. If you’re a reader of this blog and you aren’t familiar with the Mud Puppets, I’ll fill you in — my cousin and I produce a sketch comedy show on YouTube. We began shooting this past June and have continued ever since, Out Muddy Nightmare is our fifth episode. I welcome any and all readers of Horrorlust to check us out — oh yeah, we’re also running for President.

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