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Halloween Hopscotch

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2020 by bluefall8

Halloween was, as it always seems to be, a surreal, mad dash toward that invisible veil that separates our world from the next. My son, Lincoln, and I got an early start on our hunt for candy and made a stop first to Churchill Cemetery in Southgate, which was, of course, the subject of a recent story here on Horrorlust.

Lincoln bravely walked through the cemetery gates where he was offered some treats at the end of a groundkeeper’s spade which I found to be a clever and effective way to safely dispense candy in a COVID-19 world. He posed for a picture with the towering Patches before we departed Churchill Cemetery and then, at a nearby house, semi-confidently informed a creepy jack-in-the-box that it was nothing more than an electronic.

Patches (left) and my 5-year-old son, Lincoln, at Adam Grignon’s Churchill Cemetery in Southgate, Michigan.

We hopped back into the car and came to rest next on London Street in Lincoln Park; this is the street that I grew up on. As my son is still a relatively young trick r’ treater, we pounded the pavement as the Sun still hung in the air which perhaps explained the lack of houses that had yet to flick on a porch light. Lincoln didn’t notice of course, but I did, and the sight saddened me a bit.

As we visited some of the very same houses I did as a young child, I saw my memories layered over the present and I told my curious little boy stories from my own youth. All told, we probably spent an hour on the hunt and that was all Lincoln needed as he reasonably said to me, “I’m good, dad. I have enough candy.” Being a parent is humbling, and ironic, and sometimes heartbreaking; it’s also the most worthwhile endeavor I’ve ever experienced.

Yours truly (left) donning the mask of The Misfits iconic Fiend, Lincoln (right) appears amused by the rictus grin looming behind us.

As the Sun began to set, Lincoln was excited to attend a kid’s Halloween Party with his mom. Meanwhile, I hit the road with a few members of our own haunted house crew including my girlfriend, Shirley, to return to the Haunted Hydro in Fremont, Ohio for the first time in a decade. Although, I did attend a limited amount of haunts this season, of those, Crazy Bob and the gang far and away ran the most efficient operation tailored to COVID-19.

A lot had changed since my last visit in 2010, but the overall charm of the place was alive and well. The theme played loosely with the current pandemic, and offered a tagline that read, “Curse or the Cure.” The outdoor maze, Curzed Woods, was a tangle of fun highlighted by a lively cast and a full moon that sent silver rays of light glistening across the bubbling surface of the Sandusky River.

Once free, we enjoyed a stroll through a makeshift museum which detailed the long history of the Haunted Hydro, a history that I was pleasantly surprised to learn included the Fremont Jaycees.

The main attraction located inside the former hydro-electric dam itself, Cure Family’s Bizarre Bazaar, did not disappoint either, dotted with an array of highly-detailed rooms full of whimsy and fright. Our favorites included a skeletal, high school band, a curiously padded cell, and a series of interesting freak show displays near the conclusion of the attraction.

The entire affair came to an end in bales of laughter when Jaclyn, Shirley’s impish, 17-year-old cousin, who I affectionately (and sometimes disparagingly) refer to as Frankenstein, unwittingly purchased a pair of bondage bracelets which she believed to be a spooky necklace.

Absinthe & Automatonophobia

Posted in News with tags , , , on October 2, 2015 by bluefall8

All of a sudden it is in the air and all around — the magic of the fall season has regained that familiar foothold. Through ritual and routine we revisit all that we experience in this life and for me that is a comfort. Today, I stepped outside to find a crispness in the air and witnessed a hint of nature’s eternal paintbrush. I traveled down London Street in Lincoln Park, my childhood home. As each blocked rolled by my window in a blur of shapes and colors I realized it was here that a love of Halloween was first imprinted on my soul. In many ways that stretch of London Street is the very essence of Halloween for me.

I ventured out today to discuss ideas for a Horrorlust logo with my friend, Stefani Lawrence. She was the artist who created some perfectly spooky heads for The CikNis last year, a home haunt that I helped produce. It was a joy to thumb through some of her past work which included self-portraits, shadow boxes and oil pastels that depicted eerie subject matter. I know that Stefani is the perfect person to translate the dark imaginings of my mind into tangible art work; I can’t wait to see what beautifully nightmarish sketches she will create.

Indeed, fall has descended once more; with wind in hair and wrapped in flannel I raise a glass to another season of screams.

It is here that I am at peace.

A LOOK BACK AT STEFANI’S WORK ON THE CIKNIS

Artistry Most Wicked

STEFANI ON HORRORLUST RADIO

Horrorlust Radio Episode #009

Oddments and Reflections

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by bluefall8

Seven years ago I began writing about Halloween, horror movies, and haunted attractions purely out of  love for all things spooky, creepy, and macabre. It’s something I developed a fascination with when I was a child. My family lived on London Street in Lincoln Park where my brother and I enjoyed creating dummies from our grandfather’s old work clothes and along with our sisters played haunted house in our basement. That love for the fall season has stayed with me my entire life and I consider myself fortunate for having the opportunity to have met and conversed with so many who share that same passion; and I owe much of that to the entries in this blog.

Inspired in part by Zioptis, this is something I began to do for fun. As time passed I began to get responses from haunt goers, owners, and actors who all enjoyed my writing. I found it rewarding to have that level of interaction. A few weeks ago, while flipping through the Haunt Guide, I discovered that Sinister had made mention of this blog in their ad. I got a real kick out of that and I’m not embarrassed to admit that it filled me with a sense of pride. Recently, after learning of this, my mother-in-law suggested I start promoting this blog in earnest and so I decided to have some business cards printed. I have no idea where this journey through monster infested corridors will lead me but I’ve enjoyed the trip thus far and have no plans to turn back. I can’t help but follow my heart, it just feels right.

Here I am mugging for the camera with the Sinister ad. As you may have surmised from the background I'm also a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

Here I am mugging for the camera with the Sinister ad. As you may have surmised from the background I’m also a fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

 

A close up of the ad where you can actually see the phrase Horrorlust.

A close up of the ad where you can actually see the phrase Horrorlust.

 

The official Horrorlust business card. Coming soon to a haunt near you!

The official Horrorlust business card. Coming soon to a haunt near you!

Those of you with a keen eye may have noticed that beneath my name it says “Reviewer & Videographer.” I absolutely delight in video production and earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University where I majored in Electronic Media and Film Studies. I produced a promotional video for a haunted attraction, Woods of Darkness in South Rockwood, and would love the chance to work with others in the haunt industry. Here’s a link to that video: Woods of Darkness Promotional Video. If interested you can of course leave a comment on this blog, call the number listed on the card, or contact me at the following email address: joel@bluestarproductions.net