Dino Drac After Dark

Sinister Survey! (#7)

Okay, Sinister Survey time!

This week, I want to hear about your SPOOKY PRIZED POSSESSIONS.

Maybe it’s an oddball Halloween decoration that you’ve kept since childhood. Maybe it’s some super expensive prop that you splurged on. Maybe it’s an obscure Frankenstein action figure that you rescued from a yard sale.

I’ll start you off with one of mine: A complete set of Kool-Aid’s Halloween flavors, including the extremely rare Canadian editions. I spent well over a decade searching for those!

Your turn. Name one or more of your spooky prized possessions, in the comments.

Photos aren’t necessary, but if you have one, feel free to link to it.

(To check out last week’s Sinister Survey, click here.)

Macabre Movies of the Week! (#7)

For this edition of Macabre Movies of the Week, I’m gonna throw some love to the music videos for some of our favorite Halloween tunes. After all, we hear these tracks a billion times every October, but how often do we actually watch the videos?

Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

Alice Cooper – The Man Behind The Mask

Dokken – Dream Warriors

Enjoy! Feel free to link to some of your favorite spooky music videos in the comments, too.

(To view the previous Macabre Movies of the Week, click here.)

Chilling Challenge! (#7)

I’ve seen a lot of chatter about the upcoming holidays, and how a lot of us won’t get to spend them the way we normally would. Stupid pandemic.

It got me thinking about Halloween. Say you decide it’s best to stay home, whether for safety reasons, or just because. At the same time, you don’t want to waste it, especially since Halloween falls on a blessed SATURDAY this year.

For this week’s Chilling Challenge, map out the perfect Halloween-at-home.

What would you do? What would you watch? What would you eat? How would you celebrate Halloween if you had a whole ass day to do it, but had to do it at home?

To tell you the truth, it wouldn’t be a major hardship for me. Doing something on October 31st has been a rarity all through adulthood. We do have tentative (outdoor) plans this year, though I’ve been spooked enough by the recent spikes to reconsider them.

I think I’d run background movies throughout the day — meaning stuff I’ve seen a zillion times and don’t necessarily need to pay attention to. Movies like Halloween 4 and Dream Warriors. Then in “prime time” — assuming I’m not wasting valuable hours online — I’d pick a movie I actually haven’t seen. Maybe something like Doctor Sleep.

It’s easy to say that I’d just eat candy all day, but I think I’ve taste-tested enough of it this month. If I’m having an “oh fuck it, it’s Halloween” sort of day, I’m definitely ordering pizza. (Now that I’ve written that, I really, really hope I have an “oh fuck it” day on Halloween.)

I’d make sure our spookily-scented candles were lit in every room, and open as many windows as I could stand. “Halloween air” hits different, and even if it’s the exact same temperature on November 1st, it won’t have the same flavor.

By 11, I assume I’d be crocked on vodka and ready to toss on Halloween-themed episodes of various sitcoms.

Doesn’t sound like much, I know, but it’s what would make me happy.

Your turn! Map out how you’d do Halloween-at-home this year, in the comments!

(Missed last week’s Chilling Challenge? It’s over here.)

Frightening Free-For-All Thread! (#6)

It’s October! The world is completely imploding and everything is super fucked up, but it’s October!

We all knew this was gonna be a strange Halloween season, but… wow. Real world stuff is dominating our attention these days, but I hope you’re still able to swipe a few moments to revel in spooky trivialities here and there!

Maybe this week’s run of After Dark posts will help? Once you’re done here, scroll down and check out the new Sinister Survey, Chilling Challenge and Macabre Movies of the Week.

This is your Frightening Free-For-All Thread. Talk about whatever you want (well, except the real world), all week long!