November 2, 1989 |
At Cabrini College, students put together a haunted house complete with jack-o'-lanterns that opened Friday at Xavier Hall, a dormitory.
October 16, 1989 |
Further evidence - if any were needed - that Hollywood is more interested in making money than sense is offered by the arrival of Halloween 5. It is a predictably tedious serving of tripe that opened Friday - the 13th. Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan, of course, opened on Friday, July 29. Halloween 5 goes into release more than two weeks before Halloween. Go figure. I raise the issue of the dating game in the vain hope of finding some point worth discussing about either of these long-running horror series that have turned into lucrative franchises for their makers.
November 1, 1991 |
Fran Mayville (left) wears his wickedest sneer as he mixes a potion of dried blood and entrails designed to turn little kids into snails and puppy dog tails. His partner in witchcraft, the Quasimodo-like Michelle Fleming, offers the vile concoction to visitors at a Halloween haunted house in West Philadelphia. This bewitching bit of drama, sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, took place last night at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, whose members should know a thing or two about potions, good and bad.
October 28, 1990 |
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. - The three witches in Macbeth. Ah, Halloween, that bewitching holiday celebrating the occult. Most people know it as the night children dress up like demonic spirits or cartoon characters clutching bags to hold their candy. But the real origin just might surprise you. Though the day is named for the evening before a traditional Catholic holiday, the celebration itself originated from ancient pagan rites.
October 31, 1988 |
A Woodstown, N.J., art teacher has been suspended after parents accused her of preaching that Halloween is a satanic holiday and that children should fear God's wrath if they went trick-or-treating. Parents of several second-grade students in the Salem County borough complained that the teacher, Ann Shelton, frightened their children by telling them Halloween was evil. They also said the teacher instructed the students not to reveal who told them so. Shelton, a tenured teacher of 14 years, called the accusations lies.
October 31, 2002 |
Just when did Halloween - formerly the province of egg-hurling hooligans and kids in dime-store costumes - become a national holiday? When I was a kid, not only did we walk 15 miles barefoot through the fields to school, leaving blood on the snow in the process; we also celebrated Halloween for the 24-hour candyfest it was meant to be and left it at that. There may have been a haunted hayride or two when I was a tyke, but they were not advertised in glaring expressway billboards starting in late August.
October 16, 1988 |
Halloween festivities will include video entertainment this year at Springfield High School. Under the direction of video artist Julius Vatali, 10 students in the school's video production class created a 5-minute Halloween video to be shown on the district's education station - Channel 2 - on the Suburban Cable Television network. Vatali worked with the students for 10 days, through a grant the school received from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. His assignment ended Friday.
March 1, 1990 |
Four recent films - an Australian comedy, a satirical look at the movie business, an Argentine thriller and yet another Halloween outing - aren't the only interesting new things at the video store this week: There's a passel of classic films and music videos for every taste as well. YOUNG EINSTEIN (1989) (Warner) $89.95. 91 minutes. Yahoo Serious, Odile Le Clezio, John Howard, Pee Wee Wilson. If you're jaded by the cookie- cutter comedies churned out by Hollywood, head for this upbeat farce from down under.
October 31, 1986 |
This is to all of us who seek to destroy one of those things that as young people, we used to anticipate celebrating - Halloween. I wonder why the press consistently place fear in the hearts and minds of today's children with the reporting and programming of all of the violence they can find to report or dramatize. I am all for an informed public, but when you take things beyond information to creating general hysteria, it is time to speak out. When I was a child, Halloween represented fantasy and a wealth of treats.
October 27, 1993 |
The fourth annual alternative Halloween party will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Upper Merion Baptist Church, 585 General Steuben Rd., King of Prussia. Hayrides, games, food, contests and a fun house are part of the evening's festivities. According to the Rev. Richard T. Purchase, the wearing of scary Halloween costumes dates back to the pagan celebration of Sanheim, when evil spirits roamed free. Children wore fierce and scary costumes to ward them off. Halloween is also the eve of All Saints Day, a Christian holy day set aside in the eighth century as a time to remember the lesser saints who did not command a separate holiday in their memory.