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November 2, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / FELICIA HODGES
At Cabrini College, students put together a haunted house complete with jack-o'-lanterns that opened Friday at Xavier Hall, a dormitory.
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October 16, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
November 1, 1991 | BOB LARAMIE/DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 28, 1990 | By Ronda Sharpe, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 31, 1988 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 31, 2002 | By Trish Boppert
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.
NEWS
October 16, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1990 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
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.
NEWS
October 31, 1986 | BY DIANE HALL
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.
NEWS
October 27, 1993 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
Seems kind of fitting, but "Nightcrawler" and "Ouija" were in a virtual dead heat at the weekend box office. The Jake Gyllenhaal crime thriller and the board-game adaptation tied for first at the box office with $10.9 million each as Halloween ticket sales were more trick than treat - although "Nightcrawler," about an ambulance-chasing man who shoots gory footage for the local news, beat estimates. The independent, R-rated "Nightcrawler" was able to capitalize on a weekend the studios were frightened away from.
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November 4, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Power 99 FM's annual Powerhouse gathering of chart-topping rappers and R&B singers is always a party. That's a given. Mash together the tops in hip hop and nu-soul doing their latest singles and most cherished tracks over the course of seven (or more) hours, throw in a zealously enthusiastic young crowd, and you're jamming. Imagine, then, what Wells Fargo Center's Powerhouse looked and sounded like on Friday night, which just happened to be Halloween. It was a monster mash with attendees and several of the long night's performers dressed for the haunted holiday.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
CRESCO, Pa. - After school let out Friday, families in Barrett Township dashed for their garages, pulling out plastic severed heads, bloody-looking chains, and fake tombstones. Brandon Eden, 8, pulled on a flowing black cape for his vampire costume. His mother, Ashley, ran out to buy bags of KitKat bars, Reese's candy, and Jolly Ranchers. His father, James, hauled out an inflatable skeleton riding a horse for the front yard. For those in this small Poconos community, who lived a real-life horror story for nearly seven weeks, the last-minute celebration of Halloween was a welcome break.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "THE GUEST," an Afghan War vet shows up at the home of a KIA buddy, comforting the family with accounts of the soldier's moving last words. It's a startling prologue, because the movie tips us immediately to what the family does not know - that the vet, a guy named David, is up to something. We see him alone, gazing into the camera with a demented, blue-eyed stare (Dan Stevens' too-good-to-be-true, soap-opera handsomeness is put to devilish use), while stabbing "Psycho"-ish music hammers away on he soundtrack.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The police force that patrols Camden saw its ranks swell, if only temporarily, Thursday night, as newly knighted members of the community swore to uphold their duties as honorary community peacekeepers. Officers from the Camden County Police Department, which patrols only in the city, joined volunteers and city and county officials to hand out pretzels, flashlights, and T-shirts and hold small ceremonies for kids as they "knighted" them Blue Knights. Police and city officials have been engaged in a community interaction campaign since the force was established in May 2013.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SEVEN CLASSIC sex-symbol cars will have their curvaceous bodies covered with bloody limbs and gaping jaws in today's Liberty Region Corvette Club Show at Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. The eerie entries in the EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest - try saying that with a mouthful of candy corn - will be scattered among the street rods and muscle cars in the pub's parking lot on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard. Among the dozens of local student-artists entering solo and group creations to win the $250 to $1,000 prizes, Holiday Campanella, 25, of South Philly, was shocked when she first saw the size of her blank canvas.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Kelley thinks roller coasters and haunted houses have a lot in common. "[They] share the appeal of being something that seems really dangerous, but at the same time you know you're safe," says Kelley, senior vice president and director of public programming at Eastern State Penitentiary. "Haunted houses are like that in that you feel like you're going in somewhere you shouldn't be. " This Halloween, spooky thrills aren't contained within four walls. Festivities throughout Philadelphia cater to the whole family, from date night-worthy scares and beer-boosted tours to kid-friendly excursions.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Put on your costume or dress as your favorite character Saturday and Sunday for the Philadelphia Zoo's Halloween extravaganza "Boo at the Zoo. " In addition to a creepy fun celebration, learn about the zoo's inhabitants at the Sustainable Palm Zone. If you want to get spooked, take a stroll through the Extinction Graveyard to learn about extinct species around the world. There will be games, goodies, treats and music. "Boo at the Zoo," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, to 4 p.m. after Nov. 1. Activities: $20, $18 ages 2 to 11, free members and 1 and younger.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Jean Kintisch of Wayne, Halloween can be a scary time of year - and not in an exciting, haunted-house kind of way. That's because her youngest daughter has nut allergies that make trick-or-treating a potentially life-threatening activity. This year, though, Kintisch may feel a little less frightened, thanks to a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project that invites people to display a teal-painted pumpkin or a printable flier to notify trick-or-treaters that nonfood treats such as stickers or crayons are available.
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