Halloween Cars and Vehicles
In Delaware, a group of Zombies climb annually out of a rented
Hearse. They turn on the music of “Thriller,” sung by Michael
Jackson. My children and grandchildren tell me this Halloween
tradition lives on, in Delaware, Ohio.
Mom and I were happy to get up, she put on a black and white
top, an orange sweater along with a white ghost pin. I wore this
Halloween shirt, that has spiders’ webs, with black velvet spiders
and a haunted house. On the back of this shirt, which has orange
sleeves is a very large velvet spider. I walked with Mom down to
get our pumpkin donuts, frosted in cream cheese icing, along with
a cup of cider and one of coffee, too. We passed some of the candy
out to the morning servers, teens that Mom has connected with,
over the past two years.
I read a great summary of several famous vehicles that embody the
spirit of Halloween and need to give, Terry Troy credit for his news
in the Automobile Sales pages of Wednesday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Here are the three vehicles that will go in order of ‘scary’ effects:
#1. “Christine,” from Stephen King’s book is a 1958 Plymouth Fury,
who is filled with Satan’s soul, according to the thrilling novel. They
used between 20 or more Fury cars, some were destroyed in stunts or
used for parts. This “Christine” is indestructible and a determined “fury.”
#2. “Duel” is a memorable horror story of a 1955 Peterbilt 281 tanker truck,
who is chasing through the desert and mountain two lane roads, poor mild-
mannered Dennis Weaver’s character. He is driving a Plymouth Valiant, 1971.
This was, by the way, Stephen Spielberg’s first feature length movie, a triumph
in suspense and deadly scenes, released in 1971. Loud and scary horn is sounded
in a seemingly ‘driver-less’ truck that is relentless in its pursuit.
#3. “The Munsters” television series was funny and not so scary, in my mind, as
the more hauntingly creepy “The Addams Family.” In the show, the Munster
family has two vehicles of note. One that you see more often is that of the family
car, called “Munster K0ach.” Fred Munster would take the family out for a drive
and the neighbors and other travelers on the road would pull over. This strange
but fun vehicle consists actually of three Ford Model T’s cut up and reconnected.
This iconic car was assembled by the famous George Barris, famous for other
television and movie vehicles. His other car constructions consist of the Batmobile,
Beverly Hillbillies Truck and KITT from Knight Rider show.
The “Munster Koach” used to tour with Fall car shows around the country. There
was a year it made it to the Marion Southland Mall, where my three children were
able to peek inside and see the red velvet interior, similar to the fabric used in caskets.
The goggle-wearing “Grandpa” character played by the great Al Lewis, was called,
“Drag-U-La” and was designed by Tom Daniel and built by George Barris.
Hope you have a Happy Halloween!
Also, hope you enjoyed this post paying homage to creepy Halloween vehicles, found
in movies and television.
Do you have a scary movie to add, whether or not it holds a vehicle?