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Spirit of Halloween “Lives” in These Vehicles!

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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?

Evil Is in the Eye of the Beholder!

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Let’s just eliminate all fun and use of imagination! I am giving an

unapologetic rant, today! I was astonished to read of the newest

“victim” of right wing Christians: pumpkins that are carved into

Jack-O-Lanterns! They are on a newly extended “hit list” that is just

taking this a little too far.

I fully understand why they consider Halloween a “pagan ritual” but

do think almost all children would not realize the implications of evil

in wearing costumes and gathering large amounts of candy into bags.

I have “held my tongue” and cooperated with the schools (and preschools)

that have decided to turn their Halloween costume parties into Harvest

Fests. I have never complained to my grandchildren or let on to the

fact that 4 of 6 grandchildren will not be having Halloween parties. They

will have cider and donuts, or possibly even cupcakes with pumpkins

and leaves being the decorations instead of witches, goblins, vampires

and zombies! (Side comment: both the 4 year olds like those “scary”

images and don’t have nightmares with them involved.)

Being scared is part of being a child. Remember being afraid of the dark,

clowns, dolls, what was in your closets or under your beds? If you teach

your child fear, this can be good! Don’t want them going off with strangers

nor accepting food, candy or other things without adult or parental

permission! I am fine with those very important lessons learned in these

“stranger danger” possibilities. I would prefer some fear in their lives…

I loved scary stories, yet did have a few bad dreams or nightmares, while

a child, though. I liked “ghost stories” due to the way the goosebumps

made me feel scared but alive!

Here is a new list of things that are being taken out of the New York

City schools’ tests, due to recent NYC Dept. of Education mandates:

1. “Dinosaurs” (due to people who don’t believe in evolution)

2. “Birthdays” (Jehovah’s Witness have a problem with them. So, can we

still celebrate the LIVES of famous people around their birthdays?

Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, others come to mind…)

3. “Creatures from Outer Space,” so Aliens cannot conform to Bible

teachings but how about imagination and silly monsters?

4. “Homes with pools” really, I could not make this up! Not sure but

am trying to reason that some people would be underprivileged

enough not to recognize them and would not “test well” using these.

5. “Computers,” really again trying hard to rationalize why?

6. “Vermin.” Enough said.

7. “Junk food.” How about lessons on not eating them?

8. “Abuse.” Well, we don’t want to teach them about it, but how about

prevention?

9. “Terrorism,” always a very touchy subject.

10. “Divorce.” Not sure why testing would be skewed with this but okay.

11. “Holidays.” Enough said, again.

When you were little you probably loved those holidays with candy and

fun, like passing Valentines out and getting dressed up and collecting

door to door candy. If you are from somewhere you weren’t exposed to

these “customs” and let’s not call them “holidays,” maybe you had another

one or two that included fun, games and treats. In Mexico, a piñata would

be great filled with candy! Name some in your country, include any times

you were allowed to wear a costume, please, too!

Here are some areas that are now being added to concerns of people

when considering costumes and celebrating Halloween:

In Sandy, Utah a conservative citizens’ group don’t want children to

wear any “cross-dressing costumes” or “masks,” either.

I had a wonderful read today in the Cleveland papers of a woman

who wrote an editorial reply to this, paraphrased as”

“If you think my son wearing a ‘Daphne’ character’s costume from

“Scooby Doo” cartoons will make him (or turn him) into a gay, I

need to worry about your son turning into an axe murderer or

a ninja!”

Another group, from an area down by my “neck of the woods,” is

telling members of the Maryland Elementary in Bexley, Ohio that

some children may not have enough money for costumes so that

is a good reason to not have a Halloween costume party. Hey!

What about the ghosts made out of sheets, the cats with all black

leotards with black eyeliner whiskers, the hobo costumes, the

farmer or scarecrow costumes where you use overalls and plaid

shirts, or the 70’s hippies or 50’s bobby sox outfits? Aren’t these

fun and inventive ways for parents to dig up stuff out of their

closets? And, yes, my son did dress up as a woman with a wig,

dress and high heels: he is married and has two children and

two stepkids, too!

How about a ban on scary costumes? How about just friendly

ones like Casper the Friendly Ghost or Scooby Doo? I like the

princess ones that the little girls wear year round to the grocery

store and the little black cape and Batman half mask that my

oldest grandson wore everywhere he went. I liked the cowboy

boots passed down from my brother to my oldest daughter,

who wore them, even in Christmas pictures with Santa Claus.

Two more Evangelists who are complaining about Halloween:

Pat Robertson says, “Halloween is Satan’s Night.”

Kimberly Daniels says, Most of the candy sold during this season,

has been dedicated and prayed upon by witches.” (Jacksonville, FL)

I don’t think innocent children have “devilish” intentions and I am

not sure that the majority of their parents do either!

Hope I did not step on too many toes here! You are allowed freedom

of speech, I agree to disagree with some of the opinions expressed

by my opposition. I will be polite, your turn to rant…