WBEZ | Halloween http://www.wbez.org/tags/halloween Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Zombie Lore: From Dracula to 'Night of the Living Dead' http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/zombie-lore-dracula-night-living-dead-109039 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Night%20of%20the%20living%20dead.jpg" style="float: left; height: 420px; width: 300px;" title="Poster from original 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead.” Due to the filmmakers' neglect of the former requirement to put proper notice on copies of their work, this image and the film it's from are in the public domain. (WikiMedia Commons)" />My search started after I watched <em>World War Z</em>, the much-hyped Brad Pitt epic which tells the story of a global war against zombies.</p><p>The film was entertaining and kept me interested all the way through, but I was disappointed in one particular aspect: fast zombies.</p><p>It seemed to me that zombies always adhered to a few basic rules, rules that kept things at least interesting between the living and the undead.</p><p>One of those rules is speed. Zombies don&rsquo;t generally move faster than a reanimated corpse trying to keep all the rotted flesh from falling off at once, which is about the pace of a small, bumbling child in front of you on a busy sidewalk.</p><p>Second death was another rule, of sorts. Zombies, it seems, have one easy dispatch mechanism. A bullet or a good solid bashing of the noggin will take them out for good.</p><p>The living, with enough resources, always stood a fighting chance against the zombie hordes, and the ingenuity, courage, trust and will to live of the living is what made zombie stories so engaging.</p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/zombie-lore-dracula-night-living-dead-109039#video"><strong>Watch: Night of the Living Dead</strong></a></p></blockquote><p>After watching the speed-demon zombies in <em>World War Z</em>, I got to thinking about zombie lore. Who sets the rules for monsters? Does anyone police the world of horror and maintain some semblance of order and reason, or are we going to have to deal with sparkly vampires and the super-human undead from now on?</p><p>I decided to research the topic of zombie lore in literature, and finding none involving the modern zombie, that which is an infected, slow-moving, reanimated corpse with an insatiable hunger for living flesh, I moved on to film. It turns out zombies are one in a long line of very traditional monsters carved out of superstition and legend by capable writers in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and brought to life by filmmakers of the 20th century.</p><p><strong>Monster Lore: The evolution of zombies</strong></p><p>This is not a peer-reviewed literary study, merely a rough retracing of monster lore as it winds its way through popular culture.</p><p>But it would seem that zombies are the bastard-children of vampire literature and a copyright mistake.</p><p>A French Benedictine monk, Antoine Augustin Calmet, wrote two-volumes on the mysticism, superstitions and culture of Southern Europe first published in one volume in 1759 as <em>Dissertations Upon the Apparitions of Angels, Daemons, and Ghosts, and Concerning the Vampires of Hungary, Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia</em>.</p><p>Many of the rules of vampirism can be traced to Calmet&rsquo;s inclusion of Christian symbols in combatting particularly fearsome creatures like blood-sucking dead people. Stakes, crosses, Holy Water, fire and other pieces of vampire lore were included in Calmet&rsquo;s volumes, which provided more than enough fodder for Irish writers Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and the godfather of vampirism, Bram Stoker.</p><p>Literary types contend Fanu borrowed heavily from Calmet&rsquo;s books to create the iconic <em>Carmilla</em>, a lesbian, blood-sipping archetype who appeared in the form of a massive black cat stealing the life essence from her female victims.</p><p>Fanu&rsquo;s short story predates Bram Stoker&rsquo;s genre-setting <em>Dracula</em> by 25 years, and it is a point of continuing controversy whether Stoker was influenced by Carmilla or if both books just used much of Calmet&rsquo;s work to build their respective monsters.</p><p>Regardless, Stoker&rsquo;s <em>Dracula</em> set the initial rules for vampires based heavily on Calmet&rsquo;s inclusion of religious superstitions and mysticism, a kind of empirical hold on the genre that has lasted until recently, when genre-bending, sparkly vampires appeared in popular culture.</p><p><strong>Vampires: From one to many</strong></p><p>Just about 57 years after Stoker penned the penultimate vampire, American author Richard Matheson wrote his own vampire novel,<em> I Am Legend.</em></p><p>Matheson&rsquo;s vampires retained traces of the old count from Transylvania in their fear of garlic and mirrors, but they were born not of the bitten lineage of their forefathers, but instead created as a result of some kind of genetic mutation caused by nuclear war and spread by dust and mosquitoes.</p><p>Matheson, who acknowledged the influence of Stoker&rsquo;s Dracula on his own vampires expounded on his new-fangled concept of an older monster during a video acceptance speech when <em>I Am Legend</em> was named the Vampire Novel of the Century by the Horror Writers Association in coordination with the Stoker family estate, according to<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/apr/03/i-am-legend-vampire-novel-century"> The Guardian</a>.</p><p>An ailing Matheson could not attend the ceremony and said in his video:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I am certainly honored and delighted that you have chosen I Am Legend as the vampire novel of the century, which is a rather dubious but interesting distinction,&rdquo; said the author. &ldquo;When I was a teenager I went to see Dracula with Bela Lugosi and at that time, even as a teenager, the thought occurred to me that if one vampire is scary, what if all the world were full of vampires?&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Matheson&rsquo;s more-is-better approach to vampirism began the bending of the genre into something more born of biological basis and scientific scenario than the heretofore mystical and religious implications of the monsters of the dark ages.</p><p><strong>The zombie is born</strong></p><p>Matheson&rsquo;s <em>I Am Legend</em> first became a film in 1964&rsquo;s <em>The Last Man on Earth</em>. Prior to that, the creature known as zombie could trace its lineage to the voodoo children carried on in traditions by people in the old world and the new world.</p><p>All the while, and certainly well before vampires existed as myth, the horrific creature known in parts of the world as nzumbe and zonbi allegedly walked the tropical realms of central Africa and the islands of the Caribbean as corpses raised from the dead by some magical means.</p><p>But Matheson&rsquo;s vampire pandemic inspired another filmmaker to create a creature whose similarity to the vampires of old is limited to being undead and desirous for feeding on the living.</p><p>The Romero Zombie was born in George Romero&rsquo;s<em> Night of the Living Dead</em>, a 1968 black and white horror film about the dead reanimated as creatures invading the Eastern United States and feasting on the flesh of the living.</p><p>Slow-moving, dim witted and with an insatiable hunger for flesh, the modern, also known as fictional zombie, owes its existence and guiding principles to Romero&rsquo;s first film and his subsequent zombie films.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s what Romero had to say about the influence of Matheson&rsquo;s vampires on his modern zombie from an interview on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Interview-George-A-Romero-On-Diary-Of-The-Dead-7818.html">CinemaBlend.com</a></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;When I did the first film, I didn&rsquo;t call them zombies. When I did <em>Night of the Living Dead</em> I called them ghouls, flesh eaters. To me back then, zombies were just those boys in Caribbean doing the wet-work for Bela Lugosi. So I never thought of them as zombies. I thought they were just back from the dead. I ripped off the idea for the first film from a Richard Matheson novel called <em>I Am Legend</em>, which is now back with us after a couple of incarnations prior. I thought<em> I Am Legend</em> was about revolution. I said if you&rsquo;re going to do something about revolution you should start at the beginning. I mean, Richard starts his book with one man left; everybody in the world has become a vampire. I said we got to start at the beginning and tweak it up a little bit. I couldn&rsquo;t use vampires because he did so I wanted something that would be an earth-shaking change. Something that was forever, something that was really at the heart of it. I said, so what if the dead stop staying dead? <em>Diary of the Dead </em>goes back theoretically to that first night. I didn&rsquo;t use the word &ldquo;zombie&rdquo; until the second film and that&rsquo;s only because people who were writing about the first film called them zombies. And I said, maybe they are in a way. But to me zombies were separate in the rainbow. In this film, because it goes back to that first night, nobody knows what to call them. By the time of <em>Land of the Dead</em>, they have this slang already: Stenchies. But I felt it was too early for anybody to know what they were or to have any sort of identifying moniker for them.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Someone forgot to copyright the zombies</strong></p><p>The Romero Zombie set the stage for nearly all modern zombie tales to follow, but it may have done so inadvertently.</p><p>According to the website<a href="http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2011/10/10/how-a-copyright-mistake-created-the-modern-zombie/"> Plagiarism Today</a>, a copyright error, and not an infection, may have caused the apocalypse of the Romero Zombie.</p><p>From an article on <em>Night of the Living Dead:</em></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The first prints of<em> Night of the Living Dead</em> didn&rsquo;t use the title we know it as today. Instead, it referred to the movie as <em>Night of the Flesh Eaters</em>, one of the working titles of the movie. However, before release, the title was changed to its more familiar version but, when changing the title card,<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/faq"> the distributor forgot to put the copyright notice on the final print</a>.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>This error allowed <em>Night of the Living Dead</em> to enter the public domain immediately upon release.</p><p>And while Romero lost out big on profits from the movie, anyone could create a story using the modern zombie, which perhaps led to the proliferation of zombies with the same particular traits as the Romero Zombie.</p><p>Romero himself blew up his own creature, building in slight changes over the course of many zombie films,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/night-of-the-living-dead-1990">according to film critic Roger Ebert</a>.</p><p>Without the zombie being in the public domain, it&rsquo;s difficult to speculate on where Romero might have gone with this creature or what others would have done if limited by copyright protection.</p><p>In the end, I prefer the slow-moving, dim-witted Romero Zombie to some of the creature&rsquo;s many incarnations.</p><p>And at least if I do not know any more creative ways to kill them, I now know where zombies were born<a name="video">.</a></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sv8txLdjZEI" width="620"></iframe></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/takimoff" rel="author">Tim Akimoff</a> is the Director of Digital Content at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff"> Twitter </a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/timakimoff"> Facebook </a></p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/zombie-lore-dracula-night-living-dead-109039 Pop-up stores aren't just for Halloween http://www.wbez.org/news/pop-stores-arent-just-halloween-109018 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/popup store.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At his store in Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Courtland Hickey showed me some of the popular costumes for Halloween. Lab suits from Breaking Bad, Duck Dynasty beards, fox costumes.</p><p>His family&rsquo;s run Chicago Costume for about three decades. They own two brick and mortar stores, but each year, they&rsquo;re also scouting other locations.</p><p>&ldquo;A couple of years ago we had nine pop-ups, this year we only have four. There&rsquo;s a lot of different factors. There&rsquo;s the economy and the consumer shopping habits which is the biggest factor. There&rsquo;s a lot of other factors including the rent and available locations,&rdquo; Hickey said.</p><p>Halloween pop-up stores are easy to find this time of year. But there are also more businesses seizing the opportunity for short term leases.</p><p>Landlords haven&rsquo;t always wanted to rent to a pop-up location.</p><p>&ldquo;The resistance was probably twofold. Maybe too much trouble for too little money. And there was some concern that a Halloween store might degrade the image, marketability at some point in the future,&rdquo; said Rob Thomas, realtor with Jameson Real Estate.</p><p>But the economic crisis that started in 2007 made landlords start thinking differently.</p><p>&ldquo;By 2011, many of those landlords we previously contacted were chasing me for locations,&rdquo; Thomas said.</p><p>According to CBRE, Commercial Real Estate Services, in 2010, Chicago peaked at a 12.6 percent retail vacancy rate. The market&rsquo;s recovering from the crisis, but not without some hiccups. So far this year, vacancies increased slightly to 8.8 percent.</p><p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean the market has necessarily stopped improving. The post-bubble retail market is polarized. Stronger areas do well while weaker areas lag. Some businesses close up shop in one part of the city, just to open up in another area. Meanwhile, pop-ups have been able to move through both.</p><p>Temporary leases on average last for a couple of months, some as short as a weekend. Rob Thomas has seen rent for a single period range from $5,000 to $30,000.</p><p>&ldquo;Although, I&rsquo;ve not been directly involved but have heard from others in the industry, national brands offering large sums of money for premier locations,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>He says that&rsquo;s been more of a recent development with high-end properties and brands getting into the mix.</p><p>The shopping center at 900 N. Michigan Avenue is one of those. It&rsquo;s got permanent retailers like Bloomingdale&rsquo;s and Gucci. But like other vertical malls, it&rsquo;s struggled with vacancies especially during the recession.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of the national brands really held back and they weren&rsquo;t ready to expand, or they cancelled expansion plans. And so we did have to get creative and be a little bit more flexible as far as a temporary lease is concerned,&rdquo; said Sarah Burrow, marketing director for 900 N. Michigan Avenue.</p><p>Not only that, vertical shopping centers aren&rsquo;t really being built anymore and existing ones are dying out.</p><p>&ldquo;You don&rsquo;t see it done anymore and there&rsquo;s a reason. People are a bit intimidated about going up and that&rsquo;s been something that&rsquo;s been a big challenge for us,&rdquo; Burrow said.</p><p>She adds many of the center&rsquo;s vacancies are on the upper level, and pop-ups were a way to curate up-and-coming brands as well as usher traffic upstairs.</p><p>&ldquo;Only recently have the idea of pop-ups expanded into a broader retail selection. So what we&rsquo;ve seen, which has been really exciting for our property, is these emerging designers, smaller brands, or really unique retail concepts that pull a variety of artisans,&rdquo; Burrow said.</p><p>Even media brands like Men&rsquo;s Journal magazine have gotten into the pop-up business. For a few weeks in December, it has set up in a high traffic shopping spot to display items featured in its magazine.</p><p>The journal said they&rsquo;ve been successful so far. They&rsquo;re considering the idea for cities like New York and L.A.</p><p>Realtor Rob Thomas said while the Chicago market is recovering, the imprint of pop-up shops remains.</p><p>&ldquo;Landlords have discovered that these temporary uses rather than degrade the spaces marketability, it increases its visibility and it becomes a marketing tool for the landlord as well,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Thomas couldn&rsquo;t say for sure whether that helped in the recovery, but at least it kept some businesses going when things were at a standstill.</p><p><em>Susie An covers business for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/soosieon" target="_blank">@soosieon</a></em></p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/pop-stores-arent-just-halloween-109018 Guide to Chicago Halloween 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/guide-chicago-halloween-2013-108992 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicagogeek.jpg" title="Halloween decorations at the Meysenburg Mansion in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. (Flickr/ChicagoGeek)" /></p><p>From Halloweekend to Día de los Muertos, Chicagoland is brimming with eerie events, spellbinding shows, and wickedly fun Halloween-themed parties that give a whole new meaning to the phrase &quot;ghost town.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>But first, a few protips:</p><p><strong>1. Explore the suburbs.</strong></p><p>If you have the means to embark on a mini-adventure before the 31st, take a daytrip outside of Chicago to visit a beautifically autumnal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/wild-side-chicago/2013/10/the-top-five-chicago-pumpkin-farms-to-visit-in-2013/" target="_blank">pumpkin patch</a> or an orchard for&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-apple-picking-near-chicago/" target="_blank">apple picking</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Embrace the power of the costume, but don&#39;t abuse it.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Halloween is the only time of year that you can walk around dressed like Wolverine or Obi-Wan Kenobi and receive little to no judgment from passersby, so why not seize the opportunity and geek out to your heart&#39;s content? Of course, an ignorant lapse in cultural sensitivity (or downright&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theroot.com/multimedia/racially-insensitive-halloween-costumes" target="_blank">racism</a>)&nbsp;does not count.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Enjoy the holiday while it lasts.</strong></p><p>Do the Monster Mash, bake ghost-shaped Pillsbury sugar cookies, and treat yourself to repeated viewings of &quot;Mom&#39;s Got a Date with a Vampire,&quot; &quot;Hocus Pocus,&quot; and &quot;Don&#39;t Look Under the Bed.&quot;</p><p>Also, make sure that you venture out into the city every once in a while, walk around in the brisk autumn air, and experience all of the Halloweentime joys that Chicago has to offer!</p><div><p><strong>Festivals:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/franken_plaza.html" target="_blank">Chicagoween</a>: Delight in spooky entertainment, hayrides, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and a fall farmers&rsquo; market when&nbsp;Daley Plaza becomes Franken Plaza. Oct. 25-27.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/hallowfest" target="_blank">HallowFest:</a>&nbsp;Head to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe for fortune telling, face painting, a carved pumpkin gallery and more. Oct. 26-27.</li><li><a href="http://lincolnpark.patch.com/groups/events/p/clark-street-spooktacular-2013" target="_blank">Clark Street Spooktacular</a>: The annual Lincoln Park neighborhood event returns with family friendly games, trick-or-treating, street magicians, jugglers, balloon artists, and a costume contest. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.downtownbatavia.com/batfest" target="_blank">BatFest</a>: A parade, pumpkin roll, entertainment, trick-or-treating, hayrides, games, and farmers&rsquo; market along the Riverwalk in Batavia. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.parkfun.com/programs/special-events/halloween-boonanza" target="_blank">Halloween Boonanza</a>: Kids ages 14 and under can participate in hayrides, crafts, carnival games, and trick-or-treating&nbsp;at the community center in Schaumburg. Saturday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/spooky-zoo-spectacular">Spooky Zoo Spectacular</a>. Arrive in costume to enjoy the arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, and live outdoor music at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Thursday, Oct. 26.</li></ul><p><strong>Parties:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/201503493365565" target="_blank">Nocturna All Hallow&#39;s Eve Ball at Metro</a>: The annual music hall extravaganza will feature a costume contest with cash prizes, a photo booth, vendors, and Halloween-themed performances. DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://chicagohistory.org/boo/#sthash.j8mHEd8L.dpbs" target="_blank">Boo: A Halloween Ball at the Chicago History Museum</a>: A night of terrifying tales, dancing, and craft cocktails. Thursday, Oct. 31.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://hauntedyacht.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank">Haunted Yacht Party at Navy Pier</a>: Hop on board! Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://scofflawchicago.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-ghost-of-bonnys-returns-again.html" target="_blank">Scofflaw&#39;s 2nd Annual Bonny&#39;s Halloween Party</a>: The Ghost of Bonny&#39;s returns! Scofflaw opens the shuttered Logan Square bar for a late-night dance party. Thursday, Oct. 31.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.royalesociety.com/" target="_blank">Dead Celebrities at Enclave</a>: Expect Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and Marilyn Monroe to make appearances. Also, bring your A-game in the costume department: the winner gets $3,000. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.oldtownpourhouse.com/2nd-annual-costume-party-event-222.php" target="_blank">Costume Party at The Boundary and Old Town Pour House</a>: $100, $50 and $25 gift cards will be awarded to the best dressed. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://thenumbereddays.com/buy-tickets-for-upcoming-events/" target="_blank">The Numbered Days Halloween Loft Party</a>: Head to Logan Square Auditorium for a dance party, trick-or-treat collaborative art, a costume contest, and DJ sets from Clash Gordon, Kyle Garner, and Matt Roan. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/626465874071032/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming" target="_blank">Pumpkin Carving Party at Cafe Mustache</a>: BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin) to the annual night of jack-o-lantern carving, beer drinking, and DJ mix jamming. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://community-bar.com/" target="_blank">Noche De Muertos: I Put A Spell on You Halloween Party</a>: Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead at Maria&#39;s Packaged Goods &amp; Community Bar. Friday, Nov 1.&nbsp;</li></ul></div><p><strong>Haunted Houses:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.thefearhauntedhouse.com" target="_blank">The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier</a>:&nbsp;This award-winning attraction features both an agressive adult-themed haunted house at night and a low scare, lights-on attraction during the day. Open now through Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://statesvillehauntedprison.com" target="_blank">Statesville Haunted Prison &amp; City of the Dead</a>: Located just outside of Chicago, this terrifying institution of horror has been voted Best Haunted House in Chicago, Scariest Haunted House in Illinois, and one of the Top 25 Haunted Houses in America. Open now through Nov. 2.&nbsp;</li><li>More haunted houses in the Chicago suburbs:&nbsp;<a href="http://fearcitychicago.com" target="_blank">Fear City</a>&nbsp;in Morton Grove, <a href="http://www.asylumxperiment.com" target="_blank">The Asylum Xperiment</a>&nbsp;in Villa Park, and&nbsp;<a href="http://42fear.com" target="_blank">Basement of the Dead</a> in Aurora.&nbsp;</li></ul><p><b>Music:</b></p><ul><li><a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=5842" target="_blank">Hallowed Haunts</a>: Come in costume for spooky music and pre-concert activities at the Symphony Center. For all ages 5 and up. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/thu-oct-31-8pm-10" target="_blank">Halloween at Martyrs</a>: A Halloween blowout featuring music from Terrible Spaceship, Diana and the Dishes, and The Lincoln Squares. Thursday, Oct. 31</li><li><a href="http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2013/10/pictureplane_pl.html" target="_blank">Pictureplane at Berlin</a>: Berlin&#39;s Total Therapy event on last Thursdays happens to fall on Halloween this year, and witch house musician Pictureplane is headlining. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://do312.com/event/2013/10/31/halloween-spectacular-featuring-terrifyingly-amazing-performers" target="_blank">Halloween Spectacular at Emporium Arcade Bar</a>: Advertised as the &quot;Best Halloween Party in Town!&quot; (and it very well might be) the barcade spectacular will include music from Mucca Pazza, Mack the Knife, and DJ Risky Bizness/Sean Doe. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.wickerparkbucktown.info/events-1/annual-double-door-halloween-party-wickerpark-bucktown" target="_blank">Halloween at Double Door</a>: The Wicker Park music venue&#39;s 17th annual bash will take place over the course of two spooky nights this year, featuring Slutter as KISS, Sex Therapy as Janis Joplin, and The Dead On as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Oct 31-Nov 1.</li></ul><p><b>Theatre</b>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://events.chicago.cbslocal.com/chicago_il/events/all-hallows-eve-eve-variety-show-/E0-001-062194977-8" target="_blank">All Hallow&#39;s Eve Eve Variety Show at California Clipper</a>:&nbsp;Get Halloween started early with some shadow puppetry, literary readings, and a raffle to benefit Chicago&#39;s newest literary institution, ChiPRC (Chicago Publisher&#39;s Resource Center). Multimedia performers include Audrey Niffenegger, Chris Hefner, Chris Bower, and Fred Sasaki. Wednesday, Oct. 30.</li><li><a href="http://www.theatreinchicago.com/newswire.php?newsID=917" target="_blank">Musical of the Living Dead at Stage 773</a>: This musical journey about a zombie apocalypse was named Best Musical in 2012 and Best New Play in 2012 by the Chicago Reader. Playing now through Nov. 9.</li><li><a href="http://www.chicagoburlesque.org/belmont-burlesque-revue-halloween-2013" target="_blank">The Belmont Burlesque Revue at Theater Wit</a>: The annual Halloween show will feature the Belmont Bombshells, the Amazing Tomas, and several special guests. Thursday, Oct. 26</li><li><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-nightmares-on-lincoln-ave-5-b-is-for-blood-event">Nightmare on Lincoln Ave 5: B is for Blood</a> and <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-death-toll-a-drinking-game-performance-1-event">Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance</a>: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Oct. 31 (&quot;Nightmares&quot;) and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31 (&quot;Death Toll&quot;) at <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-the-cornservatory-venue">The Cornservatory</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>Movies:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/events/mmxchi-horror-movie-night-2-event" target="_blank">Horror Movie Night at Delish</a>: Indulge in&nbsp;a three course prix fixe meal while watching a&nbsp;horror movie&nbsp;classic in the days leading up to Halloween. Film selections include &quot;The Shining,&quot; &quot;Carrie,&quot; &quot;Night&nbsp;of the Living Dead&quot; and more. Oct 24-31.</li><li><a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com" target="_blank">Horror Movie Madness at The Logan Theatre</a>: Watch &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby,&quot; Trick &#39;r Treat,&quot; &quot;The Shining,&quot; and John Carpenter&#39;s &quot;Halloween&quot; on the titular night. Oct 24-31. &nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.classiccinemas.com/location.aspx?house=2263" target="_blank">&quot;Shaun of the Dead&quot; at Woodstock Theatre</a>: The cult British zombie comedy screens at midnight. Friday, Oct. 25.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com" target="_blank">Horror Movies at the Music Box Theatre</a>: The lineup includes a &quot;Halloween: Treats and Tricksters&quot; program as part of the 2013 Chicago International Children&#39;s Film Festival, in addition to scary films like &quot;The Wicker Man,&quot; &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby,&quot; &quot;Escape from Tomorrow,&quot; and two midnight screenings of &quot;The Rocky Horror Picture Show.&quot; Oct. 24-31.</li><li><a href="http://wickerpark.org/partners/chicago-park-district" target="_blank">Haunted Indoor Drive-In at Wicker Park Fieldhouse</a>: Hate-watch a different film from the &quot;Twilight&quot; series each night at the annual film festival. Oct 24-27.</li></ul><div><p><strong>Other Events:</strong></p></div><ul><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1425653127658100/" target="_blank">Paranormal Brunch at the Empty Bottle</a>: In addition to delicious food and storytelling from the Chicago Paranormal Investigator team, there will be craft-making, Tarot readings, and vintage flicks projected on the big screen. Dress up in costume for extra EB street cred. 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.</li><li><a href="https://hubbardinn.projectparties.com" target="_blank">The Haunted Inn at Hubbard Inn</a>: The popular River North bar and restaurant has transformed into a haunted hotel. Stop by for a specialty themed cocktail or three-course harvest menu, if you dare. Now through Nov. 1.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://nowyouknowevents.com/ai1ec_event/chicago-halloween-trolley-crawl-2013-2/" target="_blank">Halloween Trolley Crawl</a>: Halloween Pub Crawls are kind of a big deal in Chicago, but the &quot;Trolley of Terror&quot; may beat them all. Saturday, Oct. 26.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://garfield-conservatory.org/" target="_blank">Creatures of the Night at the Garfield Park Conservatory</a>: Spooky spiders, owls, and bats are showcased in this Halloween-themed program. Wednesday, Oct. 30.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://www.northalsted.com/pages/17th_annual_northalsted_halloween_parade/114.php">Northalsted Halloween Parade</a>:&nbsp;Twisted Circus is this year&#39;s theme. Costume categories are drag, group, original, pet, and scariest. Thursday, Oct. 31.</li><li><a href="http://www.navypier.com/things2do/entertainment/halloween.html">Halloween at Navy Pier</a>: The seasonal celebration includes costume contests on&nbsp;Saturday, fireworks Saturday at 9:30 p.m., and trick-or-treating for children ages 12 and under on Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday. Oct. 26-31.</li></ul><p>What are your favorite Chicago Halloween traditions and haunts?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/guide-chicago-halloween-2013-108992 Ghost stories http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/ghost-stories-103630 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cemetary%20flickr%20miss%20laura%20lee.jpg" style="width: 404px; height: 323px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Laura Goins)" /></div><p>We are all haunted.</p><p>It might be by a person or a place or a thing, but each of us has something that shadows our days and nights.&nbsp;Norman Maclean, the late University of Chicago professor, let us know what it was for him when he concluded his majestic <em>A River Runs Through It</em> with these sentences: &quot;Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world&#39;s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Ursula Bielski has devoted her life to ghosts. She has written books about ghosts and cemeteries, all richly detailed and embellished with history and a sure sense of place, which is Chicago. Along with her husband, writer David Cowan, she operates Chicago Hauntings Tours.&nbsp;</p><p>The ghost that most haunts Bielski is that of Mary Bregovy, who was a young woman when she died in 1934 and who is known as Resurrection Mary, for the southwest suburban cemetery in which she was buried.&nbsp;</p><p>There is debate about whether this woman is the real deal; some ghost-folk believe Mary is the spirit of one or another dead girl. But, for Bielski, Bregovy is it. It is her ghost that is &quot;seen&quot; wandering near the cemetery, sometimes trying to get into the cars of those driving on Archer Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p>Bielski says: &quot;I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder how I will ever bring Mary Bregovy&#39;s story to the audience she deserves. She is pure Chicago, and tells our whole tale lushly and elegantly at once. If you can&#39;t find Chicago in Mary&#39;s story, then Chicago is surely lost.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>The latest chapter of the story came when Bielski drove past the Satala funeral home on S. Damen Avenue; and noticed a &quot;For Sale&quot; sign.&nbsp;</p><p>Bielski says: &quot;This was where Mary&#39;s body was prepared. And the whole back of the yards neighborhood represents everything that I do. I drive around it and think about the fact that Mary, the daughter of Polish immigrants, walked through it each morning to Packingtown to go to work, and that today it is home to an entirely different generation of immigrants that is, as was Mary, trying to get out.&rdquo;<br />Perhaps one day Bielski will tell that story in a book. That will have to wait&mdash;this is the busy season for those in the ghost business.&nbsp;</p><p>But as Halloween has become just another happy holiday--a trip to Fantasy Headquarters, the amazing Milwaukee Avenue store provides vibrant proof--the meaning of ghosts has been trivialized.</p><p>Still, this seems a fine time to ask what, or who, is haunting you?</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/ghost-stories-103630 'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-01/afternoon-shift-180-scare-tactics-103594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr halloween pedro ferreira.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-180.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-180" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #180: Scare tactics</h1><h2>In honor of Halloween, we explore the root of our fears, which biologist Rob Dunn says are much deeper than childhood trauma. &quot;Curious City&quot; explores voting machine security. And Rick sits down with the new Cook County Medical Examiner, Stephen Cina.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Wed, Oct 31 2012 14:28:39</p><div>What Haunts Us by WBEZRick Kogan starts our Halloween episode off right with a recounting of an eerie Chicago ghost story.</div><div>Carved Up #halloween #pumpkin #jackolantern #carvingbrendan-c</div><div>WBEZ Pritzker fellow Lewis Wallace asked people on Navy Pier what they're afraid of...scare crows, monsters, the dark, creepy white vans...OH MY!<br></div><div>What are you afraid of? WBEZ's Lewis Wallace asks Navy Pier-goers by WBEZWBEZ Pritzker fellow Lewis Wallace asked people on Navy Pier what they're afraid of...scare crows, monsters, the dark, creepy white vans....</div><div>Ickworth Park (NT) 09-09-2012Karen Roe</div><div><p><b>Why We’re Scared</b> - The root of our fears are much deeper than a childhoodtrauma. Biologist <a href="http://www.robrdunn.com/" class="">Rob Dunn</a> says humans’ fear response comes from millions ofyears spent running from predators.<br></p></div><div>Why we're scared, professor Rob Dunn explains by WBEZThe root of our fears are much deeper than a childhood trauma. Biologist Rob Dunn says humans' fear response comes from millions of years...</div><div>Anxious? Blame the Predators in Your Primate Family History.In the developed world, we live in the most peaceful, healthful time in history. The murder and violent crime rate is dropping; we are va...</div><div>Ummm apparently it's still pretty common for people to be eaten by pythons? #AfternoonShift #manvspredator @wbezKatie O'Brien</div><div><b>Child Nightmares</b>&nbsp;- The streets will be flooded with ghosts and goblins and other terrifying trick-or-treaters Wednesday evening. So what should parents and kids do when those images come back to haunt kids? Sleep psychiatrist <a href="http://www.3daudiomagic.com/" class="">Tom Jackson</a> helps us understand--and cope with--nightmares. <br></div><div>Child nightmares, Dr. Tom Jackson tells us what to do and how by WBEZThe streets will be flooded with ghosts and goblins and other terrifying trick-or-treaters Wednesday evening. So what should parents and ...</div><div>Taking terror out of nightmares: Tips for parentsSUNDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Nightmares are common in children and upsetting for both youngsters and parents, but there are some t...</div><div><p><b>As part of <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/" class="">Curious City</a></b>, Jennifer Brandel and reporter Robert Loerzel find out what Chicago's done to protect voting machine security in light of reasonable concerns elsewhere.<br></p></div><div>Curious City: What are elections authories doing to protect voting? by WBEZAs part of Curious City, Jennifer Brandel and reporter Robert Loerzel find out what Chicago's done to protect voting machine security in ...</div><div>Question answered: What are elections authorities doing to protect voting?A listener&rsquo;s distrust of electronic voting has him asking for a paper ballot. Officials say paper can have less security concerns, ...</div><div>I co-wrote this story for WBEZ's Curious City project. And I'll be on air between 2 and 3 p.m. today.Robert Loerzel</div><div>20081104_MG_1188ocean yamaha</div><div>Working on a story about voting machines. But wonder - have you ever experienced HUMAN error at a polling place around Chi? Let us know.Curious City</div><div>Jim DeRogotis gets us up to speed on the public nuisance hearings being held against the Congress Theater in Logan Square. There have been 30 police service calls to the 3,500-seat Congress&nbsp;from the middle of August through October 30th. For some perspective...through the same period, 50 police service calls were made to Wrigley Field which has a&nbsp;capacity of&nbsp;42,000.&nbsp;</div><div>Jim DeRogotis attends the Congress Theater's fourth public nuisance hearing by WBEZJim DeRogotis gets us up to speed on the public nuisance hearings being held against the Congress Theater in Logan Square. There have bee...</div><div><p><b></b>For Front &amp; Center, Brian Mann concludes his look at a veteran's transition to civilian life and pursuit of the American Dream.<br></p></div><div>Discrimination against our country's heroesSome veterans face negative stereotypes and misconceptions about how their military service experience may affect their ability on the job.</div><div>A soldier&amp;#39;s struggle up the economic ladder - WBEZ1 day ago ... Josh Jones is a sophomore at Paul Smiths College in New York state, way up near the Canadian border. He looks the part of...</div><div>After that, we talk with Eli Williamson from Leave No Veteran Behind, which provides educational and employment services to veterans who face economic hardship. Eli can be reached for more information about the program at: ewilliamson@mccormickfoundation.org. <br></div><div>Front &amp; Center conversation with President of Leave No Veteran Behind by WBEZWe talk with Eli Williamson from Leave No Veteran Behind, which provides educational and employment services to veterans who face economi...</div><div>The Antithesis Of Charity: Investing In Our Future By Keeping Our Promise To VeteransVeterans have a distinct place in our society as those who have carried the heavy load of sacrifice. They have a distinct place in the wo...</div><div>Home | Leave No Veteran BehindRyan G. Seaman, Coast Guard. Ryan was the 105th African-American graduate of the Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. However, t...</div><div><p><b></b>Rick sits down with Dr. Stephen Cina, the new Cook County Medical Examiner. Cina is charged with cleaning up the county morgue and an office that's been plagued scandal. <br></p></div><div>Cook County Coroner Dr. Stephen Cina cleaning up the morgue's tarnished image by WBEZRick sits down with Dr. Stephen Cina, the new Cook County Medical Examiner. Cina is charged with cleaning up the county morgue and an off...</div><div>The man fixing the morgue: Stephen Cina and his big project - Chicago Sun-Times: http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/15975309-452/dr-cina-cleaning-up-the-morgue.html#.UI1FRlUkIc4.twitterNeil Steinberg</div></noscript></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-01/afternoon-shift-180-scare-tactics-103594 Ghoulish soundtracks from across the globe http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/ghoulish-soundtracks-across-globe-103553 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bloodbath.jpg" style="height: 628px; width: 620px; " title="Halloween horror, Bollywood style! (image courtesy Finders Keepers)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65552266&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Halloween&rsquo;s a good excuse to indulge in some cinematic terror. Now the thrills of a good horror film depend on a variety of things: the acting (the worse the better), the ratio of gore to plot (if it bleeds zoom in close and hold), and an adherence to generic conventions while not being afraid to wreak havoc with them (seen <em>Cabin in the Woods</em> yet?).</p><p>But the soundtrack is also an essential part of a film&rsquo;s fright factor. In the U-S the undisputed masters are Bernard Hermann and John Carpenter. But take a look at films from across the world and you&rsquo;ll find other musical geniuses at work, in a variety of genres. For this edition of <em>Global Notes </em>we&rsquo;re sharing some of our favorite international horror soundtracks and composers - please add yours in the comments section!</p><p><strong>1. Goblin, Title Track, <em>Profondo Rosso</em> (Italy, Dario Argento, 1975)</strong></p><p>The Italian rock group Goblin was a double threat: They found success both as popular musicians and soundtrack composers. Band leader Claudio Simonetti trained as a classical composer and pianist, but he feasted on &lsquo;70s prog rock, like Deep Purple and King Crimson. Thanks to their success amongst the progsters, they came to the attention of Dario Argento, who was in search of music better suited to his own visionary and genre-breaking horror.</p><p><em>Profondo Rosso</em> (Deep Red in English) was their first collaboration together. Many (including Simonetti) think <em>Suspiria </em>their best soundtrack work, and it&rsquo;s true they went all the way to weirdo town on that one. But I find this track endlessly compelling: So pure, so metal, so drum-tastic! &nbsp;Argento may terrify you but Goblin&rsquo;s sounds will keep you happily head-banging. And lovely to discover: Simonetti&#39;s still active and will be <a href="http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/10/27/composer-claudio-simonetti-talks-argento-suspiria-and-dracula-3d/">appearing in Los Angeles this weekend!</a></p><p>Other notables in the high art high camp Euro-horror world of the &lsquo;60s and &lsquo;70s: Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda, who trained as a jazz musician, but also accomplished the impossible: making Roman Polanski films like <em>Rosemary&rsquo;s Baby</em> even creepier! The avant garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki never composed for popular film, but his t<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwaEOyOw9tk">hrilling, strange arrangements</a>, were used in films ranging from <em>The Shining</em> to <em>Fearless.</em></p><p><strong>2. Bappi Lahiri, Disco Title Track, <em>Dashat </em>(India, Ramsay Brothers, 1981)</strong><br /><br />Wow. What better than a rather raw disco track to accompany a truly B grade horror film, straight out of Bollywood?&nbsp; The film involves bat venom poisonings and a Hamlet motif - beat that, Hollywood!</p><p><a href="http://www.bappilahiri.com/">Bappi Lahiri</a> is truly the king of the dance floor track in India. He&#39;s also quite the character: he&#39;s fallen in and out of favor as a composer and been accused of musicial plagiarism with alarming regularity. But<a href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-23/news-and-interviews/32789233_1_bappi-lahiri-bollywood-bappi-da"> this month</a> he&#39;s celebrating 40 years of success in the Hindi film industry wtih a couple of concerts.</p><p>Lahiri&rsquo;s just one stand-out on Bollywood Bloodbath: The B-Music of the Indian Horror Film Industry. This rather amazing compilation from British label Finders Keepers &nbsp;covers almost forty years of Bollywood horror films, from 1949-1985, which also includes tracks by Laxmikant Pyarelel.</p><p>If you want to watch the film (translated as <em>The Terror</em>) you can find the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj8X7r8h1gA">entire thing online</a>. And if you&rsquo;re starting to develop a taste for horror soundtracks, you&rsquo;re in luck. &nbsp;They&rsquo;re having a bit of a resurgence these days. &nbsp;Another UK label (the Brits seem to love their horror) <a href="http://www.deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com/">Death Waltz Recording Co</a>. is issuing a number of classic American soundtracks (<em>Halloween</em>, <em>Zombie</em>) on vinyl, complete with fabulous, limited edition artwork.</p><p><strong>3. Johan Soderqvist, &quot;Oskar in Love&quot;, <em>Let the Right One In</em> (Sweden, Tomas Alfredson, 2008)</strong></p><p>This is music to swoon...and then die by. One of my favorite horror films in recent years, and a lot of that has to do with this remarkable, classical soundtrack. Listen to the contrast between the lush, mournful piano and the menacing muted strings beneath &ndash; a wonderful take on the attraction/repulsion principle that animates every vampire. It&rsquo;s in stark romantic contrast to some of the more frenzied film scores.</p><p><a href="http://www.maintitles.net/features/interviews/johan-soderqvist/">Soderqvist</a> became famous for this soundtrack, which is wonderful performed by the Slovak National Symphony. But he&rsquo;s also composed for other star directors of the Nordic cinema, especially Susanne Bier). Other contemporary composers who mine the more mellow side of music for horror films: French musician Alexandre Desplat (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGnt42d67Mc">Twilight</a>) and Wojciech Kilar&nbsp;(<strike>Martin Scorcese&#39;s</strike>&nbsp;Francis Ford Coppola&#39;s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e8wO_byduQ&amp;feature=related"><em>Dracula</em></a>).</p><p>What would you add to this list? Leave your comment below - and happy Halloween!</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/ghoulish-soundtracks-across-globe-103553 Halloween fantasy trick-or-treating: The best and worst candy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/halloween-fantasy-trick-or-treating-best-and-worst-candy-103547 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141354165/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mmscandycorn.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="White chocolate candy corn M&amp;M's (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>In earlier times, it was said that one could release souls from Purgatory by baking and eating &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-31/soul-cakes-and-cider-donuts-halloween-inspired-foods-93642">soul cakes</a>&quot; &mdash; one saved soul per cake. The ritual may have given rise to modern day trick-or-treating, which has grown into an estimated <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-28/business/ct-biz-1028-bf-halloween-candy-20121028_1_candy-corn-candy-sales-halloween-products">$2.4 billion business</a> this year.&nbsp;On this day that celebrates the dead, I offer you the best and worst candy for a fantasy night of saving souls.</p><p><a href="http://business.time.com/2012/10/05/sweet-or-scary-this-seasons-hot-flavor-is-candy-corn/">Candy corn is trending</a> this year and my pick for the worst candy is White Chocolate Candy Corn <a href="http://www.mms.com/us/">M&amp;M&#39;s</a>. Please note, you must enter your birthdate to access the M&amp;M&#39;s site, like an alcohol website. But they don&#39;t even list the candy corn version on the site, as if they&#39;ve disavowed it. I actually don&#39;t mind a candy corn kernel or two at this time of the year, but this turns a chocolatey M&amp;M into a sickly sweet, soul-less M&amp;M zombie.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141068075/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jellybellybeanboozled.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px; " title="Jelly Belly BeanBoozled jelly beans (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; "><a href="http://www.jellybelly.com/fun_stuff/beanboozled_flavor_guide.aspx">Jelly Belly BeanBoozled jelly beans</a> are a party game in my home. One container holds the good flavors, while another holds the look-alike bad flavors. Is that Caramel Corn or Moldy Cheese? Peach or Barf? Buttered Popcorn or Rotten Egg? Though some would say both are bad in that last pair.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141443776/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/lewhifchocolate.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Le Whif breathable chocolate (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">For after-parties, out comes <a href="http://www.lewhif.com/index.html">Le Whif, the so-called breathable chocolate</a>. To get the same effect, accidentally suck up some cocoa powder off chocolate truffle, then cough and choke.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141048585/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mmscoconut.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="Coconut M&amp;M's (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">For some of the best candy, M&amp;M&#39;s redeem themselves with <a href="http://www.mms.com/us/about/products/coconut/">Coconut</a>. Green, brown, and white shells somehow encase a fresh coconut flesh flavor. I don&#39;t share this candy.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141093008/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rittersportbars.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="Ritter Sport full-size and mini bars (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">The German chocolate company Ritter Sport has a cult following in this country. The best flavor in my opinion: <a href="http://www.ritter-sport.us/#/en_US/product/100g_cornflakes">Knusperflakes (Cornflakes)</a>. I don&#39;t share this candy either. Did you ever pour chocolate milk into your cornflakes as a kid? These bars capture that illicit childhood flavor. Someday I will visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ritter-sport.us/#/en_US/waldenbuch/">Waldenbuch, home of Ritter Sport</a> near Stuttgart, Germany.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8141431358/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/almondrocadark.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px; " title="Almond Roca dark chocolate Dark Roca (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">I only share Dark Roca, the newest addition to the <a href="https://www.brown-haley.com/almondproduct.php">Almond Roca</a> line, with my mother, though she prefers the classic best &mdash; buttery, crunchy and now enrobed in dark chocolate.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">I limited my best candy to those found in this country, otherwise I&#39;d include the Edamame <a href="http://www.kitkat.com/">KitKit</a>, a specialty of the Sendai, Japan region, which <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/statuses/165209871296372736">I tasted</a> on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">my visit earlier this year</a>. Zunda mochi &mdash; sweet, mashed edamame with mochi &mdash; inspired this flavor. The candy itself is surprisingly nuanced, capturing the essence of the original ingredients &mdash; and without a doubt in my mind on this Halloween, saving souls with every bar.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/statuses/165209871296372736"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/kitkatedamame.jpg" style="height: 463px; width: 620px; " title="Edamame KitKat in Sendai, Japan (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/halloween-fantasy-trick-or-treating-best-and-worst-candy-103547 We are all haunted http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/we-are-all-haunted-103464 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Close to home: </strong><strong><a href="http://bachelors-grove.com/"><u>Bachelor&#39;s Grove Cemetery</u></a></strong>, Bremen, Ill.</p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bachelors%20Grove.jpg" title="Bachelor's Grove Cemetery (Photo by Maureen Searcy) " /></div><p>Bachelor&#39;s Grove is a sparse, run-down cemetery located inside the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve. This disused little plot fell into the hands of vandals in the &lsquo;70s, and a nearby road became <em>the</em> place for drag racing. Ghost hunters claim the Grove is one of the most haunted spots in the Midwest, and believers have reported instances of glowing orbs and even a phantom farmhouse. Many of the lighter tombstones have been moved. But the heavier gravestones remain, including a beveled, checkered monument upon which a <a href="http://graveyards.com/IL/Cook/bachelors/ghost.html"><u>ghostly lady in white</u></a> once appeared on film, according to the Ghost Research Society, though she was never seen in person.<br /><br />My friend and I visited Bachelor&#39;s Grove a few years ago and saw that people still leave items on headstones, like plastic roses and tiny biker teddy bears. But mostly we saw empty beer bottles, cigarette butts, a pastel thong half-buried in the mud and the footprints of either a satyr or a deer. As much as you would love to visit Bachelor&#39;s Grove at night, the risk of getting attacked IRL rises exponentially when the sun sets.</p><p><strong>Body chutes and ladders: <a href="http://therealwaverlyhills.com/"><u>Waverly Hills Sanatorium</u></a></strong>, 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, Ky.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Waverlyhillssanatorium.jpg" title="The main entrance to Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Wikimedia Commons/Kris Arnold)" /></div><p>Waverly Hills Sanatorium is an abandoned hospital that once housed up to 400 tuberculosis patients. The sanatorium was a self-contained city that created most of what it needed on site, including clean water, produce and meat. At the time of construction, builders also dug a tunnel from the hilltop hospital down to the base with a cart mechanism for supply delivery.<br /><br />At the height of the TB epidemic, hospital staff decided the high number of deaths caused both low morale and logistical inconvenience, so they began using the tunnel as a <a href="http://www.thecabinet.com/darkdestinations/image.php?sub_id=dark_destinations&amp;letter=w&amp;location_id=waverly_hills_sanatorium&amp;image_id=183"><u>&ldquo;body chute&rdquo;</u></a> to transport corpses. Believers claim to have witnessed orbs, flashes and shadows of past patients in the hospital. The Syfy Channel reality show <a href="http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/"><em>Ghost Hunters</em></a> talked about the haunting of room 502 by a nurse who was said to have hanged herself there.<br /><br />This one takes deep pockets, but you can surely shell out the cash to spend the night in Waverly Hills. Not one instance of the building shifting layout and dropping inhabitants into a different dimension has been reported. But then again, who would make it back to report it?</p><p><strong>Message for the Devil: <u><a href="http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/Charleston/old.htm">Old&nbsp;</a></u></strong><strong><a href="http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/Charleston/old.htm">Charleston</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/Charleston/old.htm"><u>&nbsp;Jail</u></a></strong>, 21 Magazine Street, Charleston, S.C.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Charleston%20Jail.jpg" title="Charleston Old Jail (Library of Congress) " /></div><p>Charleston, S.C. is a glorious town for ghost tours. Most guides will take you by the Old Charleston Jail, where some serious meanies, like Lavinia Fisher, were housed until execution. Wikipedia calls Fisher the first American female <a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/difference/serial-killer-vs-mass-murderer/"><u>mass murderer, but she wasn&rsquo;t</u></a> &mdash; she was a serial killer.<br /><br />Fisher and her husband, John, ran the Six Mile Wayfarer House in the early 1800s. According to one version of the story, the couple would poison wealthy male travelers with tea, just enough to cause them to collapse into bed in a stupor. Later in the night, the bed would collapse, dropping the unsuspecting man into a pit. Some say the pit had spikes.</p><p>But the Fishers were foiled by one thing: a guest who hated tea and only pretended to drink it.<br /><br />Long story short, officials dragged Fisher and her husband to jail and convicted them of highway robbery, a crime punishable by hanging. At the time, South Carolina couldn&rsquo;t execute a married woman &mdash; so the state hanged her husband first.<br /><br />Lavinia hoped to seduce a man into marriage at the last minute as a means of saving her life, so she asked to be hanged in her wedding gown. When no one said yes to the dress, she ruefully said, &ldquo;If anyone&rsquo;s got a message for the Devil, tell me now. I&rsquo;ll be seeing him soon.&rdquo; Believers claim Lavinia&rsquo;s ghost can be seen in the jail, appearing as a blue light in an upper window.</p><p><strong>Fire in the sky: <a href="http://www.brownmountainlights.com/"><u>Brown Mountain Lights</u></a></strong>, Burke County, N.C.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Lost%20Cove%20Cliffs.jpg" title="Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook (Photo by Maureen Searcy)" /></div><p>Brown Mountain sits along the Blue Ridge in the Appalachians and is famous for its spectral lights. Usually in late summer and early fall, particularly on nights after it rains, glowing orbs and flashing lights can be seen along the mountainside. These lights have been reported as far back as the 1300s, according to Cherokee legend that tells of a battle between the Cherokee and Catawba. After the battle, torch-bearing maidens collected their fallen warriors. Believers claim the lights are the ghosts of those maidens, still mourning their dead.<br /><br />I grew up in North Carolina, and the story I heard attributed the lights to a terrible mine accident in the 1800s. The miners&rsquo; wives took lanterns to the mountain, searching for their husbands, who were buried alive. The lights are the souls of those forever unsatisfied women.</p><p>In 1922, however, the U.S. Geological Survey sent an agent to <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1971/0646/report.pdf"><u>investigate</u></a>. He concluded that the orbs were . . . SPOILER . . . train lights. However, in 1916, the Catawba River flooded and washed out train service for several weeks. Believers claim the lights were still visible then &mdash; a ghost train!</p><p>If you seek out the lights, the best places to view them are along Highway 181, which runs along the base of the mountain; at Wiseman&rsquo;s View on Old NC 105; or at Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook at mile 310 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The real danger of looking is hitting a wall of fog (like I did) and barreling off a cliff. When you enter the Parkway, there is an enormous sign warning you to turn back in times of fog. Do that (as I didn&rsquo;t).</p><p><strong>Tread lightly: </strong><u><a href="http://www.damninteresting.com/the-smoldering-ruins-of-centralia/">Centralia, Pa.</a></u></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Centralia.jpg" title="Route 61 through Centralia, Pa. (Wikimedia Commons /JohnDS) " /></div><p>The town of Centralia is burning &mdash; literally. In this case, the town itself is a ghost.<br /><br />For much of the 20<sup>th</sup> century workers in Centralia often burned trash in an abandoned mine they were using as a landfill. One unlucky day in 1962, a vein of coal caught fire. Workers put out the surface flames, but like a cigarette dropped drunkenly on a couch, the coal vein kept smoldering inside.<br /><br />Over the years, the indomitable furnace buckled streets and released toxic gases. The town was abandoned, save for a handful of holdouts &mdash; presumably armed with fire suits, gas masks, a bunch of wire hangers and a lifetime supply of hotdogs. Buildings were razed and nature slowly overtook the town. It&rsquo;s estimated that the area contains enough coal to burn for another 250 years.</p><p>Centralia has inspired a video game, a movie and a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-26/entertainment/chi-silent-hill-revelation-movie-review-20121026_1_silent-hill-horror-story-cop">just-released 3D sequel, <em>Silent Hill</em></a>. Turns out folks <u><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2179622/The-Door-Hell-Giant-hole-Karakum-Desert-40-YEARS.html">love to throw matches</a></u> into endless supplies of flammable material.</p><p>Of all the places on this list, Centralia is the one I want to visit most &mdash; but won&rsquo;t. Don&rsquo;t go here, people. This is not reverse psychology. You&rsquo;ll fall into a pit of fire. And that will absolutely ruin your Halloween.</p><p><em>Maureen Searcy blogs and collects ghost stories at <u><a href="http://maureensearcy.com/we-are-all-haunted/">We Are All Haunted</a>.</u></em></p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-10/we-are-all-haunted-103464 Scary days are here again http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/scary-days-are-here-again-103315 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3615212504_17a9691fe8_z.jpg" title="It's a little scary how much we spend on Halloween. (Flickr/ Pedro J. Ferreira)" /></p><p>The origins of our contemporary celebration of Halloween are many and varied. Parts of our present day observations come from the 2,000 year old Celtic festival of Sanheim. Held on November 1, it marked the celebration of the harvest and the change from summer to winter, light to darkness and life to death.</p><p>The ancient Romans had two celebrations to commemorate the dead: In the seventh and eighth centuries, Catholic Popes established All Martyrs Day and All Saints Day (in Middle English: All Hallows Day) to commemorate those who had died for the faith and all loved ones who had gone before us. Celebrations included feasts, bonfires and dancing, and costumes that made light of our collective human fear of death.</p><p>Today the only direct links to Halloween of the past are the macabre costumes &ndash;&nbsp;skeletons, deformed creatures, mummies, ghosts, mangled cadavers &ndash;&nbsp;that both adults and children wear. None of them, I&rsquo;m sure, are worn to intentionally satirize the terrors of the human condition and death.</p><p>Halloween is no longer about spirits, ghosts, the fear of death or thankfulness for an abundant harvest; now it&#39;s a purely secular event about parties, candy and costumes for children and adults alike. And hey, what&rsquo;s wrong with that? According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend an average of $79.82 per customer on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy this year. The final tally will be between $6 and $8 billion. BIGresearch, a consumer intelligence provider, predicts that 71.5 percent of Americans plan to observe the holiday in some fashion.&nbsp;</p><p>I for one think that one reason, if not the main reason, for Halloween&rsquo;s popularity is that it gives people an excuse to dress up and temporarily take on a different persona. Putting aside the time and effort many parents invest in their kids&rsquo; costumes for school, more and more adults are attending house parties and costume balls held at hotels, church basements, clubs and restaurants.</p><p>Last year my wife and I thoughtlessly went to a restaurant on Halloween &ndash; we were the only people not in costume. (I tried to fake it by telling our waiters that we were dressed up as a middle-age, middle-class couple but she didn&rsquo;t buy it). This year my wife has taken steps to avoid repeating last Halloween&rsquo;s <em>faux pas</em>. We&rsquo;re going to a costume ball at the Drake and I&rsquo;m going as Desi Arnaz: I&rsquo;ll be wearing a tuxedo, a loud cummerbund, my hair will be combed in a pompadour, and I&rsquo;ll be carrying bongos. My wife will, of course, be Lucy. She&rsquo;ll be in a perfect 1950s suit with matching purse and shoes (she already has red hair, so she won&rsquo;t be wearing a wig!).</p><p>Frankly, I&rsquo;m looking forward to it. I hope to see a few friends there as well. Of course, if their costumes are really good, I probably won&rsquo;t be able to recognize them.</p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Halloween is the largest commericial holiday next to Christmas.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/scary-days-are-here-again-103315 Skokie school bans Halloween celebrations http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/skokie-school-bans-halloween-celebrations-103444 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/halloween_Karina_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>No costumes. No candy. No Halloween parties.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the new rule in District 69, which serves students in the Northern suburbs of Skokie and Morton Grove.</p><p>Superintendent Quintin Shepherd announced the policy change in <a href="http://www.skokie69.net/index.php/info/district-announcements/item/1569-halloween-letter-from-superintendent-shepherd" target="_blank">a letter to parents</a>.</p><p>Shepherd said in the letter that Halloween festivities were canceled to respect a growing number of students who cannot afford costumes or don&rsquo;t celebrate Halloween for religious and cultural reasons.</p><p>Shaun Saville is the parent of a fourth grader in District 69.</p><p>&ldquo;We were disappointed that Halloween was being cancelled and the way we were being told were weren&rsquo;t very happy about,&rdquo; Saville said. &ldquo;I think two hours out of a school day&nbsp; is not a significant amount of time when kids are going to be focusing on Halloween festivities anyway.&rdquo;</p><p>Saville gathered more than four hundred and fifty signatures <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/skokie-school-district-69-reinstate-the-halloween-celebration-at-school?utm_campaign=new_signature&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=signature_receipt" target="_blank">on a petition</a> protesting the ban on the school&rsquo;s Halloween celebrations and took it to a recent school board meeting.</p><p>&ldquo;I think&nbsp; it&rsquo;s a good chance for kids to be creative,&rdquo; Saville said. &ldquo;Maybe make it a learning opportunity about different cultures and diversity at our school.&rdquo;</p><p>But the school board has upheld the superintendent&rsquo;s decision to cut Halloween parties from the school day.</p><p>The district did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.</p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/skokie-school-bans-halloween-celebrations-103444