Night of the Living Contest, 2014!

One week to go, Halloween fanatics and fellow haunters! Time to kick it up a notch.

Put those thinking caps on, because it's time for the annual giveaway contest where you can win some free stuff from the Cemetery. It's time for the Night of the Living Contest!

I'll ask three Halloween and horror related questions. The first to answer all three correctly wins.

And what do you win? One hand-screened Highbury Cemetery 2014 shirt (size large). White ink on a dark grey shirt, and it's one of the best shirts that we have ever produced here in the Cemetery:

As an added bonus, the winner will also receive a hand-screened, signed and numbered 8.5" x 11" Highbury Cemetery 2014 mini poster. Metallic silver ink on black card stock. It's a limited edition of 12 and is the first poster printed in the Cemetery basement. This is definitely something that will be added to the yearly Halloween ritual here, as it was a lot of fun to make these and they turned out great!

So here we go! The first person to answer the three questions below correctly wins. Simply drop your answers into the email form to the right side of this blog or drop them into the comments below and you could have a spooky package delivered to your door just in time for Halloween!

Night of the Living Contest Questions:

1. What is the name of the heavy metal rock star who comes back from the dead to play a guitar that shoots bolts of electricity in the movie, Trick or Treat?

2. In what year did Walt Disney Productions originally release their classic Halloween album, Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House?

3. What is the name of the Pittsburgh area cemetery that was used to film George Romero's 1968 zombie-genre defining classic, Night of the Living Dead

Good luck everyone! And did I mention that all the answers could possibly be found somewhere in this blog?


Lizzy Borden - Me Against The World (Black Roses)

It's already time for another Throwback Thursday, where we revisit the soundtracks of classic and not-so-classic 80s horror.

Today, we are going full speed into some serious cheese! Take a band who are actually demons (!), playing their special blend of hypnotizing glam rock, to a small town of kids, with lead singer Damian (Sal Viviano) sporting THIS mullet...

...and you get the cinematic gold of John Fasano's 1988 cult classic, Black Roses.

A film that gently stomps the line between awful and awesome, the true highlight (like similar films of the time) is the heavy metal soundtrack performed by Lizzy Borden. This fan-made video for the track, "Me Against The World" sums it all up greatly...

The Neighborhood Sign Goes Up

After a quick touch up from last year's rain damage, my Trick-or-Treat sign took its rightful place today, at the top of the neighborhood. We're keeping the tradition going, bucking the trend of all other surrounding neighborhoods having their trick-or-treat this Saturday. 

For over 12 years running, our neighborhood will again be having our trick-or-treat on Friday, October 31. Halloween night!

The countdown is on!!

And it's time to check that weather forecast...

Party sunny, becoming cloudy   53˚/40˚   4% chance of precipitation

An acceptable outlook, but I'm still going to be keeping my fingers crossed, desperately hoping that it doesn't rain. Only 8 days to go!!


Highbury Cemetery Shirt, 2014

The shirts are done! Freshly hand-screened in the Cemetery basement by Highbury and Mrs. Highbury, the 2014 shirts are our best yet. Solid white ink on dark grey shirts with this year's logo on the front:

And as a surprise bonus, all shirts will come with a hand-silkscreened poster with this year's logo. Metallic silver ink on black card stock paper. Signed and hand-numbered by yours truly in an edition of 12.

Like what you see? Wish you could score a shirt and poster of your very own? Hmm. Maybe I can help you. It looks like I might have an extra to give away for our annual Night of the Living Contest. Be sure to stop by this Friday, as I will put up some horror-themed trivia questions and the first person to answer all questions correctly will have a shirt and poster delivered to their door, just in time for Halloween! But put your thinking caps on, because I'm bound to search out the most pointless and obscure questions so that the winner will earn his or her prize!! We'll see you all here on Friday.

And, as the days continue to count down to the big night, it's time to check the forecast and see how things will shape up for this year (after two years of awful, wet, heartbreaking weather, I'm a little nervous to see what it will be...):

A full day of sunshine - 56˚/40˚

This is the forecast I was hoping for!! I know it's still a ways out and could change daily, but for now I'll walk with a bit more spring in my step and this will power my final push toward the big night. Fingers crossed!!


Tommyknocker - Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

Straight from the mountains of Colorado comes the next pumpkin beer to face the Drunken Jackos scale. Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale pours nice and dark for a pumpkin beer, due in part to the molasses that it is brewed with.

After pouring the rich, dark beer into the glass, I noticed a subtle, spicy, earthy aroma. Not so much pumpkin as much as nutmeg. The taste was surprisingly light and somewhat sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Again, I think the molasses plays a part in sweetening the overall flavor of this beer. The pumpkin flavor, although very subtle too, stays with you in the aftertaste. And, at only 5.0% ABV, I was able to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall, a nice sweet and flavorful beer. It might not have the straight forward pumpkin taste that our other reviewed beers have, but the sweet molasses flavoring gives it a nice change of pace. And because of that, Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale gets 3 out of 5 Drunken Jackos.



Old Town Graveyard - Medina, Ohio

Welcome to our third installment of Cemetery Sundays! Today, we travel to the town of Medina, Ohio to visit... well, uh... I'm not sure WHAT the correct name of this cemetery is!

Google Maps calls it Old Medina Cemetery, the City of Medina's official website calls it Old Towne Cemetery, and as I pulled into the parking lot, I immediately notice the sign on the grounds that calls it Old Town Graveyard. So I'm going with Old Town Graveyard.

Regardless of what you call it, Old Town Graveyard, positioned next to Saint Paul's Episcopal Church just off of the historic main square in Medina, Ohio really is a feast for the eyes. It was given to the city of Medina in 1818 and is the final resting place of the city's earliest settlers.

As I roamed the grounds, I noticed many of the stones, dating from the early to mid-1800s, had beautifully ornate epitaphs. And after more than 100 years, most were still in remarkably good condition compared to comparable stones in the local area.

This graveyard is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Some of the epitaph engravings are some of the most ornate and beautiful that I have ever seen. Lots of pics this time around, so sit back and enjoy!

As I walked by this obelisk tombstone, I noticed that all four sides were blank. No epitaph on any side. Upon closer inspection, I noticed at the bottom right side of the base, a small name and date in a wonderful script type. I was impressed. I had never seen an epitaph treatment like this before - very modern, especially for a tombstone from 1866!

James C. Welch, died from injuries received at the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. Some history hidden here.

Rest in peace, "Little Georgie," aged 13 months.

An incredibly detailed and ornate epitaph. Amazing talent that you just won't see anymore.

It's also nice to see active steps being made towards the upkeep and maintenance of these old stones.