Throwback Thursday: Halloween 1978-1979

I'm continuing on with the the Throwback Thursday photos, this time revisiting Halloween of 1978 and 1979. If you haven't seen them yet, please check out Halloween, 1974-1975 and Halloween, 1976-1977. It a hilarious look back at a young boy's journey to finally find a cool and scary Halloween costume.

Halloween, 1978
When I had left off, I had finally gotten a spooky ghost Ben Cooper costume. Creepy face with an evil grin, incredible jack-o-lanterns, and I was ready to hit the neighborhood for trick-or-treat. I had finally turned the corner for cool Halloween costumes.

But then Halloween of 1978 arrived. My first year of the homemade costume.

I'm not sure if my parents and grandparents realized what they had created, but their twisted, hand-sewn version of a clown could still strike utter fear and dread in any haunt today!

Blackened eyes and garish lips on a pale white face. This clown costume was amazing! The unintended creepiness of this costume was a sure high point on the trajectory of Halloween costumes of my youth. And that pose!? A glimpse into the future haunter that I am today!

Halloween, 1979
1979 brought a new element to trick-or-treating, and that was new baby brother, Scrapes. Half way into his second year, he was deemed ready to learn the ways of the pumpkin. And he was greenlit for a cool costume right off the bat. No strange missteps for him. No weird witch capes or pink-lipped pandas. He went straight to Spider Man.

I, on the other hand, joined the millions of other children of the late 70s and got on the Star Wars bandwagon! Light sabers, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, the Force.

The dark side.

I had no time for heroes. I became the dark lord himself, Darth Vader.

Our neighbor didn't quite get it yet, and went as a pirate. I found his lack of faith disturbing...

Regardless, the era of uncool costumes was over! The 80s ushered in a new era of Halloween costumes for me, including my favorite Ben Cooper C-3PO costume. But as I got a little bit older, I moved on to homemade costumes, including a hobo complete with a burnt cork beard and a heavy metal rocker who mistook the Star of David as a pentagram.

Check back next week for a few more hilarious and fun photos from Halloweens of my youth!


Arcadia Ales - Jaw-Jacker

Time for another seasonal pumpkin beer to face the dreaded Drunken Jackos rating scale! This time, it's Kalamazoo, Michigan's Arcadia Ales and their Jaw-Jacker Spiced Amber Ale.

I know in order for a beer to be reviewed here it has to be a pumpkin beer, but in the case of Jaw-Jacker, we'll make an exception. That's because Jaw-Jacker actually has NO pumpkin in it. Instead, it uses a mix of cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg to simulate a pumpkin pie flavor. Pretty crafty. And it works well, too.

Jaw-Jacker is actually a tale of two beers. First, the light amber beer poured with a nice thick head and plenty of bubbly carbonation. It also emitted a nice, subtle pumpkin spice note.

The first taste had dry malt undertones with an equally dry, caramel finish. It almost reminded me of a nut brown ale. It was okay overall, and headed to a 3 out of 5 rating.

But then a lucky stroke of magic happened. After letting the beer sit for a few minutes, it transformed! That dryness went away and was replaced with a very clean and smooth ale. The cinnamon, which was absent upon first taste, suddenly showed up and took the overall flavor back toward a traditional, sweeter pumpkin ale. I couldn't believe how much smoother it tasted after letting the beer breathe. I was quite impressed.

So after letting this one sit and open up, I really enjoyed Jaw-Jacker. And with that simple act, the beer improved nicely overall and upgraded to a rating of  3.5 out of 5 Drunken Jackos. Another interesting beer that is recommended during the fall pumpkin season if you can find it.


Ghost - "Dance Macabre"

For me, this track ranks right at the top alongside Square Hammer and Ritual as Ghost's best songs. And today, they released the new video for Dance Macabre. Enjoy!!

Songs For Séance Vol. 8

A creepy collection of 31 spooky audio tracks, perfect for Halloween... or ANY TIME!

Victor Ives over at Halloween Hot Sauce is at it again with another volume in his "Songs For Séance" series! Volume 8 is ready for download, chock full of wonderfully creepy old tunes with jangly 60s surf guitar riffs to make you shimmy shimmy shake the night away (and dig that track by Morgus & The Daringers!). And as always, it's FREE for the taking! So don't be a square. Get on it, Daddy-O!

While you're there, why not pick up some of those killer hot sauces

And if you're REALLY feeling spicy, go throw down a bid on one of the first 13 hand signed and numbered bottles of Smoky Ghost, his newest hot sauce creation (complete with hand-made coffin case!), over on eBay?? Not for the faint of heart, or stomach, to be sure...

By my calculations, we're down to 2 weeks until the big night. So much left to do in the old Cemetery, so it's back to the garage with these hip new tunes to help get it all done. Are you ready??


John Carpenter - "Halloween Triumphant"

Only three more days until the new Halloween film hits theaters! In the meantime, enjoy another new track composed by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies for the film...

Heilung - "Hamrer Hippyer"

A few months back, good friend of the Cemetery, Brent Wilson from Planet Doom Haunted House, sent me a link to a new band I hadn't heard before. He figured that I'd be into it and man, was he right!

Heilung, which translates to "healing" in German, is a "neofolk" band from Northern Europe. Medieval, tribal Viking instruments, language and dress is all offset by singer Maria Franz's striking white dress, makeup and antler headdress. An incredible meshing of sight and sound.

Photo by Søren Bech

After listening to their track, "Hamrer Hippyer," I was completely hooked. Rhythmic, pounding tribal beats, guttural throat singing complimented by more melodic rises, and a stage presence more akin to an early barbaric Viking army, Heilung presented something completely different. I was so fascinated by the entire performance that I just had to see more.

Unfortunately, Heilung has only played live shows in Europe up to this point. But I guarantee that if they ever bring their unique show to the U.S. (and I really, really hope they do!), I will be sure to be in the front row to experience it!