Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Halloween has been branded satanic by some, but those of us who have all our marbles know that its just spooky fun revolving around old legends and trappings of fall.

As a kid I loved watching “The Great Pumpkin” episode of Peanuts that was ubiquitous around this time of the year. It never got old, never got stale. But here are some real great pumpkins.

Think there’s no evidence for ghosts? Think again! Why, in fact just last year the Met in New York hosted an exhibition of “spirit photography.” 19th century photographer William H. Mumler convinced many people of the existence of ghosts with his faint ghostly images on film, which you too can reproduce!

Although a Central Florida professor has attempted to prove that vampires are statistically impossible, and therefore a myth, I argue here that he has misinterpreted the facts in a way that only an obvious vampire would.

“Legend Detectives” for the Discovery Channel have investigated the true identity of the notorious Dracula written about by Bram Stoker. It has been speculated that the persona of Dracula was based on the real person Vlad the Impaler, who himself has been portrayed as a nasty character (although perhaps unjustly.)

A recent Frankenstein sighting has been confirmed, and unsurprisingly he was behaving badly. Yes, even witches are not immune to the law in modern times.

What’s spookier than a black cat? If you live in Boise, I hope you didn’t have your heart set on one, as adoptions have been banned during this time of year.

Have a fun Halloween! Let me know in the comments your funny/interesting/nerdy costume ideas, or what costume you wore that was the biggest hit.

Comments

  1. #1 Kristjan Wager
    October 31, 2006

    “Legend Detectives” for the Discovery Channel have investigated the true identity of the notorious Dracula written about by Bram Stoker. It has been speculated that the persona of Dracula was based on the real person Vlad the Impaler, who himself has been portrayed as a nasty character (although perhaps unjustly.)

    From what I’ve read, it is well documented that he was a nasty guy – the impaler part is true – as well as a turncoat. However, that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t also be a national hero.

  2. #2 Roy
    October 31, 2006

    Aw, poor Frankenstein. The guy makes one measly abomination that spits in the face of God and nature, and people never let him live it down. How was he supposed to know the disaster that cobbling together a living golem from the pieces of cadavers stolen from charnal houses would turn out to be? It was an innocent mistake.

  3. #3 bernarda
    November 2, 2006

    A few feminist films for Halloween.

    “She-Devils on Wheels”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uni12EY7qcU&mode=related&search=

    “wild, vicious, with motorcycles for their lovers”

    Then there is the “Wasp Woman”. “The most fiendish, the most fierce female who ever lived”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqYRpBLeajY&mode=related&search=

    “Astro-Zombies”. about brain transplants.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKYURSp1h0o&mode=related&search=

    You will find many more great ones.

  4. #4 Robster
    November 2, 2006

    We had a cold rain most of HWeen, slacking off in time for the kids to come out. We had about a quarter of what we usually get in trick or treaters, probably because of the weather.

    I don’t get real dressed up anymore, but I did wear my tattoo arm warmers, prompting many people to think that I had gotten ink done until they got closer. That and a black shirt that said “Your mummy is hot!” are as far as I got.

  5. #5 Organic Chemistry
    February 22, 2007

    As a certified Van Helsing disciple I agree with your reason on the FL prof. In fact, i heard he bans mirrors and crosses from his classroom…..scary stuff