Author Archives: preservehalloween

Interview with Lance Allen

Lance Allen, Decorative Holiday Merchant at The Home Depot What fascinates you so much about Halloween and when did your fascination begin?I grew up in Michigan and always loved trick or treating with my sister when we were younger. As I got older, the trick or treating transitioned to going to haunted forests, hayrides, and […]
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Walpurgisnacht, Walpurgis Night, celebrates Germanic Christians battling “pest, rabies, whooping cough, and witchcraft” and is the eve of the celebration of Saint Walpurga – an English born nun who was a successful Anglo-Saxon missionary and abbess canonized by Pope Adrian II and responsible for converting Germans to Christianity. She is often depicted as similar to […]
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More McDonald’s Halloween

Always need frames. This is a McDonald’s poster for the employees explaining the release dates for the Halloween pails for ‘89. Even this poster has it showing the McGoblin as the release, although it would end up being McBoo. The instructions for putting the food inside are listed and the schedule was as follows: Witch: […]
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McDonald’s Happy Meal Pails

The entire O.G. McDonald’s Halloween Happy Meal pail set from 1985/86. Finally found that McJack. The second image is my full collection of pails.

Pumpkin Fox

The beautiful partially melanistic cross fox. The cross fox is a partially melanistic colour variant of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) which has a long dark stripe running down its back, intersecting another stripe to form a cross over the shoulders. It tends to be more abundant in northern regions of Canada, and is rarer […]
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DIY Solar Light Powered Jack-O-Lantern

I posted a little project I worked on this weekend and was pleasantly surprised that a few people asked how I did it. So here are some simple instructions and details on how I made my solar light powered jack-o-lanterns. Hopefully, the instructions help you. Items needed: Plastic pumpkin pail (we bought ours from Wal-mart […]
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Interview with Alli Womac

Alli Womac is the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of WEEN DREAM, the all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives free Halloween costumes to children in need across America. She has costume expertise that stems from her over 25 years of dance and performance experience, including 10 years as a professional international magician’s assistant. She now owns […]
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Interview with Sean Keller

Musician, actor, and screenwriter Sean Keller took the time to chat with us in October and we talked about mixtapes, his multiple musical personalities, and of course, our mutual love of Halloween. Sean’s work includes writing the All That We Destroy episode of Hulu’s Into the Dark series (directed by his love Chelsea Stardust), Rage […]
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Interview with Lesley Bannatyne

We have been lucky enough to chat with author and historian Lesley Bannatyne (Halloween. An American Holiday, An American History, Halloween Nation. Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night, A Halloween Reader. Poems, Stories and Plays from Halloween Past) the past few weeks through email. For those who don’t know, Lesley writes extensively on Halloween, […]
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Interview with Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award®-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert. Famous Monsters called her “one of the best writers in dark fiction today”. As a Halloween expert, Morton has written three non-fiction books on the history of Halloween – The Halloween Encyclopedia (now in a second edition), A […]
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