The Scariest of Halloween Characters
They're creepy, scary, and kooky
Do you remember the werewolf? During the full moon he turns all hairy, grows long fangs, and begins to slobber. Never let him catch you or you will turn into a werewolf too if he bites you. Once he becomes human again he’ll never remember just what he had done the night before. Sort of like going on an alcoholic bender only much worse. Among my favorite werewolf movies is the original 1941 movie The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney, Jr. Well worth watching on Halloween. It will make you fear werewolves and gypsies too.
Next up is my old friend known as Freddy Krueger... the one that made your worst nightmares come true. He was an odd looking fellow with a badly disfigured face. He always wore a red and dark green striped sweater so that you could recognize him, although once you saw him you never forgot. On top of his head was a brown fedora and on his right hand he wore what he is best feared for which was a brown leather glove with very long metal claws. Believe me they did a lot of damage. It all happened on Elm Street and if you’re brave enough Halloween is the time to get the whole Nightmare on Elm Street series and spend the night with Freddy. Just a warning: You might never get to sleep again.
This character reminds me of my closest neighbor. Who am I referring to? Frankie, as I fondly call him but you might know him better as Frankenstein. This is the fellow who was created from dead body parts. Everyone looked at him as a monster but he did have his heart sewed in the right place and all he wanted was to have a friend. One of the all time best movies Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff.
What would Halloween be without witches flying across the moon at night?. Hollywood has introduced us to many different kinds of witches both good and bad. We know that the worst kind were the most horrid and ugliest. Witches are known to gather together two times every year. Once on April 30 known as the eve of May Day and on All Hallow’s Eve on October 31. So this year when Halloween comes round keep an eye on the night skies for witches flying about on their brooms. Be careful and keep in mind that witches can become black cats and change into other forms. If however you are determined to see a witch all you have to do is wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night then at midnight you’ll see one.
I remember this character from childhood. Right now I think he lives down the block. It’s the ever popular Boogeyman. Supposedly, he's an imaginary monster who threatens children at bedtime. He was created to make children behave or else the Boogeyman would get them. I think he lived under my bed for awhile when I was small. So this year live dangerously get all three movies the 2005 horror film Boogeyman, Boogeyman 2, and Return of the Boogeyman.
Halloween would not be complete without ghosts. Time for all those ever popular Ghostbusters movies. My favorite was the second one with that crazy dude in the huge painting scaring everyone to death. You know the creepy fellow who said in Ghostbusters II, “I, Vigo, the scourge of Carpathia, the sorrow of Moldavia, command you! On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood”. This Halloween give him a visit. I will be visiting with all the spirits who come to see me. I have nothing against ghosts if their friendly. My childhood friend was Caspar the Friendly Ghost.
I think everyone must remember this little fellow. Yes, he wasn’t very tall but he was frightening and dangerous. Let me introduce those who don’t know him, meet Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray, also known as “The Lakeshore Strangler”. Remember one dose of Chucky is never enough so get the whole horror film series. Do be extra careful if you hear the sound of the heavy patter of little feet in the dark of night.
The scarecrows found in fields don’t even frighten crows. My favorite friendly scarecrow was the one from The Wizard of Oz. Here we’re talking about a special kind of scarecrow found in a Halloween Pumpkin Patch. For a real scare you should watch the 2013 TV movie Scarecrow. You may never walk into a cornfield ever again. Favorite quote from this one? “Beware the mark, the end is near, your death is certain, run in fear…” And of course there is the wonderful Pumpkin king Scarecrow Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas. So watch, enjoy, and get scared.
Another of my favorites, and hopefully yours too: the vampire. Vampires have been around for ages. So get a whole bunch of vampire movies for Halloween and don’t forget to make sure that you have a cross, a wooden stake, or even some holy water beside you. My all time favorite is the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi. Here comes one of the greatest vampire quotes from this movie, “Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make” … Just gets me all shivery.
Finally we come to demons. They can be anything you imagine from devils to frightening creatures bringing bad tidings with them. Most demon movies have to do with possession. My all time favorite for Halloween is The Exorcist, the original from 1973. Two more movies followed parts II and III. Other demon movies are available too. So choose your favorite demons and lock all the doors and windows and settle down for the night. However I do believe that nothing keep demons out.