Boo-ya! Hallowe’en Traditions and Spaced Invaders!

Before I start, let me give you a head-up on today’s noteworthy blogs. My partner in crime, William Kendall, always delivers at Speak of the Devil–and at his new photoblog, Ottawa Daily Photo. PK Hrezo has a fun Haunted House blog today–and is celebrating her new novel, Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. which is now one of Amazon’s Top 100 time travel novels!

For years after my dad passed away, Mom, Collin and I spent Halloween watching appropriately-themed movies. The Universal Studios horror films from the 1930s were among our favorites. Occasionally, we’d have a Crapfest and watch the worst of the worst, like Plan 9 From Outer Space (for those who haven’t seen it, yes, it really is that bad).

After Mom died, Collin and I winged it. Sometimes we watched horror movies, sometimes movies and TV shows with Halloween themes–like Roseanne‘s hilarious Halloween episodes and my personal favorite, Spaced Invaders, a comedy about a group of IQ-challenged aliens who, separated from their invasion-bound fleet, pick up a radio transmission of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds and assume they’re supposed to attack Earth.

Hiding out on a farm facing foreclosure, the alien idiots, whose leader wears LA Lakers attire and sounds suspiciously like Jack Nicholson, plan to take over the small town. Somehow, though, some of them end up being mistaken for trick-or-treaters and are stuck in a car with the kids and a mom who doesn’t appreciate the attitude of the most aggressive of the aliens, who threatens to turn her to toast–“or in your case, a whole loaf of toast!”

Guess who ends up kicked out of the car?

These aliens couldn’t take over a station wagon, let alone a planet. As the town sheriff’s young daughter puts it in her attempt to get her dad to give them a break, “They’re not bad. They’re just…stupid.”

If you’ve never seen it, check it out. It’s funny. Really.

And then there’s the one Halloween tradition we always observe: buying the candy at half price the day after Halloween!

Saw this on I Love Minions’ Facebook page and though it would be the perfect way to wish everyone a Happy Hallowe’en….


16 responses

  1. I love horror to begin with and especially at this time of year – they play all the good ones on TV. I was busy handing out candy last night, but this weekend I plan to watch the original Evil Dead (1981), then the remake (2013). Happy Halloween!

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