Halloween—On The Big Screen, The Small Screen and Somewhere In Between

Attention horror flick fans… get ready to indulge your taste for some serious gore this Halloween when the ultimate slasher film—the original “Halloween” movie– returns to theaters for the first time in 27 years.
A digitally remastered, high-definition version of the 1978 film, which made Jamie Lee a household name, will play on October 30 and 31 in 150 movie houses. In addition, a new 20-minute bonus feature about “Halloween,” including interviews with original cast members and a look at the movie’s impact on pop culture, will precede the screening.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the cult classic, “Halloween,” tells the story of an escapee from a mental institution, Michael Myers, who goes on a murderous spree on Halloween night. Seven sequels have followed and according to movie insiders, the eighth is on the way. (Coincidentally the new movie will be written and directed by rocker Rob Zombie.) “Halloween 9” is slated for release on October 19, 2007.

If you choose to stay home on Halloween, but don’t want to go to bed without a scare consider tuning into Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night.” NBC just announced the entire episode would be in “skelevision.” The network said O’Brien’s entire Halloween edition would be a painstakingly reconstructed rerun of a show last May, with all featured performers appearing as skeleton puppets. The episode featured Larry King, “House” co-star Omar Epps and pole dancing workout instructor Sheila Kelley. “Skelevision” appears as close cousin to a previous “Late Night” episode done entirely in clay animation.

If you live near Boston, Massachusetts you may still be able to catch a glimpse of a slightly less scary Halloween treat. On Saturday Halloween revelers lit 30,128 pumpkins on Boston Common, shattering the world record for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit in one place. The old record of 28,952 lit pumpkins had been held since 2003 by Keene, New Hampshire, which desperately tried to keep up with their own attempt Saturday, but lit only 24,682 pumpkins.

In the end, Boston came out on top thanks to the estimated 100,000 people that crowded onto the Common to slice, scoop, and sculpt pumpkins and to savor pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. By the way, the record-breaking competition raised thousands of dollars for charities.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.