31 Days of Halloween
with The Kelly Society
Hi there! It’s Shawn and Jason from The Kelly Society. People have been asking when we will get back to paranormal cleansing, and like all of you, we are waiting until we’re past social distancing. In the meantime, we’ve got our 31 Days of Halloween!
This week we share our two favorite spooky, fun movies—Goosebumps and Goosebumps 2! We also paired each movie with our favorite cocktail last Halloween, so we will include those as well.
The movies are based on author R.L. Stein’s young adult Goosebumps series of books and R.L. Stein has a cameo in each movie.
The character of R.L. Stein is brilliantly played by actor Jack Black, and each film has now become required viewing for Jason and me every Halloween season.
The films combine several creatures from Stein’s books into one big scary, fun debacle which must be resolved to save the town.
Released: October, 2015
The first film finds kids and adults alike in trouble when one of Stein’s books pops open by accident. One of those creatures, Slappy, the disconcerting dummy, makes things worse by opening the entire collection of spooky volumes. Slappy and his creatures try to take over the entire city. Chaos climaxes at a high school dance, which soon turns into a final showdown between humans and monsters!
“Slappy’s not happy!”
Since this fun, spine-tingling movie circulates mostly around teenagers, we selected Doc’s Draft Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider as our libation of choice. The crisp apple taste coupled with smooth pumpkin cider quenched our thirst after rasping out a few gasps watching the film!
Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween
Released: October, 2018
Once again those pesky teenagers release something from R.L. Stine’s book, and this time it’s Slappy! He tries to befriend the two kids who freed him, but soon Slappy becomes a serious problem.
Since they did not accept him into their family, Slappy uses his magic to make all the Halloween creatures (even candy and decoration) come to life! Then, the chase is on to save their community from monster attack, with a climactic scene on the Tesla Tower—as in Nikola Tesla.
Just a bit about Nikola Tesla:
In Strasbourg, France in 1883, he built a prototype of the induction motor (an AC motor powered by electromagnetic induction) and tested it successfully. Since he couldn't get anyone in Europe interested in it, Tesla came to the United States to work for Thomas Edison in New York. He believed his tower would allow him to send electricity through the atmosphere, which anyone with the correct equipment could tap into.
We do see a cameo from Jack Black as R.L. Stine, but this time, it is primarily the core teenage characters who save the day. They used Tesla’s electrical tower to help them defeat the sinister Slappy and his gang.
Suffice it to say, it’s another exciting ride that does not let up even after the credits roll.
Since Nikola Tesla’s inventions and sophistication are strong narratives in this film, Jason and I decided to step it up a notch with a Witch’s Brew Halloween Cocktail.
Witches Brew Halloween Cocktail
2 1/2 oz Midori melon liqueur
2 1/2 oz lemon lime soda
2 1/2 oz orange juice
1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and pour ingredients in. Cover and shake until chilled. Pour into martini glasses and serve.
TO SERVE AS SHOWN IN PHOTO:
Add black sanding sugar to a small plate, and light corn syrup to another small plate. Dip rims of martini glasses in corn syrup, then into sanding sugar.