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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Starting Autumn with a Fright (NIght of the LIving Dead)

Fall is here and the frightful season looms. Halloween is almost upon us. It's time to crack open the warmers and start up the spooky movies. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and last night I got a nice pour of one of my fave cold-weather brews Wake Up Dead to start off the season. Autumn has arrived.

I've tried to make an annual tradition of visiting Valparaiso's Chicago Street Theater for their Halloween horror show. I've seen Jekeyll and Hyde, Dracula, and Frankenstein. This year, we settled into our seat for Night of the Living Dead.

The show was scary, entertaining, and (some in the audience expressed with their ill-timed chuckles) a little hokey. Everyone had a good time. It was an interesting way to get the full effect of the movie in a small stage production. The set was wonderful. It was split between the outside world, the house, and the basement. They used all of the space at their disposal, extending the set through video clips of the cemeteries and fields. The cast of the living dead, in full make-up, slowly made their way through the theater throughout the show. Were we part of the mob?

This time of year is the time to enjoy a frightful show, go on a creepy ghost tour, or visit a spooky location. Get in as much fall fun as you can before winter is upon us!

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