Floyd Street Theater showcases 2021 Halloween lineup Thursday, Oct 21 2021 

By Tate Luckey

The Floyd Street Theater has announced its lineup for Halloween-themed movies for the month. There are two screenings of each movie, one at 5:00 PM and one at 7:30 PM.

  • Psycho (1960) – October 27th and 28th
  • Candyman (1992) – November 2nd
  • Candyman (2021) – November 3rd and 4th

File Photos // The Floyd Theater //

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Trunk or Treats around Louisville Thursday, Oct 14 2021 

Over the years Trunk or Treats has become more and more popular and we want to share with you the best around Louisville.  Trunk or Treats aims to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treaters on or around Halloween. Trunk or Treats involve a community coming together in a parking lot, either on the 31st or shortly before, so that children [...]

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Louisville Haunted Attractions Monday, Oct 11 2021 

Things are getting scary! Louisville haunted attractions are all around and ready to make your spine shiver…..if that’s what you want.  I know that so many people love scary and haunted events and so we provide you with a list of area attractions that are really to make you scream and jump. There are some slight frights for the younger [...]

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13 Southern Indiana Fun Fall Events Saturday, Oct 2 2021 

Fall is a great time to explore Southern Indiana. There are many fun events from festivals to fossils.     Here are 13 that stand out to us in Southern Indiana for fall family fun. Run for the Kids 5K– Clarksville October 9th, 9:00am This annual race benefits the WHAS Crusade for Children Harvest Homecoming – New Albany October 2-10 [...]

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Haunted Cave Tour Friday, Sep 24 2021 

Do you love the fright and screams of haunted attractions this time of year? Haunted Mine Cave Tour at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. The Gorge Underground offers Haunted Mine Tours via boat at Red River Gorge.  It is the time of year for haunted attractions in Kentucky and this haunted cave tour is very unique. You’re on a boat, [...]

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Best and worst candies of the Halloween season Saturday, Oct 31 2020 

By Catherine Brown-

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us. 

Although we have to take special precautions with trick-or-treating this year, we can still stock up on candy for our candy bowls. This list includes some of the best and worst candies that you can include in your bowl as well as the candies to pick and avoid if you go trick-or-treating. After all, you’re never too old to enjoy the tricks or the treats!

Many U of L students already know which candies they’re going to look for on Halloween, but here’s our list of the best of the best. Keep an eye out for these candies this season: 


13. PayDay — While certain decorations might ward off evil spirits, these candies just ward off the kids with peanut allergies. Next.

12. Milk Duds — Yet another good way to waste time eating a substandard chocolate-caramel that will send you to the dentist faster than you can even get through a pack.

11. Butterfinger — Nothing says “Halloween” like a candy that sticks between your teeth and looks/tastes like sawdust.

10. Almond Joy — For years, Almond Joy has received lots of undue hate from people due to the combination of coconut and chocolate. It certainly beats a PayDay, though.

9. Tootsie Roll — Fun fact; did you know that U.S Marines used Tootsie Rolls during the Korean War to seal fuel pipes? Otherwise, they’re the sort of candy that you forget exists until Halloween.

8. Nerds — Fun until you spill some on the floor and can’t find it. Or you spill it on your shirt and don’t realize until you stand up.

7. M&M’s — The best thing about M&M’s is that they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Want a bag of regular M&M’s? How about peanut or peanut butter? However you choose to enjoy them, you can definitely look forward to a fun size bag of M&M’s in your candy bowl.

6. KitKat — Apparently, there are over 200 flavors of KitKat around the world. Additionally, in Japan, the name KitKat sounds similar to the word for “surely win.” Therefore, you have no excuse to not include a KitKat in your Halloween candy bowl this year.

5. Starburst — When you get tired of chocolate bars and peanut butter, fruity Starburst are the best candies. But does anyone else get annoyed when people say they don’t like yellow Starburst? More for me, then!

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — The only thing that sets these peanut butter cups back is the fact that you have another layer of unwrapping to do after you get past the first wrapper. Otherwise, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are perfect in whichever size you choose.

3. Crunch — Crunch bars are near the top because they’re so satisfying to eat. How many other candy bars can sound so gratifying than one that seems to crackle in your mouth?

2. Twix — Twix combines all the flavors and textures that make chocolates great. Cookie + caramel + chocolate is a winning combination.

1. 100 Grand Bar — The quintessential Halloween candy is the 100 Grand Bar. The 100 Grand Bar is like the Crunch Bar mixed with the Twix–a delectable combination of crunchy and smooth caramel. It deserves to be rated 100,000/10.


Do you agree with our list? Is there a candy you wish was included?

If so, let me know on Twitter @respondstocath. You can never have too much candy, so be on the lookout for all of the amazing tricks and treats you can get this Saturday.

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Caufield’s For Halloween In Louisville Thursday, Oct 15 2020 

Caufield’s is a unique store that will supply all of your Halloween needs! Have you heard of Caufield’s Louisville? This store has the best variety of Halloween costumes, supplies, wigs, decorations, and all things gore and scare! Last year I heard some sad news – Caufield’s Louisville, which has operated in Louisville since 1920, was going to close their storefront [...]

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Halloween in Brown Park 2020 Wednesday, Sep 16 2020 

Halloween in Brown Park is a staple fall event in Louisville. For 2020, it’s going to look different but it’s still happening! There’s still fun to be had for Halloween and we are happy to share with you more about this St. Matthews event.  Halloween in Brown Park is always a fall family favorite. For over 20 years, the Chamber [...]

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Fall is near, it’s time to get into the spirit Tuesday, Sep 8 2020 

By Catherine Brown-

With the leaves on tress beginning to fall and cooler weather on its way, what better way to unwind than by embracing the fall spirit?

We’re a week into September. Already, Halloween decorations are hitting the shelf at Kroger and Walmart. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are out at Starbucks. New horror movies are rolling out on our favorite streaming sites.

Here are just a few of the ways we can enjoy the coming of the new season.

 

Catch up on your favorite horror movies.

Start a movie marathon of classic and new movies with a horror theme. Rotten Tomatoes, a movie-rating website, lists the best horror movies of 2020, from “Feedback” to “Host.”

Love zombie apocalypse movies? Netflix has the 2016 South Korean film “Train to Busan,” a story about a man and his daughter who travel cross-country only to find themselves sharing a train with zombies looking to eat anything that they can detect.

Looking for a classic? Netflix also holds the horror classic “Paranormal Activity,” a movie about a couple who think that their house might hold a demon which encourages them to record their house at night.

If you’re not in the mood for terribly scary movies, go for a lighthearted classic. Catch up on those Halloween movies from childhood, like “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloweentown,” or “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” All of these movies can be found on Disney+. These movies bring lots of nostalgia and make you want to re-watch them!

Put on some seasonal music.

The winter holidays are known for their holiday spirit and festive music. But who says Halloween can’t have some of the fun?

If you’re in need of a fall playlist, again, go with the classics.

Think Michael’s Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett and “This is Halloween” written by Danny Elfman for the Tim Burton movie “The Nightmare before Christmas.” These are the essentials for any good Halloween playlist. Without these songs, you can’t truly be in the Halloween spirit.

Start decorating.

Put out your jack-o-lanterns and spider webs now, folks!

From front yard tombstones to backyard pumpkin lights, everything you need to decorate your house can be found online. Try playing with fall colors and cover your house in orange and purple lights. Use a ghost or tombstone lawn stake–assuming you have a front yard, of course. This will give your house a playful look to it.

Or, stick to a theme. Create a ghostly graveyard effect with tombstones and cobwebs hanging everywhere. Use minimal lighting to come across as more haunting. You can easily turn your house into a haunted house with the right type of lighting and decorations.

Pick up a Halloween mask.

With the Halloween season on the rise, in addition to the pandemic, masks are necessary for celebrating the holiday this year. Some costume shops are already preparing for this.

If you want a cute Halloween design, shop for face masks that have candy corn patterns or tiny spiders. You’ll promote being healthy during the pandemic while also being spooky for the season, a double-win.

Buy your own Hannibal Lector or Jason mask to really catch others’ attention and provide an appropriate scare this Halloween. This way, you can be smart and safe while also showing off your horror side!

Dress for the season.

Does anybody else have a favorite sweater or fall T-shirt?

When the season rolls around, it’s the perfect time to break out the leggings and sweaters. A cozy scarf and a nice pair of boots go perfectly together. Also, turtlenecks are in! 

Unfortunately, while you might have to start packing away those athletic shorts and tank tops, you can still dress for the weather in style. Layer up to add drama to your outfit, or keep it simple and to-the-point. 

Whatever look you choose, be sure to fit it in with the colors of the season and go for some warmer colors, like orange or dark red. You’ll be sure to match the leaves!

 

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Safe and Spooky Halloween Costumes Thursday, Oct 31 2019 

By Catherine Brown —

Halloween costumes promote necessary inclusivity and prevent discrimination of the person underneath the costume because they allow everybody to be treated based on their choice of costume.

Stores sell popular supernatural costumes, like Frankenstein’s Monster or Dracula, but they also supply common character archetypes like the princess or ninja. Many stores even sell “sexy” versions of costumes or generic versions of a trademarked character (‘Where’s The Stripey Dude?’ instead of ‘Where’s Waldo?’)

That being said, costume wearers should still be mindful of their choice of outfit. Cultural appropriation remains a controversial topic around Halloween, and for good reason.

Jessica Hickam of USA Today writes in an article that costume wearers should avoid anything suggesting blackface, Geishas, Native American princesses, etc. These costumes represent minority groups with a long history of oppression by white settlers and conquerors and should not be represented at your next Halloween get-together.

So how do you prevent culturally-appropriated costumes at your next Halloween function?

One tip is to set a dress code. Think of a dress code policy similar to that of an office party at work, where everybody can remain appropriate but still have fun. Hera S. Arsen, a lawyer for law firm Ogletree Deakins, said dress code and anti-harassment policies help avoid insensitive costume situations. Be forward in your approach. If you come across someone wearing an offensive costume, initiate a conversation about how their costume, explaining the connotations of their costume and how it may offend others.

You can do your part to prohibit discrimination for inappropriate Halloween costumes this year. If you witness inappropriate behavior this Halloween season, explain to the other person why their behavior is inappropriate, and let them know what they can do to fix it. 

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