Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween! St John the Divine Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween has always been high on the list of favorite holidays and I think I just found a new yearly tradition.  Last night we went up and checked out the Halloween Extravaganza at St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

A mammoth old church that has a crypt like feel was made even spookier by turning off all of the lights and showing a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, here is the full movie in case you have never seen it:

(and now I know exactly where Tim Burton got his style from)
We went one step better though with live, creepy mood setting accompaniment on the cathedral's massive pipe organ from the sensational Timothy Brumfield
Here was a clip from last year's fest to get a feel:

It was a eerie sensation being in the church and watching the movie, and afterwards things got even weirder when of all people Satan himself popped out from under the screen and started the Procession of The Ghouls:

I was amazed that you did not here one baby/child cry the whole time...I know if I was 3 or 4 at this event I would have been balling, just proves NYC kids are bad ass I guess.  Some great costumes were on display and it was a very cool event that I will have to attend again next year.  The last "Ghoul" you saw on the way out was probably my favorite, a cello playing skeleton/scarecrow combo that eased you out into the night. 

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