I Finally Made Myself Watch The Exorcist, and I Did Not Leave Without Hope

Each October in Logan Square, a Chicago neighborhood where I used to live, the Logan Theater does a run of late-night showings of classic horror films. Hundreds of people turn out to see movies like The Shining and Halloween on the big screen, queuing up at the ticket booth even in the wee hours on a weeknight. They buy 16 oz PBR Tall Boys with large popcorns, yell out answers to pre-film trivia, and laugh. The joyful, boozy, and communal mockery of these films’ campiness is part of the f … [Read more...]

Feminine Appeal: You Don’t Have to Be a Sexy Crayon for Halloween

Join Faith Newport and Erin Straza each week for Feminine Appeal, an e-discussion bringing a female perspective to the latest in cultural happenings and hubbub.Erin: There are many things in this world that rile me, but one in particular is making me crazy right now: the raunchy Halloween costumes for women. What's the deal with that?Faith: I know, right? The most annoying thing for me might be the prices -- they really expect us to pay $50 for two feet of chintzy fabric? Wait, … [Read more...]

Frequently Searched Questions: Halloween Edition

The following are actual search terms people typed into Google (Yahoo?) which directed them to CaPC. In most cases they didn't find the answer they were looking for on our site. FSQ is an attempt to remedy this problem by answering some of the most (de)pressing questions sent to us through search terms. This week, the theme is Halloween.Q 1: "reformation day celebration ideas" A: Celebrate Halloween instead, or dress up as Michael Servetus, which is basically the same thing. (Also see: H … [Read more...]

All Hallow’s Read: Why We Should Read Scary Stories for Halloween

Erin Newcomb makes a case for the virtue, humanness, and theological richness of scary stories, and urges us to follow Neil Gaiman's advice to give a scary book to someone on Halloween. “The night was cold and dark. ‘Listen to the wind howling in the trees,’ said Frog. ‘What a fine time for a ghost story.’ Toad moved deeper into his chair. ‘Toad,’ asked Frog, ‘don’t you like to be scared? Don’t you like to feel the shivers?’”Whether Toad likes to feel the shivers or not, I shall leave … [Read more...]

Elsewhere: The Fashion of OWS, Social Justice, Halloween, Sex Ed, and Traffic

Every week, our writers will be sharing some of their favorite finds from around the internet. Check back every week for great articles, insane news items, and interesting diversions.DrewRelevant published two rather different but interesting articles on Occupy Wall Streetrecently. One by Brett McCracken and another by Sarah Bessey.The Fashion of Occupy Wall Street.Albert Mohler and Jim Wallis debated last night on whether social justice is the mission of the church. If the debate is not … [Read more...]

Sacred Space: Halloween Doesn’t Need Redeeming

Every Friday in Sacred Space, Brad Williams explores the place of popular culture in the local church.If this post ruins my street cred as a crusty fundamentalist, then so be it. I want to admit something to everyone: I love Halloween. When I was a kid, I used to alternate between dressing up as a blood-sucking vampire and a hunch-backed brain-eating zombie. (I was more in line with the "Nosferatu" style of vampire than the teen heart throb-wussy vampires of the modern genre.) I did my own … [Read more...]

Podcast #13: The Little Show of Horrors

Click here to listen!With Halloween upon us, everyone will be itching to be frightened, and these days movies are just a bit more popular than the haunted house. Of course, this used to mean suspense, ghosts, maybe a murderer on the loose. But now, for some reason, it means staring at unlimited amounts of blood and gore for 90 minutes. These things don't scare, so much as they shock.So what has become of us? Why do we crave such exhibitions, and what will happen if we indulge ourselves? We … [Read more...]