Tag: Halloween

Carnivalesque & Your Halloween Playlist: Week 5, The Finale

Halloween is upon us. Time to milk those last few days out of your decorations (unless you’re like Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion Ride and have overlapping decorations that will take you through the New Year. If so, well done on the planning. And also: Congratulations on recognizing the true meaning of the holidays. So get your

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Carnivalesque & Your Halloween Playlist: Week 4

Welcome to the week before Halloween, which means there is still time to stock up on the giant bags of small candy to give to everyone else and get your stash of big candy in smaller available quantities that is only for you. The sugar high will give you fuel to read up more on

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Which Scary Movie to Watch for Halloween? Use this guide as your handy mood ring to help you decide

Oh, you know, the standard: Fine, whatever, Nightmare on Elm Street it is   Oh, okay, classic standard: The Exorcist   Ugh, real life is scary enough: 13th HyperNormalisation   Gimme Witches: The VVitch   Gimme witches but maybe only kinda scary and don’t eat babies: Stardust   I prefer a more positive portrayal of

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Carnivalesque & Your Halloween Playlist: Week 3

What does a Russian literary critic and philosopher have to do with Halloween? Plenty, if you celebrate traditions of dressing up and believing in the power of costume. Mikhail Bakhtin believed people practice Carnivalesque traditions to release the pressure of living under repressive regimes (in displays of power and aggression that were Church-sanctioned, as long

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Carnivalesque & Your Halloween Playlist: Week 2

More songs in celebration of our need to uproot and overturn social conventions every now and again by engaging in what Mikhail Bakhtin referred to as the Carnivalesque. October 8 Scary Monsters, Super Creeps—David Bowie I’m the Wolf Man—Round Robin   October 9 Ghosts Town—The Specials Frankenstein Stomp—Count Lorry and the Biters   October 10

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Carnivalesque & Your Halloween Playlist: Week 1

What do we mean by Carnivalesque? Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian literary critic and philosopher, wrote about the Carnivalesque in literature. It is a suspension of rules, practiced during Carnivale (carne-vale, translated as “farewell, meat”) and Mardi Gras, the celebration before the austerity of Lent, and during Halloween. It was a way to acknowledge that despite the

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This is Halloween and the Music of the Carnivalesque

Halloween is a great season. You may love it like I do (or some of my friends, who couldn’t wait for the 1st of October to set out their decorations), or you might be like my mom, who hates this season with the fire of a thousand suns. Perhaps she is more evolved and doesn’t

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