Do the Time Warp with Dan Dinello’s ‘Chicago Halloween’

Break out the candy and grab your favorite mask because it’s almost time for Halloween. To celebrate the spooky holiday, we dug into the archive and found some fascinating, and entertaining, Halloween footage from across the years. Dan Dinello’s Chicago Halloween showcases the 1988 celebration of the spooky holiday with a costume contest judged by Freddy Krueger, Rat Girl’s troupe of acrobatic rats, and more. We also found clips of a Halloween wedding, trick-or-treaters with a former First Lady, and even some dancing skeletons.

Chicago Halloween

Chicago Halloween (13m), made by Dan Dinello, reveals how Chicago celebrated Halloween on October 31,1988: Freddy Krueger judged costumes and tortured the losers at the Riviera, Rat Girl demonstrated trained rodents at the Metro, Splatter Theater eviscerated victims at the Limelight, the Heartland Pagan Society invoked Satan, Hades Haunted House horrified children, and a disembodied head strolled through a Chicago neighborhood, among other hallowed happenings.

‘Ben Loves Chicago’ Halloween Wedding

In this clip from a 1997 episode of ‘Ben Loves Chicago,’ Ben Hollis attends a Halloween-themed wedding, complete with a groom in a werewolf mask and a cemetery venue.


White House Halloween with Betty Ford

This video from the mid 1970s shows First Lady Betty Ford handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at the White House.

Shot by Skip Blumberg and Anda Korsts as part of TVTV’s “Gerald Ford’s America” project.


JFK and Marilyn Monroe Share a Skeleton Dance

At the famous ‘Milly’s Orchid Show,’ a pair of skeleton puppets dance to the accompaniment of various John Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe audio clips. The famous variety show was created and hosted by Brigid Murphy. 



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