My name is Eddie Ray, and yes, I am in love with Halloween. So I am happy to live in a HALLOWEEN TOWN like ATLANTA, GEORGIA! People call me the “King of Halloween” and “The hardest working man on Halloween”, but really I’m just a Halloween Kid, and while some of you just “like” the season of Halloween I literally believe in it. There is a big difference. I work for its success and break my neck to see that it’s a hit in Atlanta each year. I start celebrating September 1st and then it ends for me November 1st. True Halloween Kids always start Halloween on Sept. 1st. Two whole months you bitches! When all of you are sitting around by the pool drinking Long Island Ice Teas in the summer, my ass is waiting for the autumn wind to blow to let me know Halloween is near! OK I just want to say that Halloween is not about about the money, it’s about the spirit of the season and the fun of it all. To dress up, dance, sing and be scared for a month. It’s all inclusive and for everyone. Black, white, male, female, old, young, gay or straight. Halloween is a happy time and should be shared by all. Nobody owns it, and nobody should. True Halloween Kids will always help each other out during Halloween, posers can stay home. Ok that being said here are some fun things to do, some fun movies to watch, and some fun things to listen to on a spooky ass Halloween night in Atlanta. This page will be updated as new events come up or change.
HERE IS SOME PROOF BITCH!
Me as a kid on the left:
Me interviewed in Atlanta Retro:
Scout Mob ghost hunt with me:
Bumps of me in my Halloween costumes on Adult Swim:
I was interviewed about Halloween:
I was on the news about Halloween:
You can see more Halloween videos that I film on here:
Lets talk about Haunted attractions first:
1. Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse – (www.atlantazombie.com): I work in this one, and I play…. well it’s a secret. I do help you fight off zombies in an EVIL DEAD style horror movie, with clues, the occult and pretty ladies!!!! You are literally running for your life and it’s exciting and scary as hell. Turns out I am really good at this shit. I have done it for 3 years in a row and this is my 4th year. Yes, we are the zombie capital of the world now. It’s a zombie hell in Atlanta, G.A. Baby!
2. Chambers of Horror – (www.chambersofhorroratl.com): This was the first haunted attraction I worked in and it’s adult themed, scary, FUCKED UP, and amazing. Check this Rated X haunt out for a good time and maybe a turn on. This is there 5th year!
3. Horror Hill and 13 Stories Haunted House- (http://www.13storieshauntedhouse.com): This haunted trail has been open since 1984 in Newnan, GA. It is one my favorite haunted attractions to visit. I’m glad to say over the years I have become friends with a lot of them. This year Horror Hill and 13 Stories Haunted House have combined and moved into a new 54,000 square foot location in Newnan, GA! So get ready for an all new show. Watch me and my friends here to see.
4. Camp Blood – (www.campblood.com): I love the Friday the 13th films, creepy woods,and blood. So if you love those things as much as me then this is the haunted trail for you. You even go in out of houses and cabins there. City folks beware of hillbillies and rednecks there!
5. Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – (www.uncleshucks.com): I go here to get lost in a gigantic spooky corn maze at night. It is huge and you can even buy a pumpkin here. Remember to take friends who will have fun with you here. Kid like personalities are a must, pretentious hipsters should probably stay home they will just irritate you.
6. Nightmare Gate Haunted House – (http://nightmaresgate.com/) This one I have not been to but I am excited to check out!
7. Containment – (http://containment.naproperties.com) This one is new this year and underneath Atlantic Station.
8. Fear The Woods- (http://fearthewoods.com ) I have not been to this one. Looks fun.
9. Haunted Carnival of Nightmares – (http://www.sirgoonyshauntedcarnival.com) I have not been to this one, but would love to see.
10. Paranoia Haunted House – (http://www.paranoiahauntedhouse.com) I have not been to this one, but would love to see.
11. Creepers Haunted House – (https://www.facebook.com/creepershauntedhouse)- The are back this year and were amazing in the past!
Now lets talk about fun activities and events:
1. Goblin- (Oct. 1) – (http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com/show/?id=979&artist=GOBLIN): Almost 40 years removed from their debut, cult legends Goblin will launch their first ever North American tour this October. The tour will start October 1st in Atlanta. They will perform all of their classic cuts, including scores from Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebrae, Dawn of the Dead, Phenomena, Sleepless and other songs.
2. Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival- (Weekends only Oct. 2nd through Oct. 27th) – (http://www.stonemountainpark.com) “ONLY OPEN WEEKENDS. Make family memories this fall season at Stone Mountain Park’s 11th annual Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy fun-filled games and family shows such as “Pumpkinpalooza,” scavenger hunts and the Pumpkin Mash at the Mayor’s Rockin Costume Party.”
3. Splatter Cinema- (Tuesday Oct. 8th) – (https://www.facebook.com/events/446695905369829/) – DAWN OF THE DEAD on Oct. 8th. Are you into 70′s and 80′s horror movies? These guys know what I want to see and they give it to me. I love these guys and they have become like horror brothers to me. Check out their site and they always do something extra special during October.
4. Atlanta Zombie Walk- (Sunday Oct. 13th at 2pm) – (www.facebook.com/groups/ZombieWalkAtlanta): Over 800 people get together and dress up as zombies and roam the streets of Atlanta and scare the hell out of people for the day! This event is a fuckin BLAST. I have had the honor of leading it 3 years in a row. Watch this video to see all the fun.
5. The Walking Dead premiere party (Oct. 13th) – (http://handpicked.scoutmob.com/atlanta/hand-picked/scoutmob-atlanta-movie-tours-and-graveyard-tavern-present-the-walking-dead-premiere-party) “On October 13, we’re hosting a drop-dead awesome Walking Dead premiere party at (where else?) the Graveyard Tavern, complete with guided zombie tours from Atlanta Movie Tours, cocktails and the long-awaited return of the Walking Dead on the Graveyard’s jumbo screens. Sorry, walkers: this event is BYOBrains.”
6. Capturing The Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour- (Oct. 18- 27th)- (http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/?event=halloween-tours). Take a look at a video.
7. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade -(Sat. Oct. 19th)- (www.l5phalloween.com)- I have been in the Halloween parade for about 4 years now and it’s so much fun to dress up and walk down the streets of Little 5 Points in a creepy costume. Not to be missed, and if you can be in it then get in it! Watch here
8. Marys Hallo-Weenie Party (Friday Oct. 25th)- (marysatlanta.com) For a good time on Halloween call “Marys” it’s a cool place to go. They make Halloween a big deal and have the most outlandish costumes at any club or bar I have ever seen. I always take my ass by there in October.
9. Concert and Shocktails with composer Alan Howarth (Sat. Oct. 26th) – (https://shocktailatl2013.eventbrite.com) This event will be at the Plaza Theater. Alan Howarth is a composer that has worked with John Carpenter on a lot of his scores over the years (Halloween 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Escape from New York, Big Trouble Little China, Prince of Darkness, The Live, etc). Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for an evening of Halloween shocktails, live entertainment, and fun as we take a trip down memory lane with Legendary Composer Alan Howarth as he play our favorite movie Scores from some of the biggest films of the 80s and 90s with a special commemoration to the 35th anniversary of the first Halloween movie.
10. The Goat Farm Arts Center present Halloween 2013 (Oct. 26th)- (http://handpicked.scoutmob.com/atlanta/hand-picked/scoutmob-plus-the-goat-farm-arts-center-present-halloween-2013) Immersive, musical entertainment by the 36-piece junk-punk marching band Itchy-O, An interactive 12-ft walking astronaut constructed by master puppeteers Raymond Carr + Wade Tilton, A special appearance by Klimchak, Food trucks and ATM on site, Quadrophonic Soundscape installation by CD Howe and more.
11. “HAUNTED HOTEL” A Special 2-Level Event Party (Sat. Oct. 26th)- (http://ournightlife.com/show.cfm?id=106241) “Featuring…. DJ Verse & Jay Envy, 7 Amazing Areas, 2 Amazing Patios, Complimentary Glow Toys, Spooktacular VIP Packages, 1,000 people having the time of their lives!”
12. Boo at the Zoo (Sat. Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th)- (http://www.zooatlanta.org) Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns
13. Fox Theatre Ghost Tours (Sat. Oct. 26th through Wed. Oct. 30th)- (http://www.foxtheatre.org) “For the first time ever, the Fox Theatre will host Ghost Light tours this Halloween with their resident ghosts. Travel to spaces haunted by those who loved the theatre and the ground where it sits so much, they have never left. Take a walk in the footsteps of the Confederate soldier, pay your respects to the woman of the house and hear about Roosevelt and his work keeping the Fox warm in the winter. People have seen these ghosts and felt their presence…will you? Fox Theatre Ghost Light Tours will haunt on Saturday, October 26, Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30.”
14. Six Flags Horror Nights (Sept. 28th to Oct. 27th) – (http://frightfest.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/) Go ride some rides while getting attacked by monsters!!!!
15. Rocky Horror Halloween Special Show- (www.facebook.com/events/246664098702192) ummmm It’s Rocky Horror but Halloween style! Get real and get to the Plaza Theatre for this amazing night.
16. Buried Alive Film Festival (Nov. 8th and 9th) -(buriedalivefilmfest.com) Are you a local horror film maker? Well I am and I am always a part of the Buried Alive Film Festival. You should be too! It’s a blast to see all the horror that Atlanta has to offer.
Here is what is a list of EVERYTHING Halloween related that is coming on TV for the entire month of October:
Where to get makeup and costumes!
1. Norcostco Atlanta Costume – (https://www.facebook.com/norcostco.costume)
2. Costumes Etc. – (http://www.costumes-etc.com)
3. Eddie’s Trick Shop- (http://www.eddiestrickshop.com/)
4. Sprit Halloween- (http://www.spirithalloween.com)
5. Halloween Headquarters- (http://atlhalloweenhq.com)
What’s coming soon to a theater near you!
Sept. 13th “Insidious: Chapter 2”
Oct. 11th “Machete Kills”
Oct. 11th “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”
Oct. 18th “Carrie”
What’s coming out on Blu Ray.
Sept. 3rd– Creepshow 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Lords of Salem.
Sept. 10th– Carrie (1976), Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection, The Fly (1958).
Sept. 17th – Bates Motel: Season One, Bride of Frankenstein, Day of the Dead (Collectors Edition), Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Wolf Man (1941), World War Z.
Sept. 24th – American Horror Story: Asylum, Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition, Hannibal: Season One, Prince of Darkness (1987), Psycho II and III, V/H/S 2.
Oct. 1st– Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013), House of Wax 3D (1953), The Amityville Horror Trilogy, he Monster Club (1981), This Is the End.
Oct. 8th – Curse of Chucky, Chucky: The Complete Collection, Oldboy: 10th Anniversary Edition, The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition.
Oct. 15th – In the Mouth of Madness, Maniac (2012), The Haunting (1963), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Weird Science.
Oct. 22nd– A Tale of Two Sisters, The Vincent Price Collection, The Conjuring.
Oct. 29th– Demons (1985), Demons 2 (1986).
Now lets talk about what’s fun to watch in October.
1. Halloween (1978) – The best horror film of all time because John Carpenter is gold. I thanked him once for the joy he brought to my life.
2. The Fog (1980)– A John Carpenter classic, everything about this film is brilliant to me even the score. Scary, moody, spooky and tense.
3. Trick ‘r Treat– This film is incredible and should be a staple film to watch on Halloween. You will learn a lot about the Halloween season in this film. Do yourself a favor buy this film today. Do not rent it, buy it!
4. Halloween II (1981) – A sequel that made me scared BLEEPless of hospitals and was just as fun to watch as the first.
5. The House of the Devil– This throw back to the 80′s is gold and it’s quiet, moody, scary and satanic. Watch it and you will be spooked. The Director Ti West knows what he is doing.
6. The Return of the Living Dead– The best zombie movie ever made, and some of my favorite dialogue in film period. Amazing soundtrack too.
7. Hellraiser– Humans are the bad guys in this amazing horror love story. Watch it for the love or the gore.
8. The Conjuring– This haunted house movie is spooky as fuck. Check it out on a dark Halloween night.
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master– My favorite of the Freddy/ Nightmare films. The teens are BLEEPIN incredible in this film, and you will wish you could hang with Freddy when it’s over.
10. The Descent– This film made me jump twice. I don’t ever jump in movies. The plot is simple and brilliant and gave me a panic attack. Watch this film with all the lights off.
Here’s a list of kids Halloween movies:
1. The Halloween Tree – Learn about the season of Halloween in this kids adventure written by Ray Bradbury.
2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown– Ummm its Charlie Brown.
3. The Fat Albert Halloween Special– I LOVE FAT ALBERT!
4. ParaNorman– A fun and relevant movie about being different, zombies, ghosts, and witches. It’s incredible.
5.. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad– This film feels like Halloween.
6. Monster House– Kid creepy and fun.
7. Mad Monster Party?– Party with monsters that have the voices of Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.
Now let’s talk about some Halloween Jams to listen and dance to:
1. The Munsters theme song: If you can’t dance to this song then shut up and get out of my life.
2. Monster Mash- Bobby “Boris” Pickett: This should be on every Halloween mix.
3. Grim Grinning Ghosts- Disney Ride Haunted Mansion: What an amazing fun song, that never gets old. Play this at my funeral!
4. Halloween Spooks- Lambert, Hendricks & Roth: One of the best Halloween jams ever written. It’s easy to find.
5. Monster Rap- Elvira: ELVIRA CAN DO NO WRONG!
How about some spooky scores to scare the neighbors with or to chill with:
1. “The Fog” music by John Carpenter– This music will scare any trick or treater.
2. “Poltergeist” music by Jerry Goldsmith– Carol Anne’s theme is the ultimate spooky jam. One of Jerry’s best scores.
3. “Amityville Horror” music by Lalo Schifrin– Horror music based on a true story. Count me in.
4. “Halloween” music by John Carpenter– You can never go wrong with Carpenter cuts.
5. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” music by Charles Bernstein– When I was kid this score was playing in a line at Six Flags and scared the hell out of me. Shut up it was dark!
6. “The Grudge” music by Christopher Young– This is moody, creepy and eery.
7. “The Conjuring” music by Joseph Bishara– This shit is scary as fuck.