I’ve never personally staked a vampire—but if I ever have an inclination to, this looks like it might just make it a treat to do the trick and get to the heart of the matter.
I received an email from my friends at Material Culture this morning. It caught my attention. I headed to their website as soon as I read “…intrigue & strangeness.”
Growing up in small-town Kansas in the 50s and 60s, the only thing I enjoyed about Halloween was going to neighbors’ and relatives’ houses with my sister to get our shopping bags filled with free candy. (Lord, there was a lot of candy handed out back then.)
As a kid, I wasn’t a fan of scare or horror. My Halloween costumes tended to present me—on the porches of the candy-giving folks—more along the lines of a wee white rabbit, a diminutive doctor, a small sailor, a child chef—or Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Do you see a theme there?
Our mom often made our costumes, and back in the day, white sheets were cheap. And our family’s old white sheets had been fully amortized, giving her the opportunity to use them for our outfits and then buy new bed linens.
As I’ve aged a bit, I’ve learned more about international folklore, the history of fear and superstitions, and the guarded beliefs in the undead. These days, I tend to accept that there’s a lot that I don’t know. I’ll register for the auction—just to hedge my bets.
To get you in the mood for the auction and Halloween, here’s the full Kiss of the Vampire movie from Hammer Films.
Timing is everything in the art and artifacts auction space, and Material Culture in Philadelphia has— excuse the pun—nailed it with their Dark Shadows | Objects of Intrigue & Strangeness auction. The live showroom auction features a “rare collection of fresh-to-market vampire-killing artifacts.” The sale takes place on Monday (Halloween), October 31, 2022, at 11 AM, with a public Exhibition on October 28-29-30, 11 AM – 4 PM.
I used to watch Dark Shadows at my friend’s house! It was such a great show for a kid in elementary school.. I love a scary film. Alien scared me so much that the night I saw it I didn’t risk getting out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I was in college! When I was little we made hippy costumes. Being a Hippie was the thing for me. Since I now live in Fells Point I’m working on John and Yoko costumes for a parade down Thames St.
First, the John & Yoko costume shouldn’t be a problem. See: https://brockelpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/John-Yoko-costume.png
Back in the olden days, my manger sent me marching off to ABC Studio TV-2 at 24 West 67th Street to meet with the Dark Shadows casting director, Marion Dougherty. It was apparent from the get-go that I wasn’t who she was looking for, but I did get a good look at the sets and stuff. Fun times, those.
I don’t like scary films but halloween costumes are really funny. Well shared with a nice video! 😊👌