On Film4 this evening at 7.10pm
Two more days to go until Halloween…
It may surprise you to learn that I don’t usually celebrate this Autumn festival.
I have been known to carve a pumpkin, and some years I’ve dressed up when a party invitation has demanded it, but usually I allow it to go by quietly.
And you know what, it does go by quietly in this country. I was in the states last year in the lead up to the 31st and was amazed at how big the festival is over there. Every shop, bar and doorway is adorned with spooky decorations ranging from cobwebs to skull mobiles to pumpkin lanterns, and vintage clothes shops were heaving with people searching for the perfect costume. At the beginning of this month, I received a Halloween card from my American friends. Could I find one to send back? I had to make my own!
Despite this indifference towards the festival in the UK, I feel compelled to acknowledge it this year because it’ll be falling on a Friday. And since I’m one of those people that loves ghost stories as well as the colours of Autumn, I have every intention to celebrate this highlight of the season in suitably spooky style.
And you can’t celebrate Halloween without a sense of mischief and fun. That’s why this evening’s tongue-in-cheek comedy is the perfect pre-Halloween treat. A new baby, a serial killer nanny and squabbling siblings feature in this sequel to the fabulous 1991 movie based on the cartoons by Charles Addams and the 1960s TV series.
I’ll be carving my pumpkin while chuckling with glee at the antics of this wonderfully morbid brood. Sadly I don’t have a disembodied hand in my family to help out with this tricky task, but I’ve discovered this unusual punch-chilling device that might make an attractive and charming Thing substitute.