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Oct 20, 2020


Lisa Morton, Halloween expert and author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, joins Patrick in the parlor to discuss our favorite holiday! Topics include Dennison’s Bogie Books, yard haunts, common misconceptions, bobbing for apples, candy, movies, music, and the question of whether we can save Halloween in 2020! Visit for more info.


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In this episode:

Episode Teaser :00

Intro 1:02

Meth Hazel makes a special return to the podcast! (And a BIG shoutout to the very creative Tim Prasil for giving Meth Hazel the right words to say! Check out Tim at his website, 1:45

A special Halloween greeting from Leslie and Kat from the Living Dead Girls Podcast! 7:45

Welcome back to the parlor, Lisa Morton! 9:33

Lisa’s Bio 10:15

Lisa Morton has no problem nerding out on Halloween all the time! 11:20

Accidentally becoming a Halloween expert! 13:53

Dennison’s Bogie Books 16:16

Patrick displays reprints of pages from the Bogie Books on his Halloween Altar. 16:49

The amazing yard haunts in Los Angeles! 18:45

Halloween on the West Coast. 22:50

Will Halloween survive 2020? Will it go virtual? 25:14

Halloween Candy 29:48

The most misunderstood of all the holidays. Common misconceptions: The lord of death, razors in apples, and the anonymous psycho! 31:25

Lisa loves John Carpenter’s Halloween films, plus the Trick ‘r Treat film. 39:44

Halloween music 43:10

Bobbing for apples! 45:38

If anyone asks you to play Snap Dragon, say NO! 46:45

Other Victorian traditions, like parties and divination 47:40

Check out Lisa’s book, Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween! 53:18

Where to find Lisa Morton and new books that are out right now! 53:40

A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 56:08

Outro 58:17

Blooper 59:55


For more on Lisa Morton: 

Lisa's previous appearance on Episode 170 of the Big Seance!

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween on Amazon

Twitter: @cinriter


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