"As I was going up the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today... Oh, how I wish he'd go away."
This week's theme for our virtual 'Friendship Group' was 'Halloween', as 31st October is fast approaching.
We started the session, as usual, with introductions and each of us saying if we liked or loathed Halloween, or as America calls it ‘Trick Or Treating’. We also asked members if they went to a Halloween Fancy Dress Party what costumes they would wear. Some members came wearing make up and wigs.
We then went on to list things we associate with Halloween. This was our list:
- Fancy dress - Witches hats, Dracula teeth, Broomsticks, White sheets, Skeleton costumes.
- Trick or treating & getting doors and cars egged and floured
- Face painting
- Bobbing apples
- Toffee apples
- Ghost stories
- Pumpkin carving
- Black cats
And, of course, 'All Saints Day' which is the day that follows Halloween ('Hallowed Evening' is where the name Halloween comes from).
IDIOMS FOR HALLOWEEN
Next, we completed these phrases together ...
Makes your blood run - COLD (so frightened you can feel it all over)
Play devil's - ADVOCATE (argue an unpopular opinion)
In cold - BLOOD (purposefully ruthless)
Like a bat out of - HELL (something that happens quickly and unexpectedly)
Over my dead - BODY (no way am I allowing that to happen)
Skeleton in the - CLOSET (keeping a secret)
Stab in the - BACK (betrayal of trust)
Scared - STIFF (so frightened you can't move)
Ghost - TOWN (deserted place)
Let the cat out of the - BAG (reveal a secret)
Send shivers down your - SPINE (a frightened or excited feeling)
Dig your own - GRAVE (do something that causes you harm)
Scare the - PANTS - off someone (frighten somebody)
Witching - HOUR (midnight)
Someone walking over your - GRAVE (response to sudden unexplained shivering)
Goose - BUMPS (physical reaction to fear)
Trick or - TREAT (Another name for Halloween)
Scaredy - CAT (Someone who is easily spooked)
Once in a blue - MOON (Infrequently)
Jump out of your - SKIN (Terrified)
Hocus - POCUS (Magic words used by a magician before a reveal) (or a Bette Midler film!)
Song of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble”
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg and howlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.
LYRIC VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJlIxYXSzpU
Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum
When I die and they lay me to rest Gonna go to the place that's the best When I lay me down to die Goin' up to the spirit in the sky
Goin' up to the spirit in the sky (spirit in the sky) That's where I'm gonna go when I die (when I die) When I die and they lay me to rest I'm gonna go to the place that's the best
Prepare yourself you know it's a must Gotta have a friend in Jesus So you know that when you die He's gonna recommend you To the spirit in the sky (spirit in the sky)
Oh he'll recommend you to the spirit in the sky That's where you're gonna go when you die (when you die) When you die and they lay you to rest You're gonna go to the place that's the best
Never been a sinner, I never sinned I got a friend in Jesus So you know that when I die He's gonna set me up with the spirit in the sky
Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky (spirit in the sky) That's where I'm gonna go when I die (when I die) When I die and they lay me to rest I'm gonna go to the place that's the best Go to the place that's the best
'Jason And The Argonauts', 1963
THEM BONES, THEM DRY BONES - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPdpKRbakHY
Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Ezekiel connected dem dry bones Now I hear the word of the Lord
Well, your toe bone connected to your foot bone Your foot bone connected to your heel bone Your heel bone connected to your ankle bone Your ankle bone connected to your leg bone Your leg bone connected to your knee bone Your knee bone connected to your thigh bone Your thigh bone connected to your hip bone Your hip bone connected to your back bone Your back bone connected to your shoulder bone Your shoulder bone connected to your neck bone Your neck bone connected to your head bone I hear the word of the Lord!
A dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around A dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around A dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around I hear the word of the Lord!
Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones Disconnect dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord!
Well, your head bone connected from your neck bone Your neck bone connected from your shoulder bone Your shoulder bone connected from your back bone Your back bone connected from your hip bone Your hip bone connected from your thigh bone Your thigh bone connected from your knee bone Your knee bone connected from your leg bone Your leg bone connected from your ankle bone Your ankle bone connected from your heel bone Your heel bone connected from your foot bone Your foot bone connected from your toe bone An' I hear the word of the Lord! Oh well
A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord! Mmmh
A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones A dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones An' I hear the word of the Lord!
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ
Focus on engagement and enjoyment rather than competition.
Give lots of clues, such as initials and first names.
Celebrate all contributions including singing and dancing.
Encourage story telling and reminiscence.
Reduce content and simplify as necessary in order to promote active inclusion.
Above all else, have fun with it!
ROUND 1. Horror Characters
“I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel...”
1. Who starred as the monster in the 1994 movie 'Frankenstein'?
How was the monster brought to life?
Who wrote the book in 1818?
“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
2. Who starred as Dracula in the 1992 movie 'Dracula'?
What are the ways to repel a vampire? What is the only way to kill one?
Who wrote the 1897 book?
"Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors!"
3. A human infected with the bite of a Werewolf turns into one when?
How do you kill a Werewolf?
What was the name of the pub in this 1981 movie?
"You will not remember what I show you now, and yet I shall awaken memories of love... and crime... and death..."
4. Where do Mummies come from?
Who played the Mummy in the original 1932 movie?
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
5. Who starred as Harry Potter in the series of movies?
Complete the names of the movies ...
'Harry Potter and Philosopher's - *****'
'Harry Potter and the Chamber of - ******'
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of - *******'
'Harry Potter and the Goblet of - ****'
'Harry Potter and the Order of the - *******'
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood - ******'
'Harry Potter and the Deathly - *******'
Who was his arch enemy?
"ARRRRRGH! — YOU CURSED BRAT! LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE! I'm MELTING!"
6. In the 1939 movie 'The Wizard Of Oz', what was the name of 'The Good Witch Of The South'?
How did she help Dorothy go home?
(after many failed plans) "Take car. Go to mum's. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How's that for a slice of fried gold?"
7. What is the horror genre character in the 2004 movie 'Sean Of The Dead'?
Who is the lead actor pictured in colour here?
8. SONG. 'Monster Mash', Bobby Pickett & The Crypt Kickers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2PoSljk8cE
Where was Dracula's homeland?
Which Yorkshire seaside town is he associated with?
ROUND 2. Horror Movies
"I see dead people!"
9. Who, pictured here, starred in the 1999 ghost movie 'Sixth Sense'?
What was the twist in the story at the end (spoiler alert!)?
10. In the 1982 ghost movie 'Poltergeist', what was the name of the new town built on the ancient Indian burial site?
Which sinister character (a children's toy) was under Robbie's bed?
11. In the 1980 horror movie 'The Shining', who played the part of Jack Torrance?
Who wrote the book?
"OH PLEASE MOTHER, MAKE IT STOP!!!"
12. In the 1973 horror movie 'The Exorcist', what was the name of the girl possessed of a demon?
Which Mike Oldfield album was used as the title music to this movie?
"Mother's not feeling herself today."
13. In the 1960 thriller 'Psycho', who played the parts of Norman Bates and his mother?
Who directed this movie?
"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti!"
14. In the 1991 thriller 'Silence Of The Lambs', who were the two lead actors and what parts did they play?
"You know it's Halloween. I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare, huh?"
15. In the 1978 slasher movie, what is the name of the villain?
Which lead actress is pictured here? Who were her famous mother and father?
16. SONG. 'Ghostbusters', Ray Parker Jnr - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ
Name these three cast members from the 1984 movie?
ROUND 3. TV
* Links to opening titles are included *
17. Name the characters from 'The Adams Family'?
Play the titles and ask members to click along - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5IWRz78DY
18. Name the fatherland mother in 'The Munsters'? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TTIqK9nFH8