|Carved by Chris Goff|
The Haunting of Hill House based on the 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson. The novel was a Finalist for the National Book Award, and if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, you should consider it! Stephen King provides a lengthy review of The Haunting of Hill House in his book Danse Macabre, a non-fiction review of the horror genre, and cites the book as one of the finest horror novels written in the 20th century.
The book was adapted for the movies twice—once in 1963 and once in 1999—both times under The Haunting. The 1963 version is a relatively faithful adaptation (the other isn't) that has reached cult status. Martin Scorsese placed it on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time and, to this day, it scares the crap out of me. I'm...well, suffice it to say I'm getting older, but if I wake up with any appendage hanging off the side of the bed, I freak! It's sort of like how The Exorcist ruined Ouija Boards for most of my generation.
That's not to say I never dressed up, or helped my children dress up for Halloween. I like to think I'm pretty creative! It's a trait I've instilled in many of my children. Here are a few of the examples of Goff Family members decked out for Halloween.
Addie (on the right) was the puppy Queen, pictured here with one of her subjects, her good friend, Megan,
while here she was a little Devil.
In this picture, I'm not sure if Mardee's supposed to be Carrot Top or just a rocker,
but I know she's St. Pauli's Girl here, as I made the costume.