Hothouse Theatre’s Halloween Special

Hothouse the are celebrating Halloween this year in style with a few special audio projects and links to loads of fun, interesting ... and ... after the WATERSHED ... some scary stuff too!

Just right to listen to ... under the covers ... as you slip into the Witching Hour!

We will be updating this page throughout the day with links that will help you enjoy the Halloween experience to the full.

We will post on our facebook and twitter pages every time we add something.

Of course you can just keep visiting the page over the course of the day... all the way up to midnight ...

Check it out ... if you dare!!!

But don’t be too afraid ... HA! HA! HA!

A Warning to the Curious

by M. R. James

Adapted for audio by Guy Jones

A Hothouse Theatre production of this classic M. R. James ghost story from 1925.

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The Monkey's Paw
by W. W. Jacobs

Classic tale of mystery, suspense and the supernatural directed by Andrew Barker, Produced in 1984, broadcast by Channel Four TV in 1988.

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7 Creepiest Things Caught On Security Cameras
Fact Faction

Today, FactFaction takes a look at 7 of the creepiest things caught on security cameras

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I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying
Dr. Christopher Kerr

Ted Talk

Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life.

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10 Photos That Can Scare Anyone
Bright Side

Here are 10 scary and strange photos that shouldn't exist. Most of them cannot be explained. Can you imagine taking a happy photo and then later find out that there's a ghost behind you?

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Modern-Day Photographer Takes Old-Time 'Spirit' Photos

In the 1860s and '70s, American photographer William Mumler figured out how to take photos in which ghostly images would appear in the background.

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Peak Witch Hunt

Scotland carried out five times more executions per capita for witchcraft than the European average but how did people come to believe in such a thing and what did they believe about it? Our top-notch panel of Scottish historians are here to take you deep into the psyche of the 16th and 17th century, along with our hosts Susan Morrison and Louise Yeoman.

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Ghosts On The Underground

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Ghost Stories from Theatreland

From Drury Lane to the old playhouses of Edinburgh, tales of long-dead stage-hands, actors and theatre managers who haunt the stage abound. These stories have usually only been whispered about backstage. Until now. Actor Jack Shepherd gets fellow actors and theatre staff to open up about their ghostly experiences in some of Britain's spookiest theatres.

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20th-Century Poltergeist
A History of Ghosts

Poltergeists, noisy spirits, have been reported since antiquity. But in the 20th century, the idea of what the poltergeist was changed in collective culture. When, in the past, reported poltergeist activity would be put down to outside, supernatural beings, in the 20th century supposed poltergeist activity was said to come from within a living being: the psyche made physical.

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A scientific approach to the paranormal
Carrie Poppy
Ted Talk

What's haunting Carrie Poppy? Is it ghosts or something worse? In this talk, the investigative journalist narrates her encounter with a spooky feeling you'll want to warn your friends about and explains why we need science to deal with paranormal activity.

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A Short History of Vampires

Natalie Haynes introduces the last in a series of dark stories, as she examines why the vampire - an iconic figure in horror-fiction - continues to exert such a powerful hold on our imaginations...

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Vlad the Impaler

The expression Dracula, which is now primarily known as the name of a fictional vampire, was for centuries known as the sobriquet of Vlad III. Diplomatic reports and popular stories referred to him as Dracula, Dracuglia, or Drakula already in the 15th century. He himself signed his two letters as "Dragulya" or "Drakulya" in the late 1470s.

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Legends Of The Werewolves
Bárbara Stalteri

Legends Of The Werewolves. enjoy it.

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Accelerated Literacy Through Podcasts Crowd Funding Project

Hothouse Theatre are launching their Crowd Funding bid to raise funds to pilot the Accelerated Literacy Project!

The project will use the creation of podcasts, audio reports and radio plays to help young people make up for lost school hours due to Covid-19.

We will need your help to make this happen!

Please support our Crowd funding bid!

You could even get yourself named in a Fake News report!!

All donations are welcome ... even the little ones!

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Fake News – Halloween Bulletin
Brickyard Crew
Accelerated Literacy

Hothouse Theatre’s Accelerated Literacy Project is a response to Covid-19 and the loss of dedicated learning time for many young people.

The aim is to make literacy fun using podcasts, audio plays and other such nonsense.

The Fake News series is part of that rather valuable fun and nonsense stuff.

WARNING! Please don’t believe ... most of what you hear in this bulletin.

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Top 10 things to know about the Day of the Dead
National Geographic

We've all heard about the Day of the Dead or seen the classic sugar skull paintings—but what does this celebration really represent?

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Ghosts in the Machine

Laurie Taylor investigates the people who hear the voices of the dead in recorded sounds - and uncovers the strange and haunting world of auditory illusion.

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10 True Ghost Stories That Inspired Horror Films
What Culture

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Ghosts And Witches Of Olde England
The Great British Channel

'Ghosts And Witches Of Olde England' is a remarkable journey, touring around the country to explore some of the best examples of fright inducing folklore ever related.

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Unlike many other monsters—which are mostly a product of superstition, religion and fear— zombies have a basis in fact, and several verified cases of zombies have been reported from Haitian voodoo culture.

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The Skeleton Dance
Silly Symphonies
Walt Disney

As we hear the chimes at midnight and bats flutter from a belfry; as a hound howls at the full moon and black cats brawl on the tombstones; Through the gloom, white skeletons pass, Running and leaping in their shrouds!

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Fact or Fiction: Costumes and Silly String banned on Halloween?

Do some California cities have laws on the books banning wearing a disguise in public and using Silly String on Halloween?

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6 Things You May Not Know About Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition that originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland. Back then, however, jack-o’-lanterns were made out of turnips or potatoes; it wasn’t until Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered the pumpkin that a new Halloween ritual was born.

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Top 10 Scary Nigerian Urban Legends
Most Amazing Top 10

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Halloween Quiz

Hothouse Theatre's Accelerated Literacy Project


A short quiz about Halloween.

You will be able to answer most of the questions from the various links posted on Hothouse Theatre’s Halloween Special throughout the day.

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Witches in Britain
Historic UK

Witchcraft was not made a capital offence in Britain until 1563 although it was deemed heresy and was denounced as such by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484. From 1484 until around 1750 some 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe.

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Voice Actors Wanted

Hothouse Theatre are looking for voice actors as it moves it’s activities online for the foreseeable future as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yes ... that means we are going to use Zoom!

We will be producing audio plays, experimenting with producing live online performances, holding online workshops and auditions.

It is all a bit experimental ... but it is going to FUN TOO!

Coming up!

Ghost Stories for Christmas – Recorded radio style production.

An evening with Charles Dickens – a rehearsed reading style performance in the New Year!

Interested? Drop us a line!

Trick or Treat
Donald Duck Cartoons and Huey, Dewey, Louie ducks

Walt Disney

Donald Duck cartoons - Funny cartoons - Cartoon donald duck - Docnald duck video - Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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Halloween Animated History


Halloween falls on the October 31st each year in Britain, North America and other parts of the world

Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history and is a mix of Pagan and Christian Tradition.

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