Trick or Treat: Spooktacular Programming for Halloween!

Oct 28, 2013

Trick or treat? Our bewitching line up of Halloween programming begins Wednesday night!

Our bewitching lineup of Halloween programming begins Wednesday night with music and some spooktacular fun. So be sure to tune in for a special Halloween trick or treat from WCQS! 

Wednesday, October 30 - 7 pm
BackStory with The American History Guys' American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

It seems Americans can't get enough of all things spooky. Halloween – despite its solemn Celtic roots – has become a safe way for Americans to transgress social norms and toy with the idea of ghosts in a family-friendly fashion. But for some, spirits from another plane have always been a very real part of life on this plane.

"Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln," ca. 1920
Credit Image by: Library of Congress

So with Halloween coming up, this episode of BackStory delves deeper into our fascination with the supernatural, and explores why ghosts, spirits, and witches have haunted American history. Why were colonists so fearful of New England “witches”? How is it that progressive social reformers found a home in the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century? Why do new media technologies always conjure talk of the undead? Brian, Ed, and Peter look for answers...

Wednesday, October 30 – 8 pm
Tunes from the Crypt: Creature Double Feature

The perfect soundtrack for Halloween listening - for ghosts, goblins, vampires and princesses -  the perfect accompaniment for gathering up all those delicious treats or any party or spookfest. Selections from the films “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” “Inception,” and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" join Tunes from the Crypt for classics such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and This is Halloween by Danny Elfman (from Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas.) The fright fest also features music from Gustav Holst, James Horner, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Puccini, and many others, with the diabolical Mark Perzel as host.

Halloween morning – 9 to 11
Tunes from the Crypt: Lucky 13

More spooky tunes to start Halloween morning in just the right state of ... fright!! From Danny Elfman's Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the Witches Sabbath of Hector Berlioz - you don't want to miss it!

Halloween afternoon – 12 to 3
Tunes from the Crypt Returns

As we head toward the witching hour (and all that candy!)  get in the mood with everything from Max Steiner’s King Kong Overture to Manuel DeFalla’s Dance of Terror. You can’t possibly greet ghosts and goblins at your door without getting into the proper mindset!  Tunes From the Crypt Returns is the ticket!

Halloween night - 7 to 10                  

Thursday Night Classics - Black Cauldron Edition

After you’ve doled out the Snickers bars and M&Ms  - sit back with a cup of hot cider or rum toddy and contemplate the afterworld while listening to Thursday Night Classics . here’s what Chip Kaufmann will have on tap:

  • George Crumb: Black Angels or 13 Images from the Dark Land for Electric String Quartet - (7:07-7:30).
  • Charles Alkan: Funeral March for a Favorite Parrot - (7:30-7:40).
  • Andre Caplet: The Masque of the Red Death - (7:40-8:00).
  • Igor Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale (Complete) with performers Glenda Jackson & Rudolf Nureyev - (8:00-9:00).
  • Modeste Mussorgsky: St John's Night on the Bare Mountain for Bass-Baritone, Children's Choir & Orchestra - (9:00-9:12).
  • Franz Schubert: "Death & the Maiden" String Quartet (Unexpurgated) - (9:13-9:58)

Halloween night – 10 to midnight
The Retro Cocktail Hour Halloween Spooktacular 2013

The bachelor pad is swinging with the sounds of ghoulishly groovy tunes in The Retro Cocktail Hour Halloween Spooktacular. Calling all ghouls!  Also zombies, vampires, werewolves, mummies and other people in show business.  The martinis are spiked with hemlock in the Retro Cocktail Hour's Halloween Spooktacular for 2013.  It's a party chockful of swinging songs for the Eve of All Hallows, including tunes like House On Haunted Hill, Ghost Meets Ghoul, House of Horrors and Werewolf Watusi.  We've got a hefty sampling of monster movie and TV music, with themes from The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Outer Limits, Beetlejuice, The Bat and Spider Baby, among others, along with trailers for cheesy horror films and "monster pop" from forgotten groups like The Rigormorticians and Frankie Stein and his Ghouls.  Plus...Lon Chaney, Jr. sings!