Halloween Movie Trivia-1978

Attention Baby Boomers, where were you when Halloween came out in October 1978?

I was 15 years old and dating my first husband. I remember sitting in the theater holding on tightly to his arm.

Halloween is one of those movies that just knew how to scare you. It didn't take oodles of blood, gore and blood-curdling screams to scare you. It took you behind the mask of a pyschotic killer and let you see the world through his eyes and hear his breath. That's creepy stuff.

With Halloween rapidly approaching, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the trivia about the movie that you probably were not aware of it. I think you'll be impressed.

Interesting Halloween Movie Trivia

  • Halloween takes place in a fictional suburban town called Haddonfield, Illinois which was named after Haddonfield, New Jersey wehre the co-producer Debra Hill grew up.
  • The original screenplay draft was called "The Babysitter Murders"
  • The budget for the movie was a whopping $320,000
  • The movie was filmed in 21 days in the April 1978 in South Pasadena, California and at a cemetery in Sierra Madre, California
  • Fake fall leaves were used and re-used in the scenes and pumpkins were hard to find.
  • Local children dressed up as the trick-or-treaters used in the film
  • Most of the street names were taken from Director John Carpenter's hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Laurie Strode, Jamie Lee Curtis' character, was the name of one of John Carpenter's old girlfriends
  • Michael Myers was the name of an English producer that had worked with co-producer Irwin Yablans in various European film festivals
  • Two characters, Tommy Doyle and Dr. Loomis, were taken from characters in Alfred Hitchcock movies. Lt. Det. Thomas J. Doyle was a character in Rear Window and Sam Loomis was a character in Psycho.
  • Sheriff Leigh Brackett was named afted a film screenwriter by the same name.
  • The highest paid actor in the movie was Donald Pleasence who was paid $20,000 for five days work playing Dr. Loomis. Jamie Lee Curtis was paid $8,000 for her role as Laurie Strode. Nick Castle was paid $25 a day for his role as Michael Myers.
  • Michael Myers' character was billed in the credits as "The Shape".
  • Due to the low budget, not much was available for props or costumes. Michael Myers mask is actually a Captain Kirk mask that had the eye holes enlarged and was painted a bluish white that cost $1.98
  • Jamie Lee Curtis' wardrobe for the movie cost under $100 at J.C. Penney.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 when she made this film.
  • Halloween debuted on October 25, 1978
  • Halloween grossed a phenomenal $47 million at the U.S. box office and another $8 million internationally
  • in 2007, AOL's 31 days of Horror countdown named Halloween the greatest horror movie

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Comments 17 comments

A Texan 7 years ago

I was 13 and hoping you would break up with your first husband, maybe!


Scott.Life 7 years ago

1978 am I really that old? Halloween is coming soon, time for fun. KCC thanks for taking me back to one of my favorite movies.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

I was 18, and too big of a chicken to watch this at that time--I don't think I saw it until years later, lol!

This was fascinating to read--so much I didn't know about it--thank you for enlightening us! :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...A Texan....I did eventually break up with him.....over 25 years later though. LOL

Hey, I'm there with you Scott! Time flies!

TamCor, why a chicken? It's only a movie! LOL I remember watching Carrie as a teenager too. OMG, that movie scared me too.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by. This was a fun hub to put together.


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

I've seen it at least 20 times....great hub! Thanks! :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Tom! I think I probably have too. Almost time to watch it again! LOL


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

Now that I think about it--I think I watched it for the first time with Tom...so it was when I was about 29!hahaha!:D


A Texan 7 years ago

Update I was 14 in 1978, that has been bugging me and I couldn't remember where I wrote I was 13!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL.....with a November birthday, I turned 16 a few weeks later.


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sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

I still love (and prefer)the original Halloween.

Something about the atmosphere.


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hrrfzl 7 years ago

i like it


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jellydonut25 7 years ago from Buffalo, NY

I didn't see it in your list (but might have missed it...) but if you're attentive, you can see the California license plates on cars despite the Illinois setting for the film!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....nice one, Jellydonut. Thanks for adding it.


hubclone22 6 years ago

wow i saw the halloween a couple a weeks ago on ondemand i couldent take watching this horror film its horror im a big fan of halloween but its creepy i even peed when i watched it!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oh my, Hubclone22....but you enjoyed it anyway, right?


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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

A well done hub. Both versions of the movie were excellent, but I loved the 1980 version of Halloween 2. Both Rob Zombie and John Carpenter are both genius' with this type of work.


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midnightbliss 4 years ago from Hermosa Beach

Nice hub! I always enjoy learning about things that happened behind the scenes during creation of films. Voted up!

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