Grab Your Family, It Is the Haunting Hour
My four-year-old loves Halloween, and the overall vibe that goes with it. He's just fallen in love with horror. He has a toy skeleton, he does a zombie walk impression (that's pretty darn good), and whenever you're not looking, he'll attack you as some strange monster. Nothing seems to scare him. He even sat through the movie Chucky, which we thought was amazing, since sometimes he acts like his stuffed animals are real. So, the idea of a psychotic killer doll, might actually frighten a kid like him. But, alas, he didn't get scared, even once.
But, this isn't the real motivator for his love of horror. Because of him, our TV is stuck on either Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, and we recently stumbled upon several different series of shows that were specifically geared towards kids his age. They are young adult horror shows. There's one called Goosebumps, another called Dead Time Stories, but the one we like the best is called, The Haunting Hour.
The first time we stumbled upon it, I was in the kitchen making dinner, and I heard my wife and son start screaming and giggling about something, so I headed out to see. The episode they were watching had a kid, about twelve, scurrying around his house, trying to convince his parents there was something crawling around the vents, but his parents kept insisting he go back to bed. All he could see were shadows, and shapes, so it was kind of suspenseful. We all watched with anticipation for what might be in the vents. Near the end, something human-like tumbled from the vents, and the boy started yelling, "See, see," as if vindicated. But the parents started coddling the creature back to sleep, and the mother came in with a glass of syrup for it to drink, like it was a baby bottle. For days, we kept talking about the syrup monster.
The Haunting Hour is based upon a series of books by R. L. Stine, which was initially made into a single movie, but because of its popularity, they made it into a TV series, that is now in its fourth season.
The movie is about a young goth girl at a new school, as she tries to fit in. She eventually finds a weird Halloween shop hidden down an alleyway, and she makes off with something she shouldn't have. Everything unravels from there. It's pretty entertaining.
The show is on every Saturday night, and we love it. It covers zombies, witches, aliens and all kinds of other creatures. There was even one where a boy got back at some bullies by learning to control insects, only to have the insects turn on him later in the episode. The show is usually topical to youths, and never entirely scary. If you asked for an analogy, I'd say it was a silly children's version of the Twilight Zone.
Either way, every Saturday night, we sit together, and watch The Haunting Hour. We love the shows, and we laugh and make fun of each one for the whole rest of the week.
Background Photo Credit: Taken By Me
The first five episodes of the TV series The Haunting Hours address the usual children's issues, in a Twilight Zone sort of way.
In volume two, the stars are better, and so are the thrills of zombies, aliens, and ghosts.
This was the first round of scary stories for children with a low budget, and a campy feel.