Friday, 30 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

It was a dark dark night. The moon was full of cream cheese and bats flapped around in front of it like they do at the start of all good scary movies. There were a few stars scattered around as well, just to highlight how dark it was.
It was 1970. Peter and Tracy were huddled to together on the sofa and were being forced by their evil step-mother to watch repeats of 'The Singing Ringing Tree'...



...which would lead to them having a life long fear of dwarfs; men dressed up as bears and beached whales...

51 comments:

Dave said...

If the moon was full then it wouldn't be a dark dark night. Moonlight is quite bright.

Unless there was 100% cloud cover, of course.

Scarlet Blue said...

Dave: Tsk!!! It was a deliberate mistake....
but I will check the weather archives to see if there was cloud cover for that particular night.
Sx

BEAST said...

Well I am still scared even if Dave is being Mr Pedantic .
The singing ringing tree used to frighten me as a kiddy and I will now have the additional worry of wether Miss Scarlet has bats up her nightie

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Beastie: The thing is that I remember The Singing Ringing Tree in black and white. And I still haven't got a clue what the storyline is.
Where was CBBC when we were kids?
Sx

Ana said...

Good Lord! Now I have to go stab my eyes out with a red hot poker. I don't think I've ever seen anything so wonderfully disturbing. Thank you for this Halloween gift!

Love your look today! ;-)

fairyhedgehog said...

I've never been so glad to be old - this was after my time.

Why is the dwarf wearing a brown baby-gro? Definitely very disturbing.

xl said...

I now have a life-long fear of being in a vine-covered swing with doves tied to it.

Happy Halloween Miss Scarlet!

Scarlet Blue said...

Ana: I'm hoping that the wind doesn't change and I get stuck like this. Normal livery will be restored on the 1st November... although I am growing rather fond of the tache...

Fairyhedgehog: The whole series was a complete mystery to me. It was repeated endlessly after Jackanory and before Blue Peter. It was imported from East Germany... I wonder if the children of East Germany ever got to see Grange Hill?

Mr XL: And you thought 'Deliverance' was scary...?!

Sx

Clyde said...

Oh sweet Scarlet, you need to wax.
And isn't Haloween for the Americans
Ah, just eat the chocolates
Come and knock on my door

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Clyde: There has always been halloween this side of the pond; it's trick or treat that's new to us.
Halloween used to be about staying up late and listening to ghost stories; casting spells to find the name of your future husband and doing pumpkin impersonations.
Sx

TechnoBabe said...

Happy Halloween, Scarlet! You have captured the spirit of the holiday.

zIggI said...

Almost better than Hocus Pocus even!

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Hot Damn Scarlett!

I feel like I've walked into the Pitch Black Room!

Question: When you're describing a scene, why can't the moon be full AND there be a dark, dark night! It's your story love, I'm just reading it.

I mean, who's story is this?

U

EmmaK said...

oh goodness me watching that has given me the heebie jeebies. Need to lie down in a dark room and mainline Reeces pieces.

Sarah said...

Oooh i like the new look.

The singing ringing tree used to scare me to death. That and Dr Who had to be watched from behind the sofa. Isn't this a re make tho'? I seem to remember it in blacka nd whaite too (!) and the dwarf was more menacing....or so it seemed

Macy said...

Am I the only one who finds the wee dwarf CUTE????

One of these days I'll start worrying about myself...

Pat said...

It's so dark I can't read the comments or is it 'Dark Victory' all over again and my end cometh?

Ginro said...

Who turned the bloody light off! Can't read the comments.
Got to love the speacial affect in those days. Those birds tied to the swing, and yet they still managed to look like they were tied to the swing. Amazing.

Kerrie said...

Sorry hun, I am at work again with no speakers on this computer so this is just all very bizzare. I love the fish, I want to hug it!
Do you think the moon is Dairylea or Philadelphia?

KAZ said...

That avatar is bad enough - but please tell me you won't start wearing a mid calf tattered dress in two colours of blue.

MJ said...

That dwarf has absconded with your BUSH, Miss Scarlet!

Scarlet Blue said...

Technobabe: I think I have suppassed myself, I'm certainly feeling the spirit of Halloween now.

ZIggI: I've just twigged that it may have been easier to play 'I Put A Spell On You', than to turn out the lights and wear a costume...

Mr U: I've just realised that some people are clicking on the post title and therefore can't read the comments can they?
Yes I agree... about the darkness.
Away from the moonlight, in the shadows of a tree, it was dark!

Emmak: You can see the whole series on Youtube now... but you may need more than a lie down if you do. Probably counselling.

Sx

I have to cook dinner... by candlelight...

Jimmy Bastard said...

It's good to see you back Scarlet-pants. I hope all is well, and you are fine and dandy!

Scarlet Blue said...

Sarah: Maybe, like me, you had a black and white telly. We used to have to let it warm up for half an hour before we could watch it without it flickering!

Macy: I think you may be the only one who finds the dwarf cute! Maybe it's the baby-gro outfit that's fooling you?

Pat: Apologies! I'll get a candle to lighten it up a bit... it's only for another day and then normal service will be resumed.

Ginro: I'll have you know that they were professionally trained pigeons, Kit and Bertha - World renowned artistes. Everything you see in this clip is real.

Kerrie: It doesn't make a lot of sense with the sound on!
It's okay to cuddle the fish.
Philadelphia!

Kaz: *hides tatty blue dress down the back of sofa and smiles in a beguiling manner whilst fluttering eyelashes*

MJ: Spot on!!
And sometimes I can get my bush to sing.

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Jimmy: You snuck in there! I'd better fiddle with the dimmer switch, people are beginning to trip over each other.
Sx

Macy said...

Well whilst we're all falling over each other....Bags me the dwarf he must be somewhere underfoot!

Ginro said...

Oi! Who just touched my arse? Right that does it! I get enough of that from Wiccans thank you very much, when they aren't putting bleach in my coffee. I'm outta here.

Scarlet Blue said...

Macy: I just sat on the fish. It makes a comfy sofa.

Ginro: I'm wandering if I can live like this until after Halloween. The decor is even giving me sore eyes.

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

*wondering* - my mind is wandering.
Sx

eroswings said...

That was strangely entertaining--like Twin Peaks, where you couldn't follow the plot, but it so weird that you couldn't change the channel. That chick should've found some rocks to throw at that flying dwarf to knock him down hard! Then beat him with that tree after he hit the ground.

I'm not advocating violence against dwarfs; just corporal punishment against thieves!


Happy Halloween!

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Swings: When I was younger I suspected that the narration had nothing to do with the pictures. Now I've seen this clip I still have this suspician...
Anyhow, I may watch the whole thing again on Youtube to see if I can make sense of it, because you are correct, it is strangely compelling.
Sx

Madame DeFarge said...

This petrified me then and petrifies me now. Genuinely so. I am all a wobble.

mutleythedog said...

I actually remember that - fucking weird...

Kevin Musgrove said...

Oh Lord... I thought I'd forgotten all that.

There must be some way to get my own back at play time.

HoodChick said...

OMG, you can totally see her nipples through that dress.

I'll be having nightmares of midgets and vines tonight, thanks and happy haunting.

Leah said...

Oh dear. I admit to having watched that twice. What does that say about me?

mapstew said...

Sweet Fuck Scarls, what are ye doin' ta me wee colourblind head with all this COLOUR! HURTS!

How you doin'?

xxx

Scarlet Blue said...

Madame D: I think it made me cry because I was so frightened. Where were the Teletubbies when we needed them?

Mr Mutts: It's not something you ever forget is it? Plus I'm sure it was repeated over and over again.

Kev: This takes some beating, but the original 1930's Kinder Egg advert is also rather disturbing.

Hoodchicky: Maybe she had the hots for the dwarf... which is another disturbing thought.

Leah: It says you have an inquiring mind, which is strangely drawn to dwarfs setting fire to bushes?
I'm going to watch the whole thing on Youtube later today. I dread to think what that says about me!

Mr Maps: I apologise! It's ghastly isn't it? I shall put everything back to how it should be before I go to bed tonight... and this tache is beginning to tickle.

Sx

Gadjo Dilo said...

Good lord, I forgot was Halloween back in the real world. Do people still hollow out swedes and put candles in them?

Scarlet Blue said...

Gadj: Indeed they do! If they covered the cut out bits of swede with chocolate they could have a trick and a treat.
Sx

Pat said...

Much better - I can see now. I miss your pretty photo.

Scarlet Blue said...

Pat: So do I!!
Back to normal tonight.
Sx

Lulu LaBonne said...

I never watched TSRT - feel like I missed out - I loved it.

Whirlochre said...

Ah! The days when kids' tv was heavily reliant on overdubbed foreign offerings!

My favourite was always Balthazar — so endearing, yet so crap.

Not sure how I feel about your newly mutated appearance. I don't mind you blowing hot and cold. But not with a 'tash.

Mitzi said...

I wonder if she ever returned later with a wheelbarrow for that floundering fish.

Scarlet Blue said...

Lulu: If you ever find yourself up late and in need of entertaining then you can watch it all on Youtube. It is most odd.

Mr Whirly: Yes the novelty has worn off! I have rearranged my features... I may even turn the lights back on soon.

Mitzi: Ha ha ha!!! You gave me a shock! I feel like I've passed on the lurgy!
I reckon the fish ended up as take-away.

Sx

nick said...

My God it's dark. Luckily I've got my torch with me. Oh bugger the battery's just gone.

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick Are you still here sweetie? Hold on, I'll switch the lights back on....
Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

...christ, look at the mess in here... okay, so who left their fangs in my bar stools???
Sx

nick said...

Oh, that's where they went. I noticed they were missing when I cleaned my teeth last night. Could you just pop them in the post, petal?

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: I've cleaned them, they were rather yellow and now I've packaged them up.
Please be careful where you sink them in future.
Sx