People love Spirit Halloween. Nick Lutsko‘s unofficial theme song trilogy has hundreds of thousands of views. There’s even a Spirit Halloween movie coming out this Halloween. So why not start getting ready in July? The store and its creepy animatronics are always ready after all, so you should be too.
The animatronic bog zombie has quite the backstory. “In the 1930s, an evil headmaster ran a privately-owned orphanage known as The Bayou Children’s Home in Louisiana. He was said to be especially cruel, mistreating the children living under his care. That is, until one night in 1942. The children rose up against their evil caretaker and dragged his body to the nearby swamp, after which he was never seen again. The orphanage has since shuttered but, according to local lore, every year he still wanders the area on the anniversary of his disappearance.”
Monty the cymbal-crashing monkey doesn’t seem as intimidating, until you understand the scale. Like the bog zombie, it stands 6 feet tall. This possessed children’s toy towers over those trick-or-treaters coming to your door. The demonic animal noises and creepy circus music may send them all running.
Lord Raven is also six feet tall. Again, the description is quite chilling. “Your only chance to survive is catching a glimpse of its demonic eyes before Lord Raven and its minions descend upon you and turn you into their next feast, pecking you until only bones are left.” Though it’s Lord Raven, the voice threatens that its crows are what will hunt you down. Maybe because a group of crows is called a murder and that’s scarier than an unkindness of ravens.
Lucky Bottoms is the ironically named legless clown that won’t stop laughing. “Unfortunately, Lucky couldn’t handle the silence when the fans headed home, and the theaters went dark. It drove him into all-night clubs where desperate clowns risk everything, including their lives, for a laugh.”
These new offerings are certainly enough for some new nightmares. Also, I would love to chat with the voice actors and foley artists working for Spirit Halloween because they’re all doing top notch work.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.