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32 Days of Halloween IV, Day 32: Phantom Manor & Route 66

Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr. and Boris Karloff from Route 66

Yes, we’re at the end of our 32 Days of Halloween marathon. I’d like to take a second to everybody who sent in ideas and requests. And a reminder: if you’ve enjoyed this mayhem, there’s two ways you can support us. One: use the social media bits on the post–StumbleUpon, Facebook and Twitter–to share the posts you’ve enjoyed with others. And two: if you plan to buy anything we’ve featured–or buy anything at all from Amazon–order it through the site. That helps us pay for stuff like the server that we’re stuffing with spooky audio. Thanks in advance for your help, friends.

Day 32 has generally been a place to divest ourselves of all the bits we’ve been hanging onto and didn’t have a chance to place–but we didn’t want to wait until the inevitable (?) fifth installment of 32 Days to share them. Today we’ve got two fantastic things. First up, we go to Disneyland Paris for that park’s version of the Haunted Mansion: Phantom Manor. This is a highlight reel of the a trip through the Manor–but of interest is the inclusion of the original Vincent Price Ghost Host narration, which was eventually discarded in favor of a French actor.

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I want to see this…and every other version of the Haunted Mansion. Ah well. Someday soon.

And second–an episode of the show Route 66 from 1962 which special guest stars Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, all playing themselves. Significant not just for that reason–which would be enough–but it features them reprising roles, sort of, from their golden era. It’ll be the last time you see Chaney as The Wolf Man and the last time you see Karloff in a version of his Frankenstein’s Monster getup. Chaney also tries on versions of his dad’s characters: The Hunchback and The Mummy. Granted, the audio is only in one channel…but the material’s just too good not to share.

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This episode comes from the third season of Route 66, which is available on DVD from Amazon.

2009’s roundup of random Halloweenness is here. 2008 is here, and year one is here.