Today is my favorite day of the year, and I’ve got a fabulous idea if you’re looking for some spooky entertainment while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. If you’re feeling particularly brave, turn out all the lights, light a candle and listen to some of the scariest old time radio recordings from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Back before TV was a common staple in almost every room of the home, families used to gather round the radio for their evening entertainment. Suspense radio was a particular favorite!
Almost 1,000 episodes were broadcast from 1942 to 1962 on CBS Radio with Alfred Hitchock directing the audition show called The Lodger. Leading Hollywood actors of the era would participate in these programs including Cary Grant, Vincent Price, Joan Crawford, and Orson Welles. In fact when my kids were little, I collected and listened to some of the old Sherlock Holmes radio programs starring Basil Rathbone that are just as fun. It’s these vintage radio programs that inspired one of my favorite Halloween movies, Haunted Honeymoon.
If you’d like to try a few out, check out some of my favorite Halloween Entertainment From The Golden Age of Hollywood below:
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2: The Classic Radio Collection
The New Adventures Of Sherlock Homes: The Unfortunate Tobacconist And The Paradol Chamber (v. 1)
On A Country Road
The House in Cypress Canyon
Snow on 66
Sorry, Wrong Number
Have a spooky Halloween!
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