Procession of the Ghouls at St. John the Divine

Skeleton puppet at the Procession of the Ghouls

Halloween weekend was incredible and I barely slept. While it started and ended with special performances of Sleep No More, I am going to start the blogging with the Procession of the Ghouls at St. John the Divine.  I had never attended the event before, but it happens every year at the Episcopalian cathedral.

Spider puppet on the Rose Window.

The evening started with a screening of the 1925 silent film version of the Phantom of the Opera. An actual film projection was used and the combination of its clicking noise with the sweeping soundtrack provided by the grand organ was amazing. Although I was a little tired from Sleep No More the night before, so I drifted off in the middle and ended up with a sort of strange dream version of the film.

Then out came the ghouls! Which were actually elaborate puppets or people in costumes. I especially liked the creepy skeleton bishop gesturing wildly from the pulpit and the suspended skeletons. There was an incredibly giant dancing skeleton moving back and forth over the crowd and on the rose window a spider was moving.

It’s definitely an event worth checking out, although get there early for the aisle seats or you’ll be craning your neck around cameras and iPhones to see the shorter ghouls. It’s sort of one of those things I preferred to just experience rather than take lots of photos of, but thanks to the internet I found the above video that can give you some of the experience.

More Halloween weekend posting is on its way!

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