The Ultimate Halloween Adventure

Cthulhu and Halloween: The Lovecraftian Nightmare before Christmas

Cthulhu Halloween Lovecraft

Cthulhu Mythos in Halloween wish list.


From out of the cosmic depths of the void called outer space,

Comes such hideous creatures that will destroy the human race.

Made of slimy tentacles and an insect-like limb,

Surviving an encounter with them is quite dim.

Creatures so monstrous they would drive you insane,

Arriving to this planet from another dimensional plane.

For if you see Cthulhu you better run far, far away,

His awakening will herald Earth’s dreaded doomsday.


Beginning with writer; H.P. Lovecraft creating a new type horror fiction of cosmic horror, which was later called the Cthulhu Mythos. He wrote tales about things alien, instead of the supernatural, that terrorized the characters in his stories. This began with his classic tale The Call of Cthulhu (1928) and would continue in a number of his short stores. This new type of horror fiction would later influence such classic monster movies as Alien (1979) and The Thing (1982). Lovecraft created a whole pantheon of imaginative monsters such as, Cthulhu: a giant green squid-headed alien with a humanoid body and bat wings. Deep Ones: degenerate fish face humanoids. Migo: outer space crustaceans, Yog-Sothoth: an extra dimensional nightmare that is fond of siring half human offspring. Shoggoths: Giant blobs of pure terror. Nyarlathotep: A tentacle faced dark god, Azathoth, Elder Things, Great Race of Yith, Ghasts, Gugs, Night-Gaunts, Shub Niggurath, Yig, and many other horrible creatures. There were also more creatures added by a small army of fellow writers. While these monsters are popular with fans, they are by no means main stream. Some might recognize the squid face head of Cthulhu, but not any of the other creatures. There have been a few low budget Cthulhu mythos movies, with Dagon (2001) and The Call of the Cthulhu (2005 being the best. Unfortunately the Cthulhu mythos lack having a big budget film that would enlighten the general public to some really cool horror monsters, though Guillermo del Toro came close with his attempt at a big budget adaption of At the Mountains of Madness.

With Halloween the only Cthulhu stuff you will find is custom made costumes but did commercially produce a Cthulhu rubber mask in 2009. Now just image decorating your house with paper Beistle decorations of Cthulhu’s head, a shambling Deep One, or an animatronics Shoggoth blob with moving limbs and pseudo-pods. While a lot of his monsters are not being humanoid shaped, making costumes of it is hard, but who wouldn’t kill for a Ben Cooper Cthulhu plastic mask? Since most of these creatures are so horrible they would drive you insane, maybe it is better that they don’t make these costumes, and there are no real decorations to decorate your house. You probably wouldn’t have any trick-or-treaters then, at least the sane kind.

……….Professor Grimmgraves..