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Halloween and the Vampire: A Late Night with Dracula

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Dracula in Halloween a fangtastic story….

 

With fangs so sharp and teeth so red,

Dracula is the king of the restless undead.

Hunting his prey where there is no light,

He moves in the shadows keeping out of sight.

He takes the forms of bats and fog,

And has even been known to appear as a dog.

For he is Dracula, tremble with fright.

Hide in your homes and don’t keep a late night.

Dracula, king of the vampires, most overused of all fictional characters. The ruler of night and feaster of blood, he has become the face of vampires. Creatures that started out as restless undead souls in the medieval ages were simple minded folk who mistook the normal biological reactions of a deceased body as a blood bloated undead fiend sleeping in its grave. At the end of the 19th century, Bram Stoker took the literary world by storm with his creation of Dracula, basing his character on an old superstitious thought and an infamous brutal ruler Vlad the Impaler. Stoker’s creation became the only vampire everyone knew by name, and none came close to him in infamy. The look of Dracula is often based on Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of him in the Universal Studios film. The handsome cold faced ghoul dressed in a fancy suite and black red inlined cape is how he has often appeared in modern culture. In costume form, a rubber mask of his was uncommon, but plastic fangs, white face makeup, and a black cape was a favorite costume for young boys in the 50’s and 60’s. Dracula decorations didn’t really start showing up until the late seventies and were mostly of a generic faced Dracula, this allowed the decoration companies to avoid paying licensing fees to Universal Studios. Today at Halloween, he is more common than ghosts and witches; because what young boy would not love to be the king of the vampires and rule the night.

……….Professor Grimmgraves..