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The Halloween season is here! To celebrate, here’s a spooky little short for you.

Courtesy of a few people behind The Halloween Kid (Axelle Carolyn, James Webber, Neil Marshall, Poppaea Bicknell), and of my Basenji puppy, Anubis!

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Be good, for goodness’s sake!

In my previous post, I mentioned that Saint Nicholas was traditionally accompanied by a man or creature whose identity varies, and whose role is to punish naughty children.

In the Alps, that companion is the Krampus, a particularly nasty and terrifying devil. Below are a few traditional postcards. See for yourselves…

So tonight, Dec. 5th… don’t let the Krampus get you!

Saint Nicholas

Growing up in Belgium, Halloween was pretty much unknown to most, and Christmas was secondary to another children’s holiday: Saint Nicholas (December 6).

In the evening of Dec. 5, we’d put our slippers by the fireplace and sing songs to invite Saint Nicholas to leave us presents. Nice children would be rewarded with chocolates, speculoos cookies and toys. Naughty children would be visited by the less amenable Pere Fouettard (Zwarte Piet), who for us was basically a man in blackface (scary!), or in other regions, an old bearded man, or a devil (more on that later). Whichever the version, they all are handy with a whip.

 

The legend of Saint Nicholas varies from one region to another, but the version I learned as a kid was awesomely gruesome. Here’s the English translation of a popular song we learned in school…

Three little children sought the plain
Gleaners of the golden grain.
They lingered past the angel-song,
And dewy shadows swept along.

‘Mid the silence of the wood
The butcher’s lonely cottage stood,
“Butcher! lodge us for the night,
Lodge us till the morning light.”
“Enter in, ye children small,
I can find a place for all.”

The butcher seized a knife straitway,
And did the little creatures slay.
He put them in a tub of brine,
In pieces small as they were swine.

St. Nicholas, at seven years end,
His way did to the forest wend.
He sought the butcher’s cottage drear:
“Butcher! I would rest me here!”

“Enter! enter, St. Nicholas!
You are welcome, St. Nicholas!
Enter! enter, St. Nicholas!
There’s place for you the night to pass.”
Scarce had the Saint his entrance made,
He would the supper board was laid.

“Will you have of ham a slice?”
“I will not, for it is not nice!”
“Of this veal you’ll take a bit?”
“No! I do not relish it.”

“Give me of the little swine,
For seven long years have laid in brine!”
The butcher caught the words he said,
And forthwith from the portal fled.

“Butcher! butcher! do not flee,
Repent and God will pardon thee!”

St. Nicholas the tub drew near,
And lo! he placed three fingers there.
The first one said, “I sweetly rest!”
The second said, “I too am blest!”
The third replied, “Tis well with me,
In Paradise I seem to be!”

So yeah, good old Saint Nicholas brought back three slaughtered children from the dead.

A fun Saint Nick slasher film by Dutch director Dick Maas came out last year, by the way, and although it was based on a different version of the legend, it was pretty good: Sint. Seek it out!

The Halloween Kid is 100% funded!

We did it!! The Halloween Kid has reached its funding target on Sponsume, in just 3 days! There’s gotta be some kind of record there… Thanks so much to all of you who contributed, spread the word, or simply read this blog. I’m stunned and honored by your vote of confidence.

Thanks also to producers Ben Robinson, James Webber and Neil Marshall, who campaigned relentlessly.

The fight is still far from over though; we still have 27 days ahead of us! We can certainly use a bigger budget to make this little short look and sound as fantastic as can be. Any additional £ will go onto the screen. So please keep up the good work, spread the word, get involved! I’ll post a new funding target tomorrow…

Happy Halloween season, everybody!

40 days til Halloween!

Welcome, foolish mortals! You have found the blog of The Halloween Kid, created by writer/director Axelle Carolyn.

The purpose of this blog is to track the progress of The Halloween Kid, a short Halloween fairytale that we’ll be looking to finance very soon, and shoot over two days at the end of October.

But as a real Halloween obsessive, I won’t be able to help using this blog to also discuss my favorite holiday, recall some of my fondest Halloween memories, and my thoughts on the best Halloween movies and books. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts with me.

Only 40 days left til Halloween!