Kevin Patrick Law - October 2020

Looking for a Family Halloween Movie? Try ‘Mr. Boogedy’!

Long before “Goosebumps,” “Monster House,” “Hocus Pocus,” or even “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” there was another Halloween film that gave kids everywhere the shivers: “Mr. Boogedy”! Actually, saying it reached “kids everywhere” might be a bit of an overstatement. “Mr. Boogedy” was a made-for-TV movie that flopped as a TV show. Even so, it was and still is Kevin’s all- time favorite Halloween film. The Disney movie has a simple plot. A novelty salesman named Carleton Davis and his family move into a new house that turns out to be haunted. This is no surprise to viewers, as they’ve picked a New England town called Lucifer Falls as their new home! At first, the kids — Jennifer, Corwin, and R.E. — think all the crazy things happening are the product of their dad’s wacky sense of humor and love of practical jokes. There are funny glasses, rubber eggs, strange lights, and creepy noises, among other things. Eventually, the siblings realize that 300-year-old ghosts are behind it all. The

movie’s namesake ghost is a man who once sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a magic cloak, and it’s up to the kids to get him out. “Mr. Boogedy” is a cheesy, scary, and all-around great Halloween movie. Kevin used to watch it on VHS at his grandmother’s house in Arizona, but you don’t need to get that old school if you want to check it out this Halloween. “Mr. Boogedy” is available on Disney+ for free, and Amazon Prime for $2.99. On Rotten Tomatoes, one reviewer writes that the film is “spooky but silly,” while another says, “I think you'll have a really good time with your family watching ‘Mr. Boogedy’” — a statement we can definitely get behind. If you just can’t get enough, check out the 1987 sequel, “Bride of Boogedy”! It’s not quite as compelling as the original, but it’s fun for the whole family and will still send a shiver down your spine.


Classic Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins aren’t just for pie — they make delicious soup, too! This fall, try your hand at this healthy soup recipe and warm up with a bowl.

Ingredients • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 shallots, diced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 1/4 cups pumpkin purée (homemade or canned) • 2 cups vegetable broth

• 1 cup canned light coconut milk • 2 tbsp honey

• 1/4 tsp sea salt • 1/4 tsp pepper • 1/4 tsp cinnamon • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Directions 1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté olive oil, shallots, and garlic for 2–3 minutes. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer the soup to a blender and purée. Pour the blended soup back into the pan. 4. Cook over medium-low heat for 5–10 minutes. Taste and add additional seasoning as desired, then serve!


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