Celebrate Frankenstein Friday
‘Tis the season for some spooky, pre-Halloween shenanigans and an annual celebration of author Mary Shelley’s infamous monster provides the perfect excuse!
Frankenstein was, of course, the name of the mad scientist who literally pieced together a creature of his own invention. Described as 8-feet tall with watery yellow eyes, black lips and nearly translucent skin, Frankenstein’s monster has taken on a life of its own since the debut of Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel. Countless films, plays and television shows have explored the creepy but compelling character over the years, perhaps the most well-known being Boris Karloff’s portrayal in the 1931 film, Frankenstein.
In fact, Frankenstein’s creature still remains so popular that a day in October is dedicated to a celebration of all things monstrous! Frankenstein Friday was created by Ron McCloskey from Westfield, New Jersey in 1997.1 Ron’s hometown was also home to Charles Addams, the New York Times magazine cartoonist who created The Addams Family.2 Anyone who has seen the campy 1960s television series based on Addams’ cartoons will remember a monster who bears a striking resemblance to Frankenstein’s monster.
So, what can you do to celebrate the big guy on his special day?
- Rent the Frankenstein movies (there are lots to choose from!) and have a marathon viewing party.
- Host a reading of Mary Shelley’s original novel. Invite friends and family who would enjoy taking centre stage and get everyone involved in the performance. Serve spooky snacks and dim the lights to create the perfect atmosphere.
- Have a costume party and invite guests to dress up as characters from Frankenstein. You could even request that everyone dress up as the creature and have a best monster costume contest.
- Turn your kitchen into a laboratory and bake a “Frankencake” with your children or grandchildren. Bake a rectangular cake and frost it with green icing. Use black icing and sprinkles to create the creature’s hair and facial features. Open chocolate sandwich cookies, white side up, make perfect eyes. Decorate your “kitchen lab” with bottles of potions (water mixed with food coloring) to create a truly monstrous effect.
- Make rice cereal Frankentreats with your kids. They’re a great snack to have during your movie marathon or reading party too!
It can be lots of fun to embrace these wild and crazy “holidays” during the year. Get creative and make your Frankenstein Friday bash as big or as small an event as you like. The time spent with friends and family is what really matters, and chances are they’ll be happy about having another monstrously fun excuse to visit!
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