In Boston Heights, which is near the city of Akron, there used to be a 'Pumpkin Lady,'who was known for her festive Halloween displays every year. Ethel Michek lived on a farm with her husband, Charles, and they would grow more than 5,000 pumpkins a year. Field trips would be taken to see the pumpkins and the holiday displays. She lived right off of Akron-Cleveland Road(what is now Olde Eight Road), and her designs would compete with downtown Akron's store displays.
Halloween is a time in which not only memories come out, but classic films. Similar to Christmas films, people watch their favorite horror films and do not readily acknowledge that the films are as old as they are, if not older. A great film to watch around this time of year is 1932's The Old Dark House.
Directed by James Whale, the film stars Boris Karloff( right after he achieved fame for Frankenstein a year earlier), Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lillian Bond, and Gloria Stuart (whom modern audiences know from Titanic). It is about five strangers who are stranded from a terrible rainstorm and who stay at the Femm family estate. The strangers( Douglas, Stuart, Laughton, and Bond), try to make the best of it, even though the butler, Morgan (Karloff) is creepy, Horace Femm (Ernest Thiesger) who is a fugitive from the police and Rebecca Femm (Eva Moore), who is a religious fanatic obsessed with the youth of her female guest, Margaret Waverton(Stuart). While these characters are creepy, there is a funny whim about them, as they discuss their day, their problems, and have good table manners, but the house is haunted by other family members as well.
Karloff's Morgan lusts after Stuart's Margaret, and the others find out hidden secrets of the family they are forced to stay with until the rain subsides. It is a funny, scary movie just right to watch as the holiday draws near.