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Folk like you and me – those who read websites called Classic Horror Campaign – celebrate Halloween every day of the year.

Ghosts, werewolves, vampires and spooky monsters aren’t just for October 31 – we celebrate them for life.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t whoop it up like the once-a-year horror fans.

You might want to go for some classic Universal with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi playing the boogie men. Or maybe you want more Kensington Gore and opt for Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing battling it out in a vivid Hammer Horror.

But for me, that’s not enough horror for Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve is also about fun – so serious horror flicks can take a flying jump.

I reckon you need to get as many crazy ghouls and ghosts into your Halloween flick as possible.

That’s why I reckon Rankin Bass’ 1967 Mad Monster Party  is the ultimate Halloween fright flick.

Mad Monster Party  sees Dr Frankenstein (voiced by Boris Karloff) inviting all the famous monsters, including Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Invisible Man, etc, to his castle to announce his retirement and find a successor. But we discover that “Uncle Boris” also has a secret which could destroy everything if it falls into the wrong hands.

Yes, this fun stop animation is kiddie friendly and there’s not a drop of blood about. But there’s singing, dancing, great jokes, it’s got Boris Karloff in it and cackling comedienne Phyllis Diller is a hoot!

Mad Monster Party  is a film that can be enjoyed by kids and loved by their parents. There’s nothing not to like about it. It genuinely is the Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer or Santa Claus is Coming to Town for Halloween.

Here are some other favourites you might want to check out for Halloween:

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) … Universal mixes their famous monsters together for a huge plate of Bubble and Shriek!

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) … And Dracula and the Wolf Man! Bela Lugosi’s back as Drac and Lon Chaney Jr’s Larry Talbot is still worrying about the full moon.

The Monster Squad (1987) … it’s the 1980s, so why wouldn’t Dracula want to vie for world domination with the help of his monster mates?

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) … Jack Skellington of “Halloween Town” discovers “Christmas Town” in this a double festive treat that keeps on giving.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) … Mad Monster Party by another name, but who cares? Ghouls and ghosts love to party!

Sure, none of these films are going to give you nightmares but they’re hugely fun and just perfect for your Monster Mash this Halloween.

David Saunderson is the editor of The Spooky Isles , a website dedicated to ghosts, horror and dark history in the UK and Ireland. This month, Spooky Isles is running “31 Days of Horror”, reviews of British and Irish horror films each day until Halloween! Check it out here: www.spookyisles.com

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  KONTINENTAL X is a fascinating old-skool fanzine for fans of 70′s British horror, Euro-sleaze, old monster magazines, UK weekly comics and other esoteric nostalgia written and published by Cranston McMillan. You can pick up back issues of KONTINENTAL X for only £1 each (!!) from the Strange Vice online store so hop on over there and start collecting!

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