Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Halloween Means To Me '13 Day 22: Sean Whalen

One of the things I really enjoy in the weeks leading up to Halloween are the decorated houses.  We all have those few in our area that we look forward to because we know they’re gonna go all out, and apparently Sean Whalen’s place is one of those.  Sean is awesome.  That’s all there is to it.  Honestly, I think he’s often unfairly overlooked as one of the great modern character actors.  Genre fans probably know him best as Roach from The People Under The Stairs.  He’s also had memorable horror roles in Idle Hands, Laid To Rest, Hatchet 3, and many others as well as a hilarious turn in The FP.  His non genre credits include the classic “Aaron Burr” Got Milk ad.  I got to interview Sean at Days of the Dead two years ago.  It was my first day doing on camera interviews, and he was super cool to me.  He also told me that I was the only interviewer who had ever asked him about Python.  He’s got a lot of projects in the works right now, so hit him up on facebook HERE to keep up with what he’s up to.  So Sean, tell us about the Halloween Tree and what Halloweens mean to you.

"Every Halloween we are the house on the street that everyone looks forward to seeing how our house will be decorated.  We always go for it, but not how you think.  We take a bunch of skeletons and a graveyard and incorporate a theme that has nothing to do with blood and gore.  It’s a scary twist on a bigger theme that makes it fun.  For example, we’ve done a Circus Theme (Tingling Bros.), a Winter theme (Walking in a Winter Underland), and a Greek Mythology theme (Mt. Scare-lympus).  But the most important part of the decorating is what we do on the tree in front.  It has a huge branch that hangs over the street.  We always hang a decorated skeleton from it, but the challenge is that it has to make sense that it is flying in the air for a reason.  It’s our nanny’s/good friend/ Halloween decorating partner’s and my biggest challenge every year.  But we always pull it off.  Conquering the tree dilemma every year is definitely what Halloween means to me."

Tingling Bros. Circus  - Man on the flying Trapese

 Winter Underland - Spooky Snowboader doing a stunt

 Mt. Scare-lympus - Hermes the flying messenger God

Scare-Abian Nights - Skeleton on a flying carpet
 9 more days ‘til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween.  9 more days ‘til Halloween, Silver Shamrock.

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