halloween http://kut.org en How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment http://kut.org/post/how-zombie-movies-reflect-our-fears-energy-and-environment <p>Let’s talk zombies. Can’t kill them. Can’t eat them. What are we to the living dead?&nbsp;</p><p>No longer merely the province of Halloween season, nowadays zombies proliferate in American pop culture, from books to TV to film.</p><p><a href="http://www.energy.utexas.edu/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=95&amp;Itemid=165">Dr. Michael Webber</a>, deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, says there’s good reason for the persistence of zombies – and it has a lot to do with how we think about power.&nbsp;</p><p>Energy – or the lack thereof – is always a sign of post-apocalyptic and zombie culture. Loss of energy inevitably leads to resource wars among the apocalypse’s survivors. From “The Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” the main drive is often for fuel, water, or power.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117985296" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:45:41 +0000 Michael Webber 9059 at http://kut.org How Zombie Movies Reflect Our Fears on Energy and the Environment Austin Reddit Helps a Hospitalized 10-Year-Old Have a Happy Halloween http://kut.org/post/austin-reddit-helps-hospitalized-10-year-old-have-happy-halloween <p>An Austin mother sent out a call for help Monday night – although she was already at the hospital with her son.</p><p>Laura Wilson-Swanson had taken her 10-year-old Gabe into Dell Children’s Hospital earlier in the week. Laura says he’s affected by an autoimmune disease called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PANDAS">PANDAS</a> that can lead to seizure-like episodes.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:33:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Arthur DeVitalis 9066 at http://kut.org Austin Reddit Helps a Hospitalized 10-Year-Old Have a Happy Halloween Austin Dentists Will Buy Back Your Kid's Halloween Candy http://kut.org/post/austin-dentists-will-buy-back-your-kids-halloween-candy <p>Here’s a new Halloween practice some dentists see as a treat: Halloween candy buybacks.</p><p>Once the little ones have finished trick-or-treating this year, Austin pediatric dentists are ready to buy back their Halloween candy – &nbsp;at a buck a pound.</p><p>The buyback program is a part of <a href="http://www.operationgratitude.com/">Operation Gratitude</a>.&nbsp;Annually, Operation Gratitude sends more than 100,000 packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and letters of support – including Halloween candy – to U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:16:48 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9053 at http://kut.org Austin Dentists Will Buy Back Your Kid's Halloween Candy Austin's House of Torment Named One of Country's Best Haunts http://kut.org/post/austins-house-torment-named-one-countrys-best-haunts <p>Looking for a good scare before Halloween? Heading to a local haunted house is always a good idea. And if you live in Texas, you're lucky enough to be near three of the country's best haunts.</p><p>According to a new ranking by <a href="http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_houses">Hauntworld.com,</a> the self described "World's #1 Haunted House Website, Texas has four of the top 13 haunted house in the country.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:31:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9042 at http://kut.org Austin's House of Torment Named One of Country's Best Haunts Photos: House of Torment’s Last Halloween at Highland Mall http://kut.org/post/photos-house-torment-s-last-halloween-highland-mall <p><strong>Update</strong>: The House of Torment has reached an agreement to stay at its Highland Mall location for a ninth year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We couldn't be more excited to share what we've created this year with Austin fear fans," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House of Torment&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">president and founder&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel McCullough in a press release. "We really went above and beyond in terms of both production and design, and we hope you'll come scream with us."</span></p><div><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Oct. 24, 2012): To encourage trick-or-treating in his neighborhood, every year Halloween-lover Dan McCullough would build a haunted house in his backyard in South Austin.</span></div><p>His plan worked – and soon the house’s popularity grew until one year it got out of hand. Over a hundred people showed up to the house and police were called to direct traffic. McCullough’s operation had to end&nbsp;–&nbsp;in that form at least.</p><p>McCullough decided to turn professional. The haunted house that originated in McCullough’s backyard is now the <a href="http://thehouseoftorment.com/">House of Torment</a>.</p><p>Jon Love visited the House of Torment in its inaugural space 10 years ago. Now he’s the vice president of Harbinger Events, the organization that puts on the haunted house.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:05:01 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Filipa Rodrigues 5431 at http://kut.org Photos: House of Torment’s Last Halloween at Highland Mall Behind a Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves http://kut.org/post/behind-halloween-mask-even-good-kids-can-turn-candy-thieves Vampires and monsters will be out in force tonight, but some of the darkest creatures out there might be your little angels inside those Halloween costumes.<p>It's been more than a quarter-century since psychologists discovered that the cloak of anonymity of Halloween costumes gives children license to steal — not just candy, but real money. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:09:35 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5482 at http://kut.org Behind a Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves A Few More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive This Halloween http://kut.org/post/few-more-reasons-not-drink-and-drive-halloween <p><strong>1. You're More Likely to Get Caught Tonight</strong>:</p><p>The Austin Police Department is enforcing a <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/apd-announces-%E2%80%9Cno-refusal%E2%80%9D-halloween-2012" target="_blank">"No Refusal policy</a>" beginning tonight at 9 and ending Thursday at 5 a.m.</p><p>That means police will conduct blood search warrants on drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and refuse to voluntarily submit to a breathalyzer or blood test.</p><p><strong>2. It'll Cost You:</strong></p><p>Police say anyone found with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor and could face 3 days to 6 months in jail, a one year suspension of their driver’s license and a fine of up to $2,000 for a first offense. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:09:21 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5478 at http://kut.org A Few More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive This Halloween Map: Events Close Roads This Weekend http://kut.org/post/map-events-close-roads-weekend <p>Several events are taking place around downtown Austin this weekend. That means road closures and detours for drivers.</p><p>Below is a list of events causing closures:</p><p><u>All Weekend</u></p><ul><li>The <a href="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/">Texas Book Festival</a> is back! But, along with all the books come lane closures around the Texas State Capitol. There will be both full and partial lane closures stretching north and south from 9th to 13th streets, and east to west from Lavaca Street to San Jacinto Boulevard starting Thursday at 9 a.m. and ending Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (<a href="https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/Special_Events/Map_Site_TexasBookFest_0626112.pdf">Map</a>)</li><li><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/page/halloween-safety" target="_blank">Happy Halloween Weekend!</a> Expect some traffic delays as costumed revellers celebrate. Temporary road closures will begin on Saturday at 6 p.m. and last through 3 a.m. East 6th Street from Brazos Street to San Marcos Street will be shut down. IH-35 north and south bound exits for 6th Street and 8th Street will also be closed. For a complete list of road closures, click <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1" target="_blank">here.</a> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:39:44 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh & Tyler Pratt 5452 at http://kut.org Map: Events Close Roads This Weekend Police Ready For Saturday Night Halloween Crowds http://kut.org/post/police-ready-saturday-night-halloween-crowds <p>The Saturday before Halloween is one of those nights in Austin when 6<sup>th</sup> Street is even <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutaustin/galleries/72157627998546028/">crazier than usual</a>, which is saying a lot because 6<sup>th</sup> Street is usually pretty crazy.</p><p>The Austin Police Department <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/262281-apd-press-release-halloween-on-6th-st-2011.html">says</a> it will be closing 6<sup>th</sup> Street at 6 p.m. on Saturday instead of 11 p.m. APD might also shut access ramps onto and off of I-35 between 8<sup>th</sup> and 3<sup>rd</sup> streets.</p><p>Police also plan to close 6<sup>th</sup> Street on the actual Halloween, Monday, October 31. The timing of the closures will depend on how big the crowds are.</p><p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:18:18 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2857 at http://kut.org Police Ready For Saturday Night Halloween Crowds Drought Haunts Pumpkin Farmers http://kut.org/post/drought-haunts-pumpkin-farmers <p>Pumpkins are kind of like fruit cakes. They only sell for about six weeks out of the entire year. And it&rsquo;s usually around the time specials like this one air on television.</p><p><object height="318" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xiSIQzwIPzQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="318" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xiSIQzwIPzQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>But the great pumpkin might be harder to find these days, according to agricultural experts.</p><p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:37:44 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2739 at http://kut.org Drought Haunts Pumpkin Farmers Halloween Post-Mortem http://kut.org/post/halloween-post-mortem <p>Sixth Street was packed to the gills both Saturday and&nbsp; Sunday night as costumed &nbsp;revelers turned out in droves to celebrate Halloween. Flickr users <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/49031772@N04/sets/72157625285127886/">efohbe</a> and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/egoiste/">EgOiStE</a> were among those out snapping dozens of pictures.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/Tens-of-thousands-celebrate-Halloween-on-6th-Street-106421943.html">KVUE says</a> &quot;tens of thousands&quot; showed up last night.</p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 17:30:45 +0000 Nathan Bernier 163 at http://kut.org Halloween Post-Mortem How To Have a Happy Halloween in Austin http://kut.org/post/how-have-happy-halloween-austin <p>Two days left until kids will be knocking at your door requesting candy in exchange for not &quot;tricking&quot; your house with toilet paper. But the parties aren&#39;t waiting till Sunday. They start tonight and last all weekend.</p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:49:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier 153 at http://kut.org How To Have a Happy Halloween in Austin