They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky: The Addam’s Family


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Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

Over the many years of doing the 13 days, I’ve always saved an Addam’s Family theme for Halloween day/night. For my family, the Addams Family is the best of the best. I know I’ve discussed some of the things I love most about them in my previous post Addams vs Munsters, and so I’ll try not to repeat myself, however, no promises. For my youngest son’s first Halloween, I dressed him as Pubert, I was Morticia, and my daughter was Wednesday. I tried to get my oldest son to dress as Pugsley, or even Gomez, but he wasn’t having it; he dressed up as Punisher instead. I know, right? Any who, this First Family of Halloween are my kind of normal.

“These Addams men–where do you find them?”

“It has to be damp.”

Ha! Good times! Let’s get started.

In this post:

  • Creepy and Kooky Facts
  • Song of the Day
  • Tonight’s Movie
  • Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert
  • Favorites

Keep calm

Creepy and Kooky Facts

  1. THE IDEA TO BRING BACK THE ADDAMS FAMILY CAME FROM A CAR RIDE. Scott Rudin, head of production at 20th Century Fox, was riding in a van with other company executives one day after a movie screening when Tom’s kid started singing ‘The Addams Family’ theme,” Rudin told the LA Times. “. . . suddenly everyone in the van was singing the theme, letter perfect, note for note.” The next day, Rudin proposed to Diller and Goldberg that they make an Addams Family movie—and they went for it. (Thank you!)
  2. ANTHONY HOPKINS TURNED DOWN THE ROLE OF FESTER. Hopkins instead opted to play Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (he got the role after Sean Connery was initially approached). Hopkins would win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance. (Crazy!)
  3. TIM BURTON WAS INITIALLY SET TO DIRECT. Burton had worked with Addams Family screenwriters Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson on previous projects, but ended up not taking the job. Almost 20 years later, Burton was rumored to be developing a 3D stop-motion animated Addams Family movie, but it was announced last year that he was off the project. (Could you imagine? Burton’s direction–what bliss!)
  4. THERE WAS AN ACTOR REBELLION, LED BY 10-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA RICCI. The actors were concerned about the ambiguity of the big Fester storyline in the script. Initially, it was going to be unknown if Gordon, the man suffering from memory loss that looked just like Uncle Fester, was actually Fester. The actors nominated Wednesday Addams herself, Christina Ricci, to give an impassioned plea to Rudin and Sonnenfeld two weeks before shooting that Fester should not be an imposter. Sonnenfeld remembered that the only actor to not care was Christopher Lloyd, the man playing Fester. (Bravo, Wednesday!)
  5. HUSTON HAD TO GO THROUGH A LOT TO GET INTO CHARACTER. ”Morticia has a shape only a cartoonist can draw,” Sonnenfeld told Entertainment Weekly, ”so we lashed Anjelica into a metal corset that created this hips-and-waist thing I’ve never seen any woman have in reality.” The role also required Huston to get gauze eye lifts, neck tucks, and fake nails daily. ”Come afternoon, I could be prone to a really good headache from my various bondages,” she told EW. ”And because I couldn’t lie down (in the corset) or rest, it was fairly exhausting.” (She was absolute perfection.)

Check this out:

 The Addams Family set was actually pink. What. The. Fuck.

Let’s thank our stars that this show aired during the days of black and white TV. Yeesh!

Song of the Day

I love everything about this. The interaction between brothers is classic Gomez and Fester. Plus, I love the fact that so many of the Addams clan are in one room.

Tonight’s Movie

Another classic scene. “Start with the eyes.” HA!

Double Feature

Gomez: “He has my father’s eyes.”

Morticia: “Gomez, take those out of his mouth.”

Good times.

Dinner, Beverage, and Dessert

Tonight’s menu:

  • Octopus hot dogs (in honor of Pugsley’s octopus, Aristotle)
  • Mashed snakes (start with the eyes)
  • Black bubbly punch
  • Graveyard cake

Octopus Hot Dogs

I’ve been doing this for so long that, somewhere along the way, I lost the recipe/how-to. Here’s one that shows in great detail how to do these.

Mashed Snakes

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium potatoes (about 1 lb), peeled, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 drops green food color
  • 6 drops yellow food color
  • 4 small pimento-stuffed olives, sliced
  • 8 pimento slices (from olives)

Directions

  1. In 2-quart saucepan, place potatoes; add enough water just to cover potatoes. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 18 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash potatoes with potato masher or electric mixer on medium speed. Add butter and milk. Stir until light and fluffy. Add salt. Stir in food color.
  2. Place mashed potatoes in gallon-size resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut about 1-inch hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe “snakes” onto serving plates. Place 2 olive slices on one end of snake for eyes. Cut pimiento in half for snake tongue. Serve immediately. (Instant will also do in a pinch.)

Bubbly Black Punch with Wormy Ice Ring

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gummy candy worms
  • 4 cups green berry rush kiwi-strawberry fruit punch (from 128-oz container)
  • 3 cans (12 oz each) orange-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 3 cans (12 oz each) grape-flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 can (11.5 oz) frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed

Directions

  1. In bottom of 6-cup ring mold, scatter most of candy worms. Pour fruit punch over candy, filling to within 1 inch of top (candy worms will float to top). Place remaining candy worms over edge of mold. Freeze 5 to 6 hours or until solid.
  2. Just before serving, in 3-quart or larger punch bowl, mix both carbonated beverages and thawed juice concentrate.
  3. Dip outside of ring mold in hot water until ice ring is loosened. Remove ice ring; place in punch so gummy worms are visible.

Now for this one, I don’t bust a move with the whole wormy ice ring (I’ll just drape one or two on the glass I serve it in). Nor do I put the drink in a punch bowl (unless I’m serving it up at a party). 

Graveyard Cake

This recipe comes from a cookbook in my vast collection, but it can also be found here.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs

Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 Oreo cookies
  • Black decorator’s icing or gel
  • 9 cream-filled oval vanilla sandwich cookies
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • Pumpkin candies and gummy worms, optional

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a saucepan, combine butter, water and cocoa; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add to flour mixture; beat well. Beat in sour cream and eggs.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine butter, milk and cocoa; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Pour over warm cake. Crumble chocolate cookies; sprinkle over frosting while still warm. Cool completely.
  4. For tombstone, use icing to decorate vanilla cookies with words or faces; place on cake. For ghosts, make mounds of whipped topping; use icing to add eyes and mouths as desired. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, add pumpkins and gummy worms if desired. (Box cake mix and ready-made frosting will also do in a pinch.)

Photo Gallery

Favorite Addams’ Memes

Addams Family

Morticia and Gomez

Wednesday Addams

Favorite Addams Cartoons by Charles “Chas” Addams

. . . Addams’s most familiar comic trope is to take the familiar and invert it by having ordinary people calmly and nonchalantly harbor or act on aggressive, even homicidal, impulses. This type of humor is used extensively in his “Addams family” cartoons. In these he creates an unfamiliar family which, except for its inverted values, acts quite normal.”

Addams Family

 Morticia

Addams Family

Morticia

Favorite Pictures of Morticia and Gomez

Morticia and Gomez

Morticia and Gomez

Well, that wraps up another year of the 13 days of Halloween. I’m always sad when it ends. I want to thank all who have supported me on this crazy ride and who helped to make this a very successful first-time-ever documented 13 days. You guys rock!

Until next time . . .

Happy Haunting

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