Patrick’s Favorite Family-Friendly Horror Movies

Halloween is fast approaching. A lot of you may already know that I love scary movies. Here are a few of my favorite monster movies that manage to be scary without a lot of swearing, nudity and gore.

I added the IMDB link so that parents can check out the parents guide for each movie.

The Body Snatcher (1945)
Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi are mesmerizing in this Robert Louis Stevenson tale of grave robbers supplying doctors with cadavers for medical testing.


The Green Slime (1968)
Astronauts in cardboard spaceships fight slimy green monsters, but the story is actually pretty good. I love this movie!


The Thing From Another World (1951)
Space communists menace a north pole scientific outpost. This movie is a gem. The characters talk with snappy dialoge that makes you care about the people in danger.


Horror of Dracula (1958)
Christopher Lee is truly scary in this Hammer classic.


Duel (1971)
Truck driver messes with a commuter.


The Haunting (1963)
“Whose hand was I holding?”


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Stretching the family-friendly concept here with a PG-13 title, but I love this movie. It’s about the most unlikely movie monster: killer klowns from outer space.


The Uninvited (1944)
“They call them the haunted shores, these stretches of Devonshire and Cornwall and Ireland which rear up against the westward ocean. Mists gather here… and sea fog… and eerie stories…”


Happy Halloween everybody!

God bless,
-Patrick

Interesting Times Episode Five

This week Pat and Patrick discuss the various ways “everybody” seems to be going crazy.

About This Podcast:
Pat and Patrick Costello are a father and son team who have been making music together for decades. They have different and sometimes opposing viewpoints on topics in the news, but they treat each other with love and respect – and that is really what this podcast is about.

Where I Come From

A very long time ago I saw my grandmother throwing out some old cabinet photographs. When I asked her about them she barked at me to mind my own business.

Me being me, I scooped the pictures out of the trash and took them to my grandfather. He didn’t want to talk about them at first, but after I pestered him for a bit he said that these are pictures of my great-great uncle James C Welch and performers from the Emmett Welch Minstrels.

I tried to get more information, but my grandmother wouldn’t talk about it, and my grandfather only knew a little.

TheĀ Emmett Welch Minstrels were legendary in Philadelphia and New Jersey as blackface performers, but the dancers in my pictures are all African American. I wish I knew more, but it is cool to have this little window to where I come from.

Interesting Times Episode Four

This week Pat and Patrick discuss changes in the workplace, current events and the challenges of starting a small business.

About This Podcast:
Pat and Patrick Costello are a father and son team who have been making music together for decades. They have different and sometimes opposing viewpoints on topics in the news, but they treat each other with love and respect – and that is really what this podcast is about.

Coming Soon . . .

Dear Old Dad and I are working together setting up a production space for our upcoming series of video music workshops.

Changing the office around meant I needed to change my work space. I wound up grabbing my grandfather’s desk. My great grandmother ran my grandfathers electrical business fromĀ this desk. Now I’m using to to share music.

I will be posting more about the new video series soon. Dear Old Dad and I are having a lot of fun with this new project.

Interesting Times Episode Three

Pat and Patrick search the web for an uplifting story. Along they way they reminisce about “The Great Napkin Trick”, getting through customs in Norway and other adventures.

About This Podcast:
Pat and Patrick Costello are a father and son team who have been making music together for decades. They have different and sometimes opposing viewpoints on topics in the news, but they treat each other with love and respect – and that is really what this podcast is about.