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On Witch Watch at Castle Halloween Museum


– Hello, my name is
Pamela Apkarian-Russell and I am the Halloween Queen, which is my registered trademark, and this is Castle Halloween Museum. Welcome to Castle Halloween Museum! Ooh, lightning! This fireplace and mantle came
from a miniature golf course in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. We have approximately 35,000
items here at the museum. 48 years of collecting. Whether its folk art, pottery, paintings, spiritualism, the Salem Witch Trials. What’s a witch without her hat? This is the Costume Room. There are over a thousand
costumes in this room. They were not flame-proof and don’t forget these people
were using live candles at this time. Over here we cover over
a hundred years of games. But of course, you have the Ouija Board. If you’re a good person,
you bring good things out. If you’re a bad person, you’re
gonna bring bad things out. It’s you that brings the things to you. Memento Mori was for remembering the dead. They’re interesting because
they’re made of human hair. It was like having that
person there with you. These are the Earth Spirits. I would love to have one
of these guys come alive in my yard and just come in here and just be part of my life. It was junk, as far as
people were concerned. That’s how I got my moniker,
the Halloween Queen. We were set up in a very posh antique show and this man took great umbrage
to my big Halloween display, really very snobbish. “I don’t want all this
Halloween Queen junk.” I remember looking at him and saying, “if you don’t like it, leave.” Now, especially after my books came out and people started seeing the value and the sophistication of the artwork and the beauty of the artwork, then all of a sudden it started
coming out of the woodwork. Halloween has nothing to
do with blood and gore. It was a way of giving. It represents the harvest and the fact that you’re gonna
make it through the winter. It’s the life force being kept unbroken. Real life, it can be
very, very harsh and ugly. Halloween, it’s a healing process. It’s like you have a big cauldron of water and you start putting in
all these wonderful spices, whether it’s the voodoo
flags, the Day of the Dead, the Easter Witches from
Sweden, the troll from Norway. It gathers things together. It is intolerant of intolerance. This is what makes our lives richer. Hubba hubba, dingle dangle, I can see from every angle. – Who said that? – It was in a magazine or a book from a hundred thousand years ago.

Stephen Childs

91 Comments

  1. What a neat lady the halloween queen is.i really enjoyed this story thanks so much.πŸ™‚

  2. What's that jewelry made from?
    HUMAN HAIR!!!πŸ˜«πŸ˜–πŸ˜±

  3. Old Halloween stuff used to be a lot creepier. Now it's cheap Fortnite costumes and trying to trick or treat at the three houses in your neighborhood that still give candy out. Spirit of Halloween is gone, same as Christmas.

  4. Lady's got a rather droll sense of humor. I appreciate it, as I appreciate the collection. But most of all, it's the house… it's like it was built for Halloween.

  5. Halloween was about blood and gore eg.
    Halloween originated from Ireland when the Celts came and on the 31st of October (All Hallows Eve they called it) they would dress up in scary costumes as scary as they could go to scare the spirits that supposedly crossed into our worlds around this time.
    There's a mini history lesson for you lol

  6. What is the music used for the opening of this video I have heard it everywhere

  7. I Love you, Miss Russell. πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡πŸ˜ˆπŸ§‘πŸ–€πŸ§‘πŸ–€πŸ§‘πŸπŸ‚

  8. "Welcome to Castle Halloween Museum….lightning!"
    I'm throwing this into my bucket list. The caretaker is too cool.

  9. Her house reminds me of some "I SPY" books that I'd read as a kid and I'm diggin' it.

  10. What a great museum!! I would love to take a tour sometime. Thank you for creating such a fun, artistic, and historical museum!!

  11. This is so fascinating. I am intrigued by this and may just have to put this place on my bucket list. Hopefully the positive spirits dominate this museum. Historical for sure!!

  12. You and your collection are just amazing!!! Have you ever considered renting some of your collectibles for Halloween parties??

  13. I've been there and it's absolutely amazing!!! The Halloween Queen gives a great tour!

  14. I love anything with a history, this woman is all about history, celebration and sharing. She is pretty awesome in my book!

  15. She's a really cool lady who knows her Halloween stuff! I don't know how she's been able to do all this, but thanks Pamela for all the work archiving these items, and preserving them for future generations.

  16. What an amazing collection. As a Halloween artist, I find this to be super inspiring.

  17. Dude, the outside of the house like the house from I-SPY

  18. Happy Halloween forever to someone who's as devoted to keep things spooky year round. Bless the Halloween Queen! ^=^

  19. What a lovely philosophy and outlook she has. Bet she would be great to know. I would like to see the museum, too.

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