PLAINVILLE ‚Äď The Witch‚Äôs Dungeon is decking its haunted halls for a holiday fright display. ‚ÄúThe Monster‚Äôs Holiday‚ÄĚ will begin this Friday, featuring vintage Christmas toys and monsters dressed in the ‚Äúspirit‚ÄĚ of the season.
The third annual ‚ÄúMonsters Holiday‚ÄĚ begins this Friday at The Witch‚Äôs Dungeon Classic Movie Museum at 103 E. Main St. It will run Friday through Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. People can make an appointment to tour the museum and view Christmas toys from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, a 7ft tall Grinch and life sized figures of classic film monsters dressed to their holiday best.
‚ÄúThis is our third consecutive year,‚ÄĚ said Cortlandt Hull, museum owner. ‚ÄúI wanted to do this since I first heard the Bobby Boris Pickett song ‚ÄėMonsters Holiday‚Äô when I was a kid, but it was not possible until we moved to our new location so we could be open all year round.‚ÄĚ
The ‚ÄúMonster‚Äôs Holiday‚ÄĚ is a sequel song to ‚ÄúThe Monster Mash‚ÄĚ about the monsters initially plotting to steal Santa‚Äôs sleigh only to change their ways when visited by St. Nick.
Hull said the Grinch figure will be brought to the museum for the second weekend by Bill Diamond, an Emmy winning set designer and president of the museum Board.
Visitors can also look forward to seeing an original E.T. head prop used in the film.
‚ÄúHe has been on tour, raising funds for the museum,‚ÄĚ Hull said.
The museum also has an original animation cell from "How The Grinch Stole Christmas,‚ÄĚ given to the museum and signed by animator Chuck Jones and June Foray, the voice of "Cindy Lou Who.‚ÄĚ
Hull said he hopes the museum‚Äôs collection of vintage toys from the ‚Äė50s, ‚Äė60s and ‚Äė70s, will help ‚Äúbring back fond memories‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúthe kid in all of us.‚ÄĚ
The Witch‚Äôs Dungeon Classic Movie Museum has been in operation for 56 years ‚Äď started in Bristol at Hull‚Äôs home.
‚ÄúPeople have asked why I have been doing the museum for 56 consecutive years,‚ÄĚ Hull said. ‚ÄúIt is simple - it is my passion.
I always thought there should be a museum to honor the artistry of fantasy makeup and the wonderful actors that brought these characters to life. It was a childhood dream. As Sara Karloff has said, I am Peter Pan - despite what I see in the mirror, I am still that 13 year old kid who started all this. My big reward is the smiles and wonder in the eyes of not only children, but visitors of all ages from all over the country that visit, and return year after year, many have heard about the museum by watching ‚ÄėSvengoolie‚Äô on ME-TV.‚ÄĚ
Hull said that when he first started the museum, he had a couple visit with their newborn child. They returned this past Halloween with their son, who is now 56 years old.
‚ÄúThat is why I always will love doing this - the memories and fun it gives to others,‚ÄĚ said Hull.
The Witch‚Äôs Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is a nonprofit organization.
For more information, call 860-583-8306 or visit preservehollywood.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806.