Throwback Thursday: The Ghoul ol’ Days

‘Happy home opener’ and ‘Happy Halloween’ tend to do a creepy crossover at the kick-off of every Raptors season. High-fiving the Bride of Frankenstein and a Werewolf wearing Raptors gear on the subway post game did happen. I wouldn’t argue his point if a vampire licked his lips of blood and said “Vut? It’s Raptor Red.” And as I take you through some fang-tastic nostalgia, feel free to moan at my witchy wordplay but for your own good, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. (A Nightmare on Elm Street -1984)

Let’s remember the ghoul times.

I see dead people. (The Sixth Sense – 1999)

We all recognize and admire Amir’s involvement in Toronto culture, but would you recognize him as a Zombie? Last year he limped through the streets of Toronto in the Zombie Walk. Fear Amir.

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And he was at it again this season with an entire NZA (National Zombie Association) crew.
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Here’s why we stopped traffic at Yonge-Dundas Square…
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Be afraid. Be very afraid. (The Fly – 1986)

We climbed out of coffins and brushed off the cobwebs while I was on the Dance Pak with MJ back in 2006 and again in ’09.
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I mean, we all go a little mad sometimes… haven’t you? (Psycho-1960)

So did this next crew, in a slightly different way. So it wasn’t Halloween, but it sure could have been.
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To avoid fainting, keep repeating ‘It’s only a movie…It’s only a movie… (The Last House on the Left -1972)

A little known fact: The Raptor set the record for most costume changes by an NBA mascot in one home opener. Racked up 27. Spooktacular.

He-e-e-e-re’s Johnnie! (The Shining – 1980)

"The Raptor" preforms his routine

And this little trick-or-treater now wears the #5 for the Raps. Well done, Austin, well done.

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So this eerie evening, as Raptor pumpkins cast shadows over our streets and we bravely try to figure out whether it’s a ghoul dressed as a Raptor or a Raptor dressed as a ghoul, remember, the next scream you hear may be your own! (The Birds – 1963)

October/24/2010 -- Sonny Weems of the Toronto Raptors wears a Halloween mask as he enters the court

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