August 30th Frankenstein Day

We all know, and sort of love, the monster that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley create in 1818, Frankenstein! He isn’t as bad as some of the other monsters we face and is always misunderstood. One of the leading questions today is, was it possible Mary actually knew someone attempting to do “Frankenstein” to resurrect a loved one. The idea of making a human out of parts from dead people was a fascinating idea back in the early 1800’s and one apparently concerning to the population of Europe. Today, August 30th, 1797 was Mary’s birthday.

How to celebrate – Read Frankenstein. Watch one of the many Frankenstein movies. Read some of Shelley’s other works.

October 29th Frankenstein Friday

Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey placed Frankenstein Friday on the last Friday of October in 1997 to have some fun. To, in a way, start Halloween before Halloween starts. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein back in 1818 at the age of 21. Her creature was different from the one we now celebrate, it’s up to you whether the newer version is better or the older one. Either way, today, or maybe tonight, you should celebrate Frankenstein because it would be a monstrous shame if you didn’t.

How to celebrate – Dress up like Frankenstein. Read “Frankenstein”. Watch old Frankenstein movies.

August 30th Frankenstein Day

Probably the best known monster ever created – Frankenstein’s Monster. Today we celebrate Frankenstein Day on author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s birthday, in 1797. 21 years later, in 1818, she wrote Frankenstein…or, as it was called originally, “The Modern Prometheus”. She had a sorted life with a lot of tragedy including three children (basically) dying at birth and her husband dying relatively early in their marriage. She did have one child that survived named Percy. She wrote a number of other works, none as famous though as Frankenstein.

How to celebrate – Read Frankenstein, or “The Modern Prometheus” which is notably different from what the movies turned her book into. Find out what other stories Shelly wrote. Read about Shelly’s life as it is a story in itself.

October 31st Halloween

You know, there might have been a time when Halloween was considered bizarre but not really so much anymore. What is bizarre is if you don’t know October 31st is Halloween. It originally was a day set aside for driving evil spirits from your life but today it’s really all about the candy and the costumes. This Halloween is likely to be different from past Halloweens but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be fun. And as long as we keep it fun, not taking it too seriously, everybody can enjoy letting their hair down a little. Maybe this year we need Halloween to break up the routine.

How to celebrate – Get a costume ready. Go trick-or-treating. Decorate your house for Halloween.

October 29th Frankenstein Friday

Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey placed Frankenstein Friday on the last Friday of October in 1997 to have some fun. To, in a way, start Halloween before Halloween starts. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein back in 1818 at the age of 21. Her creature was different from the one we now celebrate, it’s up to you whether the newer version is better or the older one. Either way, today, or maybe tonight, you should celebrate Frankenstein because it would be a monstrous shame if you didn’t.

How to celebrate – Dress up like Frankenstein. Read “Frankenstein”. Watch old Frankenstein movies.

August 30th Frankenstein Day

Today would be Mary W. Shelley’s birthday, August 30th, 1797. THE Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein in 1818. Some say it was all in her imagination but others say that there is some real life situations involved. (which is perhaps scarier than the story itself.) You think about the monster walking around the towns and villages in the story but then you realize it was walking around inside her head long before that. It makes you realize that in society, most of us are walking around with things we struggle with inside us. Some are able to get them out by writing about them, while others fight them daily in other ways. Still, it makes for a good story!

How to celebrate – Read Shelley’s “Frankenstein” (it’s a lot different than the films). Identify the monsters in your head. Read “Frank Einstein”, a play our blog writer wrote, available at Playscripts.com.

October 31st Halloween

In case you have been living under a rock for a few decades, tonight is Halloween. It has it’s traditions dating back to Pagan festivals but we really don’t consider those anymore. It is a huge, sort of, holiday. (We don’t actually get time off for it) Many rank it second only to Christmas. It can be fun, those little scares that get the heart pumping. However we must remember, those evils that are often created for Halloween do not really exist. Real scares are driving on the highways anymore! It’s fun to dress up, takes kids around to get candy and if you are like me, it’s a great time to decorate your yard outrageously! I do go a bit overboard. There is no harm in having good, clean fun, but don’t over do it. Scares are meant to last seconds, not a lifetime.

How to celebrate – Go trick-or-treating. Dress up for Halloween. Decorate your house or maybe, even make a haunted house!

October 25th Frankenstein Day

With Halloween coming this seems like a logical day to celebrate. It was created by Ron MacCloskey to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly who wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was 21. He has terrorized the world ever since! There have been rumors that Frankenstein might have been based on some real activities taking place during Shelly’s lifetime. Either that, or wow, what an imagination! (Particularly for that era) Mary had an interesting life and continued to write though most of her other efforts are not as well recognized. Frankenstein has changed over the years, now it’s more about the monster than about creating him, as it was in the original novel. Considering the real monsters we have in the world today, Frankenstein seems harmless, though he still scares us. Since 1818, we have learned how to harvest human organs for use in other people than originally intended for. It sort of shows that maybe Frankenstein wasn’t as far fetched as they would have thought back in the early 1800’s.

How to celebrate – Read the original, “Frankenstein”. Try to find Mary Shelly’s other works. Get ready for Halloween!

August 30th Frankenstein Day

Wow, there are a ton of Frankenstein days during the year. Seems like most of them come around Halloween, I can’t imagine why? They each have their own reason for being created but I believe today has one of the top reasons. Today was the day Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author and creator of Frankenstein was born. August 30th, 1797. Did you have any idea that Frankenstein was created back in 1818? Of course the monster we celebrate today is quite different from the one she wrote about. She still gets the credit though. And well she should, if she had not created the monster we would never have had it in our lives. It does sort of make you wonder though, what monsters were running around in her head in 1818?

How to celebrate – Throw Mary a belated birthday party. Read Shelley’s original “Frankenstein”. Dress up like Frankenstein.

October 29th National Frankenstein Day

Frankenstein is very popular, after all… this is like the 30th Frankenstein Day we’ve had this year already (not really it’s only three but who’s counting). The fact is, Mary Shelly really hit it big (I wonder if she lived long enough to know it). And what makes today even more special is apparently it was created by Frankenberry Cereal!

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Frankenstein is probably the most popular monster ever created (don’t tell the Mummy or Werewolf). There are at least 54 movies created that either feature Frankenstein or he makes an appearance in. That’s even more than Rocky! And that’s not even counting television! He has been portrayed as evil, funny and even love-able.

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Now that we are close to Halloween, he will be even more visible than ever. Although, recently he has become a little less of a monster than in past years. Now kids dress up as political figures, various Pokemon creatures and those always scary ballerinas.

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Frankenstein is an international wonder. A part of him is British, French, American, Swedish, German, Hungarian, Russian, Brazilian, Spanish… well, you get the picture. He got the legs, arms, heart, kidneys, liver…

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So enjoy another of the many Frankenstein Days. There’s enough of him to go around and his wife, The Bride of Frankenstein covers his days off. Invite Frankenstein over for an evening of fun and merriment… just don;t leave any of your spare body parts laying around.

How to celebrate – Read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Try and build your own Frankenstein. Realize that monster is an ugly word.