October is precisely the time when the guys over at Upper King Street's Graveface Records & Curiosities come alive. I mean, it's completely decorated in dead things; the very essence of Graveface is Halloween-inspired.
Here are the other 10 reasons why the store is your one-stop shop for all-things Halloween, in case you need an excuse, other than killer records, to check this place out immediately.
1. An entire wall of horror flick soundtracks put out by Terror Vision, the sister label to the original Graveface Records
Terror Vision was started four years ago by owner Ryan Graveface, formerly of Black Moth Super Rainbow. Graveface says the most recent release Unsolved Mysteries
, is his biggest seller yet. Terror Vision is his way of honoring all-things Halloween. “I still go trick or treating,” he says. “I’m a lunatic.” Oh, and you can also grab other non-TV yet still spooky soundtracks: titles like Goosebumps
, Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music to Get Murdered By
, and more are to be had. Don’t worry if you don’t have a record player yet — they have a few you take home, too.
2. Terror Vision label has a new soundtrack out, Two Thousand Maniacs!
which will debut Fri. Oct. 26. This is the first time a soundtrack has been formatted from the 1964 movie. It holds a special place in Graveface’s heart since he befriended the director, Herschell Gordon Lewis, who wrote all the original scores. The bonus track is Graveface’s own recording of 89-year-old Lewis singing the movie’s theme song in his living room. Since all the tapes used for the making are over 50 years old, there’s an authentic age to the sound. Pre-order
is available now.
3. Lots of spooky taxidermy
Graveface says he enjoys creepy things, and has been collecting broken taxidermy since he was a kid. When he opened the first “Curiosities” store in Savannah, he didn’t expect people to want to buy his memorabilia. Instead people were like, “This broken boar head is incredible, how much for it?” Graveface has taxidermy classes from time to time, so stay tuned here
for future class announcements.
4. And also a lot of weird stuff like skulls
Turns out that that’s the aesthetic Graveface has kept around his whole life. He just has a fascination with not only how it all looks but also the age behind the skulls and such.
5. Serial killer shoes
The place used to display artwork by John Wayne Gacy, but now it displays serial killer shoes, of course. It features some sneakers John Lotter used to wear, a man whose murders are the basis for the movie Boys Don’t Cry
. Graveface has enough collectibles to switch things up at the local shop, so the creepiness is always changing. He intends to bring back the serial killer gallery, so stay tuned.
6. A stock of scary VHS tapes for rent.
There’s a comprehensive collection to choose from, including classics like Hannibal
, to the more obscure, Tales of the Supernatural
hosted by legendary horror actor Boris Karloff. And of course Gremlins
. It’s fun.
7. A collection of Casket Girls records
If you’re looking for some witchy vocals and a dark vibe for your Halloween party, search no further than the Casket Girls. Casket Girls is an eerie-pop trio out of Savannah featuring sisters Phaedra & Elsa Greene and none other than Graveface himself. The band's about to start working on another record, he says. Graveface wants to get a cabin out in the middle of nowhere so they can write together.
8. The Marshmallow Ghosts
Supposedly out of Eerie, Indiana (haha, nice one, guys), Graveface the label's the Marshmallow Ghosts describe its sound as "all-year-round Halloween music for kiddish adults." Sounds about right. The group puts out an album every October on Graveface, and this year is the group's 10th anniversary, so the new release The Marshmallow Ghosts & the Spooky Sideshow
is extra special.
9. Nightmarish pins to spice up any costume this Halloween
Those displayed are provided by Savannah brand “Titty Bats,” created by a guy who turned out to be the first one to join Graveface’s exclusive Terror Vision record club. Now we reap the benefits of their artistic pastimes.
10. The store's week-long Halloween party
There's a whole lotta Halloweening going on at Graveface's 7th anniversary Halloween extravaganza
. The celebrations begin with a screening of The Simpsons' "
Treehouse of Horror" (first of four volumes) on Fri. Oct. 26 at 10 p.m.
On Sat. Oct. 27
, the festivities begin at 10 a.m. with Spooky Music Drop, i.e. their Saturday Used LP Drop will be filled with Halloween treats. At 7 p.m. there's a Halloween pizza party followed by a Marshmallow Ghosts & the Spooky Sideshow
listening party at 8. There's also a pumpkin carving contest happening at 8 p.m. followed by a 9 p.m. voodoo doll-making class with Chloe.
Sun. Oct. 29:
The Graveface Basement opens for the first time at noon — what that entails you'll have to stop by to find out. At 7 p.m. there's a Halloween mingler, complete with a seance with 110-year-old talking board. Join the costume contest and goth dance party at 8 p.m.
Then on Tues. Oct. 30
, the guys are hosting a Sugar Crash (free candy and treats every hour on the hour inside the shop) beginning at 11 a.m. From 1 til 7 p.m., get in on the SCAREvenger Hunt, followed by Nightmare and Clue VHS games played in the shop. Cosmic Browsing commences at 9 p.m.
On the hallowed day, Wed. Oct. 31
, Lauren Grove will tell cemetery stories at 1 p.m., followed by 6 p.m. group adult trick or treating. A group haunted house is happening at 8 p.m.
It's all free, all ages, and more details are to come on Facebook
as the events near.