Frankenstein Day

by Anne Middleton, on October 22nd, 2015
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We are all well-versed in the customs of October 31st. The typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, visiting haunted attractions and most importantly, overdoing the consumption of candy.

But were you aware of the less popular, but just as festive Frankenstein Friday? This less-known, but significant holiday is celebrated annually on the last Friday of the month of October.

Created by New Jersey resident Ron MacCloskey almost 20 years ago, it was no accident that Ron picked Friday to celebrate this day.  After all, rumor has it, Ron determined a Friday in October was the most favorable day due to the "FR" connection, and because more people can party on Friday than on other night of the week. 

Frankenstein Friday celebrates the creation or “birth” of Frankenstein and pays homage to the author of the 1818 novel, Ms. Mary Wollenstone Shelley.  Fun fact: Ms. Shelley wrote the Frankenstein manuscript at the tender age of 21.  We wonder what demons existed in her own life to produce such an everlasting and frightening character.

Shelley described her Frankenstein monster as a towering eight foot, hideous creation, with translucent yellowish skin, flowing black hair, black lips, a flat-topped angular head and massive neck bolt to serve as grotesque electrical connectors.

In the over fifty movies produced with this legendary giant, Frankenstein’s dress has traditionally appeared as a distinctive, ill-fitting dark suit with shortened coat sleeves and thick, heavy boots, causing him to walk with an awkward, stiff-legged gait. 

While Frankenstein is traditionally an infamous horror character, this larger than life monster has transitioned into a more approachable, even loveable character in modern days.  He even surfaced on Franken Berry cereal boxes in 1971 with an inviting purple face, sleepy eyes and an amusing smirk.

Today, for many people, Frankenstein possesses a loveable side and deserves compassion and a bit of sympathy.  During Frankenstein Day, devoted fans clothe themselves in costumes to mirror the image of this monster.  And many choose a costume with a smiling expression in tribute to the softer side of Frankenstein.  Specialty shops regularly offer cheerful Frankenstein attire for children!  Who could be terrified of a five year old stiff-armed munchkin?

To celebrate this day, we suggest purchase Frankenstein garb online, read the novel or see a Frankenstein movie. And you can do all these enjoyable activities on a portable electronic device from T-Mobile. Smartphones at affordable prices no annual contracts are a favorite for monsters, ghouls and ghosts of all ages from T-Mobile.

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We can't imagine the Halloween season without the presence of Frankenstein, lurking somewhere in the darkness, can you?