Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when suddenly the shops seem full of broomsticks, devils’ horns and tails, witches pointy hats, and jack-o-lanterns. 31st October is All Hallow’s Eve- Halloween if you will- and of course that means that many land-based bingo events, and some online games, will have some suitable theme!
Interestingly if you put “Halloween Bingo” into your search engine, you’ll come up with a plethora of make your own Halloween picture Bingo cards, or companies offering to sell you a full Halloween Bingo kit. Some of the sites also have ratings by them, similar to cinema ratings, so you can check if the images are suitable for young children, or perhaps adults only- yes, some of the pictures are pretty gruesome!!
My local pub is having a Halloween party on the 31st, and of course I am pressing that there should be a slot for Bingo in between the time of the barbecue in the beer garden, and the DJ who’ll be spinning vinyl into the wee small hours.
My plan is to get sponsored by a local charity, and then maybe get the pub to let people who but as Bingo card have a small discount off of any particular beer, spirit or cocktail they may be wanting to promote. A win-win situation, I hope!
Well I know they well do great decorations in the pub, but what should I wear as Warlock Caller of the Bingo Session? Guess it’ll be a trip down to the fancy-dress parlour to check out the capes of many stars and runic symbols, plus maybe a prosthetic nose, and a hair attachment?
I think I’ll also bring along my little voice-changer device that I picked up somewhere on the internet. With it you can speak through it and it changes the pitch and timbre of your voice, with or without extra special effects like echo. So it could be that on 31 October if you pass my local, you’ll hear the sound of a crazed zombie, cackling crone, or even a Dr Who Dalek, shouting out a random selection of numbers from 1-90!
That reminds me of a true story about a female friend of mine, also a Bingo caller, and who had a gig for 31 October a few years back. She automatically assumed it would be a Halloween do, and dressed accordingly- pointy witch’s hat, diseased prosthetic nose, ripped dress/tights and a broomstick. Trouble is, the event was a wedding reception. Boing! Luckily everyone saw the funny side of it, and settled down to a 40 minutes of Bingo after the after-dinner speeches, and before the live band and dancing.
Be at Bingo lucky folks!