With Halloween here again (Monday, October 31), Musician Photo Journal asked a few of its favorite rockers to share some of their thoughts on this mysterious and scary holiday. Members of TRIVIUM, OTEP, ALL THAT REMAINS, SKID ROW, HELLYEAH, ADRENALINE MOB and SHADOWS FALL have offered their personal stories of spooky scary tales — including ghost stories, scariest moments and most memorable Halloweens. Check out the footage below.
TOOL and PUSCIFER frontman Maynard James Keenan told The Pulse Of Radio a couple of years ago that he enjoys Halloween because it’s more than just costumes and trick or treating. “It’s an interesting season to me, having done a little research on it,” he said. “It’s an interesting holiday. I recommend that people really kind of dive into some more of the origins of, you know, why the jack-o-lantern on the porch and why the trick or treat — why the door to door. What is that all about? It really is an interesting story.”
METALLICA‘s James Hetfield shared an embarrassing childhood memory about a costume he once had to wear: “I wanted to be Batman, but my mom made me a suit. You know, she was good at sewing, and she made me this thing, and I was like a giant tiger with the ears and everything. (laughs) Oh my God! There’s a picture of me at school in the, you know, the school picture, and I got this goofy outfit on with the little whiskers and everyone else is like cowboys and stuff, and I’m sittin’ there in my tiger outfit, and I don’t think it was what I wanted to be. But that’s what happened. (laughs)”
Rob Zombie, of course, is an expert on all things Halloween — after all, he’s even made two movies named after the holiday — but he also happens to know his Halloween candy as well. He revealed his favorite on a recent conference call with reporters. “Candy corn is my favorite and I usually get very excited when I see it on the shelves, which they usually start laying out the Halloween stuff first week of August,” he said. “So pretty much by the second week of August, I never want to see candy corn again, so . . . usually by the time I buy it, I open the bag in the car in the parking lot, on the way home, and by the time I get home I’m disgusted with myself for eating it. The days of gorging on Halloween candy are long gone.”